"OMGODZORZ we thought you had forgotten the FIC this year, Prok!"
No, no, we've just been testing and testing and pulling all-nighters drinking Red Bull and eating those really unfulfilling 99 cent Dunkin' Donuts specials and tearing our hair out trying to get this to work and nearly resorted to "crowdsourcing" (shudder).
FIC 2.6 almost didn't happen, because there was some really severe glitches, unbakes, upskirts and even grey people which hasn't happened in a long, long time.
If we look at the successful message delivery rate in 2.6 as the baseline, and assign it the number 1.0, that delivery rate dropped to 0.32 in our current 2.6 release. This is clearly something we should have caught prior to deploying 2.6 and I apologize to our Residents for the substantial inconvenience and frustration that this regression has caused. Along with the reduced rate of favouritism delivery, we see a new kind of error response in the 2.6 release that appears to explain the substantial increase in spurious error messages from the group chat system. But...all this is behind us now.
First, some really good news: Philip Linden, for the first time in years, has moved off the old AOL-type FIC 1.0 list to Noosphere (beyond FIC to world-class Atlas-type-world-holding-up status) through making the map work and creating Snowglobe. Glad to see you back in the game, Spiel Konig!
Next, some grinding and nashing of teeth -- some people got forgotten and moved off all the lists for good. They disappeared. Well, suxxors to be u. Ginsu -- well, you left SL, what do you expect.
And some newsworthies -- Cristiano, who had languished on FIC 1.0 as a total has-been Legend In His Own Mind, and whose nails were bitten to a bloody pulp waiting for this year's news to see if he'd even remain there, suddenly at the 11th hour got on to 2.6 by the strength of this dedicated link to his empire on the Linden's website. See what residents are building right now, indeed!
But the real shocker this year is the overlap between the Noosphere and My Enemies list. Huh?! how can it be that people who are objectively Prokofy's enemies still get into the much-coveted Noosphere list? Well, just because. Because they do something to hold up the world. Sometimes unobtrusively. Sometimes with a little glory -- but not as much glory as FIC 2.6.
And...wow, is the My Enemies list shorter this year?! Well, yes, I vanquished some of them : ) They are no more.
Now, let's come to FIC 2.13. Ugh. Yes, with that unlucky iteration number, you can see where you're headed. I can't recall a nastier, ugly, meaner, more destructive FIC mutation since the days of Plastic Duck crashing the Christmas party -- but he's not even on any lists any more because he disappeared. FIC 2.13 not only has all the people you love to hate and more important, I love to hate, it has people who have been objectively annoying asstards at key points of SL's development -- the nasty demonstrations in Nautilus, the uber-whining over the openspaces price hike, the tenacious ad-farming and extortion to the very bitter end.
Well, wait just a damn minute, you say. Who the hell are you, Prokofy Neva, to make up lists of the cool kids? Well, that's just it. I'm Prokofy Neva, and this is what I do! Well, you say, aren't you one of them cool kids *yourself*? Well, no. I was banned from yet another thing this year (the JIRA) even being put back on the Linden blog access (as Lenin said, two steps forward, one step backwards...).
Hey...but WAIT! Why is, oh, Doubledown Tandino on this list? Well, you know something? Some people get on this list *just by Twittering a lot* (pro-tip). Others, like Sardonyx Linden, get on here *only because they have a cool name*. No other reason. Seriously. Some people do something bad once, and it reverberates for all time. Others do something good 100 times and nobody notices because they are mediocrities. Hamlet nee Linden Au comes to mind, for example -- very nearly FIC 2.6 status due to his critical discussion of the Linden land stats, LL itself, Windlight, etc. -- and yet, he stumped for Kurzweil, child avatars on Zindra, etc. -- and there it went, the claim to glory, and off he was to mutation land.
OH! you say knowingly. Why, this is just a completely arbitrary list of people you like and people you hate.
Well, yeah! : )
You make your OWN list and link to this one if you like. Or add a note in the comments -- I often forget people. The lists grow more and more each year, and it's hard to keep up.
BUT, you say. How come there are no, oh, Japanese or Brazilians? Oh, I dunno. I guess because I don't read Japanese or Brazilian, so help me out here and post your own lists!
So, without further ado, let me announce that the winner of Second Life this year is....Apotheus Silverman! For being GOM'd gracefully almost without drama and creating a revenue engine for LL and even for a few residents.Apotheus Silverman is the creator of SLexchange.com that got co-opted by the Lindens and made into XtsreetSL.com.
Remember, FIC rhymes with "bike"...because I say so.
Make your own damn lists.