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6:06pm on Monday, 19th October, 2009:
Hmm, well it appears that some people have had difficulty reading the handwriting in my post yesterday, so here's a translation...
BENEFITS OF A FEDERATION
(IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER!)
Consistency across games for similar commands.
Guardian of standards in the face of PD MUDs
Co-ordination of press releases
Join stands at shows
A common method of rating games for sex/violence, like with films
Better we do it than amateurs!
Founder members get a say in organising it, rather than taking what comes in the inevitable fed. that will arise instead.
Stand up to large competitors (eg. Fujitsu)
stand up to large companies (eg. BT, CompuServe)
Common legal contracts to use, eg. non-disclosure agreements, royalty agreements.
Central mailing list.
Blacklist (optional) for eternal troublemakers
Joint protocols for graphics etc., so can share FEs.
Focal point for media interest in these games in general.
Code of conduct, to protect is from "on-line porn available" charges in NOTW.
Guidelines for charging strategies
Pressure group v eg. BT, government.
(Members would be commercial systems, affiliates for amateurs)
[commercial] needs a definition!
[commercial]companies are members, not individuals?
Example: government decides to ban MUAs because "they're the same thing as chatlines". What can we do unless we've organised beforehand?
Contact list for eg. US companies
Awkward, because no common term for these games.
Soc. of Multi-User Adv. games — SMAUG [SMUAG]
Society? Federation? Organisation? Foundation? Association?
The games themselves — Multi-User Adventure Games?
[Multi-] Many [User] player
I don't suppose that makes any more sense, but at least it's a little more readable now...
Oh, NOTW is News of the World, UK tabloid Sunday newspaper.
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