i have always been an idealist. i can’t help but dream about my lofty ideas for what my ideal world would be like, in RL and SL.
most of the time i’m pretty happy, but there are times when i feel a little bit discouraged. like last night, when i decided to fly around the sim i live on to take a look at my neighbours parcels. i just wanted to see and admire their houses and work, when i got unceremoniously EJECTED from the parcel! really, i wasn’t up to anything besides looking… no camming in and spying on people, so i felt there was no reason to be arbitrarily ejected. that surprised me considering that it in the estate covenant it clearly states that ban lines are not permitted. i was shocked and annoyed to say the least.
a couple of days previous to that, i was in a busy store and i spotted an avatar whose particular style i really liked. i cammed in on her to inspect what she was wearing. not even a few seconds later, i got a rude i.m from her asking me why i was camming her. call me naieve, but i had no idea there were such tools so you would know if someone had their cam on you. what the hell are u doing in a busy and popular store that gets a lot of traffic if you don’t want anyone to look at you? wouldn’t shopping on xstreet from your private skybox solve all your problems?
these two incidents got me to thinking about privacy in sl. it puzzles me why anyone would want to go to such lengths to keep people far away from them in a virtual world where complete privacy is pretty much an illusion. sure, i understand the need for privacy and down time and a place to escape the lag, that’s what my skybox is for, which by the way is equipped with a nice security orb. but on ground level, i like to leave my parcel open for explorers and passersby. most of them have been harmless and i have only had to eject maybe three avatars who were being pests. besides, that i have not had any trouble with visitors. in fact, i have met some very nice and interesting people who were passing by my place.
i digress…anyway, while i was at work, i started thinking about what it would take to create a sense of “community” amongst SL residents. not that there isn’t already a sense of community, but what kind of little things could we do in our daily SLives to create an even tighter sense community?
in the office where i work, this hangs on the wall next to my cubicle:
i thought to myself there should be one like this for virtual worlds like SL. a quick google search brought up nothing but software tools for creating online worlds. i didn’t find too much in the way of creating a sense of community amongst the residents of a virtual world.
so, i decided there was no reason why i couldn’t adapt the “how to build a community” poster for SL. i don’t know if this breaks any copyright laws or anything like that, but i think in the spirit of the original poster, some adaptations for virtual worlds would be ok.
take off your unnecessary attachments
hang out at a dance club