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Posted: Aug 28th 2009 2:03PM (Unverified) said

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Same as with "Quisling" a while ago (google it), a name Linden Lab eventually pulled back after protests, but still leaving a number of residents in-world who probably do not even know what their name means.

Posted: Aug 28th 2009 5:23PM (Unverified) said

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"Widely known?" Are you kidding me? It's an Australian prison slang term. Most people are not going to know what you are talking about. I'm glad to see your going to let one of the thousands of names registered with the SL database that just happens to offend you become a news article. That is something you take up with Customer Service. Stay classy.

Posted: Aug 28th 2009 5:47PM (Unverified) said

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"Derived from the analogy that a paedophile, like a rock spider, is always getting into little cracks."
¬.¬


I wonder if that lastname got in thanx to the same person that made porncentration camps a reality...

Posted: Aug 28th 2009 7:22PM (Unverified) said

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Um...OK, I'm with Khemical on this one. I mean...I check my reader every day hoping to see a post from you, Tateru, because I respect your insight and opinion. And with everything else that I'd love to read about this comes across as....well, slightly ridiculous and perhaps peevish (along the lines of 'nyah nyah caught you').

With everything else to write about these days you chose a last name amongst the hundreds, and point out a term that 95% of the users probably haven't heard of outside of Australia.

I mean, how about something on how the Lab might test the new Web site for usability, whether it looks like there's any A/B test possible within how the site is structured, an analysis of whether mesh imports would cause lag, your interpretation of the Lab's moves to "re-interpret" economic stats or the publication for the first time of data on XStreet and then extrapolate it back to previous economic results.

(I would love an analysis of that - did XStreet sales run in parallel to the in-world economy and how do in-flows and out-flows from there to the Linden Exchange represent total economic output).

Instead, we get this.

P.S. According to the urban slang dictionary, your last name is slang for:

"A nasty fat slut/bitch who steals her best friends boyfriend. "
or "A codeword for marijuana and a kick ass band" or...(there are others)
or (and I'd prefer to think the following taking out the gender reference):

"Nino is a term which describes one of superior life skills. Ninos are known for their exemplary fencing capabilities and their extreme awesomeness. The word Nino may also pertain to one who is the sexiest and most popular man in his area. "

Posted: Aug 28th 2009 7:36PM (Unverified) said

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Someone told me the other day that my SL last name could be confused with the past-tense verb "eating." Shaw King!

Posted: Aug 29th 2009 2:42AM Joystiq Login Bugs SUCK said

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You can spot the players who are NOT in Australia.

I guess we should wait to see Dusan's wonderful opinion when the Lab release the last name Nigger.

Posted: Aug 29th 2009 8:15AM (Unverified) said

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If a surname is possibly offensive to 21 million people then it's something that should have been caught.

I need to go. If I don't cut the parts out of Dusan's Toronto Star that he finds less than useful by the time he gets in, he can be very unpleasant and out of line.

It's me really. Why should he be subjected to anything that might interest someone else?

Adric Pedobear

Posted: Aug 29th 2009 9:47AM (Unverified) said

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I believe I've heard the name in another context - although this was back in the 1970s in South Africa, where a rock-spider meant someone of Boer (Afrikaaner) origins who was notably conservative in their views. And, in 1970s Jo'burg, that made them very conservative.

Posted: Aug 29th 2009 9:41AM (Unverified) said

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Hmmm. Well, I still think a note to the Lab would have been better, or asking them about their vetting process and getting the story behind the story so to speak.

With 9,800 names in SL it can't be easy to check every trademark, copyright and slang dictionary in English let alone all the other languages - and as SL is used in every country but 3, that's a lot of ground to cover. I'm really curious how they handle it.

But I clearly misread how charged the term is. Sorry about that.

I suppose I'm feeling a little disenchanted with all the muck being slung about lately. And I'm still interested in Tateru's take on the XStreet stats. :)

Oh, and Toronto Star Adric? I read the Sun of course.

Posted: Aug 29th 2009 11:01AM (Unverified) said

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I've got very little useful data on Xstreet, and published what I had recently. There could well be data that I've missed, though. Contact me :)
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Posted: Aug 29th 2009 8:19PM (Unverified) said

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I myself enjoy both post about techinical aspects, economic aspects, social aspects, art stuff etc, as well as posts about LL's screwups and other misc topics

Posted: Aug 31st 2009 1:50PM (Unverified) said

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Thanks for this informative post!

As an Italian person, I didn't know the "rockspider" meaning and I warned my non-english speaking friends about it.

If you're a virtual worlds user, your avatar's identity and name are going to be important for you. Your name will be searched on search engines.
The fact that if you search for this term on Google, the first results are about its sexual-slang meaning, is quite relevant.

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