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  • verb/1 A powerful spell which enables certain other personae (but mainly wizzes) to see exactly what you are doing, and at the same time as you yourself do. This can be unnerving, but it's very useful for wizzes; since they can observe precisely what you're typing, they can even give you hints like "use G instead of GET, you hapless oik!". Snoop means there is no guarantee of privacy in MUD (see also log (sense 2)), but this makes for sound game management; it also keeps the news media from being quite so quick with their "on-line porn available to computer junkies" pieces. Someone who is snooping is a snooper; someone who is being snooped upon is a snoopee (nothing to do with the beagle). See good snoop, great snoop.

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