Stelex BBS  Toronto, Canada.
       On-line since 1984

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About The System

Stelex is a bulletin board system which dates back to the early 1980's.

Stelex is also an experiment with community electronic memories and "born digital" content, and the refurbishing or enhancement of "old", pre-digital content.

Bulletin board systems usually contained text files of news and information, and there would be "electronic mail" (messages between the system's users) stored on the operator's computer. You could download and upload various files - there would be a some sort of "login" protocol, and user listings and logs.  Many systems offered games and text-based "chat" between users. "Help" files and downloadable user guides and other attempts at documentation explained what was available, and provided suggestions as to how you ought to proceed when you were in a particular "room", compartment or section of the the overall system.

BBS's were often associated with computer clubs or other groups-of-early-adopters of the technology, and the largest systems like CompuServe had areas that catered to (and were often run by) such groups.*


 *CompuServe was originally packaged as a sort of box with login instructions and a book that resembled a user guide.

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