List of bulletin board systems

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This is an incomplete list of notable bulletin board systems:

  • Amateur Action BBS[1]
  • French Connection BBS - famous California dating BBS written by Hal Finney and Stephen Cohen started in 1979[2]
  • CBBS – the first BBS on record, established 1978
  • Celco 51 Operation Cybersnare – United States Secret Service Cellular Fraud sting BBS
  • Demon Roach Underground – popular hacker BBS and former home of the CULT OF THE DEAD COW
  • ExecPC BBS – America's largest dial-up BBS through the late 1980s
  • Forum 80 – based in Kingston upon Hull, the UK's first BBS, started in 1980
  • GLIB Gay and Lesbian Information Bureau – BBS based in the D.C. Metro-area offering information and support services to the gay and lesbian community in the 1980s and 90s. Also operated "GayComm Talk About Aids" FidoNet echo.[3][4][5]
  • ISCABBS – largest worldwide BBS, formerly located at the University of Iowa, and still running as of 2019.
  • MindVox – famous New York based BBS and internet service provider founded by members of Legion of Doom
  • Monochrome BBS – BBS based in the UK, founded in 1990 and still running 2018
  • OSUNY – legendary old-school hack/phreak BBS from the 1980s
  • pcmicro
  • Plover-NET – early hacker BBS, origins of hacker group Legion of Doom
  • PTT Bulletin Board System – largest BBS in Taiwan, still the most popular online forum in 2018
  • Purple Ocean – one of the largest North American Gaming BBS's of in the mid-1980s
  • Rusty n Edie's BBS – raided by the FBI in 1993 and sued by Playboy in 1997
  • SDF Public Access Unix System - Started in 1987 as an ANIME SIG and continues to run as "In Noisy Digital Era, Elegant Internet Still Thrives".
  • SF Net – was a coin-operated BBS accessible from select coffee shops located throughout the San Francisco Bay Area
  • SMTH BBS – The largest BBS in China, hosted by Tsinghua University
  • StarDoc 134 – DOS/Linux hybrid test BBS. Running modified ELEBBS software
  • The Brewers' Witch BBS – Texas-based BBS catering to Pagan and Neopagan discussion and community
  • TOTSEBay Area BBS known for large and often controversial selection of text files and internet discussion forum

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Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ "EFF "Legal Cases - US v. Thomases - Amateur Action (AABBS), Memphis" Archive". Retrieved 11 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ The Chronicles. Prime Publishing. 14 March 2008. ISBN 978-1-4392-0101-5.
  3. ^ "Gay Organizations Displaying a Growing Influence In Suburbs".
  4. ^ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC National AIDS Clearinghouse) (1 November 1994). A Guide to Selected HIV- and AIDS-Related Information Services in the U. S. DIANE Publishing Company. p. 40. ISBN 9780788114687.
  5. ^ "Big Changes Coming To The Internet When NSF Pulls Plug". Reno Gazette-Journal. September 19, 1994. p. 42. Retrieved 1 May 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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