Friday, December 3, 2010

oh, the weather outside is frightful

A "JackySrtaightAway Resident" hit the land office:

[06:23 PM] Manta Ghost: hello Jacky, how are you tonight
[06:23 PM] Emilly Orr: Wau. You are really, REALLY new. Welcome to Second Life!

He was 0 days old. Seriously.

[06:25 PM] JackySrtaightAway Resident: sorry um Hi yea i new and yea im gonna chek that sale out soon
[06:25 PM] Emilly Orr: Cool
[06:26 PM] JackySrtaightAway Resident: can i have a kiss
[06:26 PM] Emilly Orr: Pardon?
[06:26 PM] JackySrtaightAway Resident: nvm
[06:26 PM] JackySrtaightAway Resident: im sorry
[06:26 PM] Emilly Orr: I'm in land sales, dear, not escorting.
[06:26 PM] JackySrtaightAway Resident: i know but ur just so beautifl
[06:27 PM] Emilly Orr: Thank you
[06:27 PM] Manta Ghost: he needs to be age verified to get into the red light sims
[06:27 PM] Emilly Orr: This is very true
[06:27 PM] Manta Ghost: I think they rquire payment info as well
[06:27 PM] JackySrtaightAway Resident: what age due i need yo be exactly
[06:27 PM] Emilly Orr: Over 18, verified with the Labs
[06:28 PM] Emilly Orr: Payment info can be through premium account membership, or credit card on file
[06:28 PM] JackySrtaightAway Resident: im over 18 and what are the labs or who are the labs
[06:28 PM] Emilly Orr: Linden Labs.
[06:28 PM] Emilly Orr: They own Second Life.
[06:28 PM] JackySrtaightAway Resident: ah i see im gonna go meet girls and have fun so uh see ya
[06:28 PM] Emilly Orr: Enjoy.

Right on the heels of that lovely little exchange, a gothic steroid warrior in a freebie outfit logged in, name of "payawsome Resident":

[06:32 PM] Emilly Orr: Hi there.
[06:32 PM] payawesome Resident: whaT UP
[06:32 PM] Manta Ghost: Good evening payawsome
[06:32 PM] Manta Ghost: no much.
[06:32 PM] Emilly Orr: Confused by the name, but it's going well.
[06:33 PM] Emilly Orr: If we can help you with anything, just let us know!
[06:33 PM] payawesome Resident: WHAT DO YOU DO HERE

While answering that, he sent me a friend request. I declined.

[06:34 PM] Emilly Orr: I like to get to know people first.
[06:34 PM] Emilly Orr: I generally don't friend people at the first meeting.
[06:34 PM] Emilly Orr: We help people rent land in Solace Beach.
[06:34 PM] payawesome Resident: COOL
[06:34 PM] Emilly Orr: PLEASE STOP SHOUTING.

I'm really starting to hate that last name.


Fogwoman Gray said...

I hated it at first, but it does make hostessing so much easier in Caledon :)
Good evening Miss Resident, Hello Mr Resident!

Emilly Orr said...

Yes, but that's part of the problem. We're all residents. Resident is a catch-all for the collective class of avatar...Maybe that's what ticks me off so much. That 'Guest' and 'Resident' accounts seem interchangeable in my mind, as someone purely temporary. In my mind, it's proper to be polite, but I sometimes forget that I can send notecards and landmarks (like my Newcomer Help folder) to Resident people, because Guest people can't receive anything sent.

Rhianon Jameson said...

I can't stand the name either. It depresses me, like seeing Jed Clampett - well, Jed Resident - and his clan invade. It's not their fault, I realize. It's a horrible naming convention.

Emilly Orr said...

And so far it doesn't help that every avatar named "Resident" I've seen to date has either named themselves all in lower-case, or misspelled their own name!

(I admit, I'm a spelling elitist. To this very day, I can't follow the lead singer of Abney Park on Twitter; I just have no respect for a man who spells "Captain" wrong when that's part of his name.)

Serenity said...

I imagine with dealing with alot of people often, that this could get really annoying. I definitely think this move by LL is just plain stupid. I can't think of any other way to word it. Sure it makes it easier for them but if you just search resident and see alllllllll the miserable and fake avs or alts created - it just makes no sense to me. More and more we're spiralling down this hole of stupid combined with misery that is becoming SL.

Emilly Orr said...

More and more we're spiralling down this hole of stupid combined with misery that is becoming SL.

That is such a perfect statement.

And here's the big thing--how is getting a bunch of people on the grid who don't care, or are actively griefers looking for kicks--because more than a few Residents have been mentioned on the griefing rolls--improving the grid in any way? This, combined with the display name oddity (which seems to only work IF you're using a compatible browser, both to change your name, or to see the changes) is making it really difficult to trust newcomers.

Rhianon Jameson said...

I'm a spelling snob, too (which means I'm especially embarrassed when I misspell something myself - generally because I was too lazy to run spell-check).

But I give poor Captain Robert a break. The man is clearly dyslexic - look at his tweets and you'll see that he essentially randomizes on homophones - and yet he works hard on his lyrics.

It is odd the way many in the Resident family spell their names, though I suppose Display Names is supposed to take care of any mistakes made in the sign-up process. I've been in Babbage a fair amount of late, working on the Black Heart mystery, and very young avatars continue to arrive - as you say, with lower-case names, odd spellings, and odd ways of dressing, especially for the Steamlands.

Emilly Orr said...

I really should give dyslexics more of a break than I do. I married one, after all, and while she's vastly improved (more due to developing skills in typing than anything else), I still have that knee-jerk reaction.

Every new family has oddity; the same could be said in the main of the Allens when they arrived; I remember being pleasantly surprised for nearly an entire year whenever I ran across an Allen that didn't have numbers in the name.

Still, the Residents I've met so far seem an unprepossessing lot, comprised of three main statements:

"Give me money."
"Give me sex."
"This is a stupid game lol."

I...I just can't respect people like that.