Beginning with a reference to a Mao biography and 1984, SL blogger and Metaverse Messenger contributor Iris Ophelia has concentrated her ire on the apparent banning of Kin Keiko, a leading hair designer: Rage, Ophelia. It's arguably overwrought, but Kin's account troubles with Linden Lab have ripped through the SL blogosphere, even inspiring Neil and Nephilaine Protagonist, the husband and wife team who are among the world's most established and respected developers, to close down their anime-themed Nakama island, for a day of protest-- no small step.
I just contacted and received Linden Lab's side of the matter, while also following up with Iris, to get an update-- read after the break.
"The [Kin Keiko] account appears to be closely associated with a series of account
that were previously expelled from Second Life for behavior and fraud," Linden Lab Director of Community Services Daniel Linden tells me by e-mail. "Our staff are reviewing that association, and will return the account to active status if assertions about the account's use and ownership can be verified. I expect and hope that this can be cleared up quickly; it sounds as though Kin Keiko is a popular member of the Community, but it is beholden upon us to ensure that individual who have been expelled from Second Life remain expelled."
"I interviewed Kin last night myself for the Metaverse Messenger," Ophelia e-mails me. "It seems [Linden Lab] have decided to pay her, at least, but she is still completely IP-banned, a surprisingly harsh move that they seem to reserve for their worst offenders." In the interim, a petition drive has been launched by Dazzo Street, and fellow fashionista Elka Lehane has created a "Bring back Kin" T-shirt.
"Her and Kin were not that close," Iris Ophelia adds, "but had talked a lot, and she admitted when she found out about Kin being completely wiped from SL, she cried."
During Ophelia's interview, "Kin also cried, but she cried when she heard about everything that was being done, and that she wasn't being quietly forgotten."
SLCC '06 is sure going to be interesting.