Typical forum rules from 1996.

Anyone can post – they do not have to register. They just type their name or it displays Anon.

No moderation.

Flame wars can rage for a long time.

Rec. groups were the downtown district and Alt. groups were the seedier part of town usually.

If tangents got too big too often, a new sub group was spun off.

Star Trek ruled the roost in the Sci fi forums.

That was Usenet. First bots appeared there.

Many groups were unmoderated and unmoderatable.

Yeah. Rec dots were okay and Alt dots were a bit more risky so to speak.

I seem to remember a few Sci? dots that were actually pretty damn decent.

Typical forum rule from 1999:

You don’t talk about forum club.