Interesting public Facebook thread started by metaverse veteran/Linden Lab alum Reuben Steiger, who's driving an effort to draw a new map of mixed reality. "Which single feature is the Holy Grail of the Metaverse," he asks. "Realistic face, eye tracking, ease of building?" So far the best answer is from designer Raph Koster, echoing points he made at GDC 2016:
Social VR is toast unless it can solve moderation. You can't type. Voice is required. There are no filters, logs, reporting mechanisms, etc that work with voice. The best you can do is mute or block, and we have known since "A Rape in Cyberspace" that it's inadequate.
He means the groundbreaking article by Julian Dibbell written over 20 years ago, in which a troll inside a text-based virtual community was still able to harass others others after being blocked, simply by simulating sexual assault in text:
Imagine trolls who get their hands on 3D building tools, and it's easy to see how blocking and muting is not enough.
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