Network54 launched new access control and syndication features for its popular free forum service. Unlike other community builders, which force group leaders to use a single access model, Network54 lets these forum hosts decide for themselves what model best fits their particular interests. Forum creators have the choice of opening their resources to the public or requiring users to retain membership in a closed group, or anything in between. Network54 has enabled its directory structure as well as every forum with XML. The hockey directory, for example, syndicates a list of the most popular discussions on the ice sport, while a specific forum transmits its most recent message titles. To insure easy dissemination, Network54 supports ScriptingNews and both revisions of MyNetscape RSS formats. According to, Network54 is the largest supplier of publicly syndicated XML content.