So, I recently decided to go through every #BBS on the Telnet BBS Guide site list.
My plan is to see which ones are still up and which ones aren't. Also document the BBSes themselves - as in, what games they run, if there's a community, what software you can download and if you can speak to the admin and lots of other things!
I would like to interview every admin I can, whether over IRC, email or whatever.
If you know where I can find more BBSes, or you run one, just reply to this msg!
@fuuko the core of my project comes from this: https://1200baud.wordpress.com/2017/03/04/build-your-own-9600-baud-c64-wifi-modem-for-20/ it's a great and affordable way to get a C64 online.
I'm forking off and rewriting the firmware just for the fun of it though. I'm learning how to design PCBs along the way, just to make an entire device from start to finish. Never done anything like it before, it's fun.
@fuuko hardware is a lot more accessible than I ever thought.
Posted abot that previously: https://social.chinwag.org/@mike/101317027218111791
The linked article in that is fantastic reading.
@fuuko I know two ppl who run Telnet BBS's so when I find the BBS details I'll pass them on. Dunno if either are on anything other than Farcebook or email tho.
@fuuko FWIW: I've poked them and afaik both sites are in the Telnet BBS website list somewhere. Not sure if they're both online at the moment (one of them has had recent crashing problems, but that might be fixed now).
@RussSharek @fuuko no joke, I'm on a telnet BBS I've been on since the late 90s. The community is tiny but persistent. Some people there would like to advertise or recruit or otherwise get more people involved, me, I'm like "it took us 20 years to shake out all the abusive assholes, I like 95% of the people here now, why put that at risk by bringing in unknown quantities???" this is probably an extremely short-sighted and counterproductive attitude but it's how I've felt
@RussSharek @fuuko honestly there are 20 year old hatreds and resentments there too. Some people there drive me crazy. I've quit fora rather than deal with them. Even *within the BBS* there is a private room (one can get in by asking to but most have forgotten it exists) and I'm happy with *it* because there are assholes in the larger BBS that I like being able to avoid... the community/interpersonal issues are fractal.
I said I wouldn't, so no worries. It's important that people want to shed light on these wonderful communities, but not at a human cost. If it disturbs the peace of those communities and robs them of their privacy, even if it's the peace of one person, I think it's better to respect it.
That's my opinion, and as far as getting to your BBS, I was still a long ways off haha.
rdnetbbs.com is my telnet bbs.. think I've mentioned it before :)
Only recently reopened so it needs some work but is online :D
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