A bulletin board system, commonly abbreviated to BBS, consists of a server equipped with software offering message exchange services, file storage and exchange, and games via one or more modems connected to telephone lines.
Popular between the late 1970s and the first half of the 1990s, the worldwide network of BBSs was supplanted by the Internet. In the 2000s, the term BBS could be used to refer to an Internet forum, particularly in Asian countries. However, a "new generation" of BBSs emerged at the end of the reign of telephone BBSs. Telnet therefore enabled BBS users to continue their activities in the new generation.
sus.fr (formerly MMN) has been an online BBS since 1996. First in Toronto, Canada, then in Bristol, UK, and now in Paris.
Before 2005, the BBS used different software. Since the mid-90s, I've always wanted to run a Wildcat! BBS, it was the gold standard of BBSs with a client for Windows 3.1 and Windows 95 that did much more than was considered possible at the time.
You can log into the BBS system's web portal and think it hasn't aged well, but at the time, logging into a BBS with the client and then launching the web portal without an internet connection was very new.
The physical BBS machine is the same as the one I 'upgraded' in 2007, held together with hope and dreams. All the hardware is much older, as these are second-hand computers that I bought for less than £60.
There are occasional problems with the system, so if it breaks down, don't be surprised. It might take me a while to get it back online.
You can even connect to the machine, as I have a VoIP line in Canada for that (one day I may add a French number to it, but I make no promises).
If you don't care about that (most phone plans in France allow free calls to Canada), you can connect with a modem to this phone number 00 1 (416) 548-4117