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Something you might find on InternetRelayChat (IRC) or on
MultiUserSharedHallucination games (MUSHes -- multi user text-oriented
roleplaying games) are lectures.
Somebody will announce a lecture on some topic, and then people can
join the channel or enter the room where the lecture is held. One
person talks, the others ask questions and comment.
- Direct talk, less lag than via MailingLists, UseNet or wiki page editing
- Demand-driven: people ask questions and direct the talk
- Automatically generates short messages and pragmatic explanations
- Easy to include examples from all over the web
- International, not limited by physical distance
- Little theoretic background
- Logs are hard to read; transforming the logs into a reference text is hard work
- With lots of active people, lots of noise and sidetracking (but many online communites have strong traditions in this respect)
The idea of lectures also develops in BBS systems. Lecture topics are gathered and get priorities. Referents are assigned. The lecture is posted and discussed. In one case I know the lectures are refined and published in an associated wiki. -- HelmutLeitner