Last Friday, over 20 people were banned from Secondlife. Nearly all of them were involved in making videos for Youtube.
Some people would argue that "troll" videos about Secondlife help promote new people coming to Secondlife and wonder why they would ban people who make these videos, but they're missing something fairly obvious.
"Troll" videos bring people who want free accounts to Secondlife. Linden Lab makes no money from those people. On the other hand, people who participate in various types of role-play buy not only virtual land but loads of virtual merchandise.
All the Secondlife Youtube "troll" videos together make a few hundred dollars a month. The people who make the horrific Amaretto Breedable Horses in Secondlife make thousands of dollars a month. Even some of the people who breed these abominations make more than the youtube trolls. Nearly every person who makes Secondlife Troll videos has one about an Amaretto auction making the horse breeders look like idiots. Who do you think Linden Lab will side with?
To be fair, nearly everyone I know has trolled an Amaretto auction in their time on Secondlife. You have to think the people who put these on expect it at this point. The difference is: we didn't record it. We didn't put the people who go to these auctions on Youtube, possibly having a chilling effect on attendance.
The people who work at Linden Lab have their bills paid by people who participate in Secondlife commerce. `Anything that threatens this commerce threatens their personal income. Of course, they're going to try and do something to get rid of these trolls.
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