Tuesday, 23 January 2007

Extract from LL Newsletter, dated March 2006, Outlining Policy on 'Intolerance' and Grounds for Banning Residents

please find original article in the link below:

Second Opinion Official Linden Labs' Newletter 2006_03_22

(you will find it in the 'Police Blotter' section if you scroll down the page.)

SLLU members and interested parties, please read the article in full if you get the chance, and let us know your feedback on whether the image Linden Labs is presenting is consistent with residents' experiences of their dealings with the FN in SL. We need to keep lobbying the Lindens on this, and to get them to adhere to their own guidelines.

"The Flip Side of Acceptance: Intolerance

.....From the SL Community Standards: “Combating intolerance is a cornerstone of Second Life's Community Standards. Actions that marginalize, belittle, or defame individuals or groups inhibit the satisfying exchange of ideas and diminish the Second Life community as whole. The use of derogatory or demeaning language or images in reference to another Resident's race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or sexual orientation is never allowed in Second Life.

....So what then is Linden Lab’s responsibility? To be sure that everyone can express their thoughts and feelings without fear of reprisal or judgment. It’s almost more important to be sure that those who may not be able to express themselves freely in the “real world” can do so in Second Life.

....Linden Lab does not seek to regulate the ideas and thoughts of others, but when those words or actions are rooted in hate, and used to harm or hurt others on the basis of lifestyle, race, ethnicity, religion, gender or sexual preference, we will act. Intolerance is not taken lightly, and those responsible will incur serious penalties or permanent removal.

Below is an example of intolerant speech that resulted in the removal of this Resident from Second Life for intolerant behavior:

[sic]"Hey you f*$%ing bitch. I don#t know who the f*$% you are or what the f*$% your issue is. .. that Nazi... or the s@#% that bitch made again I will personally make your SL life Hell... you Socialist pig headed group f*$%ing bitch is dead ...you f$%^ing socialist pig ...k$%e bitch f*$%ing socialist pig N*$%r lovin hippie is offline... I am working on making a Black SS Panzer Officer's Uniform.”

If you ever have any questions about what constitutes intolerant behavior, please feel free to contact the support team directly

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