Eternal September was the death of the internet.
I too enjoyed telneting into text worlds and using archie to pull scholarly papers. (That is not sarcasm btw).
But the Eternal September is what brought us all the kickass internet stuff we have now. Without the influx of users it would be basically useless.
and a less Open product.
nobody gives a shit if their phone is "open". Can I facebook and play candy crush? yes? I'm good.
Hackers are just a migratory lifeform with a tropism for computers.