ONE BBSCON 1993: Colorado Springs, CO
August 26-29,1993
Articles and Descriptions of ONE BBSCON 1993

Pasco BBS Magazine 93 BBSCON Recap (Vol. 1 No. 10) (October 1993)
Pasco BBS Magazine 93 BBSCON Recap (Vol. 1 No. 11) (November 1993)
Boardwatch Reader's Choice Top 100 BBSes, announced at 1993 BBSCON

MP3 Digitizations of ONE BBSCON Panel Discussions

Dr. Vinton Cerf: The Past, Present, and Future Internet 01h:13m:16s 27mb
Dr. Cerf's accompliments among the early days of the Internet are well-known and legion (a co-creator of the TCP/IP protocol, often referred to as the "Father of the Internet", heavily responsible for the Internet's decentralized and open architecture), and in this special recording, he discusses the Internet Society and relates the importance of the Internet in the context of BBSes. This talk centers primarily around his impressions of the growth of the Internet and his speculation of where the Internet was headed, and includes some nice narrative about how and why the Internet got started. He answers a number of questions related to the subject.
Lance Rose and Others: Legal Issues Session 01h:26m:52s 30mb
Lance Rose ran a website called "NetLaw" and wrote a book of the same name. During the early 90's, Mr. Rose published a large number of essays and articles related to Bulletin Board Systems and Sysop liability. Several celebrated cases during this time were either revealed in his essays or highly publicized by passing along articles he wrote. Celebrated for speaking straight-on and avoiding heavy terms, he holds court over this collection of speakers. Joining Mr. Rose are Mike Godwin of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, David Johnson of Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering (who also became a board member and Chair at the EFF), Pete Kennedy of George and Donaldson (who defended Steve Jackson Games in their lawsuit against the Secret Service), and Ken Smiley (heavy poster on the Fidonet BBSLAW conference at the time).
John Coate and Others: Building Online Community 01h:23m:59s 29mb
The speakers are actually John Coate and Cliff Figallo, co-workers at the Whole Earth 'Lectronic Link, or the WELL, one of the most celebrated of all the BBSes. This talk centers around what constitutes an online community, how to nurture it, and what contitutes a growing or shrinking community. The two speakers do a good job of trading off (as might be expected, since they'd worked together for years at the WELL before this speech was recorded) and a large range of subjects are covered. John Coate wrote a paper called "An Innkeeper in Cyberspace" which covers many of the aspects of running an online community at the WELL. As an extra bonus, the session is prefaced by Jack Rickard, who declares it one of his favorite sessions and gives a good introduction to the WELL.
Sheri Robert and Others: Guerrilla Marketing Your BBS 01h:13m:32s 26mb
It seems rather strange to have the Director of Marketing for Galacticomm (at this point a very successful BBS software company) conduct this talk, but she steers the panel well. Attending speakers include David Carlson (Sysop of the Electronic Trib BBS), Alex Nason (Sysop of the Free Financial Network BBS), Robert Michnik (Pro-Star Plus BBS), and Dean Kerl (The Garbage Dump BBS). Dean is a highlight, tackling the subject brightly and energetically, and pressing on everyone how every single marketing opportunity could be squeezed. All of the speakers have something interesting to say, and the spirit of the money-making BBS is very alive among the participants.
Anne Wells Branscomb - The Government, The Internet and the BBS 00h:55m:55s 20mb
Anne Wells-Branscomb had been a pioneer in the academic field of Information Resources, writing a large number of books and articles regarding what at various times was called the "Information Infrastructure" or the "Global Communication Network". She was a member of many different committees regarding law and policy in cyberspace, and some of her later books included "Who Owns Information? (1994) and "Emerging Law on the Electronic Frontier (1998)". In this lecture, she describes some of the major issues facing BBSes as they try to find a place in relation to law. Like anyone bringing up the subject of legal liability in BBSes, her reception is somewhat chilled, but she covers many important aspects of BBSes and shows a solid knowledge of the issues involved. Dr. Vinton Cerf makes a surprise appearance as a question from the audience. Sadly, Ms. Wells-Branscomb died in the Fall of 1997, leaving behind several books on the subject of information technology and law she had been working on during the last few years of her life.
David Johnson and Others - Privacy and Censorship.mp3 01h:05m:33s 23mb
Joining Mr. Johnson on stage are Dan Linton (Sysop of the Software Creations BBS), Lance Rose (Author of NETLAW, a book about online legal issues), Larry Wood (Administrator of the Graphics Forums on Compuserve), and Bill Schneck (Associate Senior Counsel for Prodigy). Each of these panelists weigh in with their thoughts on the two (somewhat related) issues, with particularly lively thoughts from Larry Wood. This tape had begun to deteriorate and has a bit of a muffled sound, but is understandable throughout the presentation. Additionally, there are large portions of the latter half of the tape where audience members ask long-winded questions away from any microphones. A good set of insights into the role of a BBS Sysop or Administrator in keeping their BBS on-topic without stepping on the writings of their users.
Alan D. Bryant - TBBS and Fidonet.mp3 00h:54m:30s 19mb
Alan D. Bryant, director of marketing at eSoft (makers of TBBS) and later the author of "Creating a Successful Bulletin Board System", gives an excellent introduction to Fidonet and the unique aspects of this network, and then goes into the process of getting TBBS to work with it. On the whole, the talk essentially disclaims complete assistance with the process of hooking to Fidonet, but promises more ease in the future. The clear and concise introduction to Fidonet at the beginning is well worth the price of admission. Unfortunately, he refers several times to illustrations explaining the Fidonet network, which can't be seen. Several long-winded questions are asked off-microphone.
Tim Pfeiffer - Credit Card Merchant Accounts 01h:03m:26s 22mb
Mr. Pfeiffer was a programmer with Teleflora (later Teleflora/Creditline). He describes, from start to finish, all the aspects of Credit Card charging, and then effectively relates it to the unique aspects of a BBS-related business. He knows his subject, and it translates to a nearly uninterrupted lecture on the whole process. Among the highlights are his discussions and warnings about the ups and downs of charging BBS memberships to credit cards, with a discussion of chargebacks from fraud, and how to deal with dissatisfied customers. He is asked a series of very technical questions by the audience and answers them well.
Chris Ambler - FSUUCP 01h:15m:21s 27mb
Chris Ambler of UUPlus Development discusses his program FSUUCP, which will function as a Usenet and Mail Gateway systems. He provides an introduction to UUCP and talks about the unique problems of working with MS-DOS and bringing in the mail to work with various BBS programs. The discussion becomes lively as various audience members ask him exacting technical questions and he answers them all. The audio sounds distorted but is understandable. Ambler has no hestitation to answer any question, and by the last half is answering extremely involved questions.
Jack Rickard and Phil Becker - BBSing for Profit 01h:28m:56s 32mb
Many documents and articles about the various BBSCONs refer to it or parts of it as the "Jack and Phil" show, a reference to Jack Rickard (Boardwatch) and Phil Becker (eSoft), co-organizers of the show. This two-part collection of speeches are shows these two gentlemen at the top of their game, giving their thoughts on what makes a successful BBS. More a marketing seminar and pep-rally than anything else, all the aspects of a BBS are covered, describing what makes it a place people want to call again and again. The crowd is delighted, the two speakers trade off effortlessly, and the knowledge just flows and flows.