Here's as far as I got querying Michael Linden about the #Scourgemobile as it has now been dubbed on Twitter by Holocluck and others:
[2011/06/11 17:30] Prokofy Neva: Michael, the Linden roads are your domain, can't you do anything about the Scourgemobiles? You know, the AnneMarie Otoole cars and buses and boats on all the roads and even waterways and railways. And then this other character Yavanna Lllanfair who claimed to me her pods, which are just like AnneMarie's nuisances, are "Linden approved". Can't you develop a policy about these? Like ad farms? Even mitigate how *frequent* they are? They are just flying through the air everywhere and piling up and just a huge eyesore and nuisance. Why can't you act on them?!
[2011/06/11 17:30] Second Life: User not online - message will be stored and delivered later.
[2011/06/13 14:35] Michael Linden: (Saved Mon Jun 13 16:03:55 2011) The moles and I just build the roads, sorry.
[2011/06/13 14:35] Michael Linden: (Saved Mon Jun 13 16:04:39 2011) Any change to the Terms of Service and Community Standards would have to come from the Governance and Community teams.
[2011/06/13 14:36] Prokofy Neva: Can you hazard a guess as to whether sending unmanned scripted vehicles over Linden roads is a violation or not?
So, Michael is dodging this and "working to rule" like a good metaversal myrmidon. He doesn't answer my question.
And in fairness, he isn't in charge of G-team, or Governance/Crime Control any more, although he can sometimes intercept a pass, so to speak.
There supposedly isn't a G-team anymore, but really, there is, because if you approach Concierge, asking them to treat grief prims on your sim as a physics problem rather than a governance problem, they will tell you that you have to AR it and "governance" or even "g-team" will take it -- even though they don't exist any more.
The Lindens maintain this posture so that G-team doesn't acquire a visible head, like Harry Linden, or Michael Linden (who once held this position) because griefers then target that Linden all the time and harass him.
So what to do?
I think we have to have a demonstration. Who's in?
And as I think of it, Michael cleverly *does* answer my question by implying that the nuisance vehicles *are* legal, and that making them illegal would require "a change to the TOS" (as RedZone did, remember). Hmm.