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 for bulletin board system
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  bulletin board system
      n 1: a computer that is running software that allows users to
           leave messages and access information of general interest
           [syn: bulletin board system, bulletin board,
           electronic bulletin board, bbs]

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  bulletin board system
  bulletin board
  message board
      (BBS, bboard /bee'bord/, message
     board, forum; plural: BBSes) 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".  Since the rise of
     the World-Wide Web, the term has become antiquated, though
     the concept is more popular than ever, with many websites
     featuring discussion areas where users can post messages for
     public consumption.
     Apart from public message areas, some BBSes provided archives
     of files, personal electronic mail and other services of
     interest to the system operator ({sysop).
     Thousands of BBSes around the world were run from amateurs'
     homes on MS-DOS boxes with a single modem line each.
     Although BBSes were traditionally the domain of hobbyists,
     many connected directly to the Internet (accessed via
     telnet), others were operated by government, educational,
     and research institutions.
     Fans of Usenet or the big commercial time-sharing bboards
     such as CompuServe, CIX and GEnie tended to consider
     local BBSes the low-rent district of the hacker culture, but
     they helped connect hackers and users in the personal-{micro
     and let them exchange code.
     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.

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