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Thursday, June 11, 2009


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Ann Otoole

Linden Lab lied about the bot/camping ban. They have no intention of enforcing it or making the search engine not favor their alts.

If they are going to be serious then they are going to have to enforce it on their alts, family, and friends. Never going to happen.

Tempest Homewood

The Linden policy is vague as well. For instance, what of camping spots that had anti-bot measures put into place?

HippiePay Island sim, where I once worked, eventually beat the bots at their own game, and they'll pile up like turds on the pads because they could not answer the anti-bot questions. Then a paid helper like me would ban them. We even had roving camping for a while, which paid a lower rate but the avatar could be anywhere in SL and still earning money.

Most of our visitors were regulars we actually knew, talked to, even dated and partnered. They were real people making perhaps 100L a day camping while they did other things IRL. And a party scene went on there and at The Pharm with ravers who were never afk.

Admittedly, HippiePay wanted high traffic numbers and people to do the surveys, which is where we made money. We closed long before this new ban came in, but in their heavy-handed way, the Lindens used a club when a more precise tool could have reduced the bots.

What we did at HippiePay is no longer a viable model, but it was sure fun for the HippiePay staff and our regulars, while it lasted.

anya ristow

I've known for a long time that many of the camping chairs are filled with bots, and that many of the camping chairs are fake (unscripted other than hover text and filled by bots run by the owner). I said so in my bot surveys, and it's one reason I lump bots and campers together.

I think the amount of money collected by humans camping is vanishingly small these days.

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