I'm sure they're very careful not to be leading, but just how far do they go?
If arranging a meeting is the "point of no return", and they're in a chatroom with other minors or people pretending to be minors, how do they avoid being the ones committing the offense?
In the first part of my history of early online LGBTQ spaces, I focused on the newsgroup soc.motss and the singular group of people it drew together.
But to get to soc.motss, you had to have access to a Usenet news server, which was unavailable to those without an academic or institutional connection in the 1980s and early ’90s.
Once Upon a Tide is holding an event on 08/22/2017 (calendar): Topless Tuesday.
In 1984, hacker/skateboarder/anarchist/artist Tom Jennings created Fido Net, a homespun alternative to ARPANET that connected BBSs together—40,000 of them by the mid-1990s.I hope this question was asked for general information purposes only.The fact that the police would (and do) have to pose as minors to prosecute or collect evidence seems to me to subsantially weaken the case in this situation.(In 1988, Jennings also started While many computer-oriented BBSs attracted an audience of software pirates, porn sharers, and would-be hackers, a significant number of BBSs for gay men also sprung up.Mark, a gay rights activist since the 1970s, told me that he discovered a gay BBS called the Backroom in the 1980s via an ad in the back of the New York Advertising and Communications Network newsletter.