In recent weeks, New World Notes has been inundated by increasingly uncivil comments that fall well outside this blog's guidelines, culminating with three posts about Second Life and Project Sansar starting last Monday and then mounting last Wednesday. Typically comments like these are filtered out immediately, but partly due to the Thanksgiving holidays and partly due to the blocking software being on the fritz, the rancor spun out of control -- especially against Linden Lab and Linden Lab's CEO, with trolls accusing them without evidence of fraud, theft, and worse. These posts' threads have been frozen and trimmed, and I apologize to readers that they became such a cesspool.
To restate NWN's existing policy in more specific terms: Making untrue and/or unsubstantiated comments that accuse Linden Lab staff of patently unethical or immoral behavior are grounds for permanent banning.
And no, this doesn't have anything to do with Linden Lab's updated Terms of Service which now has a similar clause -- but it's probably a response to the same small group of disgruntled SLers. For NWN readers, I have this request and recommendation:
The request: If you do encounter an anti-SL/LL/Sansar troll, please don't engage with them, but instead, let me know, ideally on Twitter, which gets the fastest results.
The recommendation: If you do want to criticize Second Life, Sansar, Linden Lab staff, be sure your criticisms are properly sourced, and stay focused on the policy, not the person behind them.
We are fast approaching a crucial turning point for both platforms, and people are liable to be passionate and even angry about the risks involved, but our concerns are best addressed with civil discourse, not paranoia and finger-pointing.
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