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COMMUNET  October 1993, Week 3

COMMUNET October 1993, Week 3

Subject:

Re: Community BBS Challenges in Tahoe -- DEFINITIVE !

From:

Miles R Fidelman <[log in to unmask]>

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Communet: Community and Civic Network Discussion List

Date:

Sat, 16 Oct 1993 08:54:12 -0400

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On Sat, 16 Oct 1993 [log in to unmask] wrote:
 
>      2) Territorial battles over creating a definitive information
>      center. At a conference last year there were 17 different groups
>      whose task was to put together an events calendar for the area. A
>      year later the groups are not much closer.  Groups seem afraid to
>      give up "control" of the info.
>
> Is this really surprising ?
>
> Just because you advertise "a community BBS system", you shouldn't
> expect to be "THE" community BBS.  Consider a BBS merely an alternative
> newspaper; expect other alternatives, newsletters, etc.
>
> I think community networks should be keep in mind that a network is a
> network, not a bbs, not a timesharing host, not an e-mail corner, but
> a real network.  Encourage other BBS's to develop, but also encourage
> them to NETWORK.
>
I agree wholeheartedly.  One of my big problems with BBSs, as opposed to
networks, is the tendency to use a powerful technology to fragment people
rather than bring them together.
 
A world with 50,000 un-networked bulletin boards frightens me.  If a
thousand of them have groups for the same interest area, chances are the
person I want to reach is not on the bulletin board I frequent.  By
contrast, when systems are networked, I need only check a small number of
Fido echomail conferences or Usenet newsgroups - which unite everyone,
everywhere with a common interest.
 
For a peek into my personal network nightmare, consider Minitel.
Nationwide access via packet network to about 50,000 separate, BBS-like
services -- many of which have their own email systems.  Pretty amazing to
consider that this nationwide system does not have a seamless email space!
 
Miles
 
 
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Miles R. Fidelman                   [log in to unmask]
Executive Director                  91 Baldwin St. Charlestown MA 02129
The Center for Civic Networking     617-241-9205 fax: 617-241-5064
 
Check out our gopher server:
CCN - The Center for Civic Networking
on the list of all gopher servers in the world.
 
Information Infrastructure = The Internet, Everywhere, for Everyone
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