There’s no doubt that griefer attacks are on the rise in the Linden sandboxes recently. Yesterday afternoon a newbie named “Cock Admiral” wearing a PN-looking head showed up in the northwest corner of Sandbox Goguen and started editing an object. I reported that in one of the group channels:
[2011-01-15 13:06:48] GreenLantern Excelsior: “Cock Admiral” is in NW Goguen, and the World Trade Center is burning once again in Newcomb.
I was trying someone’s suggestion about a new way to find a chat spammer, and as I was flying around, I noticed people moving toward the Admiral. I zoomed in and saw that it was Assistance Notification Network (ANN) members, GridWatch members and sandbox rats. The Admiral’s hands went into typing animation, so they were talking to him. It struck me just then that we have reached a tipping point with respect to griefer attacks. People are not willing to stand there and watch griefers fill the sim with cubes any more. They’ve seen the peacekeeper groups helping to clean things up, and they want to be part of that. The old idea of “Screw this, I’m out of here, let Linden Lab clean it up” is gone. It has been replaced with “Screw you, griefer. My friends and I will write ARs on you and then we will dump your cubes into the ocean.” And really, I don’t give a rip if people don’t want to wear a superhero uniform while they’re doing it. Some of them aren’t members of any peacekeeper group, and that’s fine. It’s like the guy who sees people filling sandbags to prepare for the upcoming flood, so he runs over and grabs a shovel to help. The spirit of volunteerism is alive and well. I’ve given ANN some shovels in the form of scripted objects that can help to clear up some of these things.
It took the Admiral 19 minutes to set it up. I turned to look at something in the south end of Goguen. When I noticed something fly past me, I turned back, and the entire north end of the sim was full of replicating cubes. It was amazing.
[2011-01-15 13:26:11] GreenLantern Excelsior: Replicating cubes in Goguen, owner Cock Admiral
[2011-01-15 13:27:30] GreenLantern Excelsior: AR submitted
[2011-01-15 13:30:44] GreenLantern Excelsior: WOW Goguen is clear
[2011-01-15 13:31:01] GreenLantern Excelsior: Amber Linden
Amber does a great job, but she’s not always around. Later that night, Wanderton was so full of cubes that physics died and they couldn’t be pushed into the ocean. That whole mess filled the sandboxes to overflowing with cubes for more than an hour before anyone responded. It can be frustrating for those of us who have the knowledge to fix the problem but not the ability. But while we wait for the authorities to arrive, it’s a real morale boost to watch our fellow residents working to make the grid safe for everyone.