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Showing posts with label Ariadknee Resident. Show all posts
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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

GOOD GRIEF! A look at griefing in Second Life – Ariadknee Resident reporting.

Writing this article was quite an eye-opener for me, I think most of us have experienced a griefer in our time on Second Life.  Griefing can take on many forms and none of them should be tolerated.

I tend to keep to myself so the extent of the griefing I have written about is far wider and more diverse than I could have ever imagined, including targeting people on outside of SL websites.  So in an effort to combat this behavior I took to the SL streets on a hunt for some griefing stories to help bring awareness to this problem.

The following stories are true, only the names have been changed to protect the innocent parties.

Missy was a very successful clothing creator, shop owner and ran a club, she had to stop due to constant harassment from one particularly nasty griefer who went beyond SL and into RL.

“It was horrible, it happened over and over every time I would log on he knew where I was and what I was doing, even on my own sim. I reported him to Linden Labs so many times and nothing happened.  One day I logged in to find he had hacked my account, left vile messages with all my friends, and had done things that got me banned all over second life. Even though he used my payment details to buy the maximum lindens and my evidence showed he transferred them to his alt nothing happened.  I fought hard to remain strong but eventually I gave up and closed everything down, I now stay low on my alt”.

Molly is a DJ at a club and has many stories to tell, she explains her most memorable one.

“Three griefers came to a club where they harassed the child avatars who were attending a DJed even with a crowd of around 15 avatars. The music being played was 80s tunes. Everyone was having fun and it was a wonderful time until the three griefers arrived.
One of the griefers started yelling very loudly during the DJ set, interrupting the entertainment and harassing a child avatar named Lucy. It was difficult to understand what the griefer was yelling. A few of the VIPs at the club began yelling and things became chaotic. Somewhere amongst the frey, one of the griefers said they would be posting or publishing what happened. We found the YouTube Channel they have been using and waited to see if they posted a video of the trolling they had done.”

Brandy is your regular SL Resident who would use a sandbox to build, here is her story.

“I love to tinker, just build and learn and I would use a sandbox to do this, I was actually griefed by the sandbox owner, he would watch and wait until I was almost done with something then he would send all my things back. I thought it was auto return but it wasn't and his cross hairs on me all the time was a give away, when I needed to run scripts he would turn scripts off on the sim, when I complained he banned me, about a month later he IMed me and asked me out on a date, I was shocked and refused politely and then he began a tirade of abuse and when I would mute one avatar he would get a new one, over 150 avatars he used. I got a new av and started again. I never used a sandbox after that!”

Michael worked for a Land Estate Company and he has a story from another point of view.

“I worked as a sales agent for an Estate, and I did really well, I enjoyed it but I wasn't always happy with the way the Estate owner did things, he would ban residents from their land for small trivial things, I had a lot of regular customers so it would upset me that they were banned after paying weeks on their lands. When I asked why, I was told he could do what he wanted to do and so I quit, and went on my way, it wasn't until I tried to TP to a few other estates looking for land I found out I was banned, I asked why and was told the Estate owner I worked for had told all estate companies I was a poacher and griefer! And so they listened and I was banned on over a thousand sims on SL for no reason, this person continues to track me and harass me from a distance, I don't sell land anymore I am a DJ and they still tell my bosses I am trouble, luckily the good ones listen to me and not him.”

Brian owns some large shopping malls and events, his griefing story takes thing outside of SL.

“I have thick skin, so a lot of it doesn't bother me so much but griefers will pick on my staff and the people who create and enter my events, but they are not brave enough to do it to their faces they go to outside webpages and make stupid memes and comments about them and then everyone has a good old laugh about it, it doesn't sound bad, but it can really bring down your self esteem and to me that's bullying”

Griefing takes on many forms in SL and it doesn't matter what form it is, it can really spoil your day, your week, or even your life, so be careful who you share things with, stay safe on SL and Mute, Derender, Report.  And don't react, it's what they want.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Looking for the perfect home? Ariadknee Resident Reporting

Many of us have owned a home or two, or more!  I am one of those who collect well built homes in Second Life, why you may ask? I have no idea!  I think it’s like a shoe “thing” or maybe it’s the wonderful textures that catch my eye, one thing I do know when I see it, is good quality price and prims!

There are a few things to keep in mind when purchasing a house in Second Life –

  • size of the land you are wanting to place the house on
  • prim allowance (remember you need to keep some spare for rezzing other things)
  • style, depending where you are renting your land you may need to adhere to a certain style of housing

I went shopping to find what I would consider five great home & skybox stores in SL that were also value for money and good on the prim count.

Here are five great house and skybox businesses -

I managed to catch up with the owners and asked them what they felt was most important to them when creating a house.  Read on and see how their styles separate them all in a unique way.

Trompe Loeil

My first visit was to Trompe Loeil owned by Cory Endo, the lovely spacious store and grounds is a great showcase for all the houses.

I find the houses at Trompe Loeil to be of high quality and the textures are very realistic and the few times I have needed some help Cory was prompt with her replies and very helpful.

“The most important thing to me when creating a house is picking a design that is interesting, unique, and appeals to the sense of style and escapism that people look for in SL. SL is a place where you can experiment with builds that wouldn't or couldn't work as your real home, either for cost or location, weather or structure style, but people still want homes that are evocative of real spaces” Cory Endo

[BE] Barnesworth Anubis  

Established in 2004 I have owned many [BE] Homes in my time, and when you visit the
sim you will see why, there is a distinct air of elegance and old-world charm mixed with the new mesh designs that will keep your prim pockets happy.

There is something for everyone, with antique homes and classic mansions.  One of my very first purchases was his “beach house” and it still holds strong with the new designs as one of my favourites.
Barnsworth Anubis is always happy to help, so contact him so he can reply in his personable manner.

“I always put the most importance on the interior layout. I make a rough sketch of the rooms and walk around in it in world to see how it feels. I do my best to imagine what each area might be used for and make sure the home has a nice flow from one type of space to another.”  - Barnsworth Anubis

Scarlet Creative

A visit to Scarlet Creative greets you with a distinctive old-world charm and elegance, owner Charlotte Bartlett puts her heart and soul into her creations and it shows, from skyboxes to mansions and rugged rustic builds there is a home to suit everyone.

“For me it is really about putting a little piece of my heart into what I create so people know they are made with love.   People come into SL for many reasons, to have fun, or escape, or socialize across the world. So, to have the opportunity to provide them a design that makes their SL time special is very dear to me.” - Charlotte Bartlett

Dust Bunny

No inventory is complete without something from Dust Bunny, with its magical manors and cute chic skyboxes Dust Bunny’s eclectic style stands alone.

The romantic and cosy is what is aimed at with Dust Bunny homes and owner lxlNoel Resident makes sure she covers all those details when creating a home just for you.

lxlNoel Resident is always there to back up her quality builds with personal service.

“The most important thing for me when I create a house is making sure I have plenty of details inside and out to make the space feel cozy and a place you want to live in.”  lxlNoel Resident


Roost is a household name in SL when it comes to homes, with their undeniably classic, and well-made homes you can find one to suit all your needs, prim size and you also can’t beat the quality there. From mansions, cosy homes and beach side dwellings coupled with the accessories and little touches, you can come home to roost anytime (pun intended).

If you need some good old-fashioned customer support contact RoostHomes Resident, who is happy to help.

“I guess for us function is the most important thing, since you can draft out the most beautiful house plan in Real Life...but it doesn't necessarily work for Second Life and the camera view as you walk. So that for us takes a lot of consideration and adjusting to make a home that's beautiful but will work for the avatars and in-world limitations.” - RoostHomes Resident

I am absolutely in awe of these amazing creators who help bring our SL dreams to life with their builds and the love they put into them. It was my pleasure to present them and chat to the owners.

This is of course only a few of the many talented creators who design and sell houses and skyboxes in second life.

I hope this helps you and I wish you well whenever you are house hunting.  

Don't tell anyone but I purchased a new house on my ventures around these businesses, how could I resist?

Trompe Loeil


[BE] Barnesworth Anubis  

Barnsworth Anubis

Scarlet Creative

Group -secondlife:///app/group/489a5668-5e69-9f2a-3156-93258b3e7675/about

Dust Bunny

Group secondlife:///app/group/a55ac1ae-2f6f-83a3-295b-0ad4657df720/about
lxlNoel Resident

Roost Homes

Group – secondlife:///app/group/c8616bdf-5e8f-6dec-31f5-6ae69e1e4798/about
RoostHomes Resident

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

In the “botlight” with Ariadknee Resident

An introduction to Second Life's most popular bots - SmartBots - Ariadknee Resident reporting.

If you have a business on SL you would likely have come across SmartBots and their services. If you have visited a shop or sim and been automatically invited to a group, this is SmartBots in action!

A visit to the SmartBots office will give you a taste of the bots in action, you will be met by various bots who will welcome, show you around and explain how they work.  Make sure you read your local chat as they go about their business.

I was excited to have a chat with the founder and creator Glaznah Gassner to get some deeper insight into this innovative and ever expanding bot service on Second Life.  Meeting Glaznah it was clear he was very passionate about his creation and this came across in his enthusiasm and gratitude for his customers and staff.

Interview with Glaznah Gassner SmartBots Creator and Owner

Aria - What was your vision when you first developed SmartBots?

Glaznah - Second Life business owners should get reliable, easy controllable and affordable bots. That was the vision and the goal. There are also other business aspects like nice design and interfaces, 24/7 support etc.
At SmartBots we've tried to get rid of any complexity for the user, providing easy web interfaces. Create account, rez the inviter and start inviting people to the group - like that.
However, the overall reliability, easy management and the price are always the first things to take care of.

Aria -  What year was SmartBots created?

Glaznah - SmartBots was launched in 2009.

Aria - What do you think makes you stand out from the rest?

Glaznah - The grid-wide importance of the project we run makes me stand out through all these years. We have thousands of customers and thousands of bots online. We just can't give up since all these people rely on us. Also, there's always something interesting to create when you work in Second Life. Alive bots, tools for developers, various automation... it is very exciting to develop.

Aria - Did you start the business on your own, if not, who else was involved?

Glaznah - I did started the business on my own. Honestly, I did not think that SmartBots would become a huge SL company, running the bots seemed quite plain and straightforward. Now I have reliable people I work with, partners and helpers. It is not possible to manage all aspects of SmartBots alone.

Aria - What new developments can we expect in the future?

Glaznah - A lot is yet to come. We frequently monitor feedback, requests, needs of our customers (and SL residents as well) and constantly develop new automated solutions that are most importantly, user-friendly

Aria - Where do you suggest a first time customer should begin their journey with SmartBots?

Glaznah - Definitely at our in-world office, to check out what the bot is and how smart they can be. Our office is full of demonstration bots that visitors can interact with. Should they need help, our 24/7 Support Team is always ready.

I found Glaznah a pleasure to chat to and I look forward to further association with him and the team at SmartBots.

You can contact the SmartBots Support team who will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Group: SmartBots: group invitation bots

Photos used with permission from SmartBots.

Ariadknee Resident Reporting.