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Tuesday, March 01, 2011


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Ignatius Onomatopoeia

Avatar collision is a humorous solution. In 2008, two students and I were exploring an urban sim when one of them went AFK. We were at the top of a skyscraper.

"Push him," my other student urged me.

"I might get in trouble. You do it."

So the student did. We had a great laugh at that. We both blamed each other in the next class meeting.

THE GENIUS Dreddpiratebob

On occasion i have used a little thing called "BSB". A simple device of translucent physical material with a rotate script on it. When moved over an avatar it leads to quite spectacular craziness.

I do not feel bad, it happened to me the first day in SL and i still think its hilarious now.

My one rule for this situation. Jokes should not be played on AFKers when in RP (kills the narrative, better to simply patiently wait), on someone who is under emotional stress (unless you know them to be the type who it will help lighten the mood) or on newbies who will just be scared off. OR, in my case, when the person responsible will turn it into an amusing 'fairy' calender to sell for charity mentioning no names SMELLEON!

Laetizia Coronet

Of course, in my indignation, I completely forgot those situations where AFK is less voluntary. Good points there, Ophelia!

Doreen Garrigus

Yeah. Just try not to go AFK on a TP point in a no-fly zone. It's the flailing. The flailing is bad.

Annechen Lowey

Having had the issue of needing to investigate suspicious noises (or silences) with youngsters in the house, I created a gesture with the key word "/afk" to generate a chat line "Beg pardon, I must afk a moment." to let others know I am dashing off to put avert an emergency on the other side of the keyboard. Most people I know have been understanding of the need to dash off, but appreciate the warning.

Yak Wise

The old build of Martin Ren's fabulous "Flashmans" had an 'urinoir' outside of the club. Was ideal for IM-ing or going AFK.

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