T E X T F I L E S

BBS Messages

Textfiles, intended to be transferred from BBS to BBS and user to user, were

the longer-lasting legacy of the 1980's, but a much more fluid portion of

the boards was the true lifeblood of the culture: the messages. Every BBS

has a number of message bases where users could post about whatever they

thought to discuss; debates, rag wars, advertisements, and boasts all

played out the same dramas all over the country and the world. When you logged

onto a BBS, and started reading the bases you had access to, you could get a

sense, almost immediately, of what the "character" of the board was. Some

were dictatorships, some were insane asylums, some were office buildings.

In the files below, you will get a glimpse of these wonderous worlds that

affected mine and others' lives, and the steady stream of mind-to-mind

communication that shot out of a thousand nighttime modems.

ALANWESTON

The Alan Weston BBS Message Collection (1990-1996)

ALTERREALITY

Message Bases from the Alter Reality BBS (1989-1991)

BACKWATER

Message Bases from the Backwater BBS (Unsorted)

TBFILES

TBFILES/index.gmi

YABBS

Message Bases from Alex Wetmore's YABBS (1994)

103dbug2.txt

MESSAGE: Tradewars Informationn, by Stephen Whitis (March 5, 1994)

103dbug3.txt

MESSAGE: Tradewars Information by Stephen Whitis (March 5, 1994)

103dbug4.txt

MESSAGE: Tradewars Information, by Stephen Whitis (March 5, 1994)

103dbugs.txt

MESSAGE: Tradeware Information, by Stephen Whitis (March 5, 1994)

acking.txt

Some BBS Messages about Hacking, December of 1984

anarchy.txt

Postings from an Anarchy Sub-Board, Telegard Conference, Late 1991

anonym.txt

Postings to the Anonymous Attic on the 1985 BBS, May, 1984

apples.txt

Messages from the Apple Pirate board on Sherwood Forest II, 1985

avatar.posts

The America Online Project Avatar Posts Archive (June 28, 1992)

bbs.txt

Message Base with Ads for BBS's, 1985

bice.txt

LODCOM: Selected Messages from Black Ice Private (April-May 1989)

black1.txt

LODCOM: Large Sampling of Messages for the LODCOM Project

bombs.ana

Postings to the Bombs Message Base from the South Pole BBS

bruce.txt

MESSAGE: Monty Python Lyrics, by Micah Holmes (February 16, 1994)

bruce2.txt

MESSAGE: Monty Python Lyrics (The Bruces) by Saul Ansbacher (March 23, 1994)

brutal.txt

CAPTURE: Text Capture of Brutal, early Danish Hack/Phreak BBS by FIgaro (1992)

buldagr1.txt

BBS Messages: Johnny Dagger and friends build a story late one night (1993)

bullcreek86.txt

BBS MESSAGES: The Bull Creek BBS in Austin, TX (Sysop: Mark Bryant) Messages from 1986

bust_bbs.txt

Some Messages Preceeding a BBS Piracy Bust (September 27, 1991)

channl-1.txt

Discussion of the Modem Tax on the Channel 1 BBS (August, 1993)

chatter.asc

GodNet General Chatter Message base (February, 1993)

chin.txt

MESSAGE: Monty Python Lyrics (I Like Chinese) from Micah Holmes (March 15, 1994)

circlems.txt

Some Postings from The Inner Circle about Blue Boxing

citadel-story.txt

Citadel Explains the Citadel-TOPx Log Files from 1996 (2002)

citadel-top.log

Log Files of TOP BBS (January, 1996)

citadel-top2.log

Log Files of TOP BBS (January, 1996)

citadel-top3.log

Log Files of TOP BBS (January, 1996)

color$.txt

The Color Box, from the Aluminum Gerbil (40 Columns, Uppercase)

compcond.txt

CAPTURE: The Computer Connection BBS (1982)

compconna.txt

CAPTURE: The Computer Connection BBS (1982)

compconnb.txt

CAPTURE: The Computer Connection BBS (1982)

compconnc.txt

CAPTURE: The Computer Connection BBS (1982)

conspir.asc

The GodNet Conspiracy Theory Echo (June, 1993)

corruptc.txt

Extracts from the Corrupt Computing BBS

crash.txt

Submission for mod.telecom ("Crashing" a Central Office) (April 26, 1987)

crazy

How Someone Harassed Someone Else on FidoNet

crckin.msg

Messages from a "Cracking" BBS Conference, August, 1994

crime.txt

Discussion of Credit Card Fraud on a BBS, with the Sysop Offering Help to the Secret Service (May, 1994)

cy-chat.txt

Cyberpunk BBS Message Base (Early 1991)

cyberadv.txt

Online Cyberpunk Role-Playing BBS (March 1991)

death.txt

MESSAGE: A Little Poem of Death by Robert (October 2, 1993)

death2.txt

MESSAGE: An Ode to Death, by Sysop III (October 19, 1993)

debate.txt

The Debate Den Message Board on the Safehouse BBS

diversibuffer.txt

BUFFER: Messages on a Diversi-Dial, Late 1980's

docwho.eko

Capture from a Dr. Who Converence, (May 1992)

docwho1.eko

Additional Captured Messages from a Dr. Who Conference (May 1992)

ericbee.txt

MESSAGE: Monty Python Lyrics by Micah Holmes (Eric the Half a Bee) (February 17, 1994)

feather.txt

24 msgs on The Feather's Quill (A BBS Story Board)

frwrks.txt

Pyrotechnic BBS Message Base (May-July 1984)

fuckyouf.txt

Uncensored Transcripts from the MindVox "Fuck-You" Forum, Compiled and Moderated by Jim Felcher (1994)

galaxy.txt

MESSAGE: Monty Python Lyrics (The Galaxy Song), from Jason Levine (March 1, 1994)

grabbag.msg

All sorts of interesting snippets

hackers.msg

BBS Messages: The Compost Heap, Hacking Sub-Board, March 1986

hackshak.txt

LODCOM: Selected Messages from The Hack Shack BBS

hate-mod.txt

A Very Large Flamewar on a Usenet Message Base in West-Germany

The BBS Flamewar travels to USENET...</I>

hpnumber.txt

Collection of Hacking and Phreaking Codes on a BBS Message Base (November-December, 1991)

indy3.txt

Capture of a Gaming BBS Message Base, Circa 1990

info4

Hacker Messages from PC-Pursuit NetExchange BBS (February 1988)

int_pyro.txt

Messages from the Pyromania Section of a Citadel BBS (June 1990)

iroc.txt

LODCOM: Selected Messages from the Inner Realm of Communications BBS (IROC)

jerky.txt

A Large Collection of Jerky-Related BBS Messages and Files (1994)

journal.txt

The Works BBS Endless Story File

junk.txt

Message Base about Luding on the 1985 BBS

kindbud.txt

BBS Messages from Kind Bud's Hemp Discussion Corner

letter.txt

A Great Message by The Slipped Disk

lifesong.txt

MESSAGE: Monty Python Lyrics (Bright Side of Life) from Micah Holmes (March 8, 1994)

lodcom.hac

Lodcom Sample Messages Set #1, 4/20/93

lodstuph

LODCOM: Internal Release about the LODCOM Project, as well as LOD Messages

lotsames.msg

Complete Smattering of Messages, October

luding.txt

Posts on the Luding Message base from 1985 BBS, Feb.

lumberja.txt

MESSAGE: Monty Python Lyrics (Lumberjack Song), from Jim Maciorowski (February 14, 1994)

messag.msg

Wares, Cracking and Pirating Messages, November

messy.msg

"General" to "Elite Phreak", November

meta01.txt

Messages from a Pagan Fidonet Echo, February 1988

meta02.txt

Messages from a Pagan Fidonet Echo, February 1988 (Part II)

mjunkdrw.txt

Collection of Messages from the Junk Drawer BBS

modemtest.txt

Messages from The Modem Test BBS (Sysop: Charles "Chuck" Hood) (1993)

morgue.cap

A Capture of Textfiles and Messages from The Morgue BBS (March, 1985)

movie.txt

The Movie Review Alcove Message Base of the 1985 BBS

nurses.hum

Messages from Nurses in Bondage

nurses2.hum

More Messages from Nurses in Bondage

nurses3.hum

And Yet More Nurses In Bondage

old_msgs

Explosives for Fun and Pleasure, Uploaded by Shadow Knight (May 17, 1987) (Has Anarchy Messages Around It)

os2news.txt

Messages about the IBM PS/2 1991 Forum (April 18, 1991)

p80-1.txt

LODCOM: Selected Messages from the P-80 BBS (January-March 1984)

p80-2.txt

LODCOM: Selected Messages from the P-80 BBS (March 1984)

peyote.txt

BBS Messages about the Supreme Court and Peyote

philosip.txt

The Philosophy Message Base of 1985 BBS, circa 1984

phoenix1.msg

The Incredible LOD Phoenix Project #1

phoenix2.msg

The Incredible LOD Phoenix Project #2

phoenix3.msg

The Incredible LOD Phoenix Project #3

phreaks.txt

General Phreaking Message Base

pod_rule.txt

Posting of Mesages on Pagan/Occult BBS (Rules for the Conference)

qbbs_mess.txt

MESSAGES: Capture of messages from the QBBS Support Board (April 12, 1988)

randomne.hum

The Slipped Disk's Ramblings

robin.txt

MESSAGE: Monty Python Lyrics (Brave Sir Robin), from Jason Levine (February 19, 1994)

roundtab.txt

MESSAGE: Monty Python Lyrics (Knights of the Round Table) from Michah Holmes (February 23, 1994)

sitface.txt

MESSAGE: Monty Python Lyrics (Sit on my Face), from Jeff Stokes (March 6, 1994)

slippe.hum

More weird writings by the Slipped Disk

snurgle.txt

What the Hell is a Snurgle? (BBS Postings)

softrev1.txt

Software Reviews Message Base (July, 1991)

spamskit.txt

MESSAGE: The Spam Sketch (Monty Python) from Richard Cote (March 11, 1994)

sperm.txt

MESSAGE: Monty Python Lyrics (Every Sperm is Sacred) from Micah Holmes (March 10, 1994)

strek.txt

Inter-WWIV Posting about Star Trek

stuff3.txt

Goodbye Message from the Off the Wall BBS

sysopsue.hum

Message Base: Can Sysops Sue Their Users?

syssong.txt

MESSAGE: The Sysop Soung (Monty Python Parody) by Mark Williams (February 19, 1994)

tardis2.msg

Pretty bleak Dr. Who BBS Conference ..15 Minute Time limit...

telec.txt

Basic Telecommunications Message Base by The Videosmith

telnetfe.txt

Message Captured from the Telenet PC Pursuit Net Exchange BBS (February 1988)

trekkie.txt

Star Trek Message Board from The Safehouse, 1984

tt900507

MESSAGES: Messages from the Tender Trap BBS Circa May, 1990, by Dream Hunter Rem (1990)

udgbbs.txt

Large BBS Ad Message Base List (January 1991)

vi900906.vir

Messages about Viruses on a FidoNet board

vi901029.vir

Messages about Viruses on a FidoNet board

virdisc2.txt

Messages: Virus Discussion, 1991

vmb.txt

Mish-Mash Collection of Various Phreaking Textfiles, 1990

wopr.txt

LODCOM: Selected Messages from WOPR BBS (December 1984)

wotchlst.txt

MESSAGES: Selection of Science Fiction BBS Messages

wotmisc.txt

MESSAGES: Selection of Science Fiction BBS Messages (Prodigy)

wotproph.txt

MESSAGES: Selection of Science Fiction BBS Messages (Prophecy)

wowie!!.msg

Messages from October

zachman1.msg

MESSAGE BASE: William F. Zachmann Quits the Ziff Davis Publishing Company (Compuserve) (1992)

zachman2.msg

MESSAGE BASE: William F. Zachmann Quits the Ziff Davis Publishing Company (Compuserve) (1992)

zachman4.msg

MESSAGE BASE: William F. Zachmann Quits the Ziff Davis Publishing Company (Compuserve) (1992)

It is very important to give credit where it's due; in 1993-1994, the

remaining members of the Legion of Doom, now called LOD Communications,

decided to take on a vast project of bringing the past to the BBS users

of the present. They would do this by transcribing BBS messages from all

the most popular and active phreaking and hacking boards of the 1980s

and presenting them in their original 40 or 80 column format, all the

spelling and grammatical errors intact, and giving a profile of the

boards the messages came from. In many ways, textfiles.com had the same

idea, 6 years later. The project got underway, but never really achieved

the nationwide/mass acceptance it was supposed to, and these important

files were in danger of being lost a second time.

I'm pleased to be a part of bringing many of these files back to you,

and give a bow to these pioneers of BBS nostalgia/history.

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