In 1995, several hundred persons experienced in computer conferencing were
conferring electronically to discuss the past and imagine the future of online
communities and commercial communications services.
As a result of those discussions we decided to join together to create a
member-owned virtual community and commercial non-profit online service, The
Our goal has been to share what we have learned online and then apply our
collective wisdom to design that which will be in the future.
"The River was an open, self-governing, uncensored, economically
sustainable, computer conferencing system. The central missions of the River
are to maintain a medium for conversations among a group of diverse people, and
to foster virtual communities which control their own destiny. The River
Community was owned and governed by the people who created the high-quality
conversations which were the source of the River's value. The River was dedicated
to experimentation, and welcomed newcomers."
To members and subscribers the River provided, in this priority:
conferencing (command line and web interface), email, and shell access.
Beginning in 1999 the River also offered leased private conferencing to
members, subscribers, and others.
User fees were $10 monthly, or $100 for a full year in advance.
For new users paying monthly, the second month's fee was waived.
Each user was be allowed 5 Megabytes of free disk storage. Additional
storage was to be charged for at the rate of $1 per meg per month, but
in practice was never charged.
The River was a member-owned, member-governed co-op. Any River account
holder could become a member by paying the annual membership fee of $50.
The River was incorporated in the State of California.
You can contact us via email at (email@example.com)
Questions to (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The River was a service mark of The River Cooperative
Corporation. We used the Yapp
Web page corrections to email@example.com
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