Word on the street: Oskar Linden was fired from LL today on short notice. Apparently they sent a courier over for his company computer, so that tends to suggest that he was a telecommuter or remote worker, and wasn't in the office, where they might have appeared at his elbow with a cardboard box and and an escort to the parking lot, as they often do in Silicon Valley companies when you're fired.
I'm attempting to check this, but meanwhile here is what purports to be a message in his own hand:
On 11/2/12, at 12:49 PM, o_Oskar wrote:
> I banned a griefer from my sandboxes because he was griefing and harassing he
threatened to sue apparently the lab took his side
Now that sure sounds like a bizarre reason to fire anyone -- this is just nuts. Hmm. What's this really about? The griefer is some big spender? Lindens are really that gun-shy about lawsuits that even griefers can spook them? I have to wonder whether in fact a Linden decided that "creativity" was more important to promote than following the TOS.
On the other hand, there may be a completely different version of this story on the Linden's side.
Now let me think. Oskar was somebody who worked on those channels with the funny names like LeTigre and Blue Steele and was always testing stuff. Did they have to sacrifice him because things haven't been going so well? Who the hell knows? Was he related to mesh?
I recall Oskar was the one who got involved in testing the move to the adult grid, Zindra. He was testing whether the "age fence" was going to work to block people who weren't age-verified. And he literally built an electric fence inworld that would fry avatars if they attempted to cross it without verification. This was not a pretty sight. I felt it was in poor taste (as did others). I complained, I recall, saying it was like the GULAG, although the GULAG didn't have electric fences (later the Soviet border did) -- it was cruder with "step to the left, step to the right, considered escape/we shoot without warning" as the classic chilling phrases had it. Oskar told me he had relatives in the Soviet Union I think...
Oskar made something he called "the Sword of Maturity" to award those who age-verified. I have it for sale for $1 in my store in Ross if you want to commemorate Oskar : ) Add it to the many other lost Linden paraphrenalia -- like my Leo Linden lion's head hanging above my fireplace in Refugio at Waterfall Canyon.
If you didn't get the Oskar Linden bear -- if there was one -- too late now!
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