bulletin board system

Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Financial, Acronyms, Wikipedia.
Related to bulletin board system: bbs, CompuServe, Computerized Bulletin Board System

bulletin board system

[′bu̇l·ət·ən ‚bȯrd ‚sis·təm]
(computer science)
A computer system that enables its users, usually members of a particular interest group, to leave messages and to share information and software. Abbreviated BBS.

bulletin board system

(communications, application)
(BBS, bboard /bee'bord/)

A computer and associated software which typically provides an electronic message database where people can log in and leave messages. Messages are typically split into topic groups similar to the newsgroups on Usenet (which is like a distributed BBS). Any user may submit or read any message in these public areas.

The term comes from physical pieces of board on which people can pin messages written on paper for general consumption - a "physical bulletin board". Ward Christensen, the programmer and operator of the first BBS (on-line 1978-02-16) called it a CBBS for "computer bulletin board system".

Apart from public message areas, a BBS may provide archives of files, personal electronic mail and any other services or activities of interest to the bulletin board's system operator (the "sysop"). Thousands of local BBSes are in operation throughout the world, typically run by amateurs for fun out of their homes on MS-DOS boxes with a single modem line each. Although BBSes have traditionally been the domain of hobbyists, an increasing number of BBSes are connected directly to the Internet, and many BBSes are currently operated by government, educational, and research institutions. Fans of Usenet and Internet or the big commercial time-sharing bboards such as CompuServe, CIX and GEnie tend to consider local BBSes the low-rent district of the hacker culture, but they serve a valuable function by knitting together lots of hackers and users in the personal-micro world who would otherwise be unable to exchange code at all.

Use of this term for a Usenet newsgroup generally marks one either as a newbie fresh in from the BBS world or as a real old-timer predating Usenet.
References in periodicals archive ?
But with the right computer equipment, a few shareware programs, and a phone line, police departments can create bulletin board systems that allow them to reach out to the citizens they serve.
Another is that citizens who may be reluctant to bother the department with a telephone call may not think twice about posing a question via the bulletin board system.
The warrants to purchase common stock are traded on the over-the-counter bulletin board system as SDCOW.
Our shareholders require the greater liquidity and market support that the bulletin board system affords buyers and sellers of our shares.
TSX VENTURE:CYK) ("Cryopak") announces that in its ongoing efforts to reduce its costs and regulatory burden, effective June 15, 2005 its Common Shares will no longer be listed on and traded through the OTC Bulletin Board system and will be terminating the registration of its shares under the U.
Greystone's common stock is traded on NASDAQ's over-the-counter bulletin board system.
The Phoenix Group Corporation (Pink Sheets:PXGP) announced today that it has secured a market maker that has filed the necessary forms to move trading of the company's common stock from the Pink Sheets to the Nasdaq Bulletin Board system, now that the company has become fully reporting with the filing of Forms 10-KSB and 10-QSB.
OTCBB: BUGS), commenced trading today on the OTC Bulletin Board system under the symbol "SSWM.

Full browser ?