Not a Great Start to Social MOO-ingPosted: September 18, 2011
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 http://moo.echoduet.net/list.php
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:
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.