Shit Hitting Fan
Over this weekend (that link taken as one of many), SL wasn’t much fun for residents and Lindens the same. A lot of attacks, several downtimes, a lot of annoyed resident comments, a lot of stuff to clean up (and some oops on the way when LL gave about 100 sims a rather empty look) and it looks they found some possible exploit.
So what to do? Blame the Lindens? Nah, it’s the griefers who do the attacks. We should keep focused on who is the asocial dumbass. Ask for open registration close down? Nah, griefers will still be there, griefers where still there – the first grid attacks were in times where there was no open registration. And really, there are some non-verified residents in my friends list I wouldn’t like to miss.
What is needed are better tools, better ways to handle attacks, better emergency procedures for both Lindens and residents. Things to prevent known attack vectors and things to help limiting the damage of unknown attack vectors. In the long run that will help SL to stabilize. Panic activities won’t cut it – they might reduce attacks for the moment being, but won’t really solve the problem.
We have to face the fact that whatever community is there, there will allways be asocial elements to abuse the infrastructure of said community. Real communities give themselves tools and policies to handle this abuse – virtual communities need the same. Not asking for virtual police here – that would be quite dumb, new environment need new tools, not simple translations of old tools to that new environment.
So what to do now? Hold on to your hats, try to take it with a grin (even though that might be a slightly annoyed grin, like when yesterday our planned show-and-tell event didn’t happen due to the griefers) and look for fun to have despite those idiots. And give the lindens a bit of slack, as they most definitely aren’t happy campers right now …