The new land has a lot of builds on it now, which is all well and good. I am happy I'm in a hilly region - most people seem to like flat land, however, and the new land is quite flat. I read in the forums about a a sim in the new land where people were objecting to builds, and thought I'd go and check it out. There's a large white building, carefully made, which was built near the shore, and which is large but didn't block anyone's view when it was built. On two sides of it, directly up to the propery lines, there are two black towers. On the mini-map it is all so close it looks like one enormous building. The black towers are so high one can't fly over them. I got on top of "2" and edited myself inside. It was a void inside - nothing. A black box with no windows, door, floors, or anything. I dropped the height of the building - a long way - and landed on the ground. The owner came along, and I wandered off after saying "hi." I went to the white building thinking it was empty, but the owner appeared. I began talking to him and the "2" owner came over. The "1" build is owned by a separate person. The white build owner took names off the ban list so they could meet and talk. Eventually lots and lots of people arrived and it became evident to me that there was no serious, good-hearted desire on the part of the "1" black building's owner to solve the dilemma. The "2" owner seemed all right but if so, why would he be involved in this? It seemed obvious that the reason the black builds were created was in order to extort money from the white building owner. I stayed until my SimCast meeting, then TPed home and copied my chat history into a text file. I was appalled at how horrid some of the people on the black buildings side were. I certainly wouldn't describe it all as mental illness, but there was a perverse and ugly way these people chose to conduct themselves that is not within the boundaries of normal, healthy mental processes. It makes me wonder if, speaking generally, there should be a clearinghouse of information or perhaps health-provider notification for people whose behaviour results in them being banned from online environments such as SL.
posted by - 9:19 PM