The lifeblood of any BBS are the users, and in order to make a BBS a hangout that people want to go to, you need to give them a way to interact. This is what message bases are for!
What’s a Message Base?
Have you ever used a forum on a website? Most forums are written to mimic the original BBSes. There are different subboards (message bases) that have certain topics to talk about, or you can just drop into the ‘Checking In’ forum to talk about whatever you’d like. Our message bases are active with all things retro, modern, and just day-to-day life conversations.
How Do I Use Them?
There are many commands you can use in the message base area, but there’s only a handful that you need to remember. Let’s walk through it.
First, you’ll want to hit ‘M’ from the Main Menu for Messages.
Type ‘R’ for Read Messages. This brings you an option of selecting just one message base, all, or other options. Push Enter/Return to read everything that’s new.
Look at that, there’s 1 message since the last time you called. Let’s select Y or hit Enter/Return to read it.
It’s a message from our friend Smith commenting on us getting so old we’re retro. You can hit ‘?’ to see what commands are available.
Here’s a list of commands, but we want to respond to it, so we will hit ‘R’.
We’ll keep the subject the way it was and start typing our response. When we’re done, on BLANK line, we type ‘/s’ to save the message.
The message will be saved, and pressing Enter/Return will go to the next message (if there is one).