WARNING: Obscene language below
On October 30, a resident contacted me to report “major griefer issues at Barbarossa.” He told me that the issues had been going on for weeks, that the griefing had been witnessed personally by Eric Linden and Governance6 Linden, and that hundreds of Abuse Reports had been sent out about it. I promised to go look at it to see what I could do.
So on the evening of October 31, I arrived in Barbarossa. This is a Linden-owned sim. Apparently it is part of the Second Life sailing scene. The sim is mostly water with one small island in the southwest corner. On that island there was a resident sitting in a beach chair with some kind of moving object on top of him, a truncated cone with two rigid arms and a box on top with an uglified photo of a woman’s face. Closer inspection showed that the object was an avatar by the name of Niyanah Resident. Here’s what I saw:
I spoke to the victim, Mega Larsson.
Hal Jordan (greenlantern.excelsior): I met a guy last night who said there is a lot of griefing here. This is some pretty basic griefing though. Is Niyanah an enemy of yours?
Mega Larsson: tons of griefing here, all this box lady. She also spams and uses crashers, five avs in all, drives everyone nuts
Hal Jordan (greenlantern.excelsior): Aha, thank you
Mega Larsson: she uses a headstand script that we can’t break, we can do a region cross and that does it fast enough
Hal Jordan (greenlantern.excelsior): I see
Mega Larsson: and LL has clamped down here making it worse for us, and we have to do it over and over again, as the head stand script is tied to our UID
Hal Jordan (greenlantern.excelsior): Ouch
Mega Larsson: LL is doing nothing, oh, and this griefer is reporting innocent individuals who are trying to fight back, and they are losing their accounts
Mega moved down to a small dock where build was turned on. He teleported away, then TPed back to another area on the island. Niyanah was on him instantly when he returned.
Hal Jordan (greenlantern.excelsior): Came right after you as soon as you returned, wow.
Mega Larsson: see what I mean, Alexander75 Borgin and DarkLord Alectoris are avs over by the Portal that are scripted to notify the griefer that we are on, scans, sends out an IM to probably a gmail account, and even text message, so whenever we get on, the box ladies show up immediately. We can no longer move those bots.
Hal Jordan (greenlantern.excelsior): But only in this sim?
Mega Larsson: others too, LL locked down our ability to clear out the bots and avs, no push, no cages
Hal Jordan (greenlantern.excelsior): I see that. It’s the only thing that’s turned off on this dock.
Mega Larsson: so LL has screwed us from dealing with the griefer, partially, We could write a tp script that would break the head stand and do an orbit, triggered every 30 seconds or so, but no point now.
Hal Jordan (greenlantern.excelsior): This might not even be a real person running this avatar, just a bot
Mega Larsson: exactly, there are both types in play. I’ve seen up to five here at one time
Hal Jordan (greenlantern.excelsior): I have heard that the Lindens have been in here watching this, and they do nothing.
Mega Larsson: that is true, they have been here twice now. Many think that it’s them doing it for some reason. Doesn’t make sense to me but it does to some. The people on the “list” are harmless.
Hal Jordan (greenlantern.excelsior): Would you mind if I wrote this up in my blog?
Mega Larsson: go right ahead please. Use my name if you wish.
So I made a few calls on some group channels to see if other people might have ideas about how to solve the problem.
Hal Jordan (greenlantern.excelsior): I’ll call some friends so they can see what’s happening. Maybe they might have a suggestion.
Mega Larsson: Please do
Hal Jordan (greenlantern.excelsior): I have lots of anti-griefer friends
Mega Larsson: I’ve a few too, we’re stumped. Oh one other thing, the people on the list, if they have property, they get a visit by the griefer. He/she drops a scripted object on the nearest rezable land that does a page spam, puts up a text screen with a URL to a website that doesn’t exist, saying something usually nasty. Triggers every few seconds. A standard script scan finds them.
Mega Larsson: parcel is now full, also SOP for the griefer. She/he is here in person, at least I think so, but the scripting is getting better. It’s 24×7 now, non-stop.
Hal Jordan (greenlantern.excelsior): She/he sent me an IM and we are chatting.
I received an IM from Niyanah Resident to warn me not to help. So of course I continued trying to help. Silly me.
Niyanah: it would be nice that u dont get involved, i didnt mess with this person, he messed with me.
Hal Jordan (greenlantern.excelsior): Is there a way to bring this to an end somehow?
Niyanah: let me look at his case
Hal Jordan (greenlantern.excelsior): Okay, thank you
Niyanah: yw, one sec
Hal Jordan (greenlantern.excelsior): It’s in my nature to try to help if I can.
Niyanah: ok, “this” will be brought to an end once all offenders are removed., mild offenders can apologize and they get off the list
Hal Jordan (greenlantern.excelsior): Removed as in removed from the list? Or removed from the sim?
Niyanah: bad offenders, removed from sim
Hal Jordan (greenlantern.excelsior): I guess it would be good to know what the offense was, so others can keep from getting on the list too.
Niyanah: and surroundings, and mild ones can get off the list. offence is insult or attack, all offenders from the list insulted me, or attacked me or both. i never messed with them. they messed with me. i never start first
Hal Jordan (greenlantern.excelsior): I see. I’m not sure Mega knows that he attacked or insulted you. How about a promise never to attack or insult you in the future? Would that be sufficient?
Niyanah: one sec, pls
Hal Jordan (greenlantern.excelsior): Okay. I can wait. 🙂
Niyanah: sorry, one person just apologized to me in other place
Hal Jordan (greenlantern.excelsior): I see
Niyanah: ok, mega didnt talk to me. that means, he is not interested in sorting this out.
Hal Jordan (greenlantern.excelsior): Let me try to reason with him
Niyanah: if you wish
Hal Jordan (greenlantern.excelsior): Thank you
Niyanah: yw, i prefer nice, polite talk
Hal Jordan (greenlantern.excelsior): I do too 🙂
Niyanah: but when others go straight to insults, i insult them back
It sounds very positive, doesn’t it? Too bad things didn’t stay that way. I was chatting with some of the local residents who were also being attacked, and we said this:
Kim (kimberly.silverblade): this is more fun than being crashed by maits
Hal Jordan (greenlantern.excelsior): Maits?
Julia Pentulia (juliapentulia): maits is another griefer
Hal Jordan (greenlantern.excelsior): I see
Julia Pentulia (juliapentulia): but him we can handle easily
Kim (kimberly.silverblade): yeah only good thing about maits is he can sometimes try and be normal
Julia Pentulia (juliapentulia): even little old me
Hal Jordan (greenlantern.excelsior): So you guys are all experienced griefer targets?
Julia Pentulia (juliapentulia): yeps, sad. i just want to sail with my friends.
26 seconds later, my IM window became active again:
Niyanah: you are on the list. you insulted me, you asshole
Hal Jordan (greenlantern.excelsior): How did I insult you?
Niyanah: you called me a griefer and that is an insult!
Hal Jordan (greenlantern.excelsior): Perhaps I was mistaken. Are you not attacking another resident in a non-combat sim?
Niyanah: i am punishing ones who insulted and/or attacked me. i do not grief. i am not a griefer. you will be dealt with in proper time.
A short time later, the real verbal abuse began in the IM window, and Niyanah broke out the obscenity generator.
Niyanah: i belive you are an asshole and a piece of shit because you insulted me.
Hal Jordan (greenlantern.excelsior): I believe you are violating the Terms of Service
Niyanah: and now u play games
Hal Jordan (greenlantern.excelsior): Do you deny that?
Niyanah: i believe u should go SUCK SOME COCKS!!! YOU WANT IT, DO U DENY THAT ??? FAGGOT !!
Hal Jordan (greenlantern.excelsior): That is not on my list of goals 🙂
Niyanah: FUCKING LIAR. YOU SAY U LIKE POLITE TALK, THEN U INSULT ME, THEN U PLAY STUPID. THIS IS WHAT U ASKED FOR, YOU ASSHOLE.
Shortly after that, rosella8 Resident and skyflower1 Resident arrived and began griefing also. I wrote Abuse Reports (and misspelled “multiple”).
I have another snapshot showing some extreme griefer intolerance, and I have more chat logs showing griefer obscenities being shouted across the sim that are worse than those above, but I won’t include them, because other than shock value, there would be no point. The point of this article is to show that this blatant griefing has been going on for months, that multiple residents have witnessed Linden Lab employees watching it happen and doing nothing, that hundreds of Abuse Reports have been sent in and Linden Lab still does nothing, and that innocent residents can’t even walk down to the dock and rez a boat to go sailing with their friends without being subjected to shouted obscenities and physical attacks from this bold, blatant serial griefer. And to me, the inability or unwillingness to deal with griefing in a timely fashion is the worst aspect of Second Life, one that Linden Lab needs a crash program to clean up.
I want to thank the residents who stopped what they were doing to give me information about what’s been going on in Barbarossa. It’s easy to TP out to a dance club and let someone else deal with the griefing, but you stayed there and tried to make a difference. There’s no doubt about it – you guys are heroes. Thank you.