The FLEFO forum on Compuserve is dead. Its been replaced by the Languages Forum, which is accessible to everyone without charge via a Web browser.
The migration to the new system was foreshadowed by the appearance of a Wizop, who removed some sections and renamed the Issues section Tower of Babel, a ridiculous title. There is also a chat section called, in the U.S. spelling, Coffee Klatch. You can read the section headed Announcements to see a little of the frustration so well expressed by Stephen Brown, a long-standing and multilingual FLEFO member, to the erstwhile blogger Derek Thornton:
bq. << It is abundantly clear that everything possible is being done to alienate those who were members of this forum before >>
That has been my impression, too. I feel as though I’ve returned home only to find someone else living in my house and wearing my clothes … and most of them don’t even have real names. Extremely unpleasant!
For those who are interested in an attempt to keep the community going, there is a FLEFO Yahoo group and also www.flefo.org, although the latter has not got off the ground yet. These are both run by Carsten Kuckuk, a German programmer who was a member of FLEFO for some time.
Im sorry FLEFO has gone. When I joined in 1994, there was no WWW and searching the Internet was not what it is today. The translators sections of FLEFO were erudite and helpful places. Still, with the development of the Internet, members have scattered and it long since ceased to be the place to find answers. But I didnt expect its final demise to be irritating in quite this way.