A summary for those that haven't been keeping up with this series:
I found a number of 5.25" disks at a thrift store a number of years ago. I finally got around to acquiring a 5.25" disk drive and extracting the contents a while back. Since then I have been posting the contents here.
Based on the contents, at least some of these disks were apparently once owned by someone named Connie who used to run the “Close Encounters” Special Interest Group (SIG) on Delphi in the mid 1980s.
A specific definition of this SIG was found in a document on one of the disks: "This SIG, known as 'Close Encounters', is a forum for the discussion of relationships that develop via computer services like the Source, CompuServe, and Delphi. Our primary emphasis is on the sexual aspects of those relationships."
This service was text based and was accessed via whatever terminal program you used on your computer to dial in to Delphi’s servers. Many of these disks have forum messages, e-mails and chat session logs. All of this is pre-internet stuff and I don’t know if there are any archives in existence today of what was on Delphi in the 1980s. In any case, much of this stuff would have been private at the time and probably wouldn't be in such archives even if they existed.
This post includes the contents of NEWHELP.DOC dated October 20th, 1985. It appears to be a log capture from the terminal of a user navigating through the various menus and help files in the FlagShip Commodore SIG. Much of the help files shown here would apply to Delphi in general so this gives you a pretty good snapshot of what it was like to use and navigate Delphi back in the mid 1980s.
See the previous post here.