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. 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 , 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, which have stuck around in diminished form even as the rest of CompuServe has dwindled away. The glory days of CompuServe are long gone.
Their long-lived forums closed on We regret to inform you that the Forums will be removed from the CompuServe service effective December 15, For more than two decades, the CompuServe Forums paved the way for online discussions on a wide variety of topics and we appreciate all of the participation and comments you have provided over the years. All of your email, news, weather, sports, and entertainment information will remain available to you after this change. We are constantly evaluating the content and services that are available through the service, and look forward to bringing you new content and services in the future. Notice shows up on top of every individual forum. ArchiveBot job: f2cnvkt66o4q6rekfdxkhe5vo was started on
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CompuServe CompuServe Information Service , also known by its initialism CIS was the first major commercial online service provider in the United States - described in as "the oldest of the Big Three information services the others are Prodigy and America Online. It dominated the field during the s and remained a major influence through the mids. At its peak in the early s, CIS was known for its online chat system, message forums covering a variety of topics, extensive software libraries for most computer platforms, and a series of popular online games , notably MegaWars III and Island of Kesmai. Their focus was on business customers. Goltz and Wilkins were both graduate students in electrical engineering at the University of Arizona.