About The System
Stelex is a bulletin board system
which dates back to the early 1980's. It was also an experiment with electronic
memories and "born digital" content. BBS's usually contained
text files of news and information, and "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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