Evildoers Smited in Cyberchurch

No more Ned Flanders preaching at the pulpit (which i actually thought was really funny), no more public outbursts of profanity (which i am not releasing on this site) and no more playing at the altar (like i was doing). The Church of Fools people have added some adjustments to their virtual sanctuary, making it harder to stir up trouble. There will be more church wardens with the power to “smote” evildoers who violate the rules, thus logging them out. Or if u like, CyberExcommunicate them. Which is interesting, since the designers of Church of Fools also designed MTV’s The Osbournes game, which actually DOES have a tiny bit of profanity.
The Church of Fools is open right now for u to have a look around. Enter here, but remember . . . if u swear, u might get SMOTEN! . . i mean SMITTEN! . . i mean SMITED! . . . u know what i mean.


Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.


  • Darren says:

    It is interesting how the church took one service to decide that there had to be rules to be followed.
    It’s becoming even more high-church, now lay people cant enter the alter and pulpit area, none of this shouting “praise the lord” stuff… (blooming CNN)
    i’d be interested in checking out what the actual rules are for internet communities like this for example http://www.oz.org/netiquette.html
    beg’s to ask the question who sets the rules in these tyoes of communities, what is the heirachy, who is able to do the smiting?
    or to move further… does this have the ability to actually become a community?

  • Eliacin says:

    Thans for the link. I visited last night and it was addictive. Me and three “ladies” (who knows!?) had a good conversation about metaphysics and the reality of God. Very deep for a couple of pixelated creatures.

  • andrew says:

    i was just evesdropping in the crypt where a great conversation is going on. i think these guys have revolutionized the chat room – not the church, but the chatroom.
    chatrooms can now be warmer, more visual, and have more integrity and accountability. i have the current conversation playing in a window in the corner of my computer – my guess is that this is probably how we will see the incarnations of this interface.

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