I thought I would give you an update on the Hyde Park greeting area. I have been back there a few times and I been in communication with some of the SL London team who have been trying to cool things down, and to their credit they have improved things. They do work very hard to get things right. It seems that the ability to use ‘voice’ has been temporarily disabled and this seems to have improved the atmosphere a lot.
I also saw a marked improvement with the new greeter who was now asking people if they needed help so, lets hope he becomes a responsible greeter who gives everyone a chance to join the SL London Community.
I stood for a while with Manager Seany and Director Brie last night at the greeting area and they do have to deal with all sorts of situations. A girl newbie arrived (I can only assume it was a girl in real life, maybe not!). She started talking to another newbie just across the way from us. After a casual hello to the other av she suddenly ask him if he wanted sex (not the words she used, she swore as she said it!). She was warned about her language, but defended her corner instead of backing down, saying she is an escort and earns a lot of money by doing this. Brie went over to her and asked her to behave, she carried on in the same way and Brie warned her again. She called Brie an ‘idiot’ (bad mistake!) and with that Brie used her powers to expel the girl from the sim. Brie is brilliant at her job, she doesn’t just expel people, she gives them a chance and talks to them with both kindness and authority, Seany too is a great diplomat for the London Community.
The Gateway in Hyde Park is very busy on a daily basis and the team are doing a wonderful job at monitoring things there and making sure all the brand new people get off to a good start in SL.
Knightsbridge wasn't without it's own troubles tonight, a griefer had sent in a couple of particle clouds which didn't help the already bad lag. (A particle cloud usually consists of lots of flying pictures or boxes that fill the screen, they make looking at SL very unpleasant!) The trouble is, the authors of these clouds are extremely hard to find, I have been in places where they have originated from the next sim, perhaps someone out there can tell me how you track the griefers down who use these clouds. Even with a radar on, showing all the avs in the area, you still can't really tell who is responsible. It's not like an ordinary object that gives a history of who owns it when it hits you (History is shown in top menu 'Help' then 'Bumps, Pushes & Hits'), particles are usually phantom (well the picture ones anyway) and do not actually collide with your av, but they are very annoying and disrupting. If you are unlucky the griefer can even program the particles to chase your av, then the best course of action is just to re log.