Oh, dear. 2011 is here already and I didn't get my last three FIC lists published for 2010. So I better publish them, even though I feel they are incomplete, there's been a few clamouring for them (and no, you aren't in the lists so why fuss?)
You will recall that earlier I published the FIC has-been list (FIC 1.0) and then the FIC 2.0 which is also close to retirement -- it's a sign of its growing lack of importance and influence that even *I* am on it (for having one of my International Bazaar kiosks on a Linden welcome area). Some people rejoiced to see themselves on 2.0 not realizing there was more to come. Some people felt like there were some missing -- that's because they didn't realize that 2.7 "Besh Meta FIC" is here.
And that's just it -- I can't keep up. One problem is that the original blog post about Mesh, where so many arrogant assholes turned up to lord it over others, is inaccessible. Have you realized that you can't search for Linden blogs past the two pages that they provide for you to access? Maybe they don't want people to access old outdated policies. The search box won't turn them up, perhaps they aren't indexed. Google doesn't turn them up, they require a log on to see. So they are simply inaccessible. You can try even clicking on the subject category -- it only goes back 2 pages. Try clicking on the list of Linden names that even has like "Marty Linden," the lawyer who is long gone -- nothing. Something to ponder.
First, I've been putting together the Mal-FIC, FIC 1.3, the list of malevolent and bad actors in SL. This isn't a list of "my enemies," which is a separate list. Some of these people aren't worth the time to even repulse as "my enemies". I just note that their actions are malicious. You will note that this list doesn't contain the old Emerald and Woodbury groups because they are long gone -- permabanned. But where their alts creep up again -- like Cornflake Lyric, the Tizzers alt now dining out in Runitai Linden's Mesh Dev group -- I'll put them in. Cornflake recently logged on with an illegal viewer, came to my office in Maryport where I have a house made by Cocoanut Koala, a little raven house with weathered wood which is perfect to have as my office, with raven birds and pictures and such -- and simply copied it. It's not on copy. He then stuck out a copy of what he had copied on the lawn, and then blocked the doorway so that my customers couldn't walk in. I didn't notice this right away, because when I fly around and check properties, I don't always walk through the entire lot but fly above -- and the copy was partly buried underground and partly duplicating ravens sitting on the roof so I didn't realize they were copies. So he's been AR'd for copybotting and a note filed with Runitai, but I imagine the remnants of the Nerd Supremacy in Linden Lab will ensure that this bad actor remains.
Then I've published 2.7 -- and I feel it's very incomplete. For one, I could add hundreds of more names just by putting in a script that somehow extracted all the names of all the people in Destination. The Destination FIC enjoy loads of traffic and profits from content sales -- I even have a site in it that was put in without me even applying, but it's now very pushed down the list. You know what stops me from applying to Destination? I can't take the required good picture with my less-than-perfect graphic cards. So very SL, eh? I will try anyway this year as it might make a difference to my tenants with stores, for their sake, I will participate in this evil system.
There's a particular Destination FIC that gets very heavy rotation on the front page. For a while it was mysteriously the University of Texas and Sexy Beach, now its these:
Lost Caverns of Villa Island
So add all the names of these people to the FIC, they are coining money from the newbie traffic, such as it is.
Now, you ask, why are certain people in the FIC 2.7 that you just put in the has-been FIC? Well, these things are always changing, and are subtle. Ingrid got into FIC 2.7 simply by being *the first to post" ("in b4...") on Jack Linden's good-bye thread. That's likely because he IM'd her and said, "Well, Ingrid old girl, I'm going to be posting my farewell, can you be poised to post first so the trolls don't get it?" and there she was. If it's not that, I'll have to assume she refreshes Linden blog pages all day. So Ingrid clawed her way back up into the FIC. Congratulations, Ingrid and hey, everybody, BUY INGRID'S PREFABS!
Or what about Desmond? Desmond has definitely become part of the tattered gentry and has even gone off to spend more time in the Blue Mars colonies, trying to figure whether tobacco or blown glass will help make the investors a profit (hint: make everybody a personalized pipe for joining the colony and make the tobacco temp rez and needing to be bought again all the time). (BTW, I should have put in my predictions that Blue Mar will run out of VC cash and close in 2011.)
But Desmond was recently wooed back by the Lindens putting him in the coveted Atlas program, where you get a big discount on sims. So, welcome back, Gov'nuh.
Then, there's the third list, which I call "the Noosphere". These are people who do not strive for glory; who make up the fabric of Second Life sometimes in unsung ways, who make the visible and spiritual world what it is, who "do good work". That's not to say that some of the FIC 2.7 don't "do good work" -- but the Noosphere just get less credit for it. Remember, there's no limit to the good you can do if you are willing not to seek the credit!
What did Ann Otoole -- who constantly urges that all the miscreants be deleted and their copies of content, too, after the FCC and FBI are called -- do to get into the Noosphere list? Well, she reached the level of forums Master with 4,771 points (!!!). That's a lot of posts. And most of them are right on point. And most of them have news or information that we didn't know. There might be forums masters with higher points (do find them for me to put in 2.7 list) but they don't have as much point. By contrast, I only have 1,198, and Gothly only has 2,256.
The FIC is not just the Linden-blessed, although that's part of it. It's people with influence who are able to work the Linden blogorums and other venues to further their influence.
FIC 2.13 -- mal-FIC
FIC 2.7 -- Bestest FIC and Beta Mesh FIC
Peter Imari (and other SLCC 2010 board & volunteers)