The Serpent in the Second Life Paradise

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You find the perfect landscape. It satisfies your need for beauty and the atmosphere is exactly what you needed. Or you’re at a club dancing to your favourite music with your friends.

Then some jackass, with a desperate need to feed his damaged ego, unleashes an attack designed to wreck havoc and earn himself a few giggles. Even worse, he might be trying to spread fear and get money.

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I spoke recently about some new trends↑ in griefing – they’re criminal and intolerable. I’m not the only one to bring this up and discuss these appalling developments.

Saffia↑ has done a very valuable episode of her Designing Worlds series on the topic.

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If you think you’ve seen it all – you haven’t. If you think you know what’s going on out there – you don’t.

A panel of very knowledgeable people made me rethink some of my assumptions about griefing. Oh, I was and remain furious at the idea of extortion being so widespread and uncontrolled. There are other things as well that just blew me away.

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Imagine newbies being taken by the hand and given skins/hair/clothing by a “nice” older resident. Imagine that they are then informed they “owe” this person and have to work it off. Sound familiar? Immigrants being forced to work off a “debt” is not just a real world problem.

Watch the show↑. You’ll learn something and maybe, if enough of us get really angry, we can address the problem.

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  1. Reblogged this on Caledon: possessed of character and commented:

  2. That’s terrible. I never had any idea people did things like this in SL. Is horrible. Thanks for sharing.

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