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Posted: Mar 12th 2009 1:17PM (Unverified) said

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I wonder if they expect everyone with a pair of poseballs in their skybox to up and move to this new continent. They're going to need a big continent, if so. (Well, except that everyone will just laugh and ignore the rule.)

Wouldn't it be easier to just have prudish users check a box, "Warn me when entering areas with mature content"?

Posted: Mar 12th 2009 9:48PM (Unverified) said

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Quoting Blondin Linden from the secondlife.com forums:

"Sex beds in a private home, skins, and the such are all fine and would not have to move. Its when the theme or main advertising point is sexual that it would cross a line between mature and adult"

http://forums.secondlife.com/showpost.php?p=2351081&postcount=5
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Posted: Mar 14th 2009 10:08PM (Unverified) said

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It would sure be nice if LL could decide on a message before they started to broadcast it.

Their Maturity Ratings FAQ (which has since been replaced with a "Whoops! That was too premature to release!" page) said that anything with "erotic themes", death or extreme violence, photorealistic nudity, and some other things would be relegated to the Adult-Only grid.

I'm glad to hear that their actual position is less ridiculous than the one they initially laid out.
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Posted: Mar 12th 2009 1:20PM Snow Leopard said

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:O...and where exactly can I find this adult rated content right now?

Posted: Mar 12th 2009 2:02PM (Unverified) said

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If you can't find adult content in Second Life, your Internet must be out of pixels.
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Posted: Mar 12th 2009 1:30PM (Unverified) said

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ugh

Posted: Mar 12th 2009 2:14PM (Unverified) said

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Hmm ... will be interesting to see how they classify things. With so much of the mainland being marked as mature but not used as such lines get pretty blurry on content. All sorts of issues, like what do they do about the many of us that refuse to use their "identity verification"? After all, all of us said we were over 18 when signing up, so why all the fuss? If someone lied when asked that LL is not liable.

Posted: Mar 12th 2009 6:56PM (Unverified) said

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Actually a lot of jurisdictions will still hold you liable, even if a minor lied to you about their age, or presented you with falsified ID.
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Posted: Mar 12th 2009 2:57PM (Unverified) said

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Many thoughts arise. I have been hearing from reliable sources that LL is in talks about integrating the Teen and Mature grid, and this would definatly be a step that will make that possible.

Another thing that is, with the state of the mainland being what it is, wouldn't be easier to start a All-ages continent instead. I suspect the amount of people that is interested in that is smaller, but also much more eager to move. The other way around seems to harder to accomplice.

Posted: Mar 12th 2009 7:07PM (Unverified) said

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I think shifting the Adults-Only content works better -- though there are going to be issues. Remember, we're not talking about *all* mature content. Just a subset of it (albeit, a subset yet to be defined).

Presumably most mature and sexual content stays where it is.

To put it another way "You can still bonk, but if you do it with chainsaws, cattle-prods or farm-animals, that's probably Adults-Only content"
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Posted: Mar 12th 2009 7:19PM (Unverified) said

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You aren't the only one saying, that just the most extreme sex and violence is going away. But somehow i'm not all that convinced.

The business people are already cheering that all avatars dressed as 'hookers' are going away. Which I don't believe either.

I just think LL is making it hard on itself to make a line somewhere between naked and extreme sex. Instead if they make a new All Ages continent they could simple say, no visually or textually sex and nudity, and no violence.
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Posted: Mar 12th 2009 8:08PM (Unverified) said

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I think an all-ages continent would be a good thing - but can you imagine how big a target it would be for sexualized griefing?
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Posted: Mar 16th 2009 3:57AM Vandell said

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Wait.. Are you comparing the furry fetish with a gore fetish..? Oo;
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Posted: Mar 12th 2009 3:16PM (Unverified) said

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It might actually be easier to do it the other way around: have owners tag content known to be minor-friendly, and move *that* to a new all-ages location. Legally, it's probably safer: if contetn is presumed adult unless tagged otherwise, less adults-only content will slip through.

I presume this is a prelude to combining the main grid and teen grid into one big happy and slightly dysfunctional world; so the "aren't we all supposed to be over 18?" argument doesn't work.

Posted: Mar 12th 2009 3:05PM (Unverified) said

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I am replying to ever blog post about this I can (as well as writing my own): This is a brilliant move. SL has been laughed at for YEARS because of these leather dummies and their dildo collections.

Get that cheesy crap out of my SL art, or my SL architecture. Let SL be what it CAN be: a collection of (mostly) well thought out designs. Well, there still be POOR design, but less cheesy sex dolls running, the better.

Beau

Posted: Mar 12th 2009 4:42PM (Unverified) said

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"the Adults Only continent (which is a bit of a mouthful and needs a catchy name)"

What about finally creating that legendary land of Blingtardia? :)

Or just name it Gor. Three letters, most should be able to spell it correctly (for searches and such).

Posted: Mar 12th 2009 6:25PM dudes said

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Looks like Goldshire will see a rise in Cyber soon, once these changes have been made.

Headline: "Mass exodus of adult players leave 2nd Life for World of Warcraft. Developers mystified."

New WoW guilds crop up with names like: "Cybershire Ho's" and "GSLoveuLongTimeERPLOLZL8RZF00l5"

Posted: Mar 13th 2009 1:26AM (Unverified) said

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It likely won't affect much in the way of cybering and so on. Remember, most mature content is likely to stay where it is. This is primarily about adding a new content category for stuff that is more extreme.
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Posted: Mar 12th 2009 9:56PM (Unverified) said

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As Deltango Vale put it on the forums:

Teen Grid + Main Grid = Teen grid.

The far more sensible solution is to have the new continent the all ages continent. That causes less hassle and gives educators and corps what they want because there's no way in hell they will stop moaning about adult content. Their complaints are about adult content, not extreme, just merely its existence and they don't want to be near it, so provide them with that place and provide a real choice.

Forced relocation is not a choice.

Posted: Mar 12th 2009 10:00PM (Unverified) said

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I agree it would be easier to make a PG continent and move all the PG sims to that continent. (What were they thinking when they put PG sims next to Mature sims anyway? It ruins the PGness of the outer parcels of those PG sims.) The old "gaps" on the mainland could just be left as water sim spaces.

As for Beau's post, let's see how 'rational' it sounds when likewise applied to the internet:

"This is a brilliant move. [The internet] has been laughed at for YEARS because of these leather dummies and their dildo collections. Get that cheesy crap out of my [internet] art, or my [internet] architecture. Let [the internet] be what it CAN be: a collection of (mostly) well thought out designs. Well, there still be POOR design, but [the] less cheesy sex dolls [...] the better."

It wouldn't make sense to now try to make most of the internet geared toward 5 year olds, and it doesn't make sense to try to yank SL backward in that way either. A nice big new PG family-safe continent would be the right direction.

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