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  1. I was using the royal "you". I don't use Yelp either, but in all four cases, I'd stick to the "if you can't say something nice" mantra of my youth. My life experience so far says that the rest of the world behaves increasingly poorly as you move down the list. Yelp has safeguards in place to prevent rants. I don't recall such safeguards at Thanksgiving dinner at my neighbors. They weren't needed.
  2. People's ability to self govern (and be empathetic) is variable. Those who do it best are civil everywhere. Those who do it worst are likely to become more uncivil as societal constraints are lifted. Anonymity removes a lot of constraints.
  3. The anonymity is what allows you to evade disapproval and unwanted consequences. Years ago some newspapers, hoping to stem the massive abuse in their comments sections, restricted access to paid subscribers, and used their RL identities. Things went civil very quickly.
  4. This wouldn't be the first time I was wrong. Yes, there is variance, greater here than in RL because it's easier. The troll in question was anonymous. We knew his forum persona, but not his RL identity. I have no reason to think he couldn't have created other personas with different reputations elsewhere, and hearsay suggested he did. He also represented, I think, the tip of an iceberg of lesser participants who lived vicariously through him. I suspect you and I could sit across a table from him in a RL pub and never draw the connection to the troll we saw here. It would be much harder for him to have two different RL personas in two different pubs in town, yet "leading a double life" does happen, and precedes the internet by millennia. People have been wary of "transients" for just as long. He's gone from SL but I suspect still in RL. Clearly one instance of him was more transient than the other. When a good friend invites you do dinner and serves an awful main course, what do you say? If that same friend takes you out to dinner and you are served an awful main course, what do you say? If you're out to dinner alone and are served an awful main course, what do you say? When you return home, what do you say on Yelp? Each of us will span a different range of responses. Someone might be polite across the board, someone else might go ballistic on Yelp. I doubt though, that you'd find someone who's civil on Yelp and ballistic a the friend's dinner party. That's anonymity and transience at work.
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    Valentine Hearts
  6. Right, not everybody behaves as I described. Not everybody has to. Long before the internet, companies with customer service departments learned what 10% of their customers think. That's why nobody wanted a job in customer service. (You over-complicate, I'll over-simplify.)
  7. Does this need a convincing analysis? Anonymity and transience? You can behave poorly online without suffering consequences. You don't have to crawl into bed tonight with the person you just dissed, nor do you have to invite them to your house for a holiday party. You raise holy hell in one forum and a moment later be the darling of another. Now it's up to you to wonder what I'm like in that other forum.
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    A New Game

    broke bloke
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    A New Game

    fumin' human abnormal tooth -> bipolar molar -> screwy chewy -> improper chopper terrier fight -> (for prevent wrap, I had in mind foil coil)
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    bad omen
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    If you were a teacher how would you use SL?

    Exactly. It's impossible to simulate the law of unintended consequences, which is, I think, the first law of physics.
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    If you were a teacher how would you use SL?

    Because it's a dreadful tool for teaching science. Tools purpose built for education place a much smaller load on teachers and deliver a much better experience to the student. Educators did come to SL years ago, and quickly left (see Rolig's response). The SL learning curve is steep for everybody, students and teachers alike. There's simply no time to climb it. And, if the young engineering students I've met are typical, those who learned basic science via simulation are woefully behind those who burned, pinched, cut and bruised themselves by tackling the laws of nature head on. So I've even got a bone to pick with purpose built science simulations of things one can easily experience directly. ETA: I love SL, mostly because of the people who populate it and the fantasies they create. It's becoming less attractive technically as the rest of the world catches and passes it. You can still gather a bunch of people around a virtual campfire to build something collaboratively, but it doesn't feel as magical as 10 years ago when today's RL maker's clubs are hosting free weekend build parties. I do hope SL survives and thrives for those who can't do such things in RL and benefit from the socialization that occurs here. This place is still magical.
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    Take a word leave a word (game)

    fake boulder I have both kinds!
  14. Madelaine McMasters

    A New Game

    innate inmate adjusted inmate -> habituate inmate uncluttered mustelind -> spartan marten prevent wrap ->
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    If you were a teacher how would you use SL?