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The Daily Grind: Real ID disaster averted... or is it? {Massively}

Jul 11th 2010 8:02AM The whole Real_ID thing is horrendously flawed, the blurb says it's to participate with real life friends, but the blurb also points out that friends of friends can see you, so already you're losing control of your own visibility and who sees you, there's absolutely no need to have a real name tied to this, a single pseudonym would work just as well because if they're your real life friends, you'll tell them your pseudonym, as people do now when they tell their real life friends their character name.

Red flags galore about this whole concept and quite frankly, the whole anonymous argument on the WoW forums is ludicrous, there's a trail right back to the person paying for the account, stopping trolls by banning all characters linked to an account would be effective, then they can't create a level 1 alt to troll the forum because their level 80 character would also be banned. There is accountability, it just needs to be enforced.

They could even go down the City of Heroes route of only have one forum posting id.

The Empire will strike back on this issue, it's just a matter of when.

Blizzard backs down on Real ID {Massively}

Jul 10th 2010 7:32AM No, it's very much a privacy issue, people posting on the WoW forums are somewhat accountable because you have to pay to play, which means there's a trail right back to the person paying for the account, this may or may not be the person at the keyboard, but the person paying for the account is ultimately accountable.

Facebook is full of privacy concerns, governments and privacy organisations have raised many privacy concerns regarding Facebook.

Linden Lab hands down Second Life metrics for Q1 2010 {Massively}

May 1st 2010 3:38PM The Xstreet merger is skewing comparisons to previous quarters somewhat, from what I can see and from what T said in the discussion comments.

However the reduction in Linden dollar sales from Supply Linden remains mysterious, as Xstreet monies were still around, they were just in different pots, so they shouldn't have had a significant impact.

Evans et al vs Linden Lab: The new lawsuit on the block {Massively}

Apr 21st 2010 2:41PM There are some scary potential scenarios if they get their way and land is deemed owned and the Linden dollar a real currency, people should be careful what they wish for.

Second Life 2.0 goes live today {Massively}

Apr 1st 2010 8:53PM Never mind the UI, never mind the bugs, search is broken in viewer 2. An early thing people are going to want to do is search, this viewer is not ready to come out of beta whilst search is in its current state. Land sales search is totally broken, events isn't much better.

Setting deadlines is all fine and dandy but search is the cornerstone of SL, it is not right to make this the default viewer with search in such a state.

Second Life official forums to be replaced Tuesday {Massively}

Feb 8th 2010 1:52PM People read the forums who don't participate, a few have actually made comments this last week to say that.

Not migrating the classified forums across is rather churlish to say the least, there's no section for full transfer island sales inworld, which are a rather active part of the current classified forum and new designers benefit from those free listings, again making it harder for new entrants to get a foothold. Extremely short sighted behaviour.

Second Life search upgrades in late January {Massively}

Jan 9th 2010 8:25AM There are different ways of looking at keyword stuffing. There was the old way where people used to put words such as "sex" in their meta tags to try and drive traffic even when there was no sex on their site.

Then there's using keywords your site doesn't really have relevance to, similar to the above.

In Second Life however keyword stuffing is usually employed because relevant content can't be explained adequately in that short description field. Compare the picks and classifieds boxes to those of the parcel description. They should be dealing with the issue of the short description box before getting all high and mighty about keyword stuffing.

Second Life, the New Year, and real names {Massively}

Jan 6th 2010 4:25AM This really should not be insurmountable, real life deals with these issues, our UUID is a unique identifier. Logon names and display names do not have to equal the same thing.

The way to go about this though it to only allow those with verifiable information to claim a name for a start, that way we don't get someone else pretending to be, for example, Tateru Nino.

Then yes, we'd need more information on a profile to find the person we're looking for. Fantasy names however could remain unique.

Linden Lab isn't daft {Massively}

Dec 28th 2009 9:43PM Has someone sent you an im or something? The UI is fair game, people find it difficult, no argument, Xstreet is another story and what they're doing there is plain wrong. Let's not try and mix up the issues hey, Linden Lab shoot themselves in the foot too often and need to understand that.