Well-Wishers on the Internet

Is cyberspace as cold and anonymous as it is reputed to be? Members of the WELL, a San Francisco-based computer bulletin board, recently found out. On June 29, Adele Framer, who calls herself tigereye, posted a message: "Kathleen Johns((t))on kj on the WELL, who's housebound in the final stages of cancer, could use a little help with light meals once or twice a week." The following are excerpts from the exchange that followed. KJ herself is noticeably absent. She was in no shape to take part in a message board.

July 26 tigereye: I saw kj yesterday ... She is still...