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Just wanted to drop you all a letter in response to the BBS article in the 5/16 issue of Washington City Paper (“The Lost World”). While we all enjoyed reading the article about the three guys who run BBSs in Washington, I decided to let you know that there was one serious omission in the article.

As you may know, the Crunchland BBS has been operating out of Alexandria, Va., since 1993. We have a dedicated, interesting group of users who are always up for discussions of, among other things:

the new Orbital CD

the new Prodigy CD

how much the new WHFS sucks, even though we kind of like that Transmissions show

what pound is the best in the area for adopting an adorable Sheltie mix

David Duchovny and Tea Leoni: Will it last?

how much Bob Levey sucks, although we love to make fun of him

D.C. flat tax? Business incentives for residents in the suburbs? Will there be life after Barry?

It was disappointing to see you guys focus on what usually gets reported in the media about online life, such as sex, drugs, and nerdiness. Although Crunchland has its share of all three of the above, the atmosphere is more ordered and mature than that of the BBSs reviewed in your story. Crunchland also features “normal” users: I met my boyfriend, a stock analyst, online, and I’ve met some of my dear friends on Crunchland, where the occupations listed include lawyers, reporters, campaign consultants, and serious poetry authors.

What does all this mean? There is a great potential for a BBS such as Crunchland to offer a great place to meet people (outside the creepy bar scene), people to talk to, things to do almost any time of the day or night, and a great chance to throw ideas around with a lot of intelligent and informed people. As one of the people in your article mentioned, it’s just a lot more local and relevant to discuss politics with someone else who lives in D.C., rather than trying to explain the phenom that is Marion Barry to someone living in Sacramento.

Crunchland’s sysop, DSF, has been experimenting with expanding operations to the World Wide Web at www.crunchland.com, but for those of you who would like to get an idea of the potential the online BBS scene really holds, pick up the phone and call (703) 765-6885.

Arlington, Va.

via the Internet