What you're looking at above is from an astounding compilation: It's the top twenty types of Resident violations of Community Standards/Terms of Service rules, as noted on the Lindens' Incident Report page. It covers virtual crimes from June 2007 up to now, with the total number of each kind counted above right. We have this information thanks to SL analyst Tyche Shepherd, and an anonymous volunteer. "I have a program which crawls the Incident Report page and stores the results in a database," Tyche tells me. "A lot of the back data came from someone who has been collecting the RSS feed from that page back to June 07."
Tyche has the full results with exhaustively compiled graphs available on the SL Universe community forum, and they count a total of 21,665 published incidents over a period of just over two years. I'd estimate about two-three million people have been in Second Life during that time frame, which means less than 1% the total user base for that period perpetrated these metaverse misdemeanors and felonies. As you can see above, most of the common violations fall in the garden variety griefer category; no surprise there. What is surprising, especially given recent controversies, is how few content theft-related incidents were reported. You have to scroll down for those:
- Copyright Infringement 17
- Terms of Service: Trademark Violation 14
- Failure to Comply with Intellectual Property Notification 1
So over two years, just a few dozen content theft violations among tens of thousands. Several possible interpretations to that sparse number: Content theft incidents are under-reported, or under-enforced. Or, of course, content theft as an official, community-reported and Linden-enforced violation, are relatively rare.
Other interesting data points: Ageplay violations, a controversy which exploded in 2007, are also extremely rare: 182 total. Incidents of Camping Chairs, a more recent controversy, rarer still: 63. Strangest incident category: "Second Life: Respect, Pets 5". (Sion chicken slaughter, perhaps.) What's your read on this data?
Image credit: Tyche Shepherd. Hat tip: Daniel Voyager, who has more analysis here.