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Philip Linden is ‘sad’

Today, Philip Linden spoke with Adam Reuters from the World Economic Summit in Davos. Fleep Tuque wrote an article about Adam Reuters’ Interview with Philip Linden. Fleep wrote:

Adam Reuters remarked that in some ways, 2007 was the Year of Restrictions in Second Life, and Philip responded that it really made him sad every time they have to restrict behavior, and that despite these changes, SL is still an incredibly open platform.

Fleep goes on to talk about getting the sense of the person behind the CEO’s role and believes in the Philip is sincere in his sadness. I’ve been impressed by Philip when I’ve heard him speak as well, yet I want to follow Fleep’s lead even deeper. Companies often reflect the personality of their CEO and I wonder what all of this is really telling us about Philip or about Linden Lab.

People have commented to me about Linden Lab’s method of dealing with conflict as ‘passive aggressive’. The ranks of people who are getting fed up with the way Linden Lab handles conflict seems to be growing, and the only thing preventing a large exodus is that alternative grids are still in alpha testing. Linden Lab has a little bit of time to repair the damage they’ve caused over the past year, but that time is running out.

This ‘passive aggressive’ nature seems to reflect on a CEO who is ‘sad’ about what is happening and incapable of making any substantive changes to improve the situation. Does Philip Linden have any ideas about how to better understand the ‘God Paradox’, the conflict of a game provider trying to provide a safe environment while at the same time trying to be a hands off service provider? Does Philip Linden have any ideas about whether the Linden Dollar is a “limited license right available for purchase or free distribution at Linden Lab's discretion” or if it is something closer to a currency which banking regulators would be interested in? Is Philip interested in hearing the opinions of residents, or going to continue to have messages from Linden Lab sent out from the email address ‘no-reply@secondlife.com’.

Yes, I feel sad too. I feel sad for Philip failing to demonstrate any leadership. I feel sad for people who want to make Second Life a more vibrant environment and keep bumping up against arbitrary and capricious restrictions by Linden Lab that are never sufficiently explained. Yet unless the folks at Linden Lab change their tune, the folks that I won’t be sad for are those people gearing up to provide alternative grids where the residents are actually valued and listened to.

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Wordless Wednesday



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Look, there goes a squirrel

When I have something important to work on and need a distraction, there are several places I go. BlogExplosion provides a never ending list of websites to visit with the promise of sending people back to your own blog. MyBlogLog provides ample blogs to visit. When you visit them, if they have the MyBlogLog widget up, it leaves your picture on the blogs you’ve visited, and if you’re lucky, people will click on your image and visit your blog. If I want to check sites that I’m following more actively, I check the approximately 300 blogs that I follow with Bloglines Then there are Twitter’s to read, conversations in Second Life to join in on, and if all else fails, you can always read your referrer log.

Recent ma.noglia bookmarks

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The Linden Lab Banking Ban and the World Markets

Back on January 8th, Linden Lab announced their ban on unregulated in world banking. This brought about many discussions. How big an impact would this have? Some people think banks are extraneous to Second Life. Others view them as an important part of capital creation.

My initial reaction was that it was a ill thought out reaction by Linden Lab that would have both a short term and a longer term negative impact on the Second Life economy.

Today is when the ban is supposed to take effect, and I must admit, I’ve been shocked by the reaction. The Federal Reserve Bank has reduced Fed Funds rate by 75 basis points. That is the largest single cut in interest rates since 1984, long before Second Life even existed.

Even with this intervention by the Federal Reserve Bank, the Dow Industrials dropped 465 before climbing back. Meanwhile, the markets in Second Life appeared stable today.

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