Coming across the chatlines tonight, reports of people trying to "buy" nekos at a pet store. Several people were very upset. Here's where the story turns for me, though.
Stephanniyah Sinatra and her partner, Domnick Darkstone, run "Domnant Tats", and at least one of their locations is through Nekorifik's Pounded Flounder Mall. First, she was born in 2006, he in 2007, so they both should know better; second, according to folks on the scene, they couldn't type their ways out of a paper bag, which may be elitist of me, but does to me demonstrate profoundly unintelligent sorts. Third, trying to buy avatars? Any avatars?
Until I know more, Ms. Sinatra and Mr. Darkstone are banned from my properties and I'm not shopping at Nekorifik or any subsidiary until I figure out more of what happened.
I think it goes without saying I don't need to ever spend Lindens in their tattoo store.
Look, forget the neko angle; this was someone just going in to buy a shoulder pet at a pet store. By report, nothing untoward was said by the avatar they were hassling. They just decided to start picking on him, and did not let up.
Some things one expects; go to a free sex area, you're going to get offers to have sex. Go to Jessie, you're going to get attacked.
Go to FurNation sandbox, you're going to get shot in the face. It happens.
But this is new. And annoying.
Around the world, millions have gone on-line to create a virtual life for themselves--a simulated fantasyland where the economy booms, the sun shines and everyone looks gorgeous.
Who are they kidding? I don't know about you, but my SL? Rarely looks that good!
[23:46] Emilly Orr: A note, while you're here--someone really saw the teen grid islands?
[23:46] Sphynx Soleil: that's what scrolled across the aggregate
[23:46] Sphynx Soleil: at the time the grid wasn't cooperating so I couldn't verify for myself
[23:47] Sphynx Soleil: Ohhhh, I think I know what may be going on... lemme check something
[23:50] Sphynx Soleil: Ok, here's what MIGHT be going on... the new map? Shows a slew of "Help Island" regions - which under the old algo, you couldn't SEE, forget getting back to, once you left them
[23:50] Sphynx Soleil: Still can't get TO them, but now, can see them
[23:50] Sphynx Soleil: Might be the case with teen grid islands
[23:50] Emilly Orr: Hmm. Interesting theory.
[23:51] Emilly Orr: Which just leads more to the supposition that grid unification is happening sooner, rather than later.
[23:51] Sphynx Soleil: or they didn't program the map to not show those bits to the unauthorized people
Still haven't found out what's going on with this, either.
[23:59] Emilly Orr: Do you know any of the teen grid island names?
[23:59] Emilly Orr: Though Help Island is showing up a good hundred locations
[23:59] Sphynx Soleil: yea, and it used to only show like 3 or 4
[23:59] Sphynx Soleil: Um... dunno what teen grid region names are, but I might be able to google a few :)
[0:00] Emilly Orr: It might be helpful. If we can prove they come up in search...
[0:01] Sphynx Soleil: found two names, neither come up in search
[0:01] Emilly Orr: Okay, that's something, at least.
[0:03] Sphynx Soleil: Aha, found a Jira ticket :)
[0:04] Sphynx Soleil: and got a third region name, which also does not come up in map search
Now, granted, searching for "help" under the main map? It only pops open forty-five locations, not hundreds. Still, it formerly only popped open one or two, depending.
All and all, still more irked on the neko harassment thing:
[0:04] Cyrus Dallagio: yes. they also said to him 'kids with tails have no rights'.
Really, honestly? This is all we need, for this sort of thickheaded non-thinking to spread. Catch a clue, people. Grow the hell up. Or go play WoW.