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                    "T H E   O F F I C I A L"
                          B B S   F A Q 
                           Version 1.0
                      Copyright (C) - 1994
                 Author/Editor - Claire Walters
              clairew@pluto.njcc.com BBSFAQ@AOL.COM

SUBJECT: Frequently asked questions for, alt.bbs, alt.bbs.allsysop,

       comp.bbs.misc Usenet newsgroups.

PURPOSE: To answer frequently asked questions for those wanting to

       setup a BBS.
                T A B L E    O F    C O N T E N T S

*

                CHAPTER 1 -INTRODUCTION TO THE FAQ 

* 1.01 - Introduction

  1. Why was The Official BBS FAQ written?
  2. Where do I send e-mail regarding the BBS FAQ?

1.02 - Disclaimers 1.03 - Copyright Notice 1.04 - Trademark Information 1.05 - Where can I download the BBS FAQ?

  1. FTP Site
  2. Requesting the BBS FAQ via e-mail

1.06 - Meet the FAQ Writers

*

           CHAPTER 2 - THE WORLD OF BBSING INSIDE YOUR PC

*

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                    COMMERCIAL BBS SOFTWARE
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DOS BASED SOFTWARE

2.01 - Excalibur BBS 2.02 - Major BBS 2.03 - Searchlight 2.04 - PC Board 2.05 - TBBS-The Bread Board System 2.06 - Wildcat! BBS

HOST PROGRAMS FOR MS WINDOWS

2.07 - Filex 2.08 - Freemail

                =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
                 SHAREWARE/FREEWARE BBS SOFTWARE
                =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

DOS BBS SOFTWARE (shareware/Freeware)

- Charisma BBS - DLX BBS - EISBBS - Executive Host For Telix - Falken - Feathernet Pro - FidoBBS - FreeSpeech BBS v3.10a - Harmony BBS - Illusions BBS - JetBBS - KBBS - Maximus v2.01wb - Mutant BBS - Opus CBCS 1.73a - Osiris XLT BBS - Pheonix BBS - QuickBBS - Remote Access - Renegade - RoboBoard BBS - RyBBS - Sapphire BBS v4.05 - SpitFire v3.4 - SuperBBS - Synchronet - TAG BBS - Telegard - TriBBS - TurboBoard BBS - UltraBBS - VBBS/Virtual BBS - Vision-X - Waffle BBS - WWIV

OPEN YOUR WINDOWS TO THE WORLD!

- What is Ghost BBS? - Power BBS - Front Line for Windows v3.8

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                          OS/2 Q&A
                        =-=-=-=-=-=-=

- What is OS/2? - Why not just DOS? - What are the advantages of OS/2 as a BBS? - What are the disadvantages of OS/2 as a BBS? - What BBS software runs in OS/2?

           =-=-=-=-=-=-==-=-=-=-=-=-==-=-=-=-=-=-==-=-=-=
                OS/2 SHAREWARE/FREEWARE BBS PROGRAMS
           =-=-=-=-=-=-==-=-=-=-=-=-==-=-=-=-=-=-==-=-=-=

- Oblivion/2 2.10 - Kitten - Lora v2.33-1 - Magnum v7.00C - Maximus v2.01wb - Virtual BBS v6.10 (VBBS)

OS/2 COMMERCIAL BBS's

- OraComm

PC HARDWARE

- What basic hardware setup do I need to start a BBS? - What hardware is needed to add more phone lines?

NETWORKING YOUR PC BBS

- Introduction - What is a network? - What do I need for a network? - The Topology - Hop on the bus - Hitch your dreams to a Star - The NIC - The NOS and Network Type - Novell Netware - LanTastic - Windows for WorkGroups - The New Kid In Town: CoActive - EtherWave - How does all this hardware help me?

CD-ROMS & YOUR PC BBS

- How do I add a CD-ROM to my BBS? - Can I have more than one CD-Rom for my users to access? - Do I need any special software to run a CD-rom(s)? - Books & other resources when using a Cd-rom on your BBS

BBS ADD-ONS/UTILITIES

- What is RIPScript? - What is a fossil driver? - What do I need to offer fax services to my users? - Front-End Mailers

ANSII & the PC BBS


- No outline provided yet

FILE CHECKING PROGRAMS


- When users upload files, what utilities are avilable to check for

viruses & duplicates?

QWK MAIL


- What is QWK mail? - The BBS software I chose did not include QWK mail capabilties, how

do I add QWK mail to my BBS?

- What QWK mail software is available?

BBS DOORS


- What is a BBS door? - What doors are available? - How do I install a door? - Notes of Multi-line systems - Notes on DOORWAY

CHAPTER 3 - SYSOPING WITH MACINTOSH/APPLE

INTRODUCTION

3.00 - Where can I get a copy of the Macintosh BBS FAQ?

COMMERCIAL BBS SOFTWARE

3.01 - NOVALINK PRO 3.02 - FIRSTCLASS 3.03 - TELEFINDER 3.04 - Commercial Software comparison chart

SHAREWARE/FREEWARE MACINTOSH BBS SOFTWARE

3.05 - HERMES II 3.06 - MANSION 3.07 - PUBLIC ADDRESS v0.9b9 3.08 - SECOND SIGHT 3.09 - Hi BBS

HARDWARE NEEDED TO RUN A MAC BBS

WHAT HARDWARE IS NEEDED TO RUN A MACINTOSH BBS?


3.10 - The Basics 3.11 - A Minimum Machine 3.12 - Hard drives and accessing information. 3.13 - Accelerating your Macintosh BBS 3.14 - CD ROMS and your BBS

SETTING UP PHONE LINES ON A MACINTOSH


3.15 - Serial ports on a Mac 3.16 - Multiport cards for expanding the number of lines 3.17 - SCSI interfaces for expansion 3.18 - Other connection types for the Macintosh

MODEMS & THE MACINTOSH BBS


3.19 - Modems 3.20 - Carrier detect and the Macintosh 3.21 - Hardware handshaking and the Macintosh 3.22 - High speed modems

THE MACINTOSH & PUBLIC NETWORKS

3.23 - NOVAWORLD 3.24 - THE ONENET NETWORK 3.25 - FIDONET ON THE MACINTOSH

COMPRESSION OF FILES TO SAVE DISK SPACE ON YOUR MAC

3.26 - Why compress files? 3.27 - Stuffit format 3.28 - Compact Pro Format 3.29 - Binhex 3.30 - Zip format

RIDING A MAC ON THE INTERNET

- Not provided at the time of this release

*

                CHAPTER 4 - UNIX AT YOUR SERVICE

*

4.01 - What's a Unix? 4.02 - The Pro's & Cons of a Unix BBS 4.03 - What factors should I consider when starting BBS on UNIX?

SHAREWARE/FREEWARE BBS SOFTWARE

What shareware BBSes are available for Unix?


4.04 - Citadel/UX 4.05 - DOC 4.06 - PANDA 4.07 - UBBS 1.01 (Linux) 4.08 - UniBoard 1.12 4.09 - XBBS 7.21 4.10 - Magpie 4.11 - UnixBBS

COMMERCIAL UNIX BBS SOFTWARE

- TEAMate BBS

UNIX HARDWARE

- What would I need to start a small dial-up BBS to run

on a UNIX box?

- What hardware & software do I need to network my Unix BBS?

CHAPTER 5 - BBSing WITH AMIGA

AMIGA COMMERCIAL BBS SOFTWARE

5.01 - AmiExpress 5.02 - BBX 5.03 - CNet Amiga 5.04 - DLG Pro. v1.0 5.05 - Excelsior! BBS 5.06 - MEBBS 5.07 - XENOLINK 1.90

AMIGA SHAREWARE/FREEWARE BBS SOFTWARE

- 4D-BBS - ABBS Software - AXsh - CITADEL - Reccoon - TransAmiga - Max's BBS v1.52

AMIGA HARDWARE

WHAT IS THE BASIC HARDWARE I WOULD NEED TO SETUP AN AMIGA BBS?


- Introduction - Commodore Amiga on the inside. - Know your needs when setting up a BBS, or your company's needs. - An explanation of Amiga systems. - Pro's & Con's about Amiga hardware when running a BBS.

INTERNET AMIGA STYLE

- No Outline provided

*

         CHAPTER 6 - SYSOPS SURFING THE SUPER HIGHWAY

* I want to provide Internet access on my BBS…

(Topics to be covered) - Who do I contact to get Internet on my BBS?

  1. How much does it cost?

- Are there different type of internet connections? If so, what are

my options?

- What is TCP/IP, SLIP, UUCP, ISDN, leased lines? - What type of software do I need to have an Internet connection? - Satelite Services - Turn your PC into a Usenet Site

CHAPTER 7 - NET IT UP - GETTING YOUR BBS ON AN ECHO NETWORK 7.01 - Why network? 7.02 - What is an echo net? 7.03 - Where do I find information? 7.04 - Do echo networks charge? 7.05 - What are the differences between networking technologies? 7.06 - What do I have to do to join? 7.07 - Do I have to get rid of my cats to join Fidonet? 7.08 - Do the echo nets have e-mail? 7.09 - How can I start my own net? 7.10 - How will my users interact with the nets? 7.11 - How can I avoid becoming merely a "net outlet?" 7.12 - How can I start my own net? 7.13 - What are some of the network that are out there?

CHAPTER 8 -SETTING UP FILE LIBRARIES Q: Where can I get an assorted selection of shareware/freeware files

 to start up the file libraries on my BBS?

8.01 - Shareware vendors 8.02 - Encouraging your users to upload

CHAPTER 9 - LEGAL ISSUES FACING THE BBS SYSOP 9.1 - Introduction

9.2 - The Legal Risks

     Civil Lawsuits
     Criminal Liability

9.3 - The Major Issues and Some Suggestions

         
   - 9.3.1  Negligence
   - 9.3.2  Breach of Contract
   - 9.3.3  Viruses
   - 9.3.4  Public Messages and Defamation
   - 9.3.5  E-mail, Privacy, and ECPA
   - 9.3.6  Encryption
   - 9.3.7  Copyright Infringement
   - 9.3.8  Obscene Material, Child Pornography and Indecent Speech
   - 9.3.9  Regulated Activities 
   - 9.3.10 Taxes

9.4 Limiting Liability Through Disclaimers

9.5 Incorporation

9.6 Closing Thoughts and Some Legal Resources

CHAPTER 10 - DECISIONS OF A SYSOP 10.01 - So you want to be a sysop? 10.02 - How much do I charge my users?

  1. What is TABS?
  2. Accepting credit cards as payment from your users.

10.03 - Can I make money running a BBS? 10.04 - Building your online commmunity. 10.05 - Books & other helpful sources for sysops

Modems

10.06 - Carrier Detected

CD-ROMS

10.07 - Takin' a spin through the CD-Rom showroom

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