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  • Tell me about BBS

    From Notyetfood@VERT/PHUNC to Vistascan on Mon Jul 14 19:34:04 2014
    Re: Tell me about BBS
    By: Vistascan to All on Sat Mar 15 2014 01:56 am

    Thanks for the warm welcome, everybody. I definitely plan to stick around.


    So I have looked up certain sites describing what BBS is and they weren't very clear, though they were very nostalgic. They mentioned that there were shareware, articles etc. shared on the BBS which they said was like an actual bulletin board, only digital.

    But this kind of left the whole issue vague, so I was hoping you guys could tell me what BBS is from a more personal point of view.

    Thanks.


    The BBS that can be explained is not the true BBS. You must experience it to understand it. Nah, I'm just being pretentious and paraphrasing the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu.
    For me it was especially exciting in the context in which I first experienced it. I was 15 and we had no money for America Online or CompuServe or whatever and then someone gave me the number for a local bbs. It opened a whole world
    to me that was so mysterious and alluring. Before you had facebook and google you would ask questions on the message boards and pore over endless .txt files to answer random queries.
    The sysops (people who run the bbs) were likely to thank you personally for frequenting their bbs and people respected each other a tad more on the message boards since we appreciated having someone to talk to online. Keep in mind that the year was around 1994, which is not the "golden age" of the bbs. It was starting to wane around the time I got into it. Because of that and the fact
    I loved it so much it was a poignant thing, discovering and using a bbs.

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  • From Dreamer@VERT/SETXBBS to Notyetfood on Mon Jul 14 22:55:13 2014
    Re: Tell me about BBS
    By: Notyetfood to Vistascan on Mon Jul 14 2014 07:34 pm

    The sysops (people who run the bbs) were likely to thank you personally for
    frequenting their bbs and people respected each other a tad more on the message
    boards since we appreciated having someone to talk to online. Keep in mind that
    the year was around 1994, which is not the "golden age" of the bbs. It was starting to wane around the time I got into it. Because of that and the fact I loved it so much it was a poignant thing, discovering and using a bbs.

    Definitely a different era in computing.

    You're mostly right. If you entered BBSes in 1994, that actually was the height of
    BBSes. It was 95-96 that BBSes really started declining, as Windows 95 was becoming
    widely adopted, more computers were shipped with internal mdoems, and people discovered the web.

    For perspective, the inital release of Netscape was the last weeks of 1994, and
    IE was initially released close to 1996. Nearly twenty years ago now...wow.


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  • From Greywolf@VERT/NETSPLIT to Vistascan on Tue Jul 15 04:35:30 2014
    Re: Re: Tell me about BBS
    By: Greywolf to Vistascan on Tue Jul 15 2014 04:18 am

    BBSes are a niche hobby among most of us now. I run mine on an old desktop sitting on my desk. And that's how most of our systems are. And while it may not have pictures and fancy graphic web-pages (like my generation does, being 16) we still have fun. So with that, I'd like to welcome you to DOVE-net and I hope you have fun.
    May the Terminal Live Forever,
    ~Greywolf (Netsplit BBS)


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  • From Vectorgamer@VERT/CAPSHRIL to All on Tue Jul 15 10:18:15 2014
    Re: Tell me about BBS
    By: Dreamer to Notyetfood on Mon Jul 14 2014 10:55 pm

    I got online around '92 or '93 and BBSes were secondary for me. My primary connection was to the Prodigy service. I worked a second shift job at the time, so many nights I didn't get online until 1 or 2 AM. The Prodigy service would shutdown nightly between 3 and 4 AM. After I got disconencted from Prodigy is when I would dial-up to local BBSes.

    Also remember when Win 95 came out it was bundled with the Microsoft Network. If memory serves they had a one month free trial. I do remember not liking it.

    Anyways, when Prodigy started creating web sites for all their content is when I left that service for AOL. A lot of people were leaving Prodigy at that time anyway and their message boards and chat rooms turned into ghost towns.

    I couldn't even tell you the BBSes I dialed in to 20 years ago. I doubt any of them are still around.

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  • From Nightfox@VERT/DIGDIST to Vectorgamer on Tue Jul 15 12:42:08 2014
    I got online around '92 or '93 and BBSes were secondary for me. My primary connection was to the Prodigy service. I worked a second shift job at the time, so many nights I didn't get online until 1 or 2 AM. The Prodigy service would shutdown nightly between 3 and 4 AM. After I got disconencted from Prodigy is when I would dial-up to local BBSes.

    Also remember when Win 95 came out it was bundled with the Microsoft Network. If memory serves they had a one month free trial. I do remember
    not liking it.

    Anyways, when Prodigy started creating web sites for all their content is when I left that service for AOL. A lot of people were leaving Prodigy at that time anyway and their message boards and chat rooms turned into ghost towns.

    I couldn't even tell you the BBSes I dialed in to 20 years ago. I doubt any of them are still around.

    It's interesting to hear peoples' stories from back in the day. BBSes were my primary connection back then, mainly because I was still young, had received
    my computer & modem as a gift, and didn't have an income yet to pay for online services. I knew people who used Prodigy, AOL, CompuServe, etc. back then but never really used those myself.

    Based on your message subject ("Tell me about BBS"), did you have a question about BBSes?

    Nightfox

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  • From Mro@VERT/BBSESINF to Greywolf on Tue Jul 15 16:26:27 2014
    Re: Re: Tell me about BBS
    By: Greywolf to Vistascan on Tue Jul 15 2014 04:35 am

    Re: Re: Tell me about BBS
    By: Greywolf to Vistascan on Tue Jul 15 2014 04:18 am

    BBSes are a niche hobby among most of us now. I run mine on an old desktop sitting on my desk. And that's how most of our systems are. And while it

    not necessarily. this bbs here is running on a rented dedicated server.

    And while it
    may not have pictures and fancy graphic web-pages (like my generation does, being 16) we still have fun. So with that, I'd like to welcome you to

    we have fancy web pages too

    and html5 web clients.
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  • From Khelair@VERT/TINFOIL to Notyetfood on Tue Jul 15 21:52:13 2014
    Re: Tell me about BBS
    By: Notyetfood to Vistascan on Mon Jul 14 2014 19:34:04

    The BBS that can be explained is not the true BBS. You must experience it to understand it. Nah, I'm just being pretentious and paraphrasing the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu.

    I really should crack open my copy tonight. It's been like 5-10 years since I've read much of anything out of it. I could use some work on my pretention abilities. :)

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    This need not feel so strange; pay attention to Lady
    Liberty's Anklets, if you're so inclined.

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  • From Vectorgamer@VERT/CAPSHRIL to Nightfox on Thu Jul 17 11:21:30 2014
    Re: Tell me about BBS
    By: Nightfox to Vectorgamer on Tue Jul 15 2014 12:42 pm

    For some reason the editor isn't quoted text in replies, so "no" I did not have a question about BBS.

    One additional thing I remember was dialing-up to the Delphi service which at the time was the only *online service* that offered chat. Delphi had no GUI at the time and was text based navigation.

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  • From Nightfox@VERT/DIGDIST to Vectorgamer on Thu Jul 17 17:54:03 2014
    Re: Tell me about BBS
    By: Vectorgamer to Nightfox on Thu Jul 17 2014 11:21:30

    For some reason the editor isn't quoted text in replies, so "no" I did
    not have a question about BBS.

    Not sure your sentence is clear, do you mean the editor isn't quoting messages? What editor are you using? Some editors let you choose which lines to quote, so if you don't select any lines, then it won't quote any part of the message you're replying to.

    Nightfox

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  • From Vectorgamer@VERT/CAPSHRIL to Nightfox on Fri Jul 18 21:50:01 2014
    Re: Tell me about BBS
    By: Nightfox to Vectorgamer on Thu Jul 17 2014 05:54 pm

    Whenever I use this particular BBS it never quotes messages I reply to. Don't know what the dealio is.

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  • From Nightfox@VERT/DIGDIST to Vectorgamer on Fri Jul 18 20:29:11 2014
    Re: Tell me about BBS
    By: Vectorgamer to Nightfox on Fri Jul 18 2014 21:50:01

    Whenever I use this particular BBS it never quotes messages I reply to. Don't know what the dealio is.

    Some message editors don't automatically quote the message you're replying to - They let you manually choose which part(s) of the message to quote. What message editor are you using?

    Nightfox

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  • From Vectorgamer@VERT/CAPSHRIL to All on Sat Jul 19 14:59:31 2014
    Re: Tell me about BBS
    By: Nightfox to Vectorgamer on Fri Jul 18 2014 08:29 pm

    Whatever Capitol Shrill BBS uses - says "SlyEdit v1.39"

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  • From Nightfox@VERT/DIGDIST to Vectorgamer on Sun Jul 20 08:47:25 2014
    Re: Tell me about BBS
    By: Vectorgamer to All on Sat Jul 19 2014 14:59:31

    Whatever Capitol Shrill BBS uses - says "SlyEdit v1.39"

    You can quote messages in SlyEdit by pressing Ctrl-Q, or by typing /q on a line by itself and pressing enter.

    Nightfox

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  • From nolageek@VERT/CAPSHRIL to Vectorgamer on Sun Jul 20 20:13:54 2014
    Re: Tell me about BBS
    By: Vectorgamer to All on Sat Jul 19 2014 02:59 pm

    Hello Vector - you can quote with SlyEdit by pressing Control-Q, it will let you select the lines you want to quote, then you can press Esc to get back to the editing mode. :)

    |01-|03nolageek


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  • From Vectorgamer@VERT/CAPSHRIL to Nightfox on Mon Jul 21 11:42:05 2014
    Re: Tell me about BBS
    By: Nightfox to Vectorgamer on Sun Jul 20 2014 08:47 am

    You can quote messages in SlyEdit by pressing Ctrl-Q, or by typing /q on a line by itself and pressing enter.

    Ah! Thanks


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  • From Poindexter Fortran@VERT/REALITY to Nightfox on Tue Jul 22 09:31:22 2014
    Re: Tell me about BBS
    By: Nightfox to Vectorgamer on Sun Jul 20 2014 08:47 am

    or by typing /q on a
    line by itself and pressing enter.

    (testing)

    I did not know that!


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