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Old 02-20-2018, 05:49 AM   #1
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I'm sure a handful of you here were originally Compuserve members. As a user in the late 80s, then again in the 90s, I followed DTP over here mainly as it was a good place to get help with Corel suite. But this forum was also one of the primary places on Compuserve to talk about web technology such as HTML, CSS and even Javascript back in the day.

Despite its slowing traffic, I have continued to visit periodically, particularly the Microsoft Office forum where Bill Manville has helped me repeatedly with Access and VBA questions. The great thing about that forum is that you don't have people slamming you for not knowing--Or posting in the the wrong place or getting the "We've already answered that elsewhere" or the "Google is your friend." Don't you think I've already searched for the answer? (I'm looking at you, Stack Overflow/StackExchange).

Anywho, just popped into the forums to check on the MS Office Forum guys only to find this notice:

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Dear Forum friends and family,
We regret to inform you that the Forums were removed from the CompuServe service on December 15, 2017. 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.
This is, of course, not unexpected, but I have no idea where the MS Office Forum has gone. I'm reaching out to Bill to see if he regularly participates in a different forum, but we'll just have to see. If anyone knows of a good, friendly place to get help with MS Office, particularly VBA questions I'd love to know about it.
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Old 02-20-2018, 12:08 PM   #2
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Hey Carl...

I can't help with a rec to a Office forum--never use it myself--but, I wonder if the forums sky4forums mentioned in the "New Home for Compuserve Forums" thread might be worth a browse and, perhaps someone there might be able to point you to a good Office forum:


1. Forumania -- multiple subforums, can browse without having to join


2. TheLitForum -- must join to browse



Hope the above prove useful...



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Hi Carl,

MS moved its official support from CIS to newsgroups and then to their own web forum some time ago. Some day they may actually figure out how to make it work. But some of the old faces are still there, and while there are a fair number of semi-literate posts, it's generally a welcoming place.

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/

Or directly here for the Office products, then click the one that floats your bits:
https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice

I see Bill's answered questions on the Excel forum there as recently as last month.

   
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MS moved its official support from CIS to newsgroups and then to their own web forum some time ago. Some day they may actually figure out how to make it work. But some of the old faces are still there, and while there are a fair number of semi-literate posts, it's generally a welcoming place.
Yes, of course, I was looking for unofficial support.

Anyway, just follow up here, I saw where the forumania link was also from the CompuServe "out of order" page, too. I didn't see anything obviously related. But Bill confirmed with Dale Shields that everyone was moving to the Tech section over there, under the "Everything Else" subsection.
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carl: But Bill confirmed with Dale Shields that everyone was moving to the Tech section over there, under the "Everything Else" subsection.
Good to know....thanks!



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;-) Just to clarify, I used "official" rather loosely. It's official in the sense that MS provides the meeting hall. The people on the stage are either volunteers or MS-hires-em-by-the-dozens "support" agents, many of whom are borderline useless.

   
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steve: MS-hires-em-by-the-dozens "support" agents, many of whom are borderline useless.
That's been my experience when I stumble across the answers site(s)--so much so that in a list of search results, that is the last place I look...'-}}



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Yes, of course, I was looking for unofficial support.

Anyway, just follow up here, I saw where the forumania link was also from the CompuServe "out of order" page, too. I didn't see anything obviously related. But Bill confirmed with Dale Shields that everyone was moving to the Tech section over there, under the "Everything Else" subsection.
They added an MS Office section.
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I'm a moderator in the PowerPoint section of Answers. And use The Force. I delete the worst of the idiocies they post.

   
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Ahhhh...see...I've never done a search for PP info so, I've not had the honor of running across your well run section...'-}}



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