This is an example of a help file available on DaMOO, either inMOO or on the web. This note is left in room #11 which is the central hub, or main public room of the MOO. To read the note in the MOO you would type:
read #706 and you would see: There appears to be some writing on the note ... Become familiar with the layout of the MOO: As on all MOOs, room #11 is the central room, or the "hub." From there you can move N, S, E, or W. We have an East and West wing, leading to various public rooms: the welcome room, pub, and games room to the west, the conference room and some offices to the east. To the North lies a gateway which can transport you to the different planets. To the south lies the Library, where we house many help files, URLs, maps, and other various objects. All the rooms off #11 comprise the central "hub" of the MOO. We encourage you to practice moving around in these rooms, in MOO and on the web, in order to orient yourself before moving on to other planets. MOO help files: help movement help go help look help @exits help @display help @examine
@rooms This will return a list of rooms you can @go to by typing @go
@go #500 or @go scrabble will take you to the scrabble lounge You can add any room to your own list, rather like adding a bookmark. @addroom will add the room you are currently in. @addroom [the-name-you-want-use] will add any room open to you, with a shortcut name of your choice. To look at a room: l here This will return the room description, the contents of the room, objects, players, and the exits. @display here This will return the name of the room, the room#, the owner, and the parent of the room, IE, what type of generic room it is. @exam here This will return the name of the room with aliases and room#, the description of the room, the contents, including characters, and the obvious verbs on the room. @exits (if you own the room) helpful if you are @digging exits This will return the exits, their names and #s and aliases. @ways to (if you do not own the room) This will return the exit names and aliases. @sweep This will tell you if any object is "listening"in the room. Be aware that some rooms are "logging rooms." Also some "puppets" or "bots" may look like characters, but can be used by people to monitor conversation, and even log it, while the owner is elsewhere, either in another room, elseMOO, or offline. Additionally, any object can be programmed to "listen." Please read `help privacy` for more information. help here This returns any help available on the room itself.
Part of your assignment for the web project will be to make a room on the MOO.
Digging a room for yourself is quite easy. There is inMOO help on the "@dig" command, and that help can also be accessed via the web page and printed out. I'm just going to give you the quick and dirty run down. Please note that info in [any brackets] is the info that YOU elect, such as a room name. Do NOT type the brackets. Read the help on help available in the help cabinet in the library basement.
To make your own room. @dig [Room Name] THEN write down or note the room number. THEN @move me to #XXXX (the object number for that room) THEN @describe here as (whatever you type here will be your room description which you can edit at will). THEN @sethome This command will set your character's home in your room.
The reason for all this silliness will become apparent as you break into your project groups and start researching the rhetoric of the internet. We will use MOO space to build collaborative annotated bibliographies of your research. Your group will build an area which explains your project in an imaginative way. People ought to be able to visit your rooms and imagine the author, theme, or philosophical issue your group chose to explore.