Miss Ophelia's Metaverse Manners: More Alt Avatar Etiquette Questions: Spying on Your SL Partner & Secret Roleplaying
Exclusive to NWN, Iris Ophelia's ongoing take on etiquette and ethics in virtual spaces
This week I'm wrapping up the alt-related etiquette quandaries (you can find the first lot here if you missed them.) So let's get right to it!
So I have a habit of making alts to learn more about my partner or see how honest they are, like by making friends with them, etc. I told someone about it and they really overreacted and said I was lying to my partners. What do you think about this sort of thing?
To be blunt, I am not even a little bit in favour of this kind of thing. It's unlikely that you're really doing this to "learn more about them", because if you spend time with them normally you should learn the same things. Instead, this comes off as profoundly creepy, stalker-like behaviour. Furthermore, if you are so insecure about your relationship with your partner that you have to set up honey traps to test their honesty, you're probably better off ending the relationship altogether. It's not worth being with someone that you can't trust. If this is something you find yourself doing with every partner you have, you might need to turn that investigative lens inward. These tactics make you look like the dishonest one.
Keep reading for more alt etiquette. Next up: secretly roleplaying as an alt!