Thursday, May 24, 2012

Second Life Controversies Timeline

This is my first draft of a timeline documenting Second Life controversies since 2008 2006 2003 (Larger version here) If you know of any I've missed, please leave links in the comments section and I'll add them.

31 comments:

Chestnut Rau said...

Gambling ban http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20077727/ns/technology_and_science-internet/t/second-life-gambling-ban-angers-virtual-world/

SL banks closed http://www.technologyreview.com/business/20037/

interesting post on the subject by Gwyneth Llewelyn from 2006
http://gwynethllewelyn.net/2006/09/17/the-big-controversies-in-second-life/

Botgirl Questi said...

Thanks! I added them and pushed the timeline start back to 2006.

Ghosty Kips said...

You have SL Viewer 2 marked at March 2011. ... I don't know the actual release date, but it could be as early as Feb 2010.

Botgirl Questi said...

Thanks Ghosty. I'll look a little later.

When possible, please include a link to a story about the controversy.

Vaneeesa said...

Awesome Botgirl!!

I took your lead and made a timeline for VB/CO performance works:
http://www.tiki-toki.com/timeline/entry/44010/Vaneeesa-Blaylock-Company/#!date=2010-05-15_13:43:24!

I thought I'd do an "InfoPorn" post showing both timelines... is there some code to embed yours?
(I just did the freebie version)

Marianne McCann said...

This needs all the child avatar ones:

Initial ban on sexual ageplay
May 2007
http://community.secondlife.com/t5/Features/Accusations-Regarding-Child-Pornography-in-Second-Life/ba-p/575781

"Dob Your Neighbor"
June 2007
http://community.secondlife.com/t5/Features/Keeping-Second-Life-Safe-Together/ba-p/578225

SL5B
June 2008
(Initially banned child avatar builds, as well as Gor/BDSM builds. Eventually softened stance, but stilll barred some child avatar imagery)
http://community.secondlife.com/t5/Features/Calling-All-Cultures-to-the-Second-Life-5th-Birthday-Celebration/ba-p/629084 (via the comments)

Marianne McCann said...

And a couple classics:

The Tax Revolt
September 2003
http://nwn.blogs.com/nwn/2003/09/tax_revolt_in_a.html

"GOMed"
October 2005
http://books.google.com/books?id=6Y1i0IDHDYwC&pg=PT165&lpg=PT165&dq=%22Second+Life%22+Gomed+2005&source=bl&ots=a9RtPQAIKd&sig=1KT-CMHHcjUqJKDesrx6H1-7Un0&hl=en&sa=X&ei=0Ei-T6OiLoGYiQLrseWUDg&ved=0CGUQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=%22Second%20Life%22%20Gomed%202005&f=false

Project Open Letter
April 2007
http://www.secretlair.com/index.php?/clickableculture/entry/project_open_letter_points_out_persistent_second_life_problems/

Botgirl Questi said...

Added Marrianne's and changed start year to 2005

Botgirl Questi said...

Make that 2003 :)

Mark Aguilar said...

Your link for "LINDEN LAB INVITES REPORTS OF VIEWER LICENSE VIOLATIONS" posted for 21st Feb. 2009 is broken. :(

Botgirl Questi said...

Thanks Mark. I just fixed it.

Whiskey Day said...

When was the redzone kerfuffle?

Marianne McCann said...

"GOMed" was October 2005, not January 2005

Marianne McCann said...

Oh, and War in Jessie
March 2003
http://forums-archive.secondlife.com/18/67/16866/1.html

The Anche Chung Penis griefing
January 2007
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RedLyae4b2s

Ginko's failure
August 2007
http://www.wired.com/gaming/virtualworlds/news/2007/08/virtual_bank

Sarge Misfit said...

Emerald Viewer? http://community.secondlife.com/t5/Featured-News/Emerald-Viewer-to-be-Blocked-From-Second-Life/ba-p/664745

Miro Collas said...

Kudos on doing this - excellent summary!

Miro Collas said...

WindLight caused quite a fuss when it was introduced - I forget when that was, however.

Dirk Talamasca said...

Copybot Revolt and store shutdowns missing. Stroker Serpentine deleted scripts missing, Woodbury incidents missing, RedZone fiasco missing, Age Verification incident missing, Adult Regions land rush and yellowing of the mainland missing. Endowment For The Arts failure to materialize, Residents Choice Awards debacle, Community Gateways. Endless issues with MONO, Various megaprim issues and random deletions of megaprims.

Dirk Talamasca said...

P2P teleporting.. Compensation for those that invested heavily in Telehub property.

Community standards and zoning rules forbidding unsightly advertisements throughout the mainland ending the runs of Mr Lee's Greater Hong Kong and Lazarus Divine's Impeach Bush signs.

Juanita Deharo said...

Excellent - but sometimes it's the not so controversial things that make a difference and signal change - like LEA and the very recent closure of SL Dev.

Botgirl Questi said...

Thanks Dirk, I got most of those listed.

Marianne McCann said...

@Dirk Talamasca There's always the controversy you and I were a big part of. :-P

And for that matter... Feted Inner Core?
June 2005
http://www.secretlair.com/index.php?/clickableculture/entry/secret_second_life_government_surfaces/

sororNishi said...

Ok...only just found this... I will add tomorrow...

Dirk Talamasca said...

@Marianne McCann I understand there are photos of that controversy. LOL

sororNishi said...

An excellent piece of work, botgirl...here are a couple of things which may be missing....

When I first arrived in SL, April 2007 there were protests outside SL LL offices involving some my first friends in SL concerning the Age Verification policy. This lead to people I know leaving SL.

Sales tax was imposed on all non-US citizens sometime in 2008...I think. this pushed the price of land up by 40% for some Europeans.

April 2009 the was the Dune saga where LL and its lawyers took down all Dune role playing sites.

October 2010 .. the way Search was structured was changed to favour large businesses over smaller ones.

Other landmarks...
Feb 2009 ... flexi sculptures announced.
May 2010 .. 70 dedicated art sims announced.
Sept 2010... Mesh hype begins...

March 2008 ... 64,000 concurrent users...a record.

Asil said...

BotGirl ...you rock, this is amazing! Thanks for walk down memory lane. [Should I be happy or sad I remember most of them?]

DrFran said...

This is brilliant, Botgirl. I am preparing for SL9B with a history related build, and your timeline just says it all. Time goes on, and the horrors of the present become the nostalgia for the past. Is anything ever really that awful with the passage of time>

mistletoeethaniel said...

It was kind of fun following along and seeing what had happened before I came along, and what I remember from after.

I don't know if this may count as one or not, but what about the death of Rheta Shan? May 11, 2009.

http://rhetashan.name/2009/05/11/this-is-not-rheta/

http://secondthoughts.typepad.com/second_thoughts/2009/05/open-letter-to-rheta-shan.html

http://nwn.blogs.com/nwn/2009/05/rheta-shan.html

Ashley Stevens said...

A minor issue regarding the second banning of Woodbury. It was 21 April 2010 rather than 21 August 2010.

Miro Collas said...

Here's one maybe: Stroker Serpentine releasing SexGen full perm:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stroker_Serpentine

At the time, some sex bed makers were crying as to how that would destroy their business. Not surprisingly, that didn't happen. As the world didn't end when Darien Caldwell released all his stuff full perm:
http://forums-archive.secondlife.com/113/0e/320592/1.html

The sky doesn't fall as much as some seem to think. ;-)

Botgirl Questi said...

Thanks for the new suggestions. I'll be posting additions and corrections a few times a months.