proposal for finding people to chat with

Elliot Smith (smithe@warp6.cs.misu.NoDak.edu)
Mon, 23 Oct 1995 14:17:56 +22310826 (CDT)


It has been my experience that finding people to chat with (on CUSEEME) is
difficult. You have to meet people through various mailing lists, send
e-mails back and forth to arrange meeting times, figure out the time
zones. And there aren't that many people out there, it seems; I posted a
message looking for people to talk to and I didn't get much response. I
would like to be able to sit down at CUSEEME as I would with any text
based bbs - Hit 'w' to see who's online, Hit another button to get
information on that person, and then connect to them if I like. Indeed, a
bbs would be the best place to exchange this information.
There should be a place on the Net where one can post information , like :
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I'm on for the next 60 minutes at IP 123.456.789.10
I'd like practice my Sweedish or whatever.
smithe@warp6.cs.misu.nodak.edu
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Perhaps this place could be divided into different sections like 'French'
'English' 'Japanese' 'Grade School Education' etc....

What do you think?

I can think of a few ways to implement this :
-create a telnettable bbs
-Use a WWW site where one would fill out a form, and one's post would be
appended to a doccument, and one's post would expire from that doccument
after a time that you set.
-Use an e-mail account - one could set up an e-mail account to accept posts,
collate them all together, and mail them out to people who requested them.
-Use a listserv.

I like the idea of the CU-SEE-ME bbs the best. BBSs are very popular.
Why not go with that format for meeting people?

-Elliot