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Re: Looking for MOO site administrators
> I would like to collect a list of the administrators of MOO servers
> with at least 50 regular users (i.e., those who connect at least
> once or twice a month). I am interested in both public and private
> MOOs, so long as they are of sufficient size. If you are such a
> person, please send me a message with a very brief description of
> the size of your MOO's user community. If you know of such a person
> who is not on this mailing list, please forward this request along
> to them.
I don't think this request will elicit a full response. Many people,
including me, are reluctant to respond with this kind of information
without an overview of what this will be used for. I can think of
several uses off the top of my head for such a list:
o A mailing list for distribution of sensitive security-related
information, intended for first use by actual administrators.
o User community size information for publication in a magazine or
o Justification of effort spent on MOO by pointing out to management
what kind of impact this project has had on the Internet
o Design feedback on typical sites in order to drive future
o Internal research documents.
o First-order estimate of commitment in the user community to
decide feasibility of a users group or consortium.
o Marketing numbers.
I think other important things to consider when you see any request
like this on the net are:
o Scope of dissemination. I think it's more worth it to respond if
I get some numbers back. This also reduces the amount of
o Detail of dissemination. I guess I'd feel better if I knew what
parts of this would be presented as composites.
o Who's making the request. I'm a lot more inclined to help
someone who has helped me. (Yes, Pavel very much falls in this
A lot of my reaction to this is knee-jerk response to various
Internet-, MUD-, and LambdaMOO-related surveys over the last few years.
Often you see scholarly requests asking the same questions you
answered in another survey a few weeks earlier. Because my time is
limited (and so is the community's) I've been sticking to a hard-nosed
rule: "no free information for information sinks." I doubt this
survey triggers this rule, but as it was originally written I can't
email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Flat text is just *never* what you want. ---stephen p spackman
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