Hey, time to go on strike against Governor Linden and Second Life. Or, let's call it more properly: a work slow-down for 7 days where I'm just not going to blog about Second Life, bad or good, or roam all over hell's half acre sticking up for this virtual world to all the haters -- I need to picket with the handy sign I keep in my closet for every conceivable demo: UNFAIR.
Oh, I'm definitely going to be logging in and taking care of my customers. In fact, with less blogging to do, I'm going to get to some fix-ups and improvements I've been meaning to do for a time but have been too busy, RL and SL : )
But there are just too many nasty developments coming from Linden Lab, too much nastiness from all the little sychophantic fanboyz fanning them, that it's time to put up a protest.
Oh, no, I don't think my one-man picket has much influence, and I don't doubt a job action will only draw cries of derision from the usual suspects, but you know something? I've always found when dealing with really intractable authoritarian powers that refuse to listen to people or care about them that if all else fails, you can always *just not confer legitimacy on them*. You can just withdraw your active and noisy support -- the kind of support that even dissent against Linden Lab in fact brings, because even dissenting means you take the world seriously as an intellectual proposition and defend engagement with it.
That means that I'm not going to blog about SL, go to the traffic groups, post on other sites, buy land, or do anything but wait on my customers. I'm not going to suggest sites for the Showcase, I'm not going to answer a survey about routes for the DPW -- no.
The news of the nerfing of traffic is one major reason any of us should protest, precisely to put traffic back the way it was -- my spidey-sense didn't let me down when I launched that Jira a few weeks ago.
Oh, no, I don't stand to lose from any changes to traffic in some deep way -- you know something? I am number one in the search/places category for the search term "rentals" -- without a bot, a camper, a gimmick, or much of anything at all, really, except hard work to wait on customers. ( don't allow camping or bots whatsoever on my parcels.) That is, get this amazing thing, people: I'm number one in my area NOT because of traffic because I don't have any. You would think that would sell me on removing traffic as a metric, eh? lol But the fact is, traffic matters, not just for me, but thousands of other people, and taking it out completely will kill the economy.
NUMBER ONE IN SEARCH/PLACES/RENTALS WITHOUT TRAFFIC, BUT FOR TRAFFIC STAYING : )
I'm really not sure WHAT it is that puts Ravenglass Rentals not by any stretch of the imagination the largest rentals company in SL, in that number one spot. Thanks, loyal customers! It truly is a mystery, though. It might well be that James Linden just coded my land to pop up in there so that I'd shut up about search lol. I mean, what the hell would put me the number one rentals instead of oh, Anshe Chung or Azure Islands or Pink's Props or Mainland Rentals or any number of very well deserving and properly higher-earning companies?
I have big groups of customers. I have traffic that stays around 500-1500 tops on the main lots, without any gimmicks -- which isn't anything special, just shows some life forms. I have lots of people who seem happy with their rentals and put it in their picks -- not because of me or my land, but because they happen to have some special moment on this land unrelated to anything. My picks slot is for sale...but did you notice there is never, ever any ad in it lol? It's a joke.
I have lots of search ads. Lots of classifieds changed and refresh constantly. Lots of people taking landmarks, not as a paid, gaming gimmick but because they are checking out rentals and passing recommendations to friends. Lots of public areas where people go and do stuff. But none of it makes sense, really, as a proposition for being "first". And that's just it. The algorithm is secret, proprietary, arcane, and therefore not democratic.
Yet...I continue to maintain that search/places sorted by traffic makes most sales for businesses. When I ask customers, and poll tenants -- that's what they say. I believe them.
I see this idiotic LL Traffic Future group filled with sectarian witch-hunters, bot-botherers, and various idiots screeching about gaming and camping who themselves do not have businesses, do not even shop, and who mainly hang in groups and figure out how to savage other people.
The Lindens in fact have a road-map for how they are going to change search, and that means all this shuckin' and jivin' about how they're going to take our input is really a vast pretense. Ugh. Like they did with covenants, groups, zoning and a other things -- hey, ad farms. They lie. They lead you along. They get you to brainstorm, engage, share little jokes with you. Then they screw you over, doing what they will do.
I can't bear to sit through another session seeing all the happy, shiney faces of all the newbies, so hopeful of being heard, so *grateful* they aren't in an oppressive game where the company never listens! So lacking in cognizance of their rights and dignity!
The Lindens really stacked the deck on this one. The hopelessly divide the community, ensuring hours and hours of hate-filled chatter in a group they formed but don't moderate. That's the idea. They're hoping a few "organizers" will come in and constantly counsel either engagement with Lindens or tacitly incite angry hateful diatribes against bots, campers, and evil landlords -- then the Lindens, whatever they do, will seem like some sort of peacemakers or thoughtful compromisers even as they just do what they would do anyway.
The framing of the issue is so patently false. There's only one question to be had about it all: is Linden Lab going to outlaw or ban bots, or not? Until we know the answer to that, we can't possibly devise a traffic solution, because many would then advocate getting rid of traffic completely, because the Lindens won't let them solve the bot question.
See how it works? See why you shouldn't even play this game?
WINDBAG: THE WEATHER IS HERE. WISH YOU WERE BEAUTIFUL
Another reason I really have to go on a work stoppage as far as flogging the blog on SL is Pastrami's baloney. My God, I've seldom seen a worse shill in all my born days as an avatar, and never seen as socialistic and mean-spirited a gambit coming from the Lindens. Boggles the mind -- replete even with a fatuous carbon-footprint meme. Yeah. Here's Pastrami, maker of Windlight, which has lagged us all to death and completely ruined our games, getting on the horn here to tell us that if we lag out, it's our overuse of avatar rendering, and we need to ditch the bling to be able to see the world better. The entire smarmy shill is packaged as "learning" and becoming "educated"
Note that intrusive collective brow-beating and tribalistic peer pressure isn't being brought to bear on...scripts and scripters and their contribution to SL performance issues. Typical, that.
It just boggles the mind. First, mess up the world's viewer by making this laggy, complicated, downright UGLY thing called "Windlight" meant for corporate snapshot-taking for marketing and for geeky tool-tweaking, then make it so that the current specs in fact really don't support it or have "known issues,", yet the latest graphic cards don't get supported either, tell people the problem is all server side, blame the retardation all on them, and jam this resource-intensive, lag-monster, view-killing crippler down their throats. Oh! And make sure it evenly divides the community, so that at any given minute, on any given forum, group, or Twitter board, some smarmy little insufferable fanboy will tell you about the need for "change" and how it "can't stay in 2004" and how we must "evolve" and how it's "working fine for him". Ugh, ugh.
Another really disgusting development, and further institutionalization of the FIC is something called the Solution Providers Council. Doesn't the very name "Solution Providers" just make you GAG if you are not in Silly Valley? I've always thought it completely retarded, given that it begs the question: uh, there's a problem that I have? That only you, a geek, can solve for me lol? Is this an accident going somewhere to happen?
When I asked Glen Linden at VW08 whether there would ever be some kind of business council or chamber of commerce, remember he said it was coming soon? Well...here it is. Busybody is predictably furious. (I wonder which Linden's wheaties he pissed in in order to be getting dissed from the inner circle over and over again.) He points out something I hadn't thought of: you are going to try to solve problems for the industry by...having to go to your competitors. It's not a fair process; it's not a mature enough industry to have commonalities yet; it's not a just selection process.
Like Showcase, which I won't even dignify with a link, a discussion, or an engagement. What must be done: boycott it, make your own. Don't burn down Party committees, build your own.
Read up on fascistic corporativism if you haven't lately, because the outlines of the fabulous society of the future the Lindens are all prototyping are all there. Vetted and filtered content creators over there. InSL trademark users over here. Solutions Providers in this group. Mentos and Volunteers over yonder. SL Views here. And so on. Ugh, ugh.
Doesn't hurt to mention once again that the Lindens do not have a handle on this, never publicly handle it, and never lick it. Things like blocking the most commonly-used proxy sites seem beyond them. Freezing the feeder groups that recruit and bond griefers seem beyond them. Woodbury goons are let back in, and thrive and grief once again.
PAST AGENDA ITEMS
o We were told the permabans would be reviewed once the forums got a "facelift" and there was a new mod. The new mod is well entrenched. No action yet. This may have been fake.
o Ad farms didn't go away, and their successors ad parks, are even more obnoxious, ugly, and depreciative of land. ARs fall on deaf ears. These freaks shower their reluctant neighbours with ARs for trees, put up harassment signs like LAND FASCIST if you try to report their invasion of your community with their spam crap, and generately devalue the experience. No action is being taken.
I'm sure I or others could think up a half dozen other reasons for a work slowdown -- obviously the trademark thing got many uptight (and needlessly so) or VAT (they should see how we fight stuff like this in New York State!).
But fighting all the nastiness of SL gets old, precisely because you can't say, as people do about games and worlds, "but there's the people...I stay for the people." So many of the people are stupid, nasty, insular, vindictive, and cruel. It's really a rolling Lord of the Flies experience most of the time -- and did I mention *stupid*? One of the worst things about the nastiness is that you really can't think that there will be any alleviation any time soon, especially with alternatives not making it (I'm heartbroken about TSO/EA-Land and I won't even blog about it...)
No, you can't have my stuff, because I'm not leaving -- making my own company, communities, and serving my customers is still a joy, that these other things have diminished, but not killed. I'm not going to be rushing off to buy new property, however, when a hugely crippling measure -- taking out traffic -- is looming on the horizon with no consideration of people's needs, and when you can't even *see* what you are working on despite having a new computer, a new graphics card, and the specs the Lindens put on the website.
Nowadays I see a piece of land that I might have bought from my neighbours for the price they wanted, just to spread good will, and now, I have to conclude that it's not prudent, given the coming land crash. I see one of those watermelony tutorials about land coming from the smarm-o-matic Torley Linden, and I really have to sneer -- geez, where were you with these promotional videos hawking land buying when it was *residents* who needed to sell their land *and not you*, Linden Lab?
Oh, and no need to imagine any doors slamming on my generous backside : ) Doors are not going to slam.
Sometimes, you just walk away.