Bishara Group IM Chats

I have wanted to post this for ages, but never got the time.

When I created the Bish group it was for socializing and I wanted people to feel free to use it to ask questions, chat about Bish stuff, and generally have fun with one another.  It is after all a group chat tool.  Since we grew with some managers coming and fortunately going, many folks were flamed for simply chatting, saying ‘hi’ or asking a question on the group IM.  So I realized that we need to make a rule that works for everyone, so here it is.

The Bishara Group IM chat can be used for any Bishara group or member issues, single notices of social events on the Resort, announcements of marriage or even just for saying ‘hello’. 

The Bishara Group IM chat may not be used for advertising, for spamming folks with event announcements, or for flaming / griefing. Anyone caught doing any of this on a repeated basis will be ejected from the group.  Flaming someone or griefing someone through this group will get you a ban from the resort as well, as I do not stand for abuse or discrimination of any sort.

Why am I so tough about the last point? In the beginning of my life as a sim owner I was subjected to a well known avatar in SL’s racist remarks through an ongoing attack of such intensity that I felt I should leave SL completely. This person’s attack was because I tried to assist someone in the Concierge group with reporting griefers, and in those days a certain service for Sim owners was quite handy and I made the mistake of mentioning this service’s name.  That was the trigger for what became an attack on my culture and my person, and it left me shocked and disillusioned, as I had read this avatar’s blog regularly prior to this attack and had even agreed with some of the points he/she raised in some of the posts on that blog.  Having this happen to me stripped that admiration for he/she completely, and revealed to me the ugly side of Second Life, the fact that we do not really know the person behind the avatar.  The weirdest thing about this, is how the attack turned from an SL related issue to a RL related issue with the question ‘Are you Asian?’ only to be followed by ‘you’re African?’ – and then a tirade about how I am from a culture in which we are ‘psuedo nice’ people who are actually violent in nature, and so on and so on.

The funny part of that is that I am in fact European, though born in South Africa, as many of you know, but he/she took my SL name as his/her guide to who I am, and it sounded Asian / African I guess so I was open to attack and verbal abuse.  Those days reporting something like this in SL was almost unknown and I regret never doing so.  I remember in my shock I emailed Torley Linden about it and he was a great support to me.  However, the point was that as an European I for the first time felt what it must feel like for so many people around the world who are subjected to such treatment every day!  It cannot be tolerated and having matured in SL since that day, I don’t stand for it at all.

So, I don’t care who you are in SL or RL, if you flame or abuse someone, and a copy of the IM is sent to me in an abuse report or it is shown publicly in the Bish group IMs, you will be banned and I will report you to the Lindens as well, who I am glad to say look like they take such attacks more seriously these days.  VW Sands and the team in Bish are well capable of doing the same and are authorized to kick butt 😉  If you have experienced any such problems in Bish talk to them or me asap. We promise to be there for you!

To those who complain about IM chats ‘bothering’ you, just click on the little cross to the upper right hand side of the actual Bishara Group IM window.  That closes the group chat and ends any IM’s bothering you until you log on the next time.

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New Mono fix rolling out this week!

Hiya Bisharians.  Hey, the Lindens are rolling out a new fix for a serious Mono glitch that caused scripts to crash completely (unrecoverable) suddenly and randomly.  A problem with C# too complex to explain here, but at least the more experienced coders / scripters in Second Life will be testing the fix to make sure it’s all sorted out for us.

This post is simply to warn everyone that the patch will be rolled out through the next few days so if anything strange happens just let VW Sands know and he should be able to sort out surfboards and waves that act weird in any way 🙂

New SLSA Directors in our midst :)

Congratulations to our very own VW Sands and of course the very delectable Tauri Tigerpaw for being elected to the SLSA board.  I for one know that you will both be a huge benefit to the whole surfing community and especially the association’s organization and competition. The very overworked Sally LaSalle will have some great help on hand.

RfL SL 2008 Rocked! WHOOOTTTTTT!

Hey Bisharians, thank you thank you thank you all for your fantastic donations these past months!  Bishara in its first RfL participation this year managed to raise L$58,275 of the total SL donations of L$52,645,845!

An amazing effort from everyone that certainly shows humanity, whether virtual or physical, will forge towards a cure no matter what it takes!  And though we did not participate this year in the actual relay, we could not raise 15 volunteers for the Bishara team, we will look forward to doing so next year!  This event is way too important.

I want to add that there is little that compared to the fantastic builds I saw on Heroes, the RfL estate, and I can only encourage ALL of you to TP across and have a look before the estate is closed down on the evening of the 22nd.  You won’t be disappointed as the camps and general RfL builds are all gorgeous, and thanks to Poid and Lissa and VW, the Bishara camp was right up there too 🙂

Heard of Google’s Lively?

Hey Bisharians, come and see just what Google is up to.  With a somewhat confusing GUI, Lively ends up being a fantastic 3D environment in which to create a chat room and avatars, and now Bishara has a home away from home. If you want me to invite you in send me your Lively avatar name and I’ll send you an invite.

Not sure what Lively is?  Then check out our other blog on Blogger as WordPress has zero 3rd party integration capabilities or is so restrictive I simply gave up trying to link directly to Lively from here.

Bishara in Lively