Bulletin Board Systems

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Bulletin Board Systems
The Cleveland Freenet
Freenets are open-access, free, community computer systems.  One such
system is the Cleveland Freenet, sponsored by CWRU (Case Western
Reserve University).  Anyone and everyone is welcome to join and take
part in the exciting project---that of a National Telecomputing Public
Network, where everyone benefits.  There's no charge for the
registration process and no charge to use the system.
To register, telnet to any one of
After you're connected, choose the entry on the menu that signifies
you're a guest user.  Another menu will follow; select Apply for
an account, and you'll be well on your way to being a FreeNet member.
You will need to fill out a form and send it to them through the
Postal Service---your login id and password will be created in a few
days.  At that point you're free to use the system as you wish.  They
provide multi-user chat, email, Usenet news, and a variety of other
things to keep you occupied for hours on end.