Category Archives: What Were They Thinking?

INTRODUCING THE 5/9 BOTS

Update 8/24/2015:  Hmm… looks like there may be another name – Rihanna.  I just found another 5/9 rez date avatar in my logs.  Blank profile and profile feed turned off, just like the other ones.  I’m going to assume she’s a bot at this point and add her to the list.

Here they are, fresh off their extensive tour of Second Life!  Visiting even where they’re not wanted, spreading joy and annoyance to the citizenry!  Spinning their way into our hearts and minds, you loved the regular bots, now here are the 5/9 bots!

Largely comprised of names from the mind of someone with apparently little imagination and a lot of time on his hands that fateful month, they form legions of Rileys, Selenas, and Brendens.  All with rez dates in May 2009 or close,  blank profiles, and the profile feed turned off.  Broken down by first name for your perusing pleasure. 

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My Banned Bots List

Update 8/14/15: I’ve broken down the 5/9 bots into their own list.  These are the bots I’ve found that were rezzed on May 2009.  You can find them here.

Update 3/7/15:  The list is again current as of now.  Every name submitted to me that I could reasonably verify as being a bot is on the list now.  The list has grown to a total of 69 names now.  Thanks everyone!

Update 2/10/15:  I’ve gotten a bit behind on the list due to RL things going on at the moment, but I hope to get the contributions merged in as soon as possible.  Thanks for all the input on this!

I’ve been catching these things more and more on my land and the surrounding area.  Bots popping into existence, doing a little step by step pirouette in place, then disappearing again.  I’ve done some searching on the web, but there seems to be no real consensus on what these things are, what they do, or what dirtball is behind them.  In my opinion, bots should be marked as bots in the profile and also with what they do – greeter, notecard giver, etc.  Also, they should be kept ON THE OWNER’S OWN LAND, and not leech off people that pay tier in SL.

These bots become one with my banlist when I find them, and since I thought other people might enjoy banning them too, at least until there’s some rules governing these things (I’m looking squarely at you, Linden Lab), I’m going to post my own personal banned bot list.  It will be updated as the list is updated.  If anyone has any clue who owns these things or what they do, I’d love to hear from you in the comments.  I’m assuming if they’re so secretive though, it can’t be anything good.

A few thank you’s for contributing names to the list both here and in-world – I think it’s getting pretty comprehensive now!

Thanks to those have contributed names to the list:

Aja Dani
Foxie Erwin Lockhart
Grizzla PJ Stipe
Mace Skate Foss
Xorinth Alexxianna Sirnah

If anyone knows of any other bots not on this list, please feel free to contact me here or in-world!

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Remembering The Second Life Hunt

I used to be an avid Hunter in Second Life.  You know, the store owners would put together a gift, there would be a theme to the hunt, hunters would have a good time, stores would get traffic and potential customers – a good time was had by all.  Unfortunately the fun seems to be coming to an end – unless you want to pay up.

I took some time away from hunting to pursue some other interests, but recently decided to hit a hunt or two again as a distraction and to maybe find some more nice little shops to spend my Linden in that were previously unknown to me.  Imagine my dismay when I started looking for a new hunt and found that the traditional hunt seems to be fast dying.

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Creations Kitchen: Ban First, Ask Questions Later

I was doing a hunt today – the Shaken, Not Stirred Hunt, for those who must know 🙂 – and was going along nicely until suddenly I bounced with a “banned from this region” notification.  Hmmm… better check this out…Creations Kitchen.  Funny, I don’t remember ever even being there, much less torking off the owner.  Ok… who is the owner?  I quickly check and come up with Sun Michalski.  Interesting… the name doesn’t ring a bell.  Why would I be banned?  Time to pull up her profile.  The first thing I see is a message proclaiming her undying love for her wife and bemoaning the fact that she’s apparently the target of multiple attempts to hit on her.  A bit offputting for the primary thing in a shop owner’s profile, but no big deal.  I used to get hit on a lot too even with my lovely Gila in my partner box, but I eventually stopped hanging about in the sims where this is a problem and have very little trouble now.  

Still, this doesn’t explain my being banned.  Wait…there in the partner box.  Endra Graves.  Suddenly it makes sense.  The woman that had a bad experience with a blogger and now ejects and bans all persons with a blog listed in their profile, regardless of whether there’s anything in it about her or not.  Not exactly what I’d call sterling customer service.  An idle check of her profile while writing this reveals not much change in that since I last wrote about her.  The first paragraph in her profile is honestly something I wouldn’t put in my profile if I was in business in SL.

”                          Owner of Artistry by ~ E ~

People that don’t read profile picks irritate me. Yes, some people fill theirs full of crap, but when dealing with a designer, many times important information is sitting RIGHT THERE and you IM them needlessly when you could just read profile picks.”

Kinda makes me walk away with the impression that she thinks her customers are an irritant…idiots that can’t read and bother her needlessly.  Well, I’ll be more than happy to take my business elsewhere – there’s plenty of jewelry makers in Second Life.  I’m not exactly sure what Creations Kitchen even sells, but I’m sure there’s alternate creators and stores for that as well.  Some of them even like their customers and appreciate them.  😉

I do agree with both profiles on one point – people should read profiles.  In this case it certainly gives you a feel of who you’re buying from and their opinions about you, the customer.

Luck of the Dice: We Got Griefed

I was at work last week and got an offline IM from my lovely wife Gila casually asking if I’d given our house a light particle effect.  Alarm bells ringing in my head, I logged on that evening and sure enough, half the region was under attack.  There were rolling dice on the land sending out waves of light particles and generally making a nuisance of themselves.

We usually keep our land open to public rezzing and allow people to use a changing/rezzing room on our land as a public service.  Unfortunately there’s always someone with the mentality of a five year old ready to abuse that with griefing.  I guess no good deed goes unpunished.  Luckily the guilty party was listed as the owner of the object and I got a nice picture for the AR.  Fortunately, after a bit of study it was easy enough to clean things up.  I’ve seen one mention of this grief tactic here, but it’s a bit short and vague.  Here’s how to get rid of this if you’re unfortunate enough to have the Pinhead of Griefing visit you in the dead of the night.

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