by Pixeleen Mistral on 21/05/07 at 9:54 pm
And why nobody else will, either
by Tenshi Vielle, Thoughtful Fashionista
Many residents have been asking, “Why won’t they listen to us?” …With all the in-world problems, programming bugs, and general nuisance issues, the Open Letter Project was introduced and thousands ran to sign it. I decided to take another look and figure out exactly why it was that we were having such a hard time communicating with the Lindens.
I spent some time the past few weeks attempting to contribute to the Second Citizen forums, a place created when the Lindens chose to shut down their Official discussion forums. I’ve heard it quoted as the best Second Life forum out there; I’ve seen it featured in Wired magazine. Those few weeks were, for the most part, a good schooling in the worst human beings I have ever had the misfortune of coming into contact with. I’d had friends tell me that it was a form of suicide to visit there; I can’t say they’re wrong. The most active forum users in there are well schooled in Drama (with a capital D) and carry a big spoon to dish it out. Dozens lurk, avoiding participation or any conversation, and with good reason. It’s even gone to the point where people are threatening the reputation of my good friends in Second Life. (You sick jerks.) These, my friends, are the people we associate with simply by signing up for a game.
Speaking of lurking, do you like children in that not-so-wonderful way? We’ve also seen this week that there’s a significant issue with ageplay in-world. The German media nabbed on that like a starving lion, and I’m not sure they’ll be letting up any time soon. Some people think that the ageplay is okay – but would you want a sexual ageplayer babysitting your own real-life children? There is a far difference between having a child avatar, and then having a child avatar to draw in a few lindens by some digital pedophile. Who, by the way, you lack the name of. Total anonymity – isn’t that what we came to Second Life for?
Add that to the fact that Linden Lab has been closing their comments section nearly every blog (and with good reason) and you’re starting to get a pretty good picture why Linden Lab refuses to speak to most of their residents. Blog comments such as, “Ummm, you know, you just KILLED shopping in SL until Monday with this, right?” in regards to ||GiveInventoryList bugs just *scream* “I’d love to help you develop your game further! Let me see if I can help you!” Not to mention it’s a waste of space for those of us that might wish to make a constructive comment now that support is waning. Also, please learn spelling and punctuation. The internet is not a giant text message. Thanks so much!
Is this really what we want to give off as Second Life residents? A backbiting, horribly nasty community that takes anything that’s thrown at it without a please or a thank you? Some of you do know your manners; thank you for that. Unfortunately, the loudest and most rude ones seem to be the ones that get heard first.
If all the world is introduced into Second Life by way of ageplay – what’s that say for our morals?
If Wired magazine readers are encouraged to join the Second Citizen forum, what does that say about the people here?
If all the world hears about Second Life is adult avatars having sex with child avatars, what does that say about the people here?
If all the potential big-name customers see on the Linden blog is nearly incoherent complaints, what does that say about the people here?
Are we sensing a trend?
Take a good look. Oh, and then try to program a multi-user platform which anyone can log into and build on. Then deal with bug issues and bitchy customers.
See if you’ll want to reply after all that’s said and done.