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Lucretia Brandenburg

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  1. Contacting the store owner is the only recourse. When offered an item you purchased, if you do not click the button to accept it, the item does not go into your inventory. This happens a lot, just politely write to the merchant (check their picks to see if they prefer IM or notecard) and explain how you accidentally declined the item. Go to your transaction history and copy the transaction ID, the name of the item, and the price and provide this information to the seller. This is based on the assumption that a store does not have a redelivery terminal. If there is such a terminal, go there and ge the item redilivered. As to getting the item regardless because you paid for it, well actually no, if you decline the item, you are telling the vendor that you do not want it, regardless of whether you paid for it or not.
  2. It looks like you solved the problem yourself and are no longer being stalked and spied on. No reason really to do anything more, except be more cautious next time about accepting gifts.
  3. You can contact the deisgners you think have been ripped off. If they have been, it is up to them to pursue it or not. However, there are creators who sell full permission templates and sculpts, meshes, and textures for just about anything anyone can make in S, skins, hair, eyes, and clothes included. Some designers use the same purchased templates and textures, etc. as others. You have no way of knowing whether these are stolen or not.
  4. Wooja wrote: LaskyaClaren wrote: I have no better an idea than you what happened. But if the university's Office for Sexual Harassment Prevention DID investigate, and found that a professor engaged in " unwelcome and inappropriate sexual advances," then they at least should have acted. The "social media communications and text messages" the student allegedly sent the Professor in the days after the incident, which the university might have been provided access to and which might have indicated that advances might not only be welcomed, but encouraged, might have had something to do with the university (not) acting as they did. Wooja . . . putmoneyonwhoisgoingtowinthisone Regardless of whether the student was making advances toward the professor or not, Northwestern University's policy is clear about no romantic or sexual relationships between faculty and undergraduates. It's a convoluted policy but the relevant passage is found on page 3 in big bold letters http://policies.northwestern.edu/docs/Consensual_Relations_011314.pdf "When undergraduate students are involved, the difference in institutional power and inherent risk of coercion are so great that no faculty member or coaching staff member shall enter into a romantic, dating, or sexual relationship with a Northwestern undergraduate student, regardless of whether there is a supervisory or evaluative relationship between them." Whether she was throwing herself at him, had a crush on him or expressed her undying love and romantic/sexual desires (if she did) is immaterial. Seeing that such feelings do not lead to romantic or sexual relations is the responsibility of the faculty member, not the student. It is the school's policy, and it seems they may not be very vigilent in enforcing it.
  5. Looking at that person's profile, it's obvious he's involved with WW2 role playing, as Lindal suggested. On that basis, it seems doubtful he's done anything that warrants reporting him.
  6. What Rolig said ... when that happens to me at multiple sims, I chalk it up to LL doing inventory maintenance on the sly or general SL wonkiness and relax - these issues don't last forever.
  7. We had a party with 32 avatars, PLENTY of room, 7488 meters. The size of the parcel really doesn't matter so much as the type of sim it's on and how many avatars can be on the sim at one time. My mainland sim allows 40 avatars at a time, homestead sims allow 20 at a time, full private regions usually are set for about 70, OS sims hold 10. So really, you can have a tiny bit of land and cram them in like sardines if you want, so long as the sim will support that number.
  8. If you want to remove the dot for photos, temporarily turning voice off is an option, as long as you remember to enable it again. Otherwise, you can play around with a basic, free online photo editing program (if you don't want to invest the time in a more complicated program) and edit out the dot so it doesn't show in your finished photos.
  9. It sounds like the dot that appears over an avatar's head when voice is enabled. If you voice in open chat, does it turn green? If so, that is what the dot is. Try disabling voice and see if the dot goes away.
  10. Amethyst Jetaime wrote: Lucretia Brandenburg wrote: Amethyst Jetaime wrote: I too don't think it is a difficult issue at all. Copybotters are liars and thieves period, no matter how they justify it in their heads. They are the lowest form of pixels there are because unlike someone that steals food to feed their family, there is no moral justification for what they do. It disgusts me that you think they deserve a balanced article and now makes me wonder what you are about since you won't give a straight answer as to what magazine you are going to publish the article in. Its a simple question that deserves an answer and a professional journalist would not hesitate in answering it. Why would a content creator talk you to you at all without knowing this? A balanced view of an issue is a long standing tenet of journalism, though some are in favor of it and others aren't, and some think objectivity is impossible. I don't understand why anyone would think responsible journalism is disgusting. I agree that a balanced view is a long standing tenant of journalism, when the subjects being covered are things such as political or religious opinions or two sides of a civic issue such as if a road should be built through an historic district. However there are exceptions. A journalist presenting a self professed criminal's justifications and in the case of most copybotters, advocacy for committing the crime with the same respect as creators without challenging them or offering editorial comment is not responsible journalism. There is a legitimate use for copybot type tools, such as a creator using it to produce replicas of their own work or someone using it to create a copy of a full perm item when that is allowed by the creator. So a legitimate balanced presentation of views on copybot with one side saying copybotting should banned all together and another side saying it shouldn't due to the fact there are legit uses for it, would be responsible journalism. However publishing an article giving equal treatment to the view that it is illegal to steal content and the view that it is ok to ignore the law and steal is not. By your way of thinking it would be ok for a food journalist to publish the cannibal society's prize winning recipe for creating a dish from human flesh along side the beef council's prize winning recipe for beef Wellington. Yes that is an extreme example but by applying your view to an extreme situation you can tell if the view is always right without exception. The OP wrote "I am looking for designers and copybotters to talk to as I want a balanced article." She never said she wasn't going to be challenging them, I can't imagine a journalist not challenging a criminal regarding their motivations. I didn't say it was my way of thinking, i said it is a longstanding tenet of journalism. In fact, it is in politics and religion that most journalists don't attempt to be objective. Trying to present an unbiased view can lead to the justification of some pretty awful things. However, interviewing a thief regarding why he or she steals (and I would hope, calling the thief on their rationalizations) is not turning a copybotter into Jean Valjean. As for your example regarding the recipes, journalists who are die hard proponents of being objective and unbiased might say there's nothing wrong with that.
  11. Know as in am friends with or know well? Nope. I have met a few, usually through IMs, and seen some blog posts, and interviews, and manifestos over the years. I knew a couple of people who had purchased expensive skins after trying on the demos, only to find serious flaws with the skins and they ripped the skins and edited them to correct the flaws, for their own personal use, after contacting the skin creators and asking for the flaws to be either corrected or refunds given, and getting what they described as "snobby" and "rude" replies.
  12. There are content thieves who take great pride in what they do and don't hide it; they speak about it openly (albeit through an alt). They're very arrogant about it and contemptous enough of others that they have no problem with coming forward and saying what they do.
  13. Amethyst Jetaime wrote: I too don't think it is a difficult issue at all. Copybotters are liars and thieves period, no matter how they justify it in their heads. They are the lowest form of pixels there are because unlike someone that steals food to feed their family, there is no moral justification for what they do. It disgusts me that you think they deserve a balanced article and now makes me wonder what you are about since you won't give a straight answer as to what magazine you are going to publish the article in. Its a simple question that deserves an answer and a professional journalist would not hesitate in answering it. Why would a content creator talk you to you at all without knowing this? A balanced view of an issue is a long standing tenet of journalism, though some are in favor of it and others aren't, and some think objectivity is impossible. I don't understand why anyone would think responsible journalism is disgusting.
  14. My impression was that the OP meant coping with copybotters is a difficult issue, not copybotting itself. As for her writing credentials, this is from her profile: Editor: SL Fierce , Editor AvCON Feature Writer: Maniera -RL and SL, Moolto, OI Magazine, Unforgettable, InWorld Blogger for: Eshi Otawara, Violator, Resun, 7 Deadly Skins
  15. Sim owners can ban anyone they feel like banning, it's not a matter of being allowed to do so. They don't need a reason, it's their land, they pay the tier on it. It's like owning a home in RL ... you can lock the doors or invite people in as you wish. As for not allowing child avatars at adult sims, that is a case of exercising caution because some people will AR owners of adult sims if they see child avatars on the assumption that age play is going on.
  16. From copybotters I've known, there are different reasons they do it. Some to rip off items and resell them as their own, some to use the items for themselves, others because they think it gives them power and boosts their egoes, some do it to "prove" they're smarter than others to get round safe guards against it, others because they think everything in SL be free and they will go on about the virtual economy and how offensive it is to pay for pixels. I don't think this question is stupid.
  17. Half again as much (or half as much again) means taking half of the one price and adding it to the full price ... 3.33/2 =1.665. 1.665 + 3.33 = 4.995 or rounded up to 5. So a tiny bit more than half again as much.
  18. I don't suppose this item is in a temp rezzer? That happened to a friend of mine, he purchased something that was mod but in a temp rezzer. The seller didn't state that the item was in a temp rezzer or my friend would never have bought it, and the item kept reverting back to the orignal when it rerezzed.
  19. Theresa, I thought I was the only one who picked up on the use of "colored." To the OP: as long as no racist slurs were flung at you, thinly veiled excuses are not needed to ban you from a sim. People are banned for being White, they are banned for being too short or too tall ... essentially, sim owners can ban whomever they want for whatever reason and don't need to make up excuses to do so. I've noticed a growing trend in SL ... avatars who start out as white are making themselves progressively darker until they go all the way and get themselves a good Black skin and edit their shapes to suit the skin. This is among gay men with whom I hang out that I've noticed this, can't say much about the rest of the SL population. This happens to really bother a friend of mine who is Black in RL, others take it as imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I don't know that racism ... or many of the "isms" genuinely exist in SL. RL Black people have White avatars and vice versa, RL men have women avatars ... also there are alot of very sexist and racist RPs around, and honestly, I have a hard time believing people who participate in a racial RP are the same race in RL as their avatars, given the nature of some of the RPs. Two friends of mine commented on a RP group, White masters and Black slaves, and said a master and a quartet of his slaves showed up at a club where they were with offensive group tags worn by the Black avatars who were kneeling and begging like dogs ... their fantasy of course but really gross to those witnessing it. I've also seen the reverse, Black masters with White slaves. As for the White master and his slaves, my friends said that everyone at the club thought they were sad and pathetic as well as offensive, and that the slaves "probably skinny, pasty faced White men with no social skills who want to feel superior but have nothing to feel superior about" in RL, so they subjugate their own alter ego online since no one else will put up with their bs. As long as racism exists in RL, it will exist online to some extent but no, it is in NO WAY as bad as it is in RL, and to suggest that wearing a Black skin and being talked down to is the same as say, being asked for two forms of identification when attempting to write a check for groceries to feed your family is ridiculous.
  20. Calas Galadhon Park sims by Tymus Tenk and Truck Meredith are the most stunning parklands in SL ... meadows, forests, mountains, really, I think they have a dozen sims, all of them just lovely, and a good many listed in the destination guide.
  21. Just make sure your computer has the chops to run Niran's. Though with high resolution photos and ultra graphics settings, I've seen photos taken in Exodus, Firestorm, and Catznip that look just as good as those taken in Niran's.
  22. ok good to know its not a problem with most, the cats in question (I won't mention the brand, but they used to have a big inworld store but now are available only on the marketplace) were the only breedable we'd find stuck in trees, under rocks, under the house, etc on our half sim. I don't know if they've ever been updated, my friend still keeps bowls of food under the house and under a garden pool because those cats still manage to get caught under any object that seems to have a dip in the ground ; ) As for the flat prim to catch them from falling, not sure fire but it worked more often than not. LOL he used to hide the cats from his partner who complained about the prims and cost of food - not just cats, but horses, meeroos, cows, and rabbits, ALL over the estate on platforms and in vacant houses. One of the perks of being an estate manager LOL.
  23. If the problem is that they are not rezzing, not that they are rezzed but invisible, you can try teleporting to another sim and back home again, that usually works.
  24. You won't lose everything, the contents of the house get sent back to your inventory in your lost and found, the house stays where it is, Linden homes are not owned by the parcel owner. While the initial outlay is greater, it's cheaper month to month if you can pay for a premium once a year. That works out to 6 USD per month. If you don't log in for a while, your home will still be there and the weekly stipend from LL will have built up to something you can actually use to buy something nice. If you decide you don't want a premium account, don't make the mistake of just not paying the premium fee, that will get your account suspended. Make sure you downgrade to basic properly. If you don't want to spend that much, you might consider a cheap skybox rental instead of owning land. A relatively nice one would work out to be less than 50 cents USD per week.
  25. "yet another ban" indicates that you get banned alot. Must be your sunny disposition, or maybe the fact that someone has to stop and think a good long while before decyphering your spelling.
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