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In the first part of my history of early online LGBTQ spaces, I focused on the newsgroup soc.motss and the singular group of people it drew together.But to get to soc.motss, you had to have access to a Usenet news server, which was unavailable to those without an academic or institutional connection in the 1980s and early ’90s.If appropriate, you will automatically be granted access to the Tough Topics folder in forums. To obtain a Room 5 password you must be a member of the Adult Discussions forums folder. i Webcam® offers a variety of chat room configurations.Whenever anyone asked him a hypothetical question starting with "Could you be charged if you...", he would smile broadly, look the person in the eye, and say, "It depends". It depends on the jurisdiction, the exact circumstances, and probably on what mood the judge is on the day of trial, if it gets that far.A charge for corruption of a minor doesn't sound impossible to me, but I'm not an expert.In the 1980s, the major online spaces outside of the proto-Internet were bulletin board systems, or BBSs: local or regional dial-up networks—often running on a single computer, or a handful of them—operated mostly by hobbyists and enthusiasts.In 1984, hacker/skateboarder/anarchist/artist Tom Jennings created Fido Net, a homespun alternative to ARPANET that connected BBSs together—40,000 of them by the mid-1990s.
Mark, a gay rights activist since the 1970s, told me that he discovered a gay BBS called the Backroom in the 1980s via an ad in the back of the New York Advertising and Communications Network newsletter.Can someone get busted for having cyber sex with a minor, if there is no exchange of pictures and it is all done online?I know there have been cases of police officers posing as kids and busting people online, but IIRC they usually don't get busted unless there is an attempt to set up a real life meeting.Interactions were limited by the sheer slowness of the network.Typical BBSs offered all-text forum discussion, legal and illegal file sharing, and chat rooms, all at excruciatingly low bandwidth: 300, then 1,200, then 2,400 baud—for reference, 300 baud is roughly the speed of a fast typist.