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Posted: Mar 27th 2009 4:11PM (Unverified) said

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"All the signs have been there for some weeks, and we've been trying to get final confirmation"

What do you mean by that? I emailed him about a month ago with a tongue in cheek request to provide financial stimulus and lower tier, he told me that was someone else's decision to make, which struck me as odd at the time and maybe this explains it.

Posted: Mar 27th 2009 10:42PM (Unverified) said

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That's exactly the thing. There's been a Zee-shaped hole in things for some time, and other quirky behavior to go with it. After a while it just became increasingly clear.
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Posted: Mar 27th 2009 6:05PM Joystiq Login Bugs SUCK said

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Cya Zee, good luck in your next position :)

Posted: Mar 28th 2009 7:41AM (Unverified) said

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I'll take the hilarious collage you've made for this article as an occasion to thank you for your great, diligent reporting on SL, Tateru. Standing ovation! :-)

Posted: Mar 28th 2009 3:55PM Mr A said

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Under his careful guidance, Second Life grew from a total of two regular users, to five. Congratulations.

Posted: Mar 28th 2009 5:38PM (Unverified) said

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An obvious way you can tell that Zee Linden's parting with the Lab wasn't a happy one is that he was instantly deleted from the Search People list (you can see dredge him up from Search/All).

Lindens who don't part on bad terms, even if fired, who are considered still to be of value, get to keep their accounts, and indeed, those accounts are turned to their real names (Robin Harper, Cory Ondrejka).

Other Lindens who leave but aren't somehow in some clash with top management linger in the list for awhile until somebody finally thinks to remove them.

I wonder what this was really about.

Zee is remember for three things:

o island price hikes in 2006
o sudden VAT charge
o openspace price hikes in 2008

In other words, he appears to have been responsible for the largest popular rebellions of residents.

Zee had an interesting take on SL and a lot of useful knowledge to impart about it, but at the end of the day, he seemed to have a cut-throat way of making money, which was suddenly jacking up prices very high, to much anger.

But I bet that's not why he parted company with the Lab. I'm also wondering if this fabulous profitability being talked about is contingent only on these harsh price jack-ups periodically.

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