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[#] Wed May 05 2021 01:37:32 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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I'm wondering if , in a modern context - it would be easier just to be able to make static rooms that would display a static webserver in a message. 

Kind of like an embedded YouTube video - but you could have a Citadel Wiki room, with the message in the wiki containing an embedded redirect to another (local) server, and that sever could be running .js DOSBox games... 

It would be the same net effect - a room where you could play a game without  "leaving" the BBS. The message would basically be a browser within your browser. 

 

Wed May 05 2021 00:40:38 EDT from ASCII Express
I agree, this development happens at the right time, and it excites me as well.
I posted this in the main Citadel support room but I'll put it here as well. How about some kind of support for BBS doors?

 



[#] Wed May 05 2021 01:39:16 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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And if Citadel exposed that code - it would be up to the admin to work out the details on their back-end for what that Wiki page would be serving up. 

I mean, you could probably embed *Facebook* as a door inside a Citadel if this was implemented. :) 

 



[#] Wed May 05 2021 10:48:47 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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I posted this in the main Citadel support room but I'll put it here as

well. How about some kind of support for BBS doors?

Interestingly, we had a "doorway" command from the very first version in 1987. It was deprecated in 2007 and removed entirely in 2010. The reason for its removal was that we could not provide a consistent user experience across text, web, and client software users if we had doors running on only one type of login.

On a retro BBS site, it might actually make more sense to put Citadel on the *far* side of the doorway.

[#] Wed May 05 2021 13:53:54 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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So, you're suggesting something more like having a Retrobbs software be the front-end - with Citadel running as a door off of it? 

It seems like there *is* a way to skin this cat - and that it is probably in breaking the paradigm that we feel comfortable approaching it from (Citadel is the main BBS - the doors come off of it.) 

 

Wed May 05 2021 10:48:47 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar
I posted this in the main Citadel support room but I'll put it here as

well. How about some kind of support for BBS doors?

Interestingly, we had a "doorway" command from the very first version in 1987. It was deprecated in 2007 and removed entirely in 2010. The reason for its removal was that we could not provide a consistent user experience across text, web, and client software users if we had doors running on only one type of login.

On a retro BBS site, it might actually make more sense to put Citadel on the *far* side of the doorway.

 



[#] Wed May 12 2021 01:09:58 EDT from ASCII Express

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Interesting ideas. Yes I understand wanting to provide a consistent experience. As others have pointed out, web-based DOS emulators exist. But again that only solves half the problem. I don't know..... but I'd also like to find a solution.
What about a separate program, a door server, that could authenticate against Citadel and play the games? Users would still have to telnet or SSH to another port. Or to make it even lazier they would have to create an account on the game server. Just brainstorming.....
Hosting it in a room reminds me that I would want it called the Game Room, in keeping with the room-based concept. I imagined a command to play the games as in a traditional BBS.

Or the room on Citadel would serve as the place for discussion, and people would have to telnet to play the games, but that sort of breaks the flow.....


Running Citadel as a door has the problem going the other way. A user would have to create a second account on the Citadel.

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