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.