Since holodecks as we know them are relatively new (as evidenced by comments in TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint"), it seems unlikely that adult crewmembers would have known Flotter in its holographic form. Flotter may have previously existed in other media, but Janeway's flooding of the forest suggests at least some holodeck-like interactivity. Perhaps the Flotter programs Janeway knew were based on a more primitive holodeck predecessor's technology, or were similar to current-day computer games. It seems that the holodeck program must have existed when Samantha Wildman was a child. The Flotter character on Voyager remembers Samantha as a child, suggesting this was her copy or that data from all copies have a shared database which Voyager would have had access to prior to arriving in the Delta Quadrant.

Call it what you will, original research, speculation, etc... stuff like "it seems unlikely", "may have", "suggests at least some"... really kills this. Perhaps sticking to the direct, less than the implied, would be better, as there is some truth in this, with the known transition of the Dixon Hill series --to--> Dixon Hill (holonovel). --Alan 07:35, 3 May 2009 (UTC)

Yeah, I agree. I really struggled to write this note. In the end I wasn't very satisfied with the result, but put it up anyway because I thought (and still think) that a note was in order. I've added a new note, written from scratch and with a fresh mind, and I'm a lot happyer with this one. Hope you'll like it too. -- Capricorn 17:12, 13 June 2009 (UTC)
If I remember correctly holodecks on starships were a new thing in Encounter at farpoint. Doesn't mean a holodeck-like place couldn't exist on earth, or whatever colony the crewmembers grew up in. Also I remember Riker commenting that he'd never seen holograms that sophisticated.--A Pickering 11:33, February 23, 2010 (UTC)