Freitag, 12. Juni 2009

That silly Linden operation "adult content"

Linden is moving everything they consider "adult content" to seperate sims now. This is particulary silly, since you have to be an adult anyway to be in Second Life at all. It is a terrible conservative puritan move of Linden Lab and will have its negative effect on the SL experience. But not only do they ban locations, they also ban "adult" words from the inworld search engine. One of these words is "penis", a word that even my two year old son already knew what it means.

This is my artistic comment on the silliest and perhaps most devastating thing that ever happened to Second Life. I shamelessly ripped it off the copyright of René Magritte, the great surrealist painter, who would surely forgive me nonetheless, if he knew what I used it for: a call for freedom!


Ari Blackthorne™ hat gesagt…

Yes, but in fairness and full disclosure, Lindens *did say* that the word "penis" is mistakenly filtered and will be unfiltered as it is a clinical term.

One thing *everyone* really does need to try to remember is that the system is still in flux. it is not completed yet. it is still being worked on.

There are a lot of words that are currently filtered that shouldn't be and will be unfiltered, just as there are a lot of words that are not filtered that should be.

It's like a new house being built for you and all that is there is the frame and plumbing. Even though the walls are not up yet, you see the pipes going to places that don't make sense and you chastise the builder - even though the house is not finished, yet and there is still a lot of work to do.

Moni Duettmann hat gesagt…

Why would any words have to be filtered out? I don't need a big overseer to guide me through this cruel world. The house is built? By introducing censorship? I don't know what you mean. Remember the Hays Code? it was dropped in 1967, because by then the last idiot had noticed it doesn't make sense, cannot be enforced and its meaning boils down to mere censorship. Here is something that I recommend *everyone* to remember: Second Life, unlike the internet, is not an open platform that just anybody of any age can visit. We are all adults here.

Ari Blackthorne™ hat gesagt…

I concur with what you are saying, Monni.

There is the whole "glass half empty or glass half full" scenario. You are looking at it as a "loss" - and censorship. It's not censorship. It's segregation.

I on the other hand am looking at it as an experience improvement. Please don;t get me wrong, I am not cheering this on. I would rather it stay the way it is now.

However,since it's coming, there is nothing we can do to stop it, so let us look for the benefits in it: finding things will be much easier.

People selling kitchenware, for example won't be 'spamming' their own adverts with "sexgen beds" trying to get their adverts to rise in rank.

When searching for specific things, the results will be better suited.

No, nothing is perfect and it's far from perfect now to be sure. There are good things and bad things at the time time about everything.

I figure, since there is nothing we can do to change what's coming, there is not much sense in shouting and arguing. Might as well look at the good side of things.

My original comment in this thread, though was not to defend what the Lindens are doing. But only to rebutt a couple of your comments with respect to what will and will not be filtered.

If I may be frank, I think it is alarmist and disingenuous to substitute the word "censor" for the word "filter".

To censor is to make unavailable. To filter to simply hide, with option to show.

Ari Blackthorne™ hat gesagt…


I told you so.