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Posted: May 29th 2010 8:42PM (Unverified) said

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I have never wanted to read this article because the picture is so retarded.

Posted: May 29th 2010 9:08PM (Unverified) said

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Sucks to be you, judging the book by its cover rather than what it says.

seriously though, I can't really see the potential of virtual overpriced chooks and corn to improve the human condition outside of SL. it has about as much effect to me as a well kept garden in Farmville.

(I daresay Farmvillain actually improved my life with its humor a little too, but same thing except in Facebook)
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Posted: May 29th 2010 10:00PM (Unverified) said

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Is there something you'd prefer? We're adaptable, you know.
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Posted: May 29th 2010 9:41PM (Unverified) said

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"A ploy to draw more Facebook developers into bringing their wares to Second Life? A gimmick to just get people talking about the Linden Prize a whole lot? Or perhaps a sign that the Lab really needs some sort of business achievement award to go alongside its humanitarian prize?"

Most likely the second and third possibility, but instead of talking about the other finalists' merits and successes, people are questioning the legitimacy of the Prize itself when there's a blatantly unfitting finalist in the mix. Certainly not the kind of talking they would want, I bet.

I agree wholeheartedly that there ought to be a business achievement award from the Lindens(or even the Residents). Commerce should absolutely be celebrated, but not at the expense of humanitarianism or education.

Posted: May 29th 2010 10:00PM (Unverified) said

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Seventy percent of business ventures in any industry fail to pan out. Recognizing those that do well seems appropriate.
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Posted: May 29th 2010 11:18PM (Unverified) said

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kinda sounds like just another instance of LL favoring money over residents....

Posted: May 30th 2010 1:05AM (Unverified) said

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or tenants over squatters
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Posted: May 30th 2010 4:00AM (Unverified) said

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It would help to know who the people on judging panel were. If the prize is to have any long-lasting credibility, they need to get some external people involved. Weren't there >100 applications? They had options. I'm dubious about the Facebook game argument. Just as likely it was just a ploy to draw attention/controversy generally. If it wins, on the other hand...

Posted: May 30th 2010 5:02AM (Unverified) said

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I made a formal query to the Lab asking about just that last year, but the Lab declined to reveal that information.
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Posted: May 30th 2010 9:18AM MaggieL said

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I have to wonder if Linden Research is claiming a charitable purpose for this award in its tax filings. Because awarding it to Sion Chickens would seem to me to endanger that claim.

You'd have to drink a *lot* of Koolade to conclude that this product is "an innovative inworld project that improves the way people work, learn and communicate in their daily lives outside of the virtual world".

Srsly.

I think it's a slap in the face to the other finalists who actually have a legitimate claim.

Posted: May 30th 2010 1:53PM (Unverified) said

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"I have to wonder if Linden Research is claiming a charitable purpose for this award in its tax filings. Because awarding it to Sion Chickens would seem to me to endanger that claim. "

That's actually a very good question, Maggie. But I seriously doubt the Lindens would give a straight answer, because they're not under any obligation to do as a private company(only to their partners and investors).
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Posted: May 30th 2010 2:39PM (Unverified) said

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Hmm. It would be hard for them to use this as a tax writeoff inasmuch as the award is in L$, and Linden Lab claims that L$ has no real monetary value.
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Posted: May 30th 2010 11:42AM (Unverified) said

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It reminds the world that people can earn money sitting at their computer in their underwear. This is what powers SL. Convincing thousands of people that if they just try a little harder or spend a little more money they, too, can earn money sitting at their computer in their underwear.

Posted: Jun 4th 2010 3:00PM (Unverified) said

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"It reminds the world that people can earn money sitting at their computer in their underwear. This is what powers SL."

@Anya, thank you for that reminder. I need to change my whitey-tighties again.

I love this entire thread, Tateru. Folks who know little about SL get their worst conceptions reinforced with Zaius Sion's get-rich-quick scheme.

First correction to some respondents: While the Linden Dollar has no real monetary value, it can be cashed out for the real thing (as if the US Dollar had anything backing it). SL provides a bit of pocket change for many residents, that way.

As much as devotees of the Alphaville Herald would have loved it, alas, Sion Chikkins did not win the Prize!
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Posted: May 30th 2010 2:44PM MaggieL said

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Not so, Sam. Sez here: "The Linden Prize will award one Second Life Resident or team with $10,000 USD"

Posted: May 30th 2010 10:04PM (Unverified) said

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Despite some initial communications from the Lab to the contrary, the Linden Prize is actually paid in US Dollars (ultimately the inaugural prize was paid in US dollars).

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