FlipperPA Peregrine is busy cross-posting from the odious Second Citizen (a disgusting, obscene, scatalogical, brain-dead, cynical, griefer-supporting forum that I'm glad I've stopped reading, much less posting to, completely) about SLCC. That's indicative in itself -- that he and his RL wife Jennyfur are among V-5 W-Hat griefing assholes who harass others and devalue and destroy their property, and that they are also helping to prop up other frequent-flyer nasties like Weedy Herbst or Hecktor Hannibal or even the insufferable second-rate pod-caste Cristiano Midnight -- and that's his first stop for where to publish a notice about how to organize for SLCC 2007.
In this post (below the fold), Flipper airily notes, "in our yearly tasks" -- as if it's perfectly fine to assume that Jennyfur and her husband FlipperPA can just go on ruling our world and ruling these vital community conventions. Quite a few are unhappy with their leadership, yet through indifference, fear, lack of resources, they simply let them role on.
They're unhappy with the piss-poor performance of FlipperPA last time, when he refused to care or troubleshoot or provide for the inworld segment of the conference.
They're unhappy with the overall disgusty FIC-y atmosphere of the thing, which last summer seemed largely about the Feted Few hawking their services as hugely overpaid metaversal minions to Big Corporations and flogging the brands of those corporations, instead of serving the world -- the community.
They're unhappy at the over-Lindenization of this venture -- ugh, really, come on.
Who is they, you ask? And who am I that I can invoke this "we" or "they"? Just somebody who is unafraid, who hears the complaints, and articulates them.
More than that, people are heavily disliking some of the featured acts at SLCC. The dildo guy was funny -- and we never did get some truth in advertising -- isn't he a Linden now? So how much "our world imagination" is THAT? And is that really putting the world best-feet-forward for mass membership -- clunky tekkie dildonics? I gather most cybersexers are getting along fine with whatever makeshift arrangements they develop between their chosen partners, their computer, and their real-life accoutrements lol.
Stroker Serpentine just finished bullying a yard-saler and making false accusations against her as a "thief" before prancing off to run an SLCC workshop -- a despiccable act that the Peregrines -- and the Lindens -- shouldn't have been endorsing as they do. It's wrong. Jeska Linden shouldn't be a member of a resident's group that does shit like that.
And FlipperPA -- he of SLB which he claims he doesn't benefit although ESC benefits from SLB and he is on the ESC payroll -- has advocated really sucky positions like "let's get rid of the Events calendar so Tringo and sales won't cause eyebleeds" or "let's not let unverified accounts have sale privileges for their content". All his moves favour one group: himself, and his friends who believe in the mantra "no business but our business".
Jennyfur is largely known for her sullen and belligerent responses to even the mildest criticism of the poorly-managed SLCC, and her reigning it over others on the forums. (Lately, I've just stopped reading all forums, in favour of just reading all the news sources and blogs; it's been refreshing, though I still look for a forum where really serious discussion can continue. Right now, the comments of the Herald, this blog, and Secondlifeinsider.com as well as 3pointd.com seem to be the best "forums" to me).
So...let's get rid of these people! How? you say. They are favoured and beloved by Lindens, especially Jeska Linden who has propped them up and their excesses on the forums all these years. But...there's nothing whatsoever to stop anybody from having their own alternative community conference. There could be lots of them -- it's that big of a world!
I urged this to be done last summer when SnoopyB did finally step up and put together an alternative metaversal meet-up in Chelsea. Of course, it was overly Sheepified for my taste and there was at least two other people there actively selling their metaversal brands, not really discussing the stuff criticially.
Still, a good start.
With SOP IV not having enough money to put the show on the road, and being so hobbled by political correctness, I just wonder where the place to go will be to have open, intellectually honest, and serious debates about the metaverse. The brand-infused and Linden-loaded SLCC of last year just won't cut it -- I'll boycott it again, I guess.
I personally don't likely have the resources to put on something in RL, and even inworld is a stretch. What's needed is someone really dedicated to the mechanics of serving people on sims and broadcasting to them faithfully and taking their input. Some dedicated team of shoutcasters needs to step up, even for pay that we could all contribute to perhaps.
And I do hope that in cities all over the world, people will not let these long-time feted pets rule the conversation. Have your own meeting, make your own world. It's your imagination!
As someone who has booked conferences at hotels numerous times over the years, I can only shrug at all this churning. You go to the cheaper hotels in the cheaper cities and you get their convention rates and they give you the room with the equipment. Perhaps universities or law firms with large conference space can sometimes pony up the in-kind donations. The question is whether people should allow these unimaginative types currently leading it, who produce bland, stupid agendas and suck up to both Lindens and big branding in ways that are entirely unnecessary, to keep running it.
Often, this sort of situation happens simply because they show up, volunteer, and muscle in where others don't. But that can have a paralyzing effect. There are people who would volunteer if it were not them, and if the job were not getting done. So I can only put out a clarion call: start alternative organizing now.
The SLCC 2007 Location Input Needed (crossposted from Second Citizen by FlipperPA Peregrine) Greetings!
The SLCC team has processed quite a bit of feedback. Thank you to everyone who responded to the survey. If you haven't seen the results to the survey, Jennyfur did a great job summarizing the key points here: http://jennyfursblogshite.blogspot.com/
Choosing a location is always the most polarizing part of our yearly tasks in running the SLCC. Everyone wants to have it as close to them as possible, and that is understandable and just part of human nature. However, we must consider many factors when choosing a location:
(1) Popular demand. How many people will attend at a given location? Which locations are voted the most popular? What demographics are there to support the location choice?
(2) Ground support. It is crucial to have key volunteers in the destination city who are willing to put in quite a bit of work; several hours per week from now until the event itself, and many hours in the weeks leading up to the event. The week before the event, a good thirty hours will be required from several people who are present in the city itself.
(3) Cost of event, cost to attendee. Hotels, food, airfare, entry: it all adds up. Certain cities (San Francisco, Philadelphia) have much more affordable hotels than others (New York, Boston). Other factors weigh in as well; for example, we were able to use the space in the New York Law School for a very good rate as part of State of Play, however, our cost for convention space last year at Fort Mason was much higher. All of these factor in.
There are many other smaller factors, but these are the big three.
That said, with Las Vegas and Chicago as the two leading vote getters, we need to now reach out to people from either city who would be willing to be volunteers. This is not a casual position; it is a lot of hard work, a lot of commitment, and not paid.
Our goal for this year is to find a single location to host the event instead of throughout a city. What we're hoping to do is find a hotel that will give us the space we need for the convention itself in return for guaranteeing a number of rooms. Then, if you book a room, your convention entry is covered. Of course, you'll still be able to pay to enter if you don't want to stay at the hotel.
So to the community: it is up to you! Please get in touch with us if you're truly interested in sponsoring as a volunteer in one of these two cities, or we'll have to look into other posibilities.