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CASLL-L May 1995

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Fanderclai Tari <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 4 May 1995 15:59:26 -0400 (EDT)

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                        THE NETORIC PROJECT
 
    Begun in the spring of 1993, the Netoric Project is a series
    of real-time discussions, conferences, and workshops for those
    who use computers in teaching writing.  The Netoric Project
    provides the computers and writing community with an ongoing
    forum for professional development and collaboration.  Not
    only does the project regularly bring together geographically
    distant colleagues; it also promotes the value of networked
    communication many of us advance in our own classrooms.
    Events are held in various rooms of the Netoric Complex on
    MediaMOO*.  Participants connect to MediaMOO, go to the
    scheduled room, and talk to each other in real time.  To
    participate, all you need is the ability to telnet and the
    attached MediaMOO Guide for Netoric Guests.  As well as
    special events, Netoric coordinates weekly informal
    discussions, held on Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time at
    Tuesday Cafe.  Topics for Netoric events and discussions are
    announced on the MBU (MegaByte University, Computers and
    Writing) listserv and on information boards in the Netoric
    Headquarters and the Tuesday Cafe on MediaMOO.
 
    The Netoric Complex on MediaMOO consists of the Netoric
    Headquarters, three conference rooms, the Tuesday Cafe,
    and the NHQ Media Center and Library.  You can go to any
    of Netoric's rooms by connecting to MediaMOO, entering
    @GO NETORIC HEADQUARTERS, and using the various exits
    listed in the room description of the headquarters.  In
    the headquarters are several information boards.  In the
    NHQ Media Center and Library (@GO NETORIC HEADQUARTERS;
    then DOWN), you'll find a slide show explaining the Netoric
    Project, as well as other objects of interest.  Simply
    examine the objects in the Netoric Complex to see explanations
    of how to use them (the attached guide explains how to examine
    objects in MediaMOO).
 
    Netoric logs all of its events and the logs are available to
    anyone interested. To see the list of logs available as well as
    information on how to obtain copies of those logs, go to the
    NHQ Media Center and Library and look at our catalogues.
 
    These catalogues, recent logs, announcements of upcoming
    events, and other Netoric documents are also available on
    the Netoric gopher site.  To reach these resources, gopher to
    daedalus.com and follow the directory Alliance for Computers
    and Writing to the Netoric directory.
 
    The Netoric Project is coordinated by Greg Siering of Ball
    State University and Tari Fanderclai of the University of
    Louisville, with help from many of our colleagues across the
    country.  We welcome inquiries about the project and
    suggestions for Netoric events and discussion topics. E-mail
    Tari at [log in to unmask] or Greg at [log in to unmask]
    (On MediaMOO, Greg is known as GregS; Tari is Tari.)
 
 
       *"MOO" stands for MUD, Object Oriented, and a MUD is a
       Multi-User Dimension--a site that allows users to connect
       through telnet or other clients.  MUDs offer users a
       text-based virtual reality and the ability to communicate
       in real time.  A good source of beginning information
       about MUDs is the FAQs from the various newsgroups on MUDs.
       Many of those FAQs are also stored at the ftp site
       ftp.math.okstate.edu in pub/muds/misc/mud-faq and at
       rtfm.mit.edu in the news.answers archives.  MediaMOO is a
       MOO based at M.I.T. and used by media researchers to share
       ideas and collaborate on projects.  An important note about
       MediaMOO is that it is not one of the MUDs that permit
       teachers to bring in their students.  For more information
       about MediaMOO's purpose and policies, connect to MediaMOO
       as a guest and enter HELP PURPOSE.
 
 
                           **************
 
 
                MEDIAMOO GUIDE FOR NETORIC GUESTS
 
 
    CONNECTING TO MEDIAMOO:
 
       To get to MediaMOO, telnet to either of these addresses:
           purple-crayon.media.mit.edu 8888
           OR
           18.85.0.48 8888
 
       Ask locally (try your HelpDesk or equivalent) if you don't
       know how to telnet on your system.
 
       After entering the address, you'll get a screen that says
       "Welcome to MediaMOO."  There, enter:
           connect guest
 
       You'll be told what guest character you've connected to
       (Guest or Some-Color_Guest).
 
         (If instead of the MediaMOO welcome screen, you get stuck
         at "SunOS UNIX (microworld)" followed by "login:," either
         you forgot to enter the port number--the 8888--or you need
         to ask locally to find out how to enter the port number so
         that your system will use it.)
 
 
    OPTIONAL SUGGESTION FOR NETORIC GUESTS:
 
       When you connect to a guest character to attend a Netoric
       event, you may want to identify yourself to others at the
       event.  You can't change the name of the guest character
       you're using, but you can change its description.  To do
       so, enter:
           @describe me as <Your name, etc.>
              Example:  @describe me as Jane Smith from University
                            of Ohio
 
       Put anything you like in the description.  When you press
       <Enter>, whatever you've typed so far will be entered as your
       description, so don't press <Enter> until you're finished.
 
       After describing yourself, enter:
           look me
 
       You'll see the description you set.  To change the
       description, repeat the @describe process.  Don't feel
       obligated to put your name on a guest character if you
       prefer to remain anonymous.  Any description you set will
       be removed from the guest character when you leave MediaMOO.
 
 
    FINDING OTHERS ON MEDIAMOO:
 
       To find other people, from wherever you are, you can enter:
           @who
 
       You'll see a list of those logged in and their current
       locations.  Notice how long a character has been idle--
       someone who's been idle for awhile probably isn't paying
       attention and won't see you or hear you if you try to join
       or talk to him/her.
 
 
    MOVING AROUND IN MEDIAMOO:
 
       If you see someone you know on the @who list, you can enter:
           @join <character's name>
              Example:  @join Tari
 
       You'll teleport to that character's location.  When you
       arrive, you'll see a description of the room and a list of
       who's there.
 
       If you know the name of the room you want to go to, enter:
           @go <name of place>
              Example:  @go Tuesday Cafe
 
       If you get a message saying you can't go to a particular
       place, you probably tried to go to a locked room.  Just pick
       a different place to go or a different character to join.
 
       Many rooms have lists of "obvious exits" followed by names
       of rooms they lead to.  You can walk to those rooms by
       entering the names of the exits.  For example, in the Netoric
       Headquarters, you can enter <down> to go to the NHQ Media
       Center and Library; <up> to go to the Tuesday Cafe, <west>
       to go to the Alexandria Conference Room; etc.
 
 
    COMMUNICATING WITH OTHER CHARACTERS:
 
       When you see another character, you can talk to him/her by
       typing a <"> followed by what you want to say; for example,
       you might enter:
           "Hello.  I'm new here and need some help.
 
       When you enter such a line, the other characters in the room
       with you will see your character's name, followed by what you
       say.
 
       To show action, type a <:> and then the verb phrase for what
       you want to do, like this:
           :smiles and waves.
 
       When you enter such a line, the other characters in the room
       will see your character's name, followed by the action you
       are performing.
 
       You can page or whisper to another character, and only the
       character you page or whisper to will see your message.  You
       can whisper to a character only if s/he is in the same room
       as you; you can page any character who is connected, no matter
       where in the MOO s/he is.
 
       To page a character, enter:
           page <character's name> <message>
              Example:  page Tari Help--I'm stuck in the LEGO Closet!
 
       To whisper to a character, enter:
           whisper "<message>" to <character's name>
              Example:  whisper "Whew--I finally got out of that
                            closet!" to GregS
 
 
    LOOKING AT CHARACTERS, ROOMS, AND OBJECTS:
 
       To see the self-description and list of research interests
       of a character in the room with you, enter:
           exam <character's name>
              Example:  exam GregS
 
       To see a character's real name and e-mail address, enter this:
           @whois <character's name>
              Example:  @whois Tari
 
       To review the description of a room you're in, enter:
           look
 
       If in the room you're in you see an object you want to examine,
       enter this:
           exam <name of object>
              Example:  exam NetoricSlides
 
       Sometimes "exam" doesn't work; an object may not be a real
       object, but just one a room's description asks you to imagine.
       But often, examining objects lets you find objects you can use.
 
 
    ON-LINE HELP IN MEDIAMOO:
 
       To get general help while in MediaMOO, enter:
           help
 
       To get help with a specific command, enter:
           help <command name>
              Example:  help whisper
 
       If the response to "help <command name>" is  "no help is
       available" or "I don't understand that," try a different
       word, or ask another character which word to use to get the
       help screen you need.
 
       Some help screens mention LambdaMOO, which was the first MOO
       (and which is still going strong at lambda.parc.xerox.com 8888).
       In some of MediaMOO's documentation, "LambdaMOO" has not been
       changed to "MediaMOO."  The information about commands, however,
       is correct.
 
       There are a few help screens MediaMOO strongly encourages
       first-time guests to read; to see them, enter these commands:
           help
            (Gives you general information)
           help manners
            (Explains the social code on MediaMOO)
           help purpose
            (Explains the purpose and policies of MediaMOO)
 
 
    LEAVING MEDIAMOO:
 
       To disconnect from MediaMOO, enter:
           @quit
 
 
    GETTING A MEDIAMOO CHARACTER:
 
       While connected to MediaMOO, you can find out how to apply
       for a MediaMOO character by entering:
           help create
 
 
    NOTES ON INTERFACE PROBLEMS WHILE IN MEDIAMOO:
 
       If your screen scrolls too fast or lines don't wrap or
       extend off your screen, enter these commands while connected
       to MediaMOO to find some possible solutions:
           help @pagelength
           help @wrap
           help @linelength
 
       If following the instructions on those help screens doesn't
       help, you'll need to ask locally for help with your individual
       terminal settings.
 
       Some people find that they have no backspace in the MOO, or
       they can enter only a couple of lines at a time, or they type
       over other characters' lines when entering commands.  Such
       problems are products of your system, so you'll need to get
       help locally.  In the meantime, don't stay away--MOOers are
       quite tolerant of bad typing and are willing to repeat
       comments you may type over.
 
       If you MOO regularly, you'll probably want to look into the
       variety of free clients that are available for connecting to
       MOOs and MUDs.  Clients are a big improvement over raw telnet;
       they offer you much more control over your MOO interface.
       For example, using most clients, you type your commands in a
       separate window so that what you are entering does not
       interfere with your trying to follow the conversation.
 
       While connected to MediaMOO, you can get information about
       clients by entering:
           help clients
 
       If you don't find what you need there, send e-mail to Tari
       Fanderclai at [log in to unmask] for a list of
       MUD/MOO clients for various platforms and the ftp sites you
       can download them from.
 
 
 
 
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   A Virtual Community of Scholars in Computers and Composition
                              -- * --
               Tari Fanderclai  <[log in to unmask]>
             Greg Siering  <[log in to unmask]>

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