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Posted: Jan 1st 2008 10:41AM Otenth said

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Wonderful summary of the year. Thanks to my favorite SL journalist!

Posted: Jan 1st 2008 12:02PM (Unverified) said

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as always, excellent reporting. thanks for such a great recap! :)

Posted: Jan 1st 2008 8:56PM (Unverified) said

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My God, what a skewed summary. Um, the German media, or "part of the German media" didn't "make" the child pornogrpahy in SL -- they reported on a case of two adults who were alleged to have been involved in child pornography. I'm not aware of any reporting otherwise. Is this your particular spin, or some new sourcing?

Re: "After the 2006 accusations of Linden Lab signaling imminent rate rises for Class 5 servers to a limited number of people, Linden Lab responded to complaints of such leaks by essentially switching to a policy of zero warning, and little or no community consultation on fiscal or policy matters in 2007, much as Philip Rosedale foreshadowed when discussing the matter in interviews towards the end of 2006.''

Um, it's not an accusation, but an accurate report (one I made, in the Herald) about insiderism that the Lindens *themselves* later admitted to, and Philip Linden personally apologized for in a public statement. Hello? And so...what is your intimiation here, that we should all allow such insiderism to take place to give the privileged ones who can "handle it" the information *first* and then the hoi-polloi? Huh? What is a *good* way to announce the enforcement of a known US law against Internet gambling? A 30-day ramp-up? Those who first complied with the request not to advertise gambling could see the handwriting on the wall; if they were serious about their business, they'd have to realize this law, long ago announced, had a schedule for its implementation. To go slower would implicate LL in non-compliance.

Sure, the Lindens could have given more notice about VAT, but it's also up to people who live in countries where you have to pay VAT to comply themselves, which they didn't do, squabbling about "lack of proper paperwork" for LL, instead of in fact presenting what they did have available. Proper businesses already wrote off VAT because they had expenses they declared as tax deduction.

I'd love to know how you got the figures for the mainland being only 20 percent of the whole. There are a huge number of new sims and new continents. The island sales are down. I wonder how you are reading these numbers on the statistics page which don't give an exact answer to the question of the mainland/island ratio, or where you have gotten precise figures.

With his Standford video, Daniel Linden had already let us know his rather cynical attitude toward the SL population, and his boostering of extremist ideas like enabling the ability to completely render as invisible anything or anybody you don't like. I don't see the outcry about the broadly offensive as shooting the messenger.
After all, he wasn't some mere messenger, but the Director of Community Affairs in SL. My God, he was rarely seen in world, and should have learned by then how to talk more effectively with this community that he was supposed to be serving.


Posted: Jan 2nd 2008 4:16AM (Unverified) said

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The percentage of the mainland is easily derived from the published key monthly metrics.

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