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Some general ranting…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on March 25, 2010 by Yasmin Heartsdale

My readers will have to excuse me on this post, just a few rants about a behavior or two in Second Life that seems to be picking up some steam of late.

Those that know me well know I am, among other things, a profile whore.  I love to read profiles.  The more interesting someone makes their profile, the more likely I am to engage in activities with them.  Sadly, the inverse is also true.

I’ve spotted a slight trend among newer residents to Second Life, granted some of you old cronies are guilty of this as well, but the higher scale seems to be associated with newer accounts.

First off, this is Second Life.  A “virtual” community.  If I do something, or engage in an activity or past time that offends the cousin of the brother of an alt of someone you have professed your love for in your picks, please, don’t look like a jackass by telling the world that you will “rain misery and despair upon my head for all time and make me rue the day I first logged onto Second Life.”

Don’t laugh.  This language is out there in someone’s profile.  I seriously can’t make up stuff this amusing.

My first, and perhaps only reply is simply, “bring it”.  You and what pixel army?  Ninety-nine percent of us, upon even receiving the start of an IM thread in which you even begin to rant about something we may have said that rubbed your one true love the wrong way, will simply mute you.  Chances are you’ll then send eight or nine curse laced messages before you get the hint.  So my advice; don’t even bother.

And speaking of IMs, if I see one more pick in a profile stating that said owner of profile reserves the right to post anything I send to them in IM or say to them in a conversation in open, so help me…..I’ll rain misery and despair upon your head for all time and make you….oh damn, now I’m doing it.

In all seriousness, step away from in-world for a moment and take the time to log onto SecondLife.com and read the community standards.  No.  Not the TOS.  The community standards.  Specifically, the Big Six that “will result in suspension or, with repeated violations, expulsion from the Second Life Community.”

Number four is the one that I direct you to, titled “Disclosure”;

“Residents are entitled to a reasonable level of privacy with regard to their Second Life experience. Sharing personal information about a fellow Resident –including gender, religion, age, marital status, race, sexual preference, and real-world location beyond what is provided by the Resident in the First Life page of their Resident profile is a violation of that Resident’s privacy. Remotely monitoring conversations, posting conversation logs, or sharing conversation logs without consent are all prohibited in Second Life and on the Second Life Forums.”

You’ll note that at no time does Linden Labs authorize you to blanket waive this standard by stating so in your profile.  You send me an IM telling me I have sweet blue eyes, and I can post that IM to another person telling them you think they have a big ass.  Conversation logs are about as secure as, well, honestly, OpenCollar restraints.

But, I’ll play along, since this blog site is listed in my profile and therefore should have been read by you;

I hereby do not waive my right to Linden Labs’ community standards regardless of any language you may have authored and submitted into your profile and you agree that at no time will you commit any act that might not make me look like the sweet and affable soul I truly am.  You also admit, albeit not in words to myself or directly to any other resident of Second Life, that I am your Goddess, and you love me.  Cause I rock.  This language void in Nebraska.

There, that’s off of my chest.

Oh, in closing, I will state that from time to time I drop in on the works of people with whom I have conflicts in Second Life.  You know the saying about keeping thy friends close and thy enemies closer…

There is a very recent post on the blog authored by the owner of the sim of whom we do not speak.  That post is very much on point.  Taraa, sweetie, I love you dearly, you know this.  If you’ve never listened to me before, please do so now.  Let. It. Go.  The people you hate will only control and consume you.