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I have just thrown out the contents of my drafts folder. I've been… - Tina Marie's Ramblings
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I have just thrown out the contents of my drafts folder.

I've been sitting on literally dozens of mostly-formed posts for months now, and I'm never going to finish any of them. Instead of sitting on thoughts until they're perfect, I'm just going to post them as they happen.

Today, I've been pondering an interesting idea from my friends page. In this post, elfs says "In a recent conversation on my favorite MMORPG, Usenet..", and it got me thinking about the idea of Usenet as an MMORPG. Why wouldn't it be? Okay, it's text-based, but so are MUDs, and no one argues they aren't MMORPGs. There's certainly lots of role-playing going on, particularly in some darker corners.

I was a hardcore Usenet poster for many years. In the last few years, I've discovered that I am not a unique voice - there's very little I'm likely to post that someone else couldn't post as well or better, and I really have quit posting, and mostly quit reading. Except for one group - houston.eats. It's amazing to pop in there once every few weeks, and realize that the same core group of a dozen or so posters, many of whom I've met in real life, is still there, still talking about food and cooking. Like any other MMORPG, there are bad guys (the trolls), and the one guy in the group who just can't keep from pulling troll aggro, thereby preventing them from going off and attacking some other adventurer. I'm looking for a guild in CoH right now, and that group of posters on houston.eats is exactly the type of people I want to be in a guild with, which is honestly probably the reason I still read the newsgroup.

It's an interesting idea. And I cannot come up with any reason why Usenet is not the text equivalent of Second Life. More useful, certainly, but the social feel is so close it's scary.

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greeneyedsadie From: greeneyedsadie Date: December 8th, 2006 02:38 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm still addicted to Usenet:
alt.tasteless (I persist even though it currently sucks and blows)

Read 'em every day.
jpallan From: jpallan Date: December 8th, 2006 05:48 am (UTC) (Link)
I cannot believe no one else said this one.

<Reverend> IRC is just multiplayer notepad.
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