Thanks to CH for bringing this to my attention:

Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing, September 20, 2012, The WELL is bought by its users, and an earlier post, Well users pledge more than $100K to community buyout, July 3, 2012, and as report in The New York Times June 29 by Nick Wingfield.

The Well
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Well folks at CFP 2000 😉