Clickable Culture   Official Research Blog of Phantom Compass
  Linden Lab Mutes Noted Agitator… Again  
Posted 2006-12-08 by Tony Walsh
Another year, another muzzle placed on infamous Second Life celebrity Prokofy Neva by the virtual world's owner-operator Linden Lab.

Last year, Neva was banned from participation in the official Second Life discussion boards after stirring controversy by engaging in persistent, passionate criticism of Linden Lab and various Second Life residents, particularly those Neva considered part of a "Feted Inner Core." Following Neva's gag-order, the company widened its ban policy to include all official Second Life venues, including not only the web-based discussion boards but the virtual world itself. Although Neva was allowed to remain in-world, future crimes such as "intention to incite anger" could result in an avatar's deletion from the virtual universe.

Neva was informed yesterday by a Linden arbiter that he is no longer allowed to post comments on the company's official blog. No reasons were given (although the company's position is that it can get rid of someone for "any" or "no" reason), but Neva suspects he was muzzled due to his pointed questions about sensitive and complex Second Life technical issues as well as his criticism of Linden policy related to the controversial CopyBot software. Last month, Jauani Wu, another notable pot-stirring resident, was suspended for 4 weeks for stimulating a similar level of controversy on the Second Life forum. Excising known figures from Second Life's collection of verbally-combative residents might relieve Linden Lab of some pain short-term, but ultimately hurts the company in its capacity as government and god of the virtual world. Silencing controversy works in official channels, but there are plenty of unofficial blogs and other discussion venues available--so why bother wounding what you can't kill?

An earlier story on Prokofy Neva's punishment was published by The Second Life Herald.
  ... share via email digg bloglines fark reddit newsvine simpy blogmarks magnolia  
Comment posted by Brace
December 13, 2006 @ 1:49 pm
Prokovy is a target for sure.

With the stuff I've spouted off on the blob about zee, other LL employees, other residents, LL policies and philly himself - I should have been tossed out on my ear long ago.

I didn't say anything that Prok hasn't said and I'm sure I used much harsher language and phrasing then he did.

I'm just not polite that way when it comes to LL.
[ Detailed Search ]
Clickable Conversation
on 4159 entries

Dinozoiks wrote:
Wow! Thanks for that Tony. Just posted a bunch of other tips here... Hope it helps someone... Dino...
in Dino Burbidge's '10 Things To Remember When Designing For Kids Online'

yes, many of the free little games are crappy. but as an artist who has recently published free content on the itunes app store,…
in Free iPhone Games Are Awful: Strategy?

I vote for popup radial menus. Highlight a bit of text, the push and hold, Sims-style radial menu pops up with Copy, Paste, etc....
in More iPhone Gestures, Please

Hey Tony! A client of mine is looking to hire an internal Flash game dev team to build at a really cool Flash CCG…
in Dipping Into Toronto's Flash Pool

Yeah, there's a lot of weird common sense things I've noticed they've just omitted from the design. No idea why though....
in More iPhone Gestures, Please

It also bears noting there's no mechanism right now for a developer to offer a free trial for the iPhone; the App Store isn't…
in Free iPhone Games Are Awful: Strategy?

@GeorgeR: It's on my shopping list :) I've heard good things about it as well. And Cro Mag Rally. @andrhia: meh, I don't know…
in Free iPhone Games Are Awful: Strategy? get what you pay for, you know? I actually bought Trism based on early buzz, and it's truly a novel mechanic. I've been…
in Free iPhone Games Are Awful: Strategy?

The only one I've heard good things about is Super Monkey Ball. Have you given that a whirl yet?...
in Free iPhone Games Are Awful: Strategy?

Advance warning: this frivolent comment is NOT RELATED or even worth your time ... But whenever i hear "Collada", i think of that SCTV…
in Electric Sheep Builds Its Own Flock

Clickable Culture Feeds:

RSS 2.0 ATOM 1.0 ALL



Clickable Culture
Copyright (c)1999-2007 in whole or in part Tony Walsh.

Trademarks and copyrights on this page are owned by their respective owners. Comments owned by the Poster. Shop as usual, and avoid panic buying.