A reader reminds me of an interesting development that has occurred -- the notorious AnnMarie Otoole AKA AnneMarie Oleander (not to be confused with the designer Ann Otoole) has been furloughed for three days on a suspension for her infamous Scourgemobiles. Can it be?!
Well, not because they exist and go all over the place and blight the landscape and use up sim resources -- as they have been doing for more than a year. But merely because some physics bug made them act up worse, as you can learn from Sluniverse.com
The Shariettes are in session on this one, too, and they've ruled that it was a horrendous blunder for the Lindens to ban somebody whose products were acting up inworld, such that they couldn't come in and fix them.
Sorry, but I beg to differ.
I think it's a wonderful thing if three days -- seven or fourteen would be better! -- the general public has an opportunity to get angrier and angrier about the Scourgemobiles, such that they might begin ARing them. Let the reputation of AnneMarie Otoole become tarnished further -- that would be appropriate.
Three days isn't a very long time -- let AnneMarie Otoole contemplate what it's like violating the rules and facing punishment -- perhaps that might deter her behaviour.
The idea that griefers should be allowed inworld to fix their griefing belongs straight in the griefers' playbook -- they look for any reason to exonerate themselves and castigate others as being ham-handed or stupid. But the Lindens did good -- more, please.
The Lindens have a history of turning over the Mainland to overreaching arrogant geeks with a bad case of eminent domain and coder's noblesse oblige. There's been the Bush Guy, which was completely stupid -- allowing an asshat to rez giant signs calling for the impeachment of Bush, but setting the parcels, Bush-like, to exhorbitant rates. It was supposed to be a "cause you couldn't refuse" and you'd be only too happy to "buy back the view". Many did. Still more moved. It took years to get the Lindens to stop this fetishizing of the fuck-you hedonism with which they approached the problem of the tragedy of the commons on the Mainland. The Lindens' solution to the tragedy of the commons was to say, "More tragedy, more tragicomic asshats in the view, please."
They were the same way with all the extortionist and blight-inducing adfarms; they were this way with camping chairs; they were this way with bots -- until they weren't. Until they saw their own licentiousness and hedonism was actually harming their own free and prosperous economy. That's a big lesson for technocommies and libertarians to learn -- that limits on freedom actually help generate more real freedom. And in fact, they haven't learned it, as they are allowing the vehicle menaces from AnneMarie and others to flourish.
So, homeopathically, one can only use that method on them. Let AnneMarie's vehicles pile up, let people get more and more mad and ban her from their land and AR her, and maybe she will move to OpenSim. Don't they need more road testing there?