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Posted: Nov 2nd 2007 7:17PM (Unverified) said

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Ha! thought you could escape me? Silly canine. :)

I find the concept of the bot somewhat laughable. The description of how it works just described half the newbies I run into (or am run into by). And they aren't out to cause trouble or research things, they are just trying to find their way around SL.

PS.. how do I get an account set up for commenting. this confirmation with e-mail thing is getting old. :)

Posted: Nov 2nd 2007 7:44PM (Unverified) said

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There are a few personal space issues in SL which I think translate quite well from RL however I must say I'm a bit perplexed about how scientific this study may be considering the variables.

It is well known that people respond differently to personal space issues depending on the politeness theory of the culture they belong to, the population density of the area in which they live etcetera. Folk in secondlife also respond differently to personal space depending on age. They tend to be unable to maintain comfortable distances as newbies, then go through a period of being more aware of placing themselves optimally because they can, then after a while extremely tolerant of newbies standing on their toes.

All of these type of folk can be present in the one place in SL; oldbies, newbies, folk usta being sardined on trains in real life and those who live on farms shouting over the fence at the neighbors, folk from cultures where it is polite to touch and kiss folk you've barely met, folk from cultures where a handshake seems like an imposition.

I imagine their wonderfuly clumsy griefbot will tell them lots of interesting things abot peoples reactions, but i am a bit suspect about the conclusions they may come to. I have a strong feeling their data on reactions will be so wildly scattered that it will be predominantly noise. I feel like the dominant trend they'll see emerging isn't the weighted mean reaction to personal space issues but rather how people generally react to brainless automatons.

But that's just my two cents.

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