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A sysop (pronounced /ˈsɪsɒp/, an abbreviation of system operator) is an administrator of a multi-user computer system, such as a bulletin board system (BBS) or an online service virtual community.

Co-sysops were users who were granted certain admin privileges on a BBS. Generally, they would help validate users and monitor discussion forums. Some served as file clerks, describing and inserting newly arrived shareware, Freeware, and other files into appropriate download directories.

Historically, the term system operator applied to operators of any computer system, especially a mainframe computer. In general, a sysop is a person who oversees the operation of a server, typically in a large computer system. Usage of the term peaked in the late 1980s, being mostly used to refer to BBS operators; someone doing equivalent functions on the Internet is primarily referred to as a "sysadmin", short for system administrator.

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Up to date as of January 15, 2010

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Etymology

From the first syllables of system and operator.

Noun

Singular
sysop

Plural
sysops

sysop (plural sysops)

  1. (computing, Internet) A system operator, especially someone who administers an online communications system or bulletin board.

Verb

Infinitive
to sysop

Third person singular
sysops

Simple past
sysopped

Past participle
sysopped

Present participle
sysopping

to sysop (third-person singular simple present sysops, present participle sysopping, simple past and past participle sysopped)

  1. (intransitive) To work as a sysop.
  2. To give someone sysop privileges.

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