= B =
bboard /bee'bord/ n.
[contraction of `bulletin board']
1. Any electronic bulletin board; esp. used of BBS systems
running on personal micros, less frequently of a Usenet
newsgroup (in fact, use of this term for a newsgroup generally
marks one either as a newbie fresh in from the BBS world or as
a real old-timer predating Usenet). 2. At CMU and other colleges
with similar facilities, refers to campus-wide electronic bulletin
boards. 3. The term `physical bboard' is sometimes used to refer
to an old-fashioned, non-electronic cork-and-thumbtack memo board.
At CMU, it refers to a particular one outside the CS Lounge.
In either of senses 1 or 2, the term is usually prefixed by the
name of the intended board (`the Moonlight Casino bboard' or
`market bboard'); however, if the context is clear, the better-read
bboards may be referred to by name alone, as in (at CMU) "Don't
post for-sale ads on general".
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.