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 for BBS
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  BBS
   /B?B?S/, n.
  
      [common; abbreviation, ?Bulletin Board System?] An electronic bulletin
      board system; that is, a message database where people can log in and leave
      broadcast messages for others grouped (typically) into topic groups. The
      term was especially applied to the thousands of local BBS systems that
      operated during the pre-Internet microcomputer era of roughly 1980 to 1995,
      typically run by amateurs for fun out of their homes on MS-DOS boxes with a
      single modem line each. Fans of Usenet and Internet or the big commercial
      timesharing bboards such as CompuServe and GEnie tended to consider local
      BBSes the low-rent district of the hacker culture, but they served a
      valuable function by knitting together lots of hackers and users in the
      personal-micro world who would otherwise have been unable to exchange code
      at all. Post-Internet, BBSs are likely to be local newsgroups on an ISP;
      efficiency has increased but a certain flavor has been lost. See also {
      bboard.
  

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