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  1. I got nothin'. This is just amazing and I love it! But neither Ebbe nor Patch was one of the original Lindens so I think they both technically post-date the creation. 🙂 But if you read my original post, you will see that I found it! The Bellisseria pickle factory, which was found in Bellisseria exploded and created a crater on Heterocera? How'd that work?
  2. I like the idea, but I think orbs and ban lines on the mainland outside of Bellisseria would make it hard for such a group to operate. I'd be interested in participating if not for that. What say the chronicles about the ancient pickle factory of Bellisseria?
  3. Easy. GPS coordinates. A/k/a SLUrls. 🙂 OMG. Excellent point! You’re not the town clerk anymore?
  4. Could be one of the avatars from days long forgotten. When I login tomorrow, I will be very disappointed if my house is not surrounded by people wielding pitchforks and complaining about this 🙂
  5. Haven't you ever wondered about Bellisseria's history? Obviously such a well developed place could not pop out of the ground wholly formed. Surely it did not just get pulled up from the ground by some kind of animal. No. Obviously the idea is ridiculous. So I was wondering about Bellisseria's story, where it came from, how it developed, and why people first came to live there before it developed its current construction industry boom. And today I think I may have encountered my first clues. I was strolling through some of the areas near the west coast when I discovered this building here. This is obviously an abandoned barn. So it suggested to me that Bellisseria might have some sort of agricultural history. At least the area around the barn must have served some agricultural purpose. Perhaps this was a place where livestock were kept long ago. Or corn. Or hay. Obviously this must have played some roll in the way that ancient citizens of Bellisseria once were able to deal with their need to make a living. I continued along where I encountered this building behind a clearly different house in an obviously entirely different location and noticed that behind it there was an old building that was just falling apart. Obviously this building was no house. The tank on top is a giveaway that, at one time, it must have served some kind of industrial purpose. I didn't dare go inside considering its condition. And I didn't dare climb up the stairs because I would not have been climbing any sort of Mt. Olive, but rather a dangerous building that should probably be demolished. It's nothing more than a reminder of a Vlasic era that has long since passed, and there was no reason for me to step inside and risk getting hit by a spear or some big chip falling out of the ceiling. Do that and there's be nothing left of me but hamburger. And I'm not the owner of the property anyway (clearly, right? Of course it's not me) and trespassing just wouldn't be kosher. I contacted my fellow Bellisserians letting them know I was in quite a pickle. I could not for the life of me figure out what this meant. After some discussion about how these buildings could fit into the theme of the area, we realized that their condition had to be the result of a lengthy fermentation caused by their exposure to salt, water, and the elements over a long time. So the likeliest scenario was that they were grandfathered in. A check with the Bellisseria Historical Society's records confirmed that these were protected historical sites. In fact, these may have been the first pickle manufacturing facilities in all of Bellisseria! Which just goes to show that the pickle industry in Bellisseria has been important since long before any of us lived there! So now we know what's the dill! Sweet!
  6. Yes, there really are two typists here. But I was rolling on the floor laughing about the town clerk and Mount Molly. Still . . . I did officially recognize the name. But I note that LL has not recognized the official, correct names of Mount Molly or Lia's Airstrip. How disappointing. The good news is that Molly and I don't even know each other and we're really not organized in any sort of organized roleplay. Just two people doing their thing and having fun at it.
  7. IT HAPPENED AGAIN!!!!! This fire broke out in North Waddling Region. Apparently it started as a small fire under a barbeque grill under a house boat. But Bellisseria does not have a fire department so, once again, I was the only response available and my ability to response is limited to a heavy duty airborne response that is really more suited to large forest fires than individual structure fires. It takes a while to get in place. And this is what I saw by the time I got there. You can see the fire had grown just a little bit by the time I got there. Instead of a small area under the deck, the whole houseboat was on fire. And you can see that poor homeowner trapped between the fire and the sea! Well, I did the only thing I could do. I loaded up with water, carefully avoided dropping on the poor home owner and . . . . This was the start of my first air drop. Airborne firefighting equipment like this isn't really meant for the degree of precision needed to avoid hitting a nearby victim, but I was able to manage. Unfortunately I crashed before I could circle around to check and see if another drop was needed. And, sadly, communication difficulties kept other rescue services from learning of the danger. But, fortunately, the fire went out after my one drop. 11 tons of water will do that, I suppose! And the moles must be really talented engineers because that houseboat didn't sink and the damage turned out to be only superficial. Another fire put out! But it does show the serious need for better public safety agencies in Bellisseria.
  8. More importantly, the TOS says that the community standards are a part of the TOS. It states the following: 7. RELATED POLICIES The following related policies are incorporated by reference in and made part of this Second Life Policy, and provide additional terms, conditions and guidelines regarding Second Life. [some items in the list omitted] 4. Community Standards [some more items followed this and I didn’t list them out] That would be the reason that I cited the Community Standards as being the place where TOS contains that provision. Wiki entries notably are not a part of TOS, which is why it may sometimes tell you about things that are in TOS but it isn’t a part of TOS itself. Where you are incorrect is in suggesting that these documents that are made part of TOS are “not just a guideline.” The above-quoted language specifically says that some items are just guidelines and if you looked at the full listing of “related policies,” you would even discover that the title of some is “guidelines.” For example “content guidelines” is the item on the list right after community standards. To the extent that Linden Labs says nothing in the TOS is “just a guideline” they would be contradicting the actual language of the TOS and therefore incorrect.
  9. Hearsay in the legal sense has a much narrower definition and more exceptions than most people imagine. Check Federal Rules of Evidence 801-807 to get an idea. You can easily find them by consulting “the Google” if you are curious.
  10. Never mind. I found it myself. It’s in the community standards. Specifically the last sentence of this paragraph: Disclosure Sharing personal information about other users, either directly or indirectly, without their consent—including, but not limited to, gender, religion, age, marital status, race, sexual orientation, alternate account names (including account statuses, such as whether it is on hold, suspended, or active), and real-world location beyond what is provided by them in their user profile—is not allowed. Except for the purpose of reporting abuse or any violation of policies to Linden Lab, the remote monitoring, posting or sharing of conversations without a participant’s consent are prohibited. Available here: https://www.lindenlab.com/legal/community-standards The wiki is a great resource for many things including what people think the TOS says, but it is not actually the TOS itself.
  11. I’ve always been curious about this. I recall some TOS language about not using chat logs for commercial purposes, but can anyone point me to actual language in the TOS that forbids logging at all or forbids copy pasting?
  12. A fax machine, which usually sits in the middle of an office where many people can access it, is, of course, far more secure than an email that goes to only the recipient. Riiiiiiight.
  13. Hehehe when I first opened this thread I thought it was going to be something fun for the various SL search and reescue groups to do! 😉
  14. As things stand, I fear we are going to lose a bunch of people due to botched communications. I have the real life background to read and understand complicated contracts. I read it and discovered it was . . . not all that scary. Not a lot of people have that background so it's not surprising that people got all fussed up. Heck, even I got upset about it before I sat down and read the darn thing. (And yes, I did write a post explaining it that people ignored). I think LL is going to get wounded from this and sadly it is self inflicted and unnecessary.
  15. The downfall of many tech-oriented companies is many people good with machines, but too few who are good with people. That is what I see happening with LL here. They would have been served by just one or two people who could understand and translate the legalese.
  16. Just thought it would be fun to post photos of us doing various community service tasks. Here is me washing the runway at the air strip in Coral Waters sim.
  17. It probably also explains a lot about why Linden Lab has a C+ rating with the BBB. I just checked today. A C+ rating is not good.
  18. With respect to your point about contract breach being alleged and described in writing, this is a point Linden Lab needs to improve on for all members. Not too long ago, someone said something that got me curious so I took a look at the specific BBB complaints against Linden Lab in San Francisco. The most common complaint is that the Lab took action against someone's account but never explained what they had done wrong. The Lab's response is typically to say they reviewed the incident and determined TOS was violated but not to say how. I personally have received one warning in my nearly 13 years in SL. It did not explain what I did wrong. I took a look at the TOS and all other relevant docs incorporated by reference and still could not figure out what I did wrong. And I'm a lawyer in RL whose expertise is contracts, so if I can't figure it out, I can't imagine how people without the background in studying contracts like the TOS can possibly figure it out. My best guess is that the Lab sent me a warning about violating a non-existent rule. Improving on this regard would be to the Lab's advantage as well as the users. Telling people "you violated the TOS" without explaining how makes it difficult for the user to improve their behavior because the user doesn't know what they did wrong. Since they don't know what they did wrong, the user cannot avoid similar conduct in the future. This leads to accounts being closed or other actions taken that ultimately lead to less money being spent on Second Life and put into the Lab's pocket.
  19. So, as promised, I sat down and read the Tilia TOS. Here are a few observations. Not legal advice, of course. If you have any legal questions about your specific situation, you should consult with an appropriately licensed attorney, not a person posting on the forums. That said, my overall impression is that LL has badly handled the PR around a change that is, itself, not very scary. Linden Lab could have said the following: "Starting August 1, 2019, our subsidiary, Tilia, will take over processing US Dollar accounts. You will see a popup when you login on or after that date requiring you to agree to the Tilia TOS, which are available (link) here. Some persons redeeming Linden dollars for real life currency may be required to provide identifying information about themselves, which is already the case for many who redeem Lindens for real life currency, and may also be subject to an inactivity fee charged to U.S. Dollar amounts stored in their accounts and not redeemed. We do not envision any major changes that will affect the majority of users." That probably would have avoided a lot of the fuss. The scariest part is probably the second paragraph of section 1.1, which provides, in relevant part as "To create a Tilia Account and/or [do other stuff not relevant to my point] we may require you to provide us with your name, address, date of birth, telephone number, street address or zip code, and other information that will allow us to identify you." If all SL users are creating Tilia accounts, then this means that Tilia could require all SL users to provide this information. The fact that they could, of course, does not mean that they will. And personally, it doesn't bother me if Linden Lab knows who I am. They already do. The inactivity fee is going affect few people. The Tilia TOS envisions a two step process of converting Lindens to real life dollars. Step 1 is to convert the Linden balance on your account to a US Dollar account. Step 2 is to "cash out" that US Dollar balance and receive an actual real world payment. The inactivity fee is charged to the US Dollar balance if you take step 1, but don't take step 2, and then you leave that U.S. Dollar balance sitting in your account. There's an interesting potential loophole. The Tilia TOS provides for people to be able to close their accounts once opened. But nothing in the SL or Tilia TOS requires users to maintain an active Tilia account to maintain an account in SL. Much of what people are panicking about is stuff they already agreed to in the SL TOS that is fairly standard stuff. For example, the arbitration clause, class action waiver, and so on. This is all common corporate contract stuff that you can find in ever increasing numbers. Whether it should be standard or not--I happen to think it shouldn't be--is another matter and would involve changes to the Federal Arbitration Act, it's state law equivalents, and the law concerning class action waivers. As it is, the law is setup in a way that really encourages corporations to do this. Having said that, there are some problems, but they seem to affect Linden Labs. No fee schedule. You can't really form a contract without agreement and you can't have agreement if the material terms are not disclosed. It is not clear to me that the agreement to pay fees is enforceable without any disclosure of what those fees are. At least some of this information has since been provided, but initially it was not. Piercing the corporate veil. This will take a little explaining. A big part of why people form corporations is because the corporation assumes liability for its wrongdoing and the corporation's owners generally don't. You don't sue the shareholders of Ford for making a bad car, for example; you sue Ford, Inc. instead. This protection against liability is sometimes called the corporate veil. It works the same way whether the corporation is owned by human shareholders or another corporation. In fact, this liability protection is why corporations setup subsidiaries and it is probably why Tilia is a subsidiary instead of simply being a division of Linden Lab. But there are exceptions to this general rule. Dramatically oversimplifying this, if a corporation is used in a way that it's clear that it is simply an instrumentality or an alter ego of the owner, then the corporation's owners have potential to be held liable for the corporation's actions. This is called "piercing the corporate veil." We haven't seen how this is actually going to look, but I wonder if LL might be putting itself in a situation where Tilia's veil could be pierced and LL could be held liable for Tilia's actions given the close integration between LL and its subsidiary, the requirement for all users to have an account in both to have an account in SL, etc. Other unknown facts could raise or lower the risk. This contract has typos and editing errors and the like. Missing words and the like. My "favorite" appears in section 3.3.5 where the TOS discussed what happens "if we terminate your Account pursuant to Section 3.6 below[.]" The document contains no section 3.6. All things considered, I found this to be a bit sloppy, but not too alarming for my personal situation. I always recommend consulting an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction for advice about your personal situation. For the record, I am not available.
  20. Well, in real life, I'm a lawyer whose focus area happens to be . . . contracts. I'm no longer active, but I daresay I can still figure out a contract. I'm going to try and sit down with the contract sometime this week and figure it out. My initial reaction to this news is to sell my land, downgrade to basic membership, insist very strongly on a full refund for the 3 premium accounts I re-upped for a year and a pro rata refund for those that are premium now, and delete my credit card info from Linden Lab servers. But I'll wait and make a final decision once I have sat down and really studied the new TOS. Linden Labs, I am very disappointed in you. I have been defending you quite a bit lately. I won't defend you over this. Some have accused you of a bait and switch over the Linden Homes and they were wrong. But inducing people to re-up for another year and then springing a change in the terms of service a week later is a true bait and switch.
  21. Agreed. Will refunds be made available for unused premium membership fees?
  22. Bellisseria seems to be becoming everything the mainland was meant to be. That’s both good news and bad news.
  23. Some have wondered what happens if, in the future, Linden Lab loses interest in looking after Bellisseria and covenant violations and other such things become commonplace and go unaddressed. I guess now we know what happens in that case . . . nuke the whole thing! 🙂
  24. Big, big, big thanks to Lindens and Moles. Y’all have brought something back to SL that has been missing for a long, long time and it has been missed. Of course, being a cat, I may be able to find other ways to appreciate Moles too. Roasted, for example. (Hiding from the invariable appearance of the dreaded spray bottle)
  25. My personal rule is that all skyboxes/build platforms/other sky structures on my land is that nothing is built lower than 2000m. I think that's also the rule on many private estates and in Bellisseria. It works well to keep things out of view even from mountain tops. It's an easy round number to remember. It allows space for flying. It seems to work well.
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