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  • - a file-based offline mail reader format that was popular among bulletin board system (BBS) users, especially users of FidoNet and other networks that generated large volumes of mail. QWK was originally developed by Mark "Sparky" Herring in 1987 for systems running the popular PCBoard bulletin board system, but it was later adapted for other platforms. During the height of bulletin board system popularity, several dozen offline mail readers supported the QWK format.


  • - an application program that reads articles on Usenet (a distributed discussion system, which groups its content into a hierarchy of subject-related newsgroups, each of which contains multiple threads or discussions). Newsreaders act as clients which connect to a news server, via the Network News Transfer Protocol (NNTP), to download articles and post new articles. In addition to text-based articles, Usenet is increasingly used to distribute binary files, generally in dedicated "binaries" newsgroups.
  • - a news client (or 'newsreader') written by Larry Wall and originally released in 1984. It was one of the first newsreaders to take full advantage of character-addressable CRT terminals (vnews, by Kenneth Almquist was first). Previous newsreaders, such as readnews, were mostly line-oriented and designed for use on the printing terminals which were common on the early Unix minicomputers where the Usenet software and network originated. Later variants of the original rn program included rrn, trn, and strn.
  • SABnzbd - a program to download binary files from Usenet servers. Many people upload all sorts of interesting material to Usenet and you need a special program to get this material with the least effort.

  • - also killfile, bozo bin or twit list, is a per-user file used by some Usenet reading programs to discard articles matching some unwanted patterns of subject, author, or other header lines. It was first implemented in Larry Wall's rn.

  • nZEDb - a fork of newznab plus, while it was still open source. It automatically scans usenet, similar to the way google search bots scan the internet. It does this by collecting usenet headers and temporarily storing them in an SQL database. It provides a web-based front-end providing search, browse and programmable (API) functionality.


  • WendzelNNTPd - an IPv6-ready Usenet server (NNTP daemon) with the main goal to maximize usability on the console level. WendzelNNTPd achieves that by breaking down complicated things to an easy-to-use configuration file + tool. The server is portable (Linux/BSD/nix), supports AUTHINFO authentication, contains support for Access Control Lists (ACL), role based access control (RBAC) and supports invisible newsgroups. It currently allows MySQL and SQLite backends



  • NoNonsense Forum - a free, open source, PHP-based simple discussion forum. It favours removing barriers to conversation rather than massaging egos. It is ideal if you want a discussion platform you can throw up in seconds, is quick and easy to administer, simple to use and works great as a private forum for a team working together.

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Structured debate

  • Kialo - Empowering Reason - designed to facilitate constructive debate about the most important issues in the world, without turning into the usual Internet Shouting Factory. We aspire to become not just where you come to argue, but also where you can explore the reasons why people disagree and see diverse points of view on the issues that matter. On Kialo, you can view and critically assess others’ discussions, add your voice, and watch the conversation expand as more and more people chime in. [7]