CompuServe’s Forums, Which Still Exist, Are Finally Shutting Down

Discussion in '[H]ard|OCP Front Page News' started by Megalith, Nov 14, 2017.

  1. Megalith

    Megalith 24-bit/48kHz Staff Member

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    Before there was a World Wide Web, a sizable chunk of all meaningful conversation between computer users happened in the forums at CompuServe, which was the dominant online service until AOL came along. Sadly, they’ll be removed from what remains of CompuServe on December 15.

    There was a CompuServe forum for everything from PC hardware to comic books, the signal-to-noise ratio was generally high, and if you had a question chances were that a fellow member would answer it–just to be helpful. CompuServe was acquired by AOL in 1998 and was never the same thereafter. AOL itself is now part of Oath, which is part of Verizon. And time is finally running out for the forums.
     
  2. DPI

    DPI [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Nah. QuantumLink master race!

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  3. grtitan

    grtitan [H]ard|Gawd

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    I wish that I had the chance to try Habitat.

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    But it sucks that these forums will be removed. I didnt knew they were still active.
     
  4. Teenyman45

    Teenyman45 [H]ard|Gawd

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    It looks like people are still actively using it!

    Will the forum be locked but still searchable like the old Gawker posts, or completely taken down from the web?
     
  5. katanaD

    katanaD Limp Gawd

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    ahh yes, hourly rates. dont miss that though.
     
  6. blkt

    blkt Gawd

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    Hm, it shuts down on the same day as AOL Instant Messenger.
     
  7. PhaseNoise

    PhaseNoise Gawd

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    I remember using this at 300 baud, frantically typing as fast the prompts appeared to save every second I possibly could. Because I was young, and the time spent meant money, and money meant I had to go mow more lawns, wash more cars, deliver more papers.
    Stupid reality was REALLY harshing my buzz, as the kids would say.
     
  8. Krazy925

    Krazy925 epeen +10

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    I don’t think a kid has said harshing my buzz since 300 baud modems were common :LOL:
     
  9. HeadRusch

    HeadRusch Gawd

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    <sniff>.....0 day warez........carrier connect squeals.........it was so *real* back then.....
     
  10. ZodaEX

    ZodaEX 2[H]4U

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    Damn some of you here are old as hell :p
     
  11. Domingo

    Domingo [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Crazy that they're still around. I never used CompuServe, but I was pretty active on Prodigy back in the day. Makes me miss the ease of UseNet back in those days.
     
  12. ZLoth

    ZLoth Gawd

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    Compuserve was still around? I remember when we nicknamed it Compu$pend because of the hourly rates.
     
  13. c3k

    c3k [H]ard|Gawd

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    My in-laws are going to be devastated!

    Luckily, they still have an account with AOL...and that's the ONLY way they access the internet these days.

    I've tried. Lord knows, I've tried.
     
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  14. d3athf1sh

    d3athf1sh n00bie

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    funny i know someone like that, dude pays for high speed internet, and then still pays for AOL!!! LOL, i mean cmon, WTF?!, stupid.
     
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  15. Tiberian

    Tiberian DILLIGAFuck

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    My original CompuServe member ID assigned in early 1979, I was literally one of the first 100 actual commercial users and I had that account active through about mid-1988. Used to love CompuServe, had many great times there on CB Simulator (the original online text-based chat), and it cost a pretty penny for sure ($6/hour for 300 baud access) but it was worth it.
     
  16. mnewxcv

    mnewxcv [H]ardness Supreme

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    Damn, even today 6 bucks an hour sounds like a lot. I'd be broke.
     
  17. lostin3d

    lostin3d Limp Gawd

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    I honestly. . .didn't know. . . .it still existed!

    RIP Compuserve! Before that most us had to converse via the editorials/comment pages in Compute!/PC magazine/Byte! and many others.