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goobster  ·  439 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 5, 2017

    ... instead of having a single organisation run the whole social network you have multiple groups of people running their own websites ...

So BBSes, then? :-)

I'm willing to bet money that a network of BBSes appear amongst the geek community in the next 18 months or so... it's time. And more secure.

rjw  ·  439 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yeah I think that the Mastodon/GNUSocial has a few problems (no assurances from instance owners that your data will be handled securely, no builtin fediverse-wide way of identifying yourself, the way that instances interact is not well understood by non programmers, etc) that I think people will be exploring alternatives. It would be fun to learn about BBS systems, they're so before our time...

Devac  ·  439 days ago  ·  link  ·  

There already are numerous active BBSes around. Until fairly recently I was actually using one that a friend from MDN setup for his MUD and a few other small projects like that.

Shame that most of them are still using Telnet, though. Quite a few offer SSH access after registering through Telnet, which seems at least a bit weird.

goobster  ·  438 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Back in the 1980's I used to run a Red Ryder Host BBS, and had traffic and mail from all over the world.

Maybe I need to find a working Mac Plus and US Robotics 14.4k modem, and set one up again...

... yeah right. In all my spare time! Sheesh.