APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP IN THE AMERICAN BBS ASSOCIATION
Requirements for American BBS Association Membership:
1. Operate an Electronic Bulletin Board System (BBS), Public or
Private, Free or Subscription which is available 24 hours a day.
2. Sign and return your agreement with the ABBSA Ethical Standards to
either your State ABBSA Chapter or the National ABBSA Office.
** (IMPORTANT: A -SIGNED-, HARD-COPY APPLICATION OS REQUIRED! Online/Netmail
applications cannot be accepted for membership approval.) **
American BBS Association Ethical Standards
1. I will not use or allow my BBS to be used for illegal activity.
2. I will not allow my BBS to be used to distribute Pirated or
Copyrighted software except where software Copyright and\or License
agreements specifically allow electronic distribution and if such
software is uploaded to my board without my knowledge I will remove
it when I am made aware of it.
3. I will restrict access to adult material by minors and I will make
ALL REASONABLE EFFORTS to verify that a caller is 21 years of age
before allowing that caller access to adult material.
4. If I run a Public BBS I will not refuse access to any individual
on the basis of age, sex, religion, race, or ethnic origin except
restrictions to specific conferences that are necessary to provide
Private Conferences for particular age, sex, religious, racial or
5. I will support and promote the Right of Freedom of Speech and the
free exchange of ideas among individuals.
I REQUEST MEMBERSHIP IN THE AMERICAN BBS ASSOCIATION. I OPERATE A FULL
TIME (24-HOUR) BBS, AND I SUPPORT THE ETHICAL STANDARDS OF THE AMERICAN BBS
ASSOCIATION. I AGREE TO OPERATE MY BBS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THESE ETHICAL
STANDARDS TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY.
Signature _____________________________________ Date ___________
BBS Phone Number(s) ___________________________
Sysop Name and Address:___________________________________
Sysop Phone number: ( ) -
SysOp FIDO Address: ----------------------------------- (if available)
Sysop Internet address:___________________________________ (if available)
(end of ABBSA membership application)
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(The name and addresses of Member Sysops are considered Confidential and )
(will not be provided to others without explicit permission of the individual)
(Sysop. BBS names and phone numbers are considered Public Information unless )
(you specfically request otherwise. )
If you wish to become a Member BBS of the American BBS Association, simply
sign this statement and mail a copy to your Regional Chairman, State ABBSA
Chapter or to the American BBS Association National Office at the addresses
listed below (for a faster response, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed
Upon signing and mailing this statement you are entitled to post a notice
on your BBS for up to 90 days that you are a temporary:
Member of the American BBS Association
(your_state Chapter) [if desired]
pending receipt of an acknowledgment from either your State or the National
ABBSA office that your application has been received after which you are a
permanent ABBSA member unless such membership is revoked by the State or
National Office. You are also encouraged to post ABBSA.BLT as a public
bulletin on your system.
* NATIONAL ABBSA CONTACTS:
ABBSA National Office
(Voice) (513) 225-3087; (513) 545-1093
(BBS) (513) 228-1020 (Conference 27)
Mailing address: American BBS Association National Office
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2603 N. Main Street
Dayton, OH 45405
The ABBSA National Support Conference is accessible for messages or echoing
(via QWK or front-end mailer) from the Dayton BOARDWALK BBS, Dayton, OH at:
2400-14400 (513) 228-1020 Conference 36
(American BBS Association and ABBSA are Service Marks of)
( the American BBS Association (1992) )