Not a Great Start to Social MOO-ing

My practicum project is the Social Moo option in Online Communities.  I have to use a text-only virtual world like LambdaMOO, PythonMOO, or Rupert.  The prompt says I “can think of it as a chance to travel back to the early days of the internet.”  No kidding.  When I Google searched “lambdamoo join” I came to a page that explained how to join with either Unix, or Windows 95/98/NT.  After searching “Windows NT” I found that this system had versions released between 1993-1996.  My Windows system is too new.

I abandoned LambdaMoo for a moment to try and search the Moo “Rupert” which was suggested on the prompt.  I searched “Rupert Moo” on Google, and I got at least 3 search result pages that had no sign of the social MOO and about all the results linked to Rupert Moon, who I found out, courtesy of Wikipedia, is a “former international rugby union player.”

On to the next Social MOO, I thought, searching for “Python Moo.”  I got to a Yahoo page that showed PythonMOO with a link to access PythonMOO and after clicking on the link, it said “the URL is not valid and cannot be loaded.” I turned then to Yahoo Search, typed in “MOO List,” and connected to

I decided from there to choose LambdaMOO and was taken to their homepage.  I looked for information on how to sign up or log into it.  As I scrolled down, I found common commands for talking with others on the MOO, a few can be seen below:

Talking- HELLO THERE (only one needed) You and everyone else in the room sees:
Guest says, “Hello there”.

Emoting- : SMILES (only one : needed) You and everyone else in the room sees:
Guest smiles.

The talking seemed a little complicated, but not nearly as complicated as trying to find a way to connect to LambdaMOO until I saw a button at the top of the page on the right side that said “Enter Lambda MOO.”  I found this was not as obvious as, say, signing up for Facebook or Twitter, where an entire page is dedicated to signing up.  After clicking this button, I was asked to select a program in which to use LambdaMOO.  I choose Firefox, and when I clicked to run the program, I got continuous pop-ups of “Untitled Pages” on my browser screen.  I ended up with about 30 before I could actually quit the browser screen.  Then Firefox popped up again and started multiplying Untitled pages.  This time there were only about 12 by the time I closed Firefox.

I reopened Firefox to make sure my browser wouldn’t do that again once I opened it.  It didn’t, but when I tried to open LambdaMoo again it started popping up Untitled pages yet again.

Needless to say, I don’t think I’ll be using LambdaMOO.

One Comment on “Not a Great Start to Social MOO-ing”

  1. stephwez says:

    This was an overall great post, because I could relate. I’m sorry for your struggles with this program, I experienced the same thing in 7th grade many years ago when it was a project we had to do in my Writing&Lit class. Even way back then, this type of program seemed ancient. We had to look up codes online for how to properly respond in these Social MOO’s, which was a pain. It’s an interesting concept, because everything on computers these days seems so easy and never that complex. I think back to yesterday’s lecture about consumers and producers, and when these types of programs were first discovered, it was in a time where consumers ruled and professionals were making them. However simple of a program it may seem to be, it is much more thought-provoking and a struggle for people like us in today’s society vs. people using Unix, or Windows 95/98/NT years ago.

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