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Tuesday, February 17, 2009


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I try to behave, both offline and online. I wonder if my atomic would need a disclaimer when going out in the weekends, printed on my tshirt: "The views expressed here are mine alone and do not necessarily represent the views of Rezzable." :D

I trust people realise that vintfalken.com posted stuff is... well.. Vint, and that rezzable related opinions go on the Rezzable blog. (And everybody except that-what-shall-not-be-named seems to understand that.)


I simply keep my SL avatar disconnected from RL me. I'd never mention my RL company on my profile, just because it's part of my real life, which SL people shouldn't have to know about.

Annyka Bekkers

My job has an explicit compliance policy forbidding anyone to speak publicly as an employee of the corporation without approval. I think its a pretty standard to avoid employees speaking as representatives of the company. Its why on game shows you have "contestant #2 works in the pharmaceuticals industry" but never says which specific company it is.

Arcadia Codesmith

If the avatar represents the company or is associated with the company, the company has the right to take steps to protect its image.

On the other hand, if my company tried to tell me what I can or can't do with my personal avatar (with no links to the company), or tried to tell me that I can't run an alt, I would cheerfully ignore them.

Companies infringing on employees' non-work lives is an increasingly common trend, and it is my moral obligation to fight against such.

Ordinal Malaprop

I of course maintain decorum at all times, regardless of matters of employment, but I would not expect anything that I do in my Personal Time to automatically be associated with whomever I work for, nor have I ever felt it necessary to issue a disclaimer.

I am sure that people are intelligent enough to be able to disassociate my own opinions and actions in Second Life from my employer's, in the same way that they are able to disassociate them outside of it. If I attend, say, a political protest in RL, it is not expected that I am representing whatever company that I work for.

Becca Imako

The way I navigate around this problem is simply create 2 different avatars. One for research and attending educational events (I am a PhD student in RL) and one I use for fun (the Becca Imako avatar for DJing).

Both avatars in no way participate in the same activities nor have the same friends. The one I use for research has all my public information in its profile and other has no rl info in its profile (with the exception of the state I am from and my approximate age).

Ordinal Malaprop

Probably, if I were to start again now I would create an alt and become them in work hours - there are all sorts of advantages, such as not wasting my group slots on work-only groups, being happy to just hand my password over to an employer if they needed to access my inventory and so on, it being clear when I was on "personal time" and so on. It would be quite easy to do, as I save all of my scripts and assets outworld _anyway_.

However, it would not be because of my opinions. Everyone would likely know whose alt my alt was and so opinions would just carry over.

Dedric Mauriac

Take my own personal blog for example (lewismoten.com) - it has nothing to do with my company, yet I am required to add a disclaimer about my company.

The problem is, even if you create a separate avatar for your company, and another for personal life - you are still in control of both. If you took your non-company avatar and started expressing your views, they may go against your company. Someone may actually figure out that you (in real life) are the owner of your non-company avatar. If they know who you work for, then they may associate your views with the company. At least, that is how corporate lawyers may see it.

In SL, we have a protection of anonymity. It is as if everyone expects that no one should be able to figure out who we are. Eventually, over time, the links may be made. We may tell our friends who we really are. Things simply start connecting.

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