One of Second Life's biggest annual fashion fundraising events, Hair Fair, opens its doors this Saturday July 13th. You'll be able to buy hundreds of brand new styles like the one above, Tootsie from Clawtooth. Of course I want you all to be on your best behavior at this event (especially since it's one of my personal favorites) so I'm donning my Miss Metaverse Manners hat once more to adress the best way to behave at big events like Hair Fair. For starters...
No one is there to see YOU
Events like this are not a runway show. The only people who care what you look like are you and the assholes who are looking to pick fights with people whose rendering cost is in the red. Whether you believe that avatar scripts and attachments cause lag or not, strip off your extra layers and attend in the simplest clothing layers and hairbase that you can. It's a gesture of good will that costs you absolutely nothing. It demonstrates that you give a shit about their experience, as they should about yours.And no, you don't need to accessorize, you don't need your AO. No. One. Cares. In an event of this scale, most of us are there to get in and get out as quickly and painlessly as possible.
But at the same time...
You don't have the right to be an asshole to others
You are not the rendering cost police. It's not your job to call out everyone who's walking around with a cost in the red. If you see a newer player dressed to the nines, you may want to send them a friendly and polite IM explaining how some people feel about attachments and scripts at big laggy events, but it's not your job... And more importantly in most cases, even if they strip down to nothing but their tattoos, you probably won't notice a significant change in the area lag.
If it really really bugs you, I'd suggest you spare yourself the grief and get a third-party viewer like Firestorm which will allow you to de-render avatars and objects around you.
Be a good customer
Remember that many designers have been working right up to the last minute to fill their storefronts. They're tired, and they're going to make mistakes. Pay attention to your transactions to make sure that everything you're buying is going through, and if you run into any problems send then a civil notecard explaining the issue in as much detail as you can. Absolutely do not send IMs like "hi" or "are u there?" if you need customer support. Hair Fair is an incredibly busy period for participating designers, and useless IMs like that only serve to cap their messages even faster.
Got any other etiquette tips worth keeping in mind this weekend? Don't hesitate to share in the comments!
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Iris Ophelia (@bleatingheart, Janine Hawkins IRL) has been featured in the New York Times and has spoken about SL-based design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan and with pop culture/fashion maven Johanna Blakley.