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Posted: Jan 29th 2010 9:49AM (Unverified) said

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That was the hardest Massively post i've ever read, i'm still not sure what it was about. I'm so common.

Posted: Jan 29th 2010 10:32AM (Unverified) said

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It was about the Fail of LL's new Communications Manager. No worries tho, it was a Predictable Experience.

Posted: Jan 29th 2010 11:18AM (Unverified) said

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You've parsed Wallace's blog the same way I did. At the same time, I'm astounded that, in spite of his being a founder of the self-styled "muckraking" Herald, that he didn't lead off with a negation of the Lab's notorious track record; rather, he fell into the same style of ambiguity that leaves the rest of us scratching our heads and understandably suspecting "business as usual".

He should have led off with "We are NOT going to make this mandatory", then followed with, "... but we also realize it's useful to some of you, so how can we make it easier for those who want it, while protecting those who don't?"

Your last line puts an ironic smirk on my face as I contemplate "absence of evidence", "evidence of absence", and "the truth is out there".

Posted: Jan 29th 2010 12:35PM (Unverified) said

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my take

M wants facebook users (jan 09 statement). They use rl details (even if they are made up in some cases). ergo sl needs to become as welcoming as possible to all those potentially missing millions who haven't signed up and abandoned SL yet.

All the minions have been working towards it. If that's what the CEO wants then no one else matters - particularly the customers.

What I can't get over is how poorly handled this has been. They've lifted their game down the last few months but this was a retrograde step.

Why does LL pretend to go through this consultation process every time when all it does is waste the time and energy of both sides? How hard would have been to announce that there would be an option of revealing rl details that could be searchable? It satisfies both parties (allowing for the grizzling that would go on about people "not being male/female/real" if they don't provide them) without putting anyone out longterm - just like voice.

Wallace hasn't really demonstrated that he's capable of communicating let alone managing it. Let's hope he's smart enough to learn from this and come out sparkling next time

Posted: Jan 29th 2010 4:16PM (Unverified) said

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Wallace is a poor writer. I'm not great either, but I am not the new communications czar at LL. My avatar looks a lot better than his, too, so just how seriously can I take him.

As Wallace left the bright office where his new assignment was explained to him, faintly through the transom I swear you could hear them say just barely: "We could have had Papa John Pizza delivered every Friday for a year instead of hiring that noob, ya know."

Posted: Jan 29th 2010 7:28PM (Unverified) said

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Well the real topic of that vague mess last week *did* just stand up - Linden Lab just bought social networking site Avatars United.

https://blogs.secondlife.com/community/features/blog/2010/01/29/avatars-unite

Which I assume we'll be hearing more about from you soon!

So it looks like when most people were making assumptions about how Wallace was fitting into the old Linden pattern of making a vague "discussion" announcement about something the Lab was going to go ahead with anyway... they were right.

Posted: Jan 29th 2010 9:19PM (Unverified) said

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Whew, yes. Just woke up to the news a couple minutes ago. It makes the piece look more like a clumsy marketing ploy than like community engagement.
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Posted: Jan 30th 2010 10:05AM (Unverified) said

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And in addition to looking like a "clumsy marketing ploy", it also makes Wallace look like, if not flat out a liar, then at least a word-twister to the peaks inhabited by Everett Linden, since he specifically stated that it was *not* about any LL actions.

Very, very poor start for a person who is there to handle communications and discussions with the residents, and who wants to, in his own words, fight the uphill battle of rebuilding trust in Linden's communications.

The bizarre thing is that if M's and Wallace's posts had been combined into one to the effect of "We have acquired this company because we think the idea has a lot of potential in today's digital world. Which aspects of it should we focus on developing? Which tools do you feel you need?", it could have been a great opportunity to actually discuss with the residents and get input about how to build "the SL experience".
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Posted: Jan 30th 2010 10:22AM (Unverified) said

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Thanks for the info. The title of that Linden blog post evokes Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto, but I best the author only pulled it out of his butt cause it sounds familiar, he just didn't know why.

Avatars United will change SL forever, in my opinion. It will make communication among residents (and anyone else who wishes to profile your avatar) easier. And, more drama will come, new kinds of drama. This AU thing is like a bottomless drama well. What could be more exciting?
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Posted: Jan 30th 2010 5:40AM (Unverified) said

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My interpretation/translation: Second Life wants to connect with all the modern day services (Twitter, Facebook, etc), and that is causing panic amongst those who conceal their identity, genders, etc vs. those who aren't so much about the immersion-- augmentists.

My perception is that LL has to tip-toe around every. single. possible. change. or. idea. because the vocal part of the user base goes apoplectic, and invokes the textbook cries of 'fix this, fix that' (which will never happen since the very architecture of SL is so un-game like, that it will always feel 10 years older than modern technology. I've been in SL for six years-- it won't change. Sheesh.

No one wants to say this?

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