Strawberry’s posted her weekly Blog Challenge and I have to admit, I really enjoy doing these. Especially on a Dreary Monday when my internet is bouncing like a cheerleader on prom night and work conference calls are so boring I would rather stab my eyes with a fork than continue onto the next one.
My k’vetching aside… (or rather, as an intro I think…)
So you’re walking along the beach, kicking at the sand and you notice a magic lamp hidden under a rock. You pull it out and rub it, because what else would you do with a magic lamp? Out pops a genie and is ready to grant you three wishes, any three wishes to do with your SLife.
Meme instructions: Share three things you wish for or about your Second Life. They could be things you wish from Linden Lab, things you would like to have inworld, things you would like to do, or any kind of wishes you may have. Remember to leave your link in this meme’s post by Strawberry so others can come by and read your answers as well!
1. Love Thy Fellow Man
No, I don’t mean “Hey dude, lets go to Hubs Garage..”
With the magic sweeping brush of generalism, I swish it (with ample glitter) across SL to proclaim that there are three kinds of people on SL: Nice Guys, Asshats and The Silent Majority.
The Nice Guy is just that- really nice, down to earth, generous person who devotes their time, energy and talent into making Second Life a better place for everyone. People like Strawberry, Rico & Editorial, Wesley Spengler, Regi & Ty, The Second Pride Team, the folks that run the RFL events year round. (And this is by no means an exhaustive list- just the ones that immediately popped into mind). Devoted folks who would give you the shirt off their virtual back if you needed it and go out of their way to improve everyone’s SL Experience. See also: The people who are generally abused by group 2…
…the Asshat. This category actually does have some subcategories but in general, these are the folks that are just mean spirited. No matter what type of person they are in the real world, they have chosen for whatever reason to hide behind a set of pixels and be caustic, rude, mean, liars, and just down right cruel in some cases. Some of the sub-categories are: The Anonymous Hater, The Rumor Monger, The Drama Queen, The Control Freak, Judge and Jury, and of course, The Bitch/Bastard. Its that last one that troubles me the most. The folks that splash their profiles with hate and bile. “Hate me or not, F**K you, I’m a [bitch/bastard] and proud of it.” etc only with much more obscenity strewn in for.. uh.. good measure I guess.
And finally, the Silent Majority. The ones who sit back and say nothing and quietly wish things were better. These folks don’t want to rock the boat- don’t want to say something bad about someone- or are simply not as invested.
So back to the Wish… Can’t we all just get along? Wouldn’t it be nice if we were working together to make SL a better place instead of clawing each other’s eyes out for more page views to our blogs, more friend requests to our Facebook Pages, more Twitter Followers, more re-pins on Pinterest, and more Favorites on our Flickr Streams? I miss the days on SL where you could simply trust people. Its so hard to place trust in the virtual world because more than half the time, you’re going to get taken advantage of or lied to for personal gain.. or simply their perverted amusement.
2. What is this pea soup I’m walking in?
Yep, you guessed it, lag. My kingdom for better server stability and availability. Second Life and its Residents have made some of the most amazing virtual creations for us to use, see and enjoy… and half the time you can’t. Unless you have an amazing machine, you really can’t crank up the settings and see items in world that people have built to their fullest potential. I remember for many years how, like clockwork, every Sunday you logged in early and put yourself on the Sim you wanted to be at for an event a few hours before it started and pray you didn’t crash so you might be able to get the stream to turn on. We’re not that bad- but its never really gotten great. Any event with more than 30 people on a simulator is just painful. Here’s hoping the server side baking will help.
3. Stop him! He’s running away with my purse!
It is the nature of the opensource beast, but IP Theft and the lack of any real consequences hurts everyone. It isn’t just the loss of sales for a content creator who has poured their heart and soul into a project only to have it stolen and sold for half price. It is when the theif or thieves then turn around and say it was the creator who stole from them. Second Life has no choice but to fully investigate both sides of a claim but in the end, it is the creator who suffers the most. Between rumor mongering, anonymous haters, lies and… oh, just about everyone referenced in Group Two of Wish Number 1 going to work on the “issue”, their name and brand suffer as well as their pocketbooks, pride and the desire to continue.
If you decide to do the meme, make sure to comment back to Strawberry’s post to share your answers as well as put your photo (if you do one) into the Flickr Group.
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