Originally Posted by IceHand
Why not? What was different back then?
Not to carry another thread into this one, but Search Engines are the main difference. CompuServe was not a public service. One had to subscribe, and authors knew they could discuss and even upload working mss and not have them spread around the net (there was no net, for one thing), or lose any publishing rights, by doing so. Terms of Service were clear, and enforced, and so on. At one point, when the TOS changed to include verbiage to the effect that CompuServe could publish any content in other media (their magazine) there was huge outcry and much content (from poets, authors, artists, photgraphers) was removed in mass protest. They revised the TOS immediately.