This is a video taken from SL's Welcome Area near Waterhead, and it's a sample of the first sights and sounds many if not most new users to Second Life experience. It's beautifully shot by Codizzo, who aptly entitles it, "Why So Many New Users to Second Life Have No Idea What's Going On", and as you may have already guessed, it's not safe for work viewing if you have no headphones on:
It would actually be kind of funny, if it also didn't include the sound of a dream fading away. I still have property in Waterhead nearby, so I can attest that this is pretty much what the Welcome Area is like any time I log in -- a mean, unrelenting, incoherent barrage of vocal skankitude. And the thing is, it's been this way here and the other official, Linden-owned Welcome Areas for new users for literally years:
One can argue that all these rude, smack-talking people are enjoying SL freely, as it was intended, and who are you to judge if gratuitous drama and nastiness is what they choose? But if you were hoping for an SL that's more welcoming to new users, almost all of whom are overwhelmed from the very first moment by the interface, the technical hurdles, the general strangeness... well, it is something else.
I put the question to Linden spokesman Peter Gray in this way:
"Does Linden Lab think this is an ideal way for new users to experience SL and the SL community, and if not, when and how will it be addressed?" I will write about the reply, if any, I receive.