Practicing MUD etiquette (Mudiquette) will maximize your and other’s enjoyment of the mudding experience.
Each MUD is a different place with it’s own particular membership that has a shared history, and will have developed a particular etiquette and community spirit. The following general guidelines are useful advice for any MUD:
- Help. The first thing you should do after signing on is to type “help” to get access to help documentation.
- News. The second thing you should do is type “news” to get recent information.
- Practice. Practice using the commands described so that you will be able to move around once you enter the MUD.
- Courtesy. A MUD often has dozens or hundreds of participants. Obey the rules of each particular MUD, and be polite in social interactions — the golden rule applies in the virtual world as much as it does off-line.
- Flooding. Flooding happens when someone sends a long list of several lines of text on your screen instead of a short message, causing the screen to scroll up several lines and making it hard to keep track of the conversation. Both newbies and malicious blowhards flood — it’s sometimes hard to tell them apart. In general, don’t flood others, and ask flooders to stop.