some things people find difficult

. . . about the tuesday cafe

People new to MOOing can find the speed with which the screen flies by very frustating, especially if the Cafe is busy that night and many people are talking all at once. This babble, this constant stream of language, is what Howard Rheingold calls many to many communication.

Even on an easy night, the pace of the discussion can be ... aerobic.

To me, most of the potential disadvantages of the Netoric Cafe are in the difficulties that MOOing itself can raise, especially because the Cafe regulars are articulate, prolix, fast, and irrepressible. They're "media researchers" (if they have characters on MediaMOO), they're English teachers, grad students, cohorts, and the thing they can do is write. And write quickly.

But here are some problems I notice again and again from people getting started with MOOing:

Everybody new to MOOing (or electronic discourse in general) experiences these difficulties at first. Some of these problems will ease up with time and experience; others can be overcome technologically--with the use of commands in the MOO or with a client. Perhaps some people will never be able to be comfortable in this kind of environment.


Introduction to the Tuesday Cafe.
What is the Tuesday Cafe?
What are some of the benefits offered by this kind of community?
How do people get to the Cafe?
Works Cited

Last updated: 10 June 1996. Questions and comments? Please e-mail Sharon Cogdill at