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10:15am on Friday, 13th May, 2022:



I was on campus yesterday, seeing about setting up a games lab. While I was waiting in the lobby of the network building, I notices a plaque on the wall.

There are a couple of these elsewhere on campus. One of them describes the fountains that used to be in square 3 that a car was dumped in one day, and the other is about the Hexagon restaurant that once appeared on a postage stamp. This one outside a building wholly occupied by the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering was new to me, so I went to have a look.

Here it is:

I have to say, I'm quite touched. I had no idea it was being put up (as evidenced by the fact it doesn't put MUD in italics) and don't know how long it's been there.

Normally,when describing MUD's origins, I say it's by Roy Trubshaw and Richard Bartle, rather than the other way round, although others were involved to greater or lesser degrees too (Nigel Roberts and Keith Rautenbach helped with ideas for version 2, and Brian Mallett and Ronan Flood even get mentioned in the copyrights for two of the MACRO-10 files used for compiling the database for version 3 — also known as MUD1). However, given that the university wants to emphasise that I'm a professor, I guess I can forgive them for putting me first.

This does, of course, mean that if they don't renew my honorary professorship next time it runs out, they'll have to take the plaque down.

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