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Chapter 21. Forums, Chats, and Other Add-Ons > Creating and Hosting Forums

Creating and Hosting Forums

Before the Internet became popular, many of the people who wanted to meet in “cyberspace” did so via online services such as America Online or dial-up bulletin board systems (BBS), most of which were locally run using a computer, a modem, and a phone line or two. The bulletin board software would answer the phone, log in the user, show some news about the BBS, and allow the user to post messages in various forum areas to participate in ongoing discussions.

While the phone-based BBS isn’t quite the cutting-edge tool that it once was, much of its functionality has been moved to the Internet in the form of Web-based forums and bulletin board applications. Forums exist on all sorts of topics—computer support, politics, music, and so on.


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