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Will CNET being sold affect these forums?

It looks like CNET is looking for a buyer for the company now that they are on a better financial footing than 2 years ago. The obvious question is whether CNET will be left "as is" or will certain parts of it be done away with. We already know how the forums seem last in line too often, I don't know if that mentality is still part of CNET. Even if it is, it might not be the mindset of whoever buys it. Something to think about. What or where will forum members go if these forums are done away with after a buyout? At least this is an early notice of possible impending actions with enough lead time to give some serious thought to it.


CNET to be sold to Viacom or Interactive?



"Shares of CNET Networks Inc. surged more than 10 percent Thursday based on a published report that the company is looking for a buyer.

The New York Post reported the technology information portal may be "shopping itself" to investors, including Viacom Inc. and InterActiveCorp, setting off intense speculation among analysts and shareholders.

CNET, which provides online news, product reviews and software downloads, would not comment on the rumors...."

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What or where will forum members go if these forums are done away with after a buyout?

I already spend most of my time at scienceforums.com these days. I also participate in some of the forums at FindLaw from time to time. I do hope these forums remain here though. I can't stand the places like free-republic or democratic-underground for political discussions.
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BTW, I posted a note in Findlaw

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About the imminent domain decision. As yet, thereve been no bites.

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Re: BTW, I posted a note in Findlaw

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The conversation can be slow over there. There is a conversation started on that topic all ready on the Constitutional Law/Supreme Court board.

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Ill check it out...Ive always posted

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in General Discussion. I remember it being more lively than that. I used to post more often as something of a regular.

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Given the decline in their usage I would imagine

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that the forums will be considered expendable as they are really not revenue producing.

Even if they do go though I am sure we will all survive and find substitutes when the time comes.

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With the additional ads

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I wonder if thats made a difference, or if that was to make the site more attractive to a buyer?

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site value

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I don't know if the ad revenue in these forums is a big issue for or against a purchase of CNET. I see one banner ad above and a couple left column ones. I do wish the site loaded properly in my Netscape 7. It works OK in Firefox, so maybe some changes I made in programming files for my Netscape 7 crapped up the look, but it only happens here. The left column is half off the page for me, not able to scroll it over.

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I use NS7.2 at 800x66 and things look fine, James.

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I don't use higher resolution except for games, as I don't want to have to wear glasses to read what's on the screen!

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Netscape 7 or 8

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I have Netscape 8, but haven't loaded it on yet to test it out. I also have a CD for 7.2, but have that on one daughter's computer and discovered they'd switched the right clk choices around from version 7. I prefer the version 7 having the "open in new tab" being at the top, whereas 7.2 has "open in new window". I tried to move those options around in the 7.2 pref files directly, but for some reason it didn't work out right and I've not been back at it to mess around with it again. Next time I'll use a text editor like UltraEdit to try that. If CNET just put a left margin statement in that Netscape recognized I think it would solve that problem, but again, it might be some change I made in the past that's caused it. I stripped out the red sheriff spyware that comes in it, also installed Sun Java 2 with it, so that may have some effect too. However, this is the only site I've noticed where the left margin is off by half that left column width. It's not too bad for posting since that ends up centered and is all on the screen.

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(NT) (NT) That was supposed to be 800x600!

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800 x 600

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And here I thought you had a squinting problem, lol.
Actually, I realized what you meant to put. I run my 17" LCD on that setting too. If I move up to a 19" I might increase the factor more, but so far 800x600 is working for me.

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Well I know of a nice set of forums that could be used

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the TOS is/are much stricter though.

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But would it be the same without...

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...that bright mustard yellow color?

I wonder if color makes a difference on the postings and members of a forum? Who would be posting here if this was varying shades of pink and purple? What if it was devoted to earth tones? Maybe dark greys and blacks with neon colored print?

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Why would a buyer dismantle them?

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They bring "eyebalss" to the rest of the service, James, and the ads presumably bring in *some* revenue now, unlike the situation right after the dot com dot bomb.

-- Dave K, Speakeasy Moderator
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The opinions expressed above are my own,
and do not necessarily reflect those of CNET!

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Just wondering

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A new owner might view the forums more favorably than CENT seemed inclined to in the past. I remember it was very close then to them being done away with. I think they were concentrating on a format I don't like, but which has become more popular at newsites around the net now, and that is something similar to Talk Back, where you can comment on stories and that's about all. The trend lately seems to be away from forums, CNN being one of the leaders in leaving them behind. It's sort of a crap shoot on figuring what a buyer might do, and it would depend on who the buyer was too I think.

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I just pray...

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It's not AOL/Time Warner!

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