Located and looks complete, well nite lite didn't come with pre-built menus so its complete from DOC to TOS files, Init and the config files. Now available on the download page for your enjoyment. Someone needs to bring this to life! Think DarkLord has room for this project..
Clip from the docs:
THE NITE LITE BBS PROGRAM
This documentation and the software it describes are copyright
1989, Paul Swanson. All Rights Reserved. They are distributed
as shareware. If you use this BBS program, support it by mail-
ing a registration fee of $35 to Nite Lite Systems, P.O. Box R,
Billerica, MA 01821. In turn you will receive, on disk, the
latest update of this software. Include the name and telephone
number of your BBS so that it can be added to the list of Nite
Lite BBSs. You may also purchase access to a support section
set up on the original Nite Lite BBS, accessible by modem at
300 or 1200 baud at (508) 663-4221, or at 2400 baud at (508) 663-
2885. Information is available on that BBS on how to purchase
access to this support section as well as information on the
purchase of the Multiline Nite Lite BBS program and the SP series
interface it requires. Any money you pay for registering this
one-line version as well as any money you pay for access to the
support section may be deducted from your purchase of the
Multiline Nite Lite BBS software.
Well, as it turns out, the "J3" is just for the SysOp from his command prompt. The SysOp screen is very sparse. "G" for Goodbye from a regular callers account works just fine. After I posted that first message, I created a regular user account and the presentation there is much better.
Okay, I grabbed the archive and set it up on my Mega STe.
It's brain-dead easy to setup. However, as the old saying goes, "The devil is in the details". This is one minimal, Spartan-approach style BBS. I think it has potential but I'm loathe to call it user friendly. For example, the command to logoff is "J3". See what I mean?
It does include some kind of scripting language, which I think everyone by now knows I'm a big fan of, simply because of the potential power and flexibility it brings.
I didn't do a lot more than that, for the moment. When I get time I might take a stab at creating some menu's and playing around with it. I partially read, browsed and/or skimmed through the "How to" doc but it is a bit on the dry side, even for BBS docs. I didn't see anything about how to add VT52, ANSI, etc screens, but it might be there. Of course, with VT52 it's usually just a matter of adding the codes.
While the docs point out that this release (oh, they don't do version numbers, BTW). is a single line, it's obvious that it's heritage is multi-line. There's a chat room and even an option to see who else is online. Of course, while the potential is there, I don't know how it could be utilized since the DC-Click board that I tried so hard to get released from its' current owners is a no-go situation. Sadly.
All in all, interesting stuff. If I wasn't already heavily invested in BBS Express! ST, this might be something that I would invest some serious time in...
Anyone else tried it out yet? I'd be interested in other opinions/thoughts...