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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.
 
     
 
   
 
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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.
 
     
 
     
   
 
 
     
 
     
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