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LUSENET was a free public bulletin-board system active from 1995 to 2005.
Created as an experiment by MIT computer scientist and early internet entrepreneur Philip Greenspun, the TCL-based system was named as a pun combination of USENET and luser. Because LUSENET allowed anyone to start their own forum for free and did not have banner ads, it became an important alternative to commercial sites run by Yahoo and Google. It was long favored by non-profits and eventually bloggers in the late 1990s, such as one for the unofficial San Francisco History Index, and the popular I Love Music forums.
The system running LUSENET crashed in March 2005 and it is no longer active. The content is frozen as of that date.
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