As a whole other world, MOO must be experienced to be comprehended.
MOO = Multi-User /Dungeon/Dimension/Domain (I have seen all three) with
a data base written in Object Oriented programming code.
MOO = a virtual reality space, but don't expect what you have seen in the
movies. This `space' is textual. Users from all over the internet can
connect simultaneously to a MOO site and communicate in real time while
relaxing in the `rooms' they have built on the MOO. People use the MOOs
for work, school, and play. But play is almost always part of the
equation as noted by Becky Rickly and Eric Crump in
It's Fun to Have Fun But You Have to Know How! or, How Cavorting on
the Net Will Save the Academy
For a short history on early MUDs, precursors to MOOs, see Lauren Burka's
History of Multi-User Dimensions which provides a quick and
easy context of where all this stuff came from.
Not everything is textual on MOOs. Some MOOs are webbed. In this way,
the MOO acts as a web server, and the web interface lets you
peek into the MOO itself. You might run across some cool graphics
of objects in the MOO such as art galleries, maps, rooms or even the
characters themselves. Many people learn to build their first web
pages in the MOO, and what better place, when your html file
gets published automatically for you, and the help files in the
MOO are only a few keystrokes away?
The following links will connect you directly to the web
side of the MOOs.
While you are on the web side of sprawl, take a look at the homepages,
or click on the following to see some cool MOOpages built by a few of my
friendly (but clearly certifiable) MOOchums.
And well...you should get the picture by now.
If you tried any of the above MOOs, you might have noticed that they
provide a telnet link on their webbed pages for you to telnet directly
into the MOO...to get inside. "Raw telnet," visiting a MOO through
a telnet link only, without a "mud client" can be, well, a bit rough.
You may not be able to scroll back to look at conversation you missed;
the lines you type may get scrambled by the lines of others on your screen;
or your lines might not wrap correctly. To make for a more pleasant MOO
experience some people download
nifty little programs which provide a better interface for MOOing.
Learning to MOO, to speak, move around, build and program can be difficult at
first if you don't know where to go for help. Some MOOs send a list of basic
commands when you request a character. All MOOs contain help files in the
MOO program, available for your use while you are online. Some MOOs provide
a quiet room, such as MOOtiny's
where guests and new players can learn basic commands without text interruption
from other players (a major source of irritation and confusion for new people).
Finally, some MOOs provide inMOO tutorials such as the walk through at
Wrestling With Wor(l)ds
is one web site among many that one can consult as questions
inevitably arise. MOO-Central is a good place to go for Moo-Faqs Quite often, the best help you can get is from the many people online
who are more than happy to share their expertise. Try not to bother them too much unless
you have RTFM. As a last resort, check out LambdaMOO Programmer's Manual a source that has caused many to pull out their hair in total frustration.
- ATHEMOO An educational MOO, put together for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. All users are registered under their RL names.
- AussieMOO "AussieMOO is an open-styled, experimental and
research MOO for social interaction, conferencing, computer-supported cooperative work
(CSCW), lifelong education (beyond just K-Ph.D), object-oriented programming, experimental
psychology and philosophy MOO." Regular characters are expected to register their name, email, educational interests, and level of MOOing expertise. Excellent tutorial for newbies.
- BioMOO "A community of biology researchers, located at the BioInformatics Unit of the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel."
- BushMoo A "social" MOO, young and growing. A great place to practice MOOing skills and get to know folks from other places.
- DaMOO An educational MOO.
- DaedalusMOO Provides on-line support for teachers using DIWE. Temporary characters and guest characters available.
- DeltaMOO A 'social' MOO
which welcomes teachers and students.
- Diversity University Virtual metaphor based on university model.
- JaysHouseMOO Local MOO hang-out for proggers.
- LambdaMOO AKA "Lagda" for its horrific lag. However, you will find many of the MOO "oldtimers" here, MultiMOOing to their hearts' content. This MOO also has some *great* MOOlists.
- LinguaMOO Lingua MOO was
created to serve primarily the UT-Dallas Rhetoric and Writing program and
the School of Arts & Humanities. It serves as both a learning environment
for our students and a broader community for research and collaboration on
projects situated at the intersection of Arts & Humanities and electronic
media. Lingua MOO is also home to an international network of researchers
in these areas and supports links with other educational MOOs in the GNA-Net
(Globewide Network Academy).
- MOOSE Crossing
MOOSE Crossing is a place where kids 13 and under can come to meet other kids
from around the world, build new places to hang out, and program cool objects
to play with. MOOSE Crossing is a research project of The MIT Media Lab.
Be sure to check out the MacMOOSE client.
- MediaMoo Home to the Tuesday Cafe. Characters available to those researching computer literacy, computers and writing, and other related areas. All users registered under their RL names and email addresses. This MOO is not open to teachers with classes.
- MOOtiny UK based MOO. Welcomes
teachers and students. Extensive online html help files.
is another good place to go for papers such as:
Additional Resources for Online Education, online writing labs (OWLS), Distance Education Centers, Faculty syllabwebs, and student hypertext/papers. Please be patient
as this list evolves. If you have a site you would like to add, email me below
with the particulars: URL and a short description.
If you think students do some wild things, the "Techno-rhetoricians" who get together
once a week for Netoric's Tuesday Cafe are a bunch of loonies. I met
these folks online when I saw a post on ACW-L for the weekly meeting
at Tuesday Cafe on MediaMOO. These clowns take their fun and rhetoric
seriously though, especially when it comes to promoting Computers and Writing.
The Alliance for
Computers & Writing is first stop shopping. Enjoy the links and drop
by The Tuesday Cafe
some Tuesday evening. If you can't drop by, the session logs are
readily available at Netoric Homepages Oh, and as long as I am on the subject,
I found all these wonderful places through Internet Resources for Research and Teaching.
Please add your own link.
Actually, if you have any site you would like to add, please send
it/them along with Questions, Comments, Quandaries, Cusswords to Janet Cross