There is an episode of BBS The Documentary from @textfiles that is about FidoNet, which was... almost, kind of, like an early federated forum thing (basically it let people on BBS server 1 could talk to people on BBS server 2). The tech details don't line up exactly but I was struck watching it a few years ago at how the social dynamics of admins of different BBSes mapped pretty perfectly onto fediverse admins.
Anyway if you want to feel like time is a flat circle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ng0NE4lDP2U
@darius Man, FidoNet does bring some memories - that and how it found a way to connect with your favorite Usenet groups. Good times, good times.
@darius I was thinking about this recently and reflecting on my experience running a BBS as part of WWIVnet in the early 90s. That documentary has been on my list for a while, and I guess it’s time I got to it.
@maverick604 @darius @textfiles Fellow #FidoNet and #BBS user here. One of my early Internet email addresses was via a FidoNet gateway. Jason Scott's documentary is *fantastic* and I highly recommend it.
There is another one, done last year, that looks at the modern BBS scene - which is still present, even including FidoNet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0OwGSX2IiQ
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