Re: Is an HTML BBS feasible?

Lambert (paumic@ids.net)
Fri, 3 Nov 1995 21:56:56 -0400


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Date: Fri, 3 Nov 1995 21:56:56 -0400
To: www-html@w3.org
From: paumic@ids.net (Lambert)
Subject: Re: Is an HTML BBS feasible?

>This subject has not been discussed in the year I have been subscribing to
>this list.  I hope it is on target for this group.
>
>I would like to start a user-friendly, Web-based bulletin board system which
>would allow people to take part in discussions using only their Web browser.
>
>The concept seems simple enough.
>
>A person would come to the home (top) page and select a hyperlink to a
>discussion topic.
>
>Eash topic page would function as a separate forum/newsgroup.
>
>Is the concept feasible or have I missed something?  Has anyone seen something
>like this in practice?
>
>TIA
>
>
>Clint Hyer, General Partner     clint@hyer.com
>hyer.com productions
>Princeton NJ  08543-2003
>                "Effective Communications for the Internet"


I think HyperNews is great. It shows a hierarchical orgnization, each reply
has its own seperate page, it has membership for the posters, and levels of
security. It also allows use of graphics to display what type of message it
is (e.g. sad, smiley, angry, and other). It can even mail all the responses
to you, so you can keep up on answers. It is all performed by scripts
automatically, and be included at the bottom of an HTML page.. The only
downside to HyperNews is that it is a pain to install. I have not done it
yet, because you need to know UNIX, and have a dedicated CGI directory. But
its worth it. Here is an example of a HyperNews Page:

---------------------------
I need help
   Re: I need help
   Re: I need help
      Re: I need help
         Re: I need help
   Re: I need help
      Re: I need help
Great idea
   Re: Great idea
   Re: Great idea
      Re: Great idea
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Mike