Life Out on the Street: Spam (Or Lack Thereof)

I acknowledge that part of the way we learn many things (if not most) about Second Life is not through Help Island. Maybe you get the basic manipulation controls, but at least when I was there, interaction norms were not part of the lessons. And while I may be one person, I believe that doing something about a problem is better than not doing anything at all. So, here’s a little vocabulary lesson:

Spam – (noun) In terms of Second Life usage
1.) Unwanted advertising in an area, such as a group chat or store
2.) Excessive advertising, either in one area or across areas such as a group chat
3.) Excessive chat prohibited from an area, such as a group with a no group-chat rule
4.) Excessive unrelated chat in an area

spam-ming (verb)

Note: Spam should not be confused with accidental chat, which includes using the wrong chat window or mistaken chat. The term of spam for electronic usage was coined based off of a skit in Monty Python’s Flying Circus with an emphasis on ‘unwanted’ and ‘purposeful’.

Examples of spam:

Found in a group chat (different times):

[23:39] User 1: your favourite manga/hentai uniform,shoes,best cheap high quality lady handbag,best superhero uniform at SLURL

[9:13] User 2: ~~YOU ALREADY KNO THA BUSINESS THIS THA NEW~~ MOTHAFUCKIN CLICK THATS GONE TAKE OVA SL THIS YA BOI BOSS KNOWN AS YOUNG CASINO IN THIS BITCH KNOCKA,ZAYBO-GOON FROM THA BRICKZ,D.A-GOON FROM THA BRICKZ,CHAINZ-THA YOUNGEST GOON OF THA BRICKZ,JAVAR-NORTHSIDE GOGETTA,MEAL-NORTHSIDE GOON,CHEEZE-STRAIGHT HEADBUSSA,NATE-STRAIGHT MONSTER WIT THEM HANDS,SNAP-GOON FROM THA SOUTH,ROD-STRAIGHT GOON FROM THA SOUTH,DONSHAYE-JU

Group charter:
*** This group just for discussion or info relating to my designs, other than that are NOT allowed & will be got kick. ***

Now that we have a clear understanding of what spam is, let’s look at an interaction:

[23:31] User A: excuse me:)… i want some free male stuff anyone know??
[23:31] User A: anything is okay:) skin, clothe …etc
[23:31] User B: Please don’t spam the group…
[23:32] TT: Best place to ask would be in one of the freebie designated groups, such as Fabuously Free, Freebie Telegraph and Free*Style.
[23:33] User A: oh.. sorry..
[23:33] TT: Askin a question isn’t spam. ADvertising is spam, along with excessive, unrelated chatter.
[23:34] User C: but its annoying a shit..
[23:34] User D: you said it User C

This was in a store group, and it’s not the first time I’ve seen this happen- people not only label something as spam that isn’t spam, but become downright nasty. Yes, the question was in the wrong area, but we do not know if they have the wrong window open or are confused. Part of the group charter does list it as providing freebies, and I know of a freebie group with a similar name to the store. Thankfully, there were more people who saw this point than did not:

[23:34] User E: please dont swear. :/ sometimes people just do not know where to ask. he understands and has apologised
[23:34] TT: Yes, and so are intolerent actions towards others, especially fi they are learning or just need clarification.
[23:35] User F: It’s just a question. No need to be hostile.
[23:35] User D: who is the shit its annoying?
[23:35] User G: questions don’t annoy me. hostility does.
[23:35] User H: I agree
[23:35] User I: *nods*

Honestly, is it so terribly hard to be relatively kind and polite? Just because you are anonymous does not make everyone else just computer bites. Personally, I know I prefer to be around people who are not so quick to fire a gun as they are a lot easier to be around, and I’m sure there are others that agree.

And if that’s not reason enough, negativity and grumpiness lead to stress, which causes wrinkles.

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~ by Terry Toland on February 28, 2009.

7 Responses to “Life Out on the Street: Spam (Or Lack Thereof)”

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