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Old 09-02-13, 02:37 PM
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Once thriving Web sites, now abandoned

I was wondering if anyone knows of sites/communities that used to be thriving and very active but have since up and died. For whatever reason, people just moved away. Could be the site was clumsy, like LiveJournal, or it was too primative, like GeoCities. Just looking for good examples of sites that used to have a community and now are turning into an online version of 'Life After People.'
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Digg, Flickr but it seems it's coming back. MySpace of course.
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While far from abondoned, the amount of activity on sternfannetwork has taken a collassal dive now that Howard is only doing a handful of shows each month. I remember back when he first started on satilite, you could have four or five pages of new threads each day. Now, not so much. I guess the hardcore fans aren't as interested in discussing America's Got Talent as they were Joey Boots or whether or not Artie was back on horse.

Kind of off-topic, but sternfannetwork is the only forum I've ever been banned from. I'm assuming it was for knocking a member of the show (I said I thought Fred was a jerk).
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e-town.com was one of the first sites I found when I got on the internet, with discussions about the then-brand-new DVD format. Lots of funny jabs against DIVX too when that came out, but now the site is as obscure a memory as DIVX is.

Excite.com was supposed to be the next big thing, it was one of the promoted sites with my Sega Saturn Netlink. I see it still exists now, but obviously isn't very big.

DVDReview.com was another early site about DVD, that's still active though I haven't checked it in more than 10 years.
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It doesn't really count, but I miss Outpost.com. It was a regular tech store, they had the distinction of offering Free Overnight Shipping, which ultimately bankrupted them.

Keep in mind, this was long before Amazon Prime, and there was no purchase minimum. I would buy blank CDs/DVDs from them at 7:30 pm and have them at 10:00 AM the next morning.
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The new yahoo sports pages looks like it was made with geocities. It use to have a simple layout that worked well with their fantasy sports games, but now it's a nightmare.

Goodbye yahoo sports pages.
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dvdspot.com ... it kind of backfired in our faces when we decided to play that prank on everyone about the site being bought by CNET and shutting down.
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It doesn't really count, but I miss Outpost.com. It was a regular tech store, they had the distinction of offering Free Overnight Shipping, which ultimately bankrupted them.

Keep in mind, this was long before Amazon Prime, and there was no purchase minimum. I would buy blank CDs/DVDs from them at 7:30 pm and have them at 10:00 AM the next morning.
My first Mac (blue and white G3 tower, if anyone cares) was delivered on a Saturday for free thanks to these guys. It came Airborne Express, and the guy was driving his own car. Unless, of course, Airborne issued Dodge Stealth's to their delivery folks.

Speaking of Airborne, they're gone too
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dvdspot.com ... it kind of backfired in our faces when we decided to play that prank on everyone about the site being bought by CNET and shutting down.
Oh that's funny as hell. Did that really happen?
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Just remembered a DVD site that never really got off the ground- digitalwidescreen.com. In 1998, after I'd gotten my first DVD player and soon bought my first porno disc with multiple camera angles, they put a message either on a newsgroup or some other site asking for adult DVD reviews. I sent them a sample review of the one adult DVD I had, and they replied "Thank you very much, your review is very good and we will send you some DVDs for review as soon as we get some." They never did. I can only imagine how big my porn collection would be by now if that had worked out.
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Should also throw in Peter M. Bracke's initial site DVDFile.com. Used to be my first stop every morning.
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DVDfile looks like it's doing fine. Up to date, owned by Crave media.
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Digg, Flickr but it seems it's coming back. MySpace of course.
Digg? I still use the app every now and then when in a waiting room or waiting in line.
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DVDfile looks like it's doing fine. Up to date, owned by Crave media.
Forums are all gone though.
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Digg? I still use the app every now and then when in a waiting room or waiting in line.
Digg has a tiny fraction of the traffic it had at its peak.
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While far from abondoned, the amount of activity on sternfannetwork has taken a collassal dive now that Howard is only doing a handful of shows each month. I remember back when he first started on satilite, you could have four or five pages of new threads each day. Now, not so much. I guess the hardcore fans aren't as interested in discussing America's Got Talent as they were Joey Boots or whether or not Artie was back on horse.
All of the real Stern "fans" moved to dawgsaloon.com where everyone is free to criticize Stern, his 2 day a week radio show and his attention-craving golddigger wife. SFN only allowed the non-haters for awhile, but it seems like the people still posting there are mostly bad mouthing the show also.
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Digg, Flickr but it seems it's coming back. MySpace of course.
Flickr? Nearly every professional photog I've worked with uses it. It recently got revamped, but as far as I know it was never in danger of going extinct.
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Re: Once thriving Web sites, now abandoned

Most Forum sites are dying in general.

I know for television networks & shows, they have pretty much abandoned forums and are using Facebook and Twitter for social interactions.
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It's still around but that site's days were numbered as a thriving entity when Blu-ray won the format wars. It was a bastion of HD DVD supporters. Kosty dying was another huge loss for that site, as he was one of the few valuable posters it regularly had.
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Should also throw in Peter M. Bracke's initial site DVDFile.com. Used to be my first stop every morning.
That site lost relevance when it got a horrible corporate makeover and they changed the entire design to something very loud.
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Good call. I miss Tony.
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All of the real Stern "fans" moved to dawgsaloon.com where everyone is free to criticize Stern, his 2 day a week radio show and his attention-craving golddigger wife. SFN only allowed the non-haters for awhile, but it seems like the people still posting there are mostly bad mouthing the show also.
Yeah SFN seems to be all bashing now. Complaining about Howard's schedule, Lisa G, mediocre interviews, etc.
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