At the outset of the Town Hall with Philip Linden today (most of which I missed so I don't have a direct quote), Philip evidently reported that in order to deal with the griefing and the self-replicating objects, LL had made a major strike against abusive residents -- 60 accounts had been removed, and the sim Satyr -- used for a variety of W-HAT griefing escapades -- had been seized by Governor Linden.
Among those in the list of 60 was the infamous Gene Replacement, who some said was the alt of Plastic Duck; and cunning Verbena Pennyfeather, a furry who claimed she was a RL soldier who had done several tours of duty in the Iraq war and even been injured. The viscious Schwartz Guillaume, and oldbie of the 2003 era, was also missing from the list.
Everyone is scrambling now to figure who was taken -- interestingly, Scudmunkey Impfondo is still in; but Altometric is missing.
The group Prokofy Neva Fan Club, which contained many of the griefers, was removed from the group list. But the groups Gay 4 Philip, Daniel Linden Fan Club, and some other groups where the W-HAT griefers hung out -- and where the new alts would come in and find safe haven again -- were still in the list.
Irvin Maltz, who griefed events and was a frequenter stalker of me and my events, was among those missing. That prompted one of his friends, Miller Rust, to complain in the Town Hall Questions Group that he was unfairly banned.
And that's what we'll be hearing a lot of in the coming days. As awareness grows of the W-HAT whack the Lindens made, there will be many saying they went too far, and others saying they didn't go far enough.
Within minutes of the town hall news, I was being griefed by one of their many regulars Caux Cadeaux, a fellow with a big ugly flying avatar showing no skin, only muscle and tissue like the Body Show cadavers. Caux stalked me in Ravenglass and said "Good morning mademoiselle" to harass me -- he continued to stalk me all around my rentals and was grief reported. He taunted me from Linden land -- using all the usual M.O.s of Voted-5.
Voted-5 was an invisible group, so it's hard to know if it was removed per se, but many of its regulars and most active griefers and perpetrators of things like the self-replicating object attacks were gone.
One of the regs the Lindens missed was Balsamic Prunes, creator of the gigantic bust made from a picture of my RL head, defaced at Satyr and also put up in Burning Life, and I think elsewhere in the air above my sims (lots of extra prims of stuff I can't fly up to see, seems way up there). In its latest incarnation, the bust has black skin and large lips -- that's in keeping with the wierd fascination the W-HAT types have for racist jokes and comments and racist portrayals of African Americans and other blacks.
Right now, Balsamic has in his profile a "negroid" version of my RL head bust in SL, and the caption, "The things I do for love." And Caux Cadeaux has the lovely epitet in his profile, "a nigga who smell he own fart."
What is it with these white boys' fascination with ghetto culture? So lame.
I'm also glad to see that vicious Jordy Laffer gone, too. He was daily sending me notecards of items like "How to Report a Griefer" or "Positive Mental Health" -- this pablum that Craig Kamenev puts out which is the usual self-help drivel about how to stop thinking negative thoughts and be productive in your life blah blah.
Getting rid of groups is something that is always controversial. Because evil always uses groups to perpetuate itself. And the Lindens didn't get rid of all the groups, even if they got rid of Prokofy Neva Fan Club (which may be missing merely because all its members got banned).
Gay 4 Philip and Daniel Linden Fan Club, both havens for W-HAT, still exist, are half filled with FIC and Lindens, and with old W-HAT and new who are griefers.
This argumentation has been used at least as long as Nuremberg. Telford Taylor and other analysts of the tribunal point out that the justices had a difficult time devising law and procedure to deal with the criminal groups. That is, they could try individuals for what those individuals were responsible for. But it was harder to declare their mere affiliation with a group *in itself* criminal. They could find ways, of course, but they were hobbled in doing this by the Soviets -- many forget that the limitations one finds in Nuremberg in part are a function of the fact that it was a court created by victors, and among the victors were the Soviets, who hobbled certain things, i.e. not criminalizing genocide for *political* or *class* reasons; only criminalizing if it were on the basis of race.
That's because their own ideology of communism justified murder on political and class affiliation grounds; and they clung to the immunity for groups so that the Communist Party itself would not be found to be criminal; which indeed it is by its very nature. It can readily be established that any individual who held the office of oblast secretary of higher would *by nature of his office* be required to carry out crimes -- violating privacy, surveillance without due process, unlawful restraint and arrest, and all kinds of offenses ranging from lying about production targets to despoiling nature.
It's a very hard subject of law to get a handle on, and in a synthetic world, where it could be easier on many fronts (massive information sweeps and transaction records), the Lindens haven't trod too far down that path.
Many people would like to uphold the principle of "innocent until proven guilty". I would too! And many people would like individuals, not groups, to be responsible for actions. Mere affiliation in a group might not be proof of misdeed.
I think this needs to be debated much more. I think that some groups have charters that by their very nature constitute a crime. If it is an offense to start a thread just on one individual on the forums, for ill or bad, and is punishable, then in world, it should also be an offense to start a griefing group that poses as a "fan club" just on one resident. It's wrong.
I think the Lindens need to be more serious and professional and tighten up the use of their insignia, their name, and their staffs' names. All these groups like Gay 4 Philip and Daniel Linden fan club should be abolished, because they are misused, whatever their original intent, and they lend an air of ridicule and licentiousness to the seriousness of the Linden name. Huns Valens -- one of the long time W-HAT apologists -- has on his profile a quote from James Linden, "I need a chocolate fetus rotate object". That's the sort of stupid, puerile, idiotic crap that gives them all a bad name, and creates a climate for abuse.
I'm going to research this story some more -- I want to do an early post on this story, however, and utterly pre-empt the idea that some innocents were caught up in the sweep. All those who join these griefing groups to so to either engage in, or celebrate, or justify griefing. The entire climate of somethingawful.com, W-HAT, and its spinoff groups in SL has been one of tolerance for, perpetration of, and apology for griefing.