Terms of Service. It’s the law of the digital land. A living document of what no-no’s apply to using the service. All for all kinds of reasons like; Keeping admins out of court… Keeping the FBI from kicking doors in… You know, all the fun stuff. =^-^=
So, SL has a ToS that it kind of doesn’t enforce. I mean, people get banned for violating it all the time… But, also, people get away with murder for years simply because they haven’t been reported. It’s a little unspoken rule. I mention it often:
“AR or it didn’t happen”
Yeah, that. (^_^)
It’s kinda like the forum/chat meme “pix or it didn’t happen”… It’s like, we won’t believe a thing until we see it first hand. (^_^)
Well, really, Linden Lab will not act on anything until someone is bothered enough to report it. Other than the rare case of a Labbie just happening upon really obvious stuff, just about everything slides until it’s reported. (-_-)
But, how do they act? It seems, if the claim ‘sounds’ legit enough, they’ll pop right no it. I’ve had a good number of Labbies land on my head moments after sending an AR. Usually over pretty obvious and legit stuff. So, I’m confident that they’re doing their job at least a little bit. =^-^=
But, then there are peeps who lack that confidence. That’s when we get AR parties. (>_<)
Okay, so when I AR something and I see no action, I let it pass. I’m happy to assume I misinterpreted the ToS, a Labbie looked into my report, and there was no valid violation. (o.o)
Lesson learned, no? (^_^)
Well… No. (=_=)
For some people, that ain’t enough. What started as “this person violated blabla by blablaing another blabla” to “I am not satisfied with how things are done and I will scream until you obey me!” DX
That’s really what an AR party is saying, ain’t it? (=_=)
I mean, if you think such a thing is actually necessary, then you probably had a history of being ignored… Probably because you been crying wolf all along? =^-^=
But, anyway, there are those out to “force the hands of the gods”… (=_=)
Like, as a revenge move, ARing you for being underage or ageplay, or whatever kind of quick&dirty thing will impact your account the most. (>_<)
I got a biiiiiiiiiig problem with this. (=_=)
Why? Because sometimes, it works! (T_T)
I’ve seen, over and over, people getting suspended and even terminated over things they’ve never done, filed by a person who simply doesn’t like them. Which may just be a bit bad if the lab were to turn around and look at the details. (>_<)
I mean, they did with me. Years ago. I got B& for “ageplay” while in a grown-up avatar, on PG land, dressed in a PG manner, during a PG building event. I fought all high hell over it and got the lab to apologize. (^_^)
Others ain’t been so lucky. (>_<)
I know of a couple people with completely terminated accounts based on vague claims of repeated violations of something they’ve possibly NEVER involved themselves in. (=_=)
Add, when appealing, they get told that no mistake was made. (T_T)
Jeebus, a vigilante’s dream come true. DX
And, of course, that’s who uses it most. (-_-)
The big hubbub lately has been over the JLU and their practices of what’s starting to look like simply getting rid of anyone they don’t like. (O.o)
Or, simply, peeps is abusing a system ripe for abuse. (-_-)
And who gets in trouble? Surely NOT the abuser. According to docs, they reported a “wrong” and the lab acted appropriately. (=_=)
Blergh… Not good!! DX
I see this AR thingie… It needs reforming. (-_-)
ARs need to be actionable and directly connectable to the ToS. Instead of the existing (and outdated) list of reasons, put in a drop box of the actual ToS/CS guidelines. Yeah, that’ll make the form tougher to fill out, but, stick with me a minute. XD
ARs need to be valid. Once someone has picked the specific violation, it better be frigg’n true. There should be a score against false or misleading ARs. If this score adds up, well, THERE’s your abuser. (=_=)
But, that score, it’s gotta be real. I mean, INVESTIGATE y’alls ARs. A Labbie gotta be on the ball for any AR. Since the ToS violation is clear-cut as picked from the list, shouldn’t be any guesswork, eh? (-_-)
And, really, treat a false abuse report with the same impact as it would have had if the report were true. If someone BLOODY LIES about another being a CP peddlar, well, they’re putting someone at risk of full-on termination and possibly even criminal investigation. (=_=)
What if someone were to do that in real life? What if you’re enjoying a sno-cone while sitting on a public park bench and some psycho popps on the cell phone to report that you just fondled their kid? It’s nearly the same, ain’t it? Obviously, in scale it ain’t… Maybe. (>_<)
But, that’s the ticket. At this moment, the environment is in place for someone to lie about you and effectively ruin your virtual life. I’d love to say I’m being paranoid. But, I’ve had it happen to me, I’ve seen it happen to others, and I’ve even seen the exposure of who’s doing it on a practically organized level. (=_=)
There’s a word for it…
I like Second Life. I don’t mind Linden Lab. But, I can’t stand the pins and needles people tend to be on when such a threat to their account status looms overhead. (>_<)
Wanna talk about customer retention? Stop terminating your customers. (=_=)
It will be work, but, that’s what we’re paying the Labbies for, ain’t it? (o.O)
Since then, much of the Justice League has been retreating to hiding places with their tails between their legs. They won’t directly answer questions. They been persistently contradicting each other when they do speak up. Really, cowering like any other fraud under investigation. =^-^=
So, anyway, TL/DR… Here is the chatlog of the inworld SLCC 2011 panel… Expect really ugly formatting. XD
Avatar Identity: Privacy and Transparency in Social Media
[2011/08/14 14:31] Second Life: Teleport completed from http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SLCC%203/135/164/30
[2011/08/14 14:32] Object: whispers: A landmark to this destination has been placed in your inventory.
[2011/08/14 14:32] Second Life: You decline ‘SLCC 11 – MOMA – Artistic & Creative , Social & Communities’ ( http://slurl.com/secondlife/SLCC%201/147/116/25 ) from <nolink>Object</nolink>.
[2011/08/14 14:52] Nyx Ivory: good one, Ceorl! way to spin positive
[2011/08/14 14:52] Devon Alderton: indeed….
[2011/08/14 14:52] Ceorl Onlyone: thx Nyx, yes we all know it is a minefield out there :)
[2011/08/14 14:53] Devon Alderton: Yes, Pygar.
[2011/08/14 14:53] Nyx Ivory: and good point from Pygar – about leveling the field
[2011/08/14 14:53] LeonTubrok Beaumont: no rson why avis have to be publicly linked to rl people solong as tracable if needed for security issues
[2011/08/14 14:53] Devon Alderton: but it’s two approaches. the approach of be a passive consumer of entertainment …shopping, music, dj’s, machinima….
[2011/08/14 14:54] Salazar Jack: Wry tweet from @ZeMoo… â€œ@meta_verse @zero @gwenners No livestream from the #SLCC Privacy & Transparancy debate @SLCC for #Privacy reasons i guess… Thumbs up! .)â€
[2011/08/14 14:54] Pygar Bu: heh!
[2011/08/14 14:54] Ceorl Onlyone: haha :)
[2011/08/14 14:54] Nyx Ivory: *snort* :-D
[2011/08/14 14:54] Devon Alderton: notice machinima makers stand apart and watch…or set up the stage and film it
[2011/08/14 14:54] Devon Alderton: and the approach of come in, get competent, build, hack the culture. for that, you need privacy
[2011/08/14 14:55] Devon Alderton: active participants need privacy.
[2011/08/14 14:55] iSkye Bonde (iskye.silverweb): Agree with Devon there
[2011/08/14 14:55] Immy (imnotgoing.sideways): “Twitter doesn’t give a d**n about what you say your name is” – Yoz Linden. (^_^)
[2011/08/14 14:55] LeonTubrok Beaumont: the push to sell us stuff what makes them want us publicly linked to rl :-/
[2011/08/14 14:55] Pygar Bu: Pygar Bu smiles
[2011/08/14 14:55] Salazar Jack: Salazar Jack claps
[2011/08/14 14:55] Devon Alderton: yes..and how many of us use google for alt identities?
[2011/08/14 14:55] Devon Alderton: indeed, Leon
[2011/08/14 14:56] iSkye Bonde (iskye.silverweb): well…..they make money OFF of our information
[2011/08/14 14:56] iSkye Bonde (iskye.silverweb): which burns my butt because it’s MY information
[2011/08/14 14:56] Devon Alderton: yes….
[2011/08/14 14:56] iSkye Bonde (iskye.silverweb): why do THEY get the money?
[2011/08/14 14:56] LeonTubrok Beaumont: they came pretty quick with patriot bill but doubt as quick other way round when public want privacy
[2011/08/14 14:56] Pygar Bu: I opened a G+ acct for this avie – I don’t do much there, except read Crap’s 100 word stories.. :-)
[2011/08/14 14:57] Immy (imnotgoing.sideways): Fleep is mentioning her duration on Google mail and why her account of over 5 years now has to be modified for a service introduced nearly a month agi. (^_^)
[2011/08/14 14:57] Devon Alderton: indeed, Leon….
[2011/08/14 14:57] iSkye Bonde (iskye.silverweb): @Leon: good point
[2011/08/14 14:57] Devon Alderton: yes, good point Fleep
[2011/08/14 15:02] Immy (imnotgoing.sideways): ** Keep in mind, I’m trying to find the highlights of a rather lively conversation. I’m trying to be as accurate as possible but I may be making mistakes. ** (^_^)
[2011/08/14 15:02] Salazar Jack: Tweet from Yoz Linden: “Am at the #SLCC Privacy & Identity panel. Several of my personas have been looking forward to this one. #slcc11 #PaintingABigTargetOnMySelf”
[2011/08/14 15:02] Pygar Bu: haha!!
[2011/08/14 15:02] Nyx Ivory: in the physical world been fighting an ongoing battle protecting a “celebrity” with scads of fakers
[2011/08/14 15:02] Ceorl Onlyone: we appreciate the effort Immy :)
[2011/08/14 15:02] Devon Alderton: I liked SaveMe Oh’s experiment with replicating her persona
[2011/08/14 15:03] Immy (imnotgoing.sideways): One in the crowd, unknown name, is listing off the possible excuses that providers will make for demanding legal names for the sake of legal accountability. (^_^)
[2011/08/14 15:04] Ceorl Onlyone: it was good to hear Rodvik speak out for privacy too, reassuring
[2011/08/14 15:04] Pygar Bu: ty, Sal for keeping us up on tweets too
[2011/08/14 15:04] Salazar Jack: Salazar Jack shoots pistol fingers at Pygar
[2011/08/14 15:04] Devon Alderton: Ha! Immy, we’ve heard them all before!
[2011/08/14 15:04] iSkye Bonde (iskye.silverweb): Rod continues to give me hope that he *gets it* about SL and avatars and privacy
[2011/08/14 15:05] Immy (imnotgoing.sideways): “There’s a real good reason why the Alphaville Herald is hosted by Dream host. They don’t roll over [and compromise privacy] easily” – Pix. (^_^)
[2011/08/14 15:05] Salazar Jack: This streamis working… http://www.ustream.tv/channel/slcc3
[2011/08/14 15:10] Immy (imnotgoing.sideways): HA! Hiro grew up where scenes from the Stepford Wives were filmed. (^_^)
[2011/08/14 15:11] Tammy Nowotny: “Corporations are people, my friend!”
[2011/08/14 15:11] iSkye Bonde (iskye.silverweb): theres also the issue of an EVEN PLAYING FIELD – many of us have abilities or capabilities that we are not able to use with our RL identities that we are empowered to use as avatars
[2011/08/14 15:11] Devon Alderton: eeek! I always think of that when I see the new account avis. marching along Main Street
[2011/08/14 15:11] iSkye Bonde (iskye.silverweb): oh, god the Stepford Wives….<shudder>
[2011/08/14 15:11] Immy (imnotgoing.sideways): “I use ‘Riven’ when I make a political statement because I don’t want my associates bothered by the effects of making such a statement.”
[2011/08/14 15:11] Nyx Ivory: Nyx Ivory nods agreement at Sky
[2011/08/14 15:15] Devon Alderton: but Gentle, RL researcher disclosure, you mean, not participant?
[2011/08/14 15:15] Nyx Ivory: we respect their levels of comfort – both sides need assurances of good intent
[2011/08/14 15:15] Gentle Heron: both, Devon
[2011/08/14 15:15] Devon Alderton: Tommy!
[2011/08/14 15:15] Tammy Nowotny: Nyx can share RL identity with clients without sharing it with whole universe. even in RL, consultants often work confidentially
[2011/08/14 15:15] Gentle Heron: informed consent MUST be given by the RL person
[2011/08/14 15:15] Immy (imnotgoing.sideways): Draxter is mentioning how he has practically “Brand” established his name so that he would be a supportive go to for political and activist contacts. (^_^)
[2011/08/14 15:16] Devon Alderton: I respectfully disagree on that on the client side.
[2011/08/14 15:16] Devon Alderton: but my work is social science, not medical.
[2011/08/14 15:16] Gentle Heron: I eagerly await Tom Bollestorff’s book on VW research. I know that’s an issue researchers have to deal with.
[2011/08/14 15:17] Devon Alderton: IRBs don’t require it of clients in the survey/interview type research.
[2011/08/14 15:17] Gentle Heron: They don’t require informed consent in some kinds of research, that’s true.
[2011/08/14 15:17] Devon Alderton: I have had to gently shoo some researchers back to their faculty committees for not having informed consent in place….
[2011/08/14 15:18] Devon Alderton: but it never requires identity disclosure of the participant
[2011/08/14 15:18] Nyx Ivory: interesting – a diff angle, Devon – not thought about that
[2011/08/14 15:18] Gentle Heron: Gentle Heron needs the contact info for Devon’s IRB.
[2011/08/14 15:19] Nyx Ivory: agreeing in part with Draxtor’s “branding” concept
[2011/08/14 15:19] Devon Alderton: So do I…jsut changed institutions and have to get the new one up to speed
[2011/08/14 15:19] Gentle Heron: Draxtor IS a brand, after all
[2011/08/14 15:19] Immy (imnotgoing.sideways): One from the crowd, name unknown, is referencing how keeping RL and virtual separate can have an impact on someone’s ability to be hired. (^_^)
[2011/08/14 15:19] Pygar Bu: yes, Nyx
[2011/08/14 15:19] Gentle Heron: Here’s what’s funny. I think folks would hire Gentle before they’d hire her typist.
[2011/08/14 15:19] iSkye Bonde (iskye.silverweb): That unknown person, I can relate to that
[2011/08/14 15:20] Ceorl Onlyone: yes, social media allows an interviewer to get answers to questions they are not allowed to ask
[2011/08/14 15:20] Gentle Heron: Hello Krull!!!
[2011/08/14 15:20] Devon Alderton: We are seeing more and more of this…the company that isdoing social media research for employers on applicatns
[2011/08/14 15:20] Devon Alderton: and those FB reHey, CeAire!
[2011/08/14 15:20] Hi gentle ã‹¡
[2011/08/14 15:21] Pygar Bu: I mention my involvement in SecondLife on my resume, but don’t disclose my SL name
[2011/08/14 15:21] LeonTubrok Beaumont: yeh avi names can become a ‘brand’
[2011/08/14 15:21] Devon Alderton: smart, Pygar.
[2011/08/14 15:21] Gentle Heron: It is quite possible to demonstrate employment and employability skills in SL.
[2011/08/14 15:21] Pygar Bu: (if they really wanna know, they can ask me personally ;-) )
[2011/08/14 15:21] iSkye Bonde (iskye.silverweb): I’ve have soem form of my name on the Internet since the early 90s
[2011/08/14 15:21] Devon Alderton: Anyone can find mine….in two seconds or less.
[2011/08/14 15:22] Devon Alderton: yes, Gentle…and so many folks can blossom in here in ways that they couldn’t so quickly in RL.
[2011/08/14 15:22] Immy (imnotgoing.sideways): Mari is reflecting on what it means to build a reputation in its own name (her Second Lifeâ„¢ name as a point) that needs to be held and protected like any other identity. (^_^)
[2011/08/14 15:22] Pygar Bu: my RL internet handles are simialr enough to my RL name it’s not difficlut to associate them
[2011/08/14 15:22] Nyx Ivory: I suspect Botgirl wd be with us on the brand thing
[2011/08/14 15:22] iSkye Bonde (iskye.silverweb): That was making earlier, Devon – an avatar identity can empower a person
[2011/08/14 15:23] LeonTubrok Beaumont: think if protecting an avi name for a brand means also taking up that name on other worlds, that can get to be a pain
[2011/08/14 15:23] iSkye Bonde (iskye.silverweb): @Nyx: definitely about Botgirl
[2011/08/14 15:23] Devon Alderton: Leon, it seems like a business idea to me…..protect and register your name for you
[2011/08/14 15:23] Gentle Heron: Note to Oakland- There are over 100 different peer support groups in SL just in English.
[2011/08/14 15:24] iSkye Bonde (iskye.silverweb): be interesting if a sort of central virtual world registry came into being
[2011/08/14 15:24] LeonTubrok Beaumont: yes devon, it has a value
[2011/08/14 15:24] Pygar Bu: yes, Skye!
[2011/08/14 15:24] LeonTubrok Beaumont: that would be an ideal sky
[2011/08/14 15:24] iSkye Bonde (iskye.silverweb): that’d be the “create identity once, use everywhere’ concept
[2011/08/14 15:25] Devon Alderton: and we sort of have that with sign in via Twitter, FB, etc
[2011/08/14 15:25] LeonTubrok Beaumont: posssible in concept, site where u submit name and then they regester than in all possible worlds and sites
[2011/08/14 15:25] Nyx Ivory: several universal sign-in things – not yet trusting any
[2011/08/14 15:25] Nyx Ivory: OA etc
[2011/08/14 15:25] Devon Alderton: yes, Nyx…that’s the issue…trust.
[2011/08/14 15:25] iSkye Bonde (iskye.silverweb): I’m waiting for one to become the more-or-less de facto registrar
[2011/08/14 15:26] Immy (imnotgoing.sideways): A few people are talking about attempts to apply for jobs using experience they’ve gained by being in Second Lifeâ„¢ but the interviewer/HR have managed to ignore what they accomplished under the pesudonym. (^_^)
[2011/08/14 15:26] iSkye Bonde (iskye.silverweb): it’d be like a ICANN for avatar identities
[2011/08/14 15:26] Devon Alderton: can it be set up on a barge somewhere in international waters?
[2011/08/14 15:26] LeonTubrok Beaumont: yeh needs a standars likes regertring a website
[2011/08/14 15:26] Immy (imnotgoing.sideways): Hiro almost accidentally broke the table. XD
[2011/08/14 15:26] Devon Alderton: you can put that stuff on your resume….but how to verify it….put it in linked in.
[2011/08/14 15:26] Pygar Bu: Whoops!
[2011/08/14 15:26] Nyx Ivory: (reminds me – need to look at QR codes again)