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"What are Linden Bears for... so that we have something to hug when things go horribly wrong?"
-- Koni Lanzius, commenting on Linden-Resembling virtual teddybears Linden Lab gave out to customers.



 "Happy coexistence and learning should always be at the forefront of any virtual world, with profit margins only appearing as a result of creating something that enhances people's lives."
-Tranquility Dexler of Inworldz


"I have trepidations regarding Viewer 2.0. While there is no argument a major viewer restructure is essential, to be frank, Linden Lab has a long history of seriously borking such projects. If I had to make a prediction at this time, I would predict Viewer 2.0 will contain numerous conceptual and design flaws that will largely result in severe disapproval from the users it's meant to serve (flaws and designs that likely, we could have warned them about long in advance if they'd given us the chance)."
-Wayfinder: An Open Letter to Mark Kingdon, word-for-word, unedited from February 20, 2010... several days prior to the release of disastrous Viewer 2.0.   



"It would be crazy to lose valuable customers because they want to but cant give us money : ( "
-- Rod Humble, CEO of Linden Lab, Tweeting in response to Elf Clan (almost) leaving SL because they didn't process our payments and sidelined an Eldar.

Elf Clan left 6 months later when price-gouging Linden Lab policy shifts made it impossible to finance  increasing-cost $350-a-month regions.

"Yeah, Inworldz isn't doing well for sure, and I'm afraid the blame rests solidly on the Founders.  They don't listen to anyone... not to those older and with more experience.  We've tried to give them warning but they ignore common-sense counsel.   Because of this, I have managed to duplicate all of Replicant City on my own hard drive.   I will not have years of work go down the drain because Inworldz Founders mismanage their grid.  I've seen such happen too often in the past."

-- Wayfinder Wishgringer in an email to another member, dated 2016-06-03... a little over 2 years prior to the predicted eventual Inworldz collapse.


"Question: How many Lindens does it take to change a light bulb? Answer: It's customer content. We can't replicate the bulb being burned out. You're using too many bulbs. Bulbs being burned out is not against TOS. That's a technical issue, please file a JIRA report. Thank you for being patient. We hate this too! We will turn it over to Workingonit Linden ASAP!"

(6 years later, bulb still not working.)
-- Eren Padar



"The Dumbest People on Earth"

-- The title of a Readers Digest article refering to (among others) Second Life users who pay as much per month for virtual land as the price of a new car. 



“All things considered, I believe Linden Labs actually has the right idea. If you make your money on high prices and fewer customers - BAM! - less work required to accommodate all remaining 17 !”

-Zekeen Phoenix


"I fully expect before the year is out, that LL will drop yet another bomb on the SL populace. Just call it a nasty hunch."
-- Wayfinder, April 13, 2010  


The bombs that dropped:  Viewer 2 (which everyone hated), removal of Educational discounts, institution of Display.Names despite widespread customer protest, breaking the Search Engine, breaking the Events listings, breaking SL Marketplace... and much, much more-- all in one year.


"This lament by residents was novel and revolutionary as a concept in 2004; it was a hallmark of persistence and determination by 2006; by 2008 it was a sign of masochism; by 2010 it is a diagnosis of a unstable and co-dependent personality disorder."
--Prokofy Neva regarding people continuing with Second Life despite the love-hate relationship


"Well to be honest, i dont pay to see movies to be forced to use my own "fantasy" to make up for its shortcomings. Almost sounds like a LL tactic.

-- Mean Golem



"Welcome to Second Life... the Iron Curtain of virtual worlds."

-Wayfinder, regarding Linden Lab usurping customer copyrights and Intellectual Property and claiming the right to ban anyone at any time for any reason, allegedly stealing millions of dollars in customer assets.


Giving the appearance of a thing doesn't necessarily make a thing the thing that it looks like-- which is a particularly sticky point when it comes to virtual environments, where the appearance-of-thinginess and actual-thinginess are often superficially confused.
-Tateru Nino, Dwelling On It



It's not that we're opposed to change.  It's that we're opposed to "OMG WT?????" change.
-- Wayfinder


"In late 2008 Linden Lab made an out-of-nowhere, customer-blindsiding corporate decision that resulted in the destruction of 20% of the user-owned sims on Second Life. We have all invested in Second Life in one way or another. This isn't a game; it is a society. Currently it is a society governed by a body that is proving totalitarian and abusive. Customers have little or no say in decisions that can change the entire scope of the grid and destroy our investments. That is unacceptable. We are paying the bills."
--Wayfinder: The End of the Dream

Regarding blatant management abuse by Linden Lab which killed the growth of Second Life and caused a massive customer exodus-- a blow from which that grid never recovered and which ushered in the age of OpenSim, Second Life's biggest competitor.



"We're in a business relationship with LL.  We're paying them for stuff they should do but they are graciously allowing us to do ourselves."

-Orca Flotta, in a comment on Dwell On It


"A business truth Linden Lab would do well to understand:  High price does not guarantee the highest profit."
--Wayfinder: Altering the Course of Microsoft


"Never underestimate the power of human stupidity."

Robert Heinlien's fictional character Lazuras Long in Time Enough For Love


"I think you Lindens (with notable exceptions) are outrageously arrogant... in fact, thinking about it - nearly every blunder the lab has committed over the years can be seen as a direct result of arrogance,  dismissiveness, and general disrespect for your customers."  
-Qarl (ex)-Linden (the inventor of sculpties)



"As far as catching up... we're not in "do anything we can to get customers" mode. We never have... we're growing at a manageable rate that ensures we don't need investment capital. This isn't a game or a competition to us. It is a business with real people that are counting on us to keep improving. Maybe not as quickly as they would like. But every day and every week. We're here to take care of our customers, not try to attract a ton of new ones to claim "we're the biggest".   We have real and filled up regions with real content. I have absolutely no question in my mind why we're where we are. I don't have to wonder. We're in controlled growth for a reason. When the time is right... we will advertise. Our target audience is pretty special."

--Tranquility Dexler, Inworldz

A good and wise sentiment.  Unfortunately by the end of 2018 Inworldz had failed to advertise, failed to grow, and crashed nose-first into the dirt.  For a while Inworldz was special, but they forgot and ignored their greatest asset:  the collective knowledge and wisdom of very-experienced customers.



"With no users inhabiting them, a virtual world will dry up and eventually be shut down.  With no admins fixing or developing things, a virtual world will stagnate and fall apart.  Users need admins as much as admins need users.  And it’s only by them working together that the successful future of virtual worlds will unfold."

--John Lester, aka Pathfinder Linden

full article: http://becunningandfulloftricks.com/2011/05/05/railing-against-the-gods-the-unfortunate-metaphor-of-virtual-world-administrators/


"I've stopped building for SL for about 2 years now.....not because I couldn't sell new items there... I stopped because of a company and a TOS that was becoming increasingly antagonistic to content creators with each passing day.... Sometimes I wonder if the residents / content creators / customers of LL are the frogs in the pot of water that slowly increases in heat. They won't try to jump until it is too late."

-- Sept 2013, Julia Hathor in response to a recent SL policy change granting LL full right to user creations.  See Cautionary article.


"Holy cwap!  I fergot Spud!"

-- Bellini Cazalet (dwagon), who went lake diving and then remembered the pet mouse on her shoulder.  Don't worry, tiny CPR and cupcakes saved the day.


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Original sayings from the founder of Elf Clan... for what it's worth


True  freedom  is  not without limits, for that which is ungoverned inevitably  infringes  on  the  freedom  of others.


The present is passing as you read this. This day will be over in a blink. The future is always coming, is here, and instantly gone. Live today as if it is your last day, with tomorrow wisely in mind in case it isn’t.


There is only one truth-- but countless interpretations.


Artificial intelligence has always been applied to computers and robotics. Perhaps that term should rather be applied to today’s generation of human beings.


Forgiveness cannot change the past... but it can change your future.


Walls cannot stop eagles or gophers.   The only way for the human species to progress socially is to stop building unnecessary walls.


Unreasoning prejudice is not the sole property of any race.  It shall remain universal until we realize that the color of ones skin is no more important than the color of ones eyes.


No matter what nation you do laundry for, it always comes out dirty.


I'm surprised that battered fish is even legal.


Questioning the claims of others, no matter who they are, should be a built-in self-defense mechanism for our minds. Think about what you believe. Question your deepest convictions. Doing so regularly will serve as a protection against both naivety and gullibility.


Wayfinder's First Law of Research:  For every PHD there is an equal and opposite PHD.



For any belief or argument one might hold, there are numerous "authoritative" links, blogs and papers written to support it... however errant that belief may be.  For every link there is an equally authoritative opposing link.


Also related:

Science regularly believes it has discovered "facts", which are in reality temporary, extremely limited observations waiting to be updated or debunked.  Swallowing the claims of human beings without question, however educated those people may be, is to forget that they are merely human beings.


One doesn't require a degree to know the sky is blue.  Knowing why the sky is blue is interesting, but doesn't change the reality of the sky.


Whenever I see a dead chicken I just wanna thigh.


The primary problem of mankind is not one of ignorance, but of stupidity brought about by arrogance. For along with basic ignorance— with which we are all born and can only hope to partially alleviate— there would seem a pandemic of believing we know far more than we actually do, being insistent on such, and an eagerness to condemn those who disagree. It is this particular self-inflicted disease which has brought about the destruction of advanced society throughout history. It is unfortunate that such attitude seems to have a strong penchant for survival, or perhaps there would be some hope that those of common sense would survive longer and eventually balance the scales. As things stand, the stupid and arrogant tend to destroy before anything has opportunity to mature, and the meek never have a chance to inherit the earth.


The Internet is at the same time the greatest informational tool ever created… and the greatest weapon.


If you focus on beauty that is all you shall see... and miss all else that is good.


I think in the ultimate scheme of things almost everything is a "waste of time".  The difference is in how well it is wasted.


The haughty one denies what is real because he cannot measure it.  He twists creation to his personal desires and invents his own truth.


What one chooses to believe or disbelieve will change neither reality or consequence.


No stone is larger than the pebble in your shoe.


Have you noticed nature does not require dusting, vacuuming, nor the lawn mowed?


Never play a flute near a grizzly bear.  It's not that the bear hates flute music; it's that you're near a grizzly bear.


Personal belief does not alter reality.  People defy gravity regularly, but eventually that plane is coming down.


If necessity is the mother of invention, cash-strapped is the father of ingenuity.


Policy should be directed by common sense. If you leave a cookie on the table when a dwagon is nearby, it ceases being your cookie.


This is the way it is, the way it's always been and the way it has to be, are great deterrents to progress.  Such does not promote growth and improvement.  Conformists build solid foundations; they are seldom architects of the future.


Hatred never begets tolerance. Labeling someone a homophobe is just another form of bigotry.


Abhorring censorship does not excuse abandoning all common sense.  Moderation is what separates society from social anarchy.


If everyone on earth has a twin somewhere... is it identical or fraternal?


Don't worry about the money. Put your customers first, make them happy, and the money will follow.


When recorded music replaced family musicians, society lost a major portion of its humanity.

Never put visionaries in charge of a company. Let them come up with the ideas. Never put techs in charge of a company. Let them accomplish the ideas. Put a businessman in charge of business... and put the  customer in charge of the  businessman.

Once you remove greed and ego as factors, what remains is progress.

There is nothing more irritating than a person who doesn't know what he's talking about-- except of course a person who does.

Avoid letting things in life upset you.  The attitude of a forum troll will only last as long as the troll.  Such a person is not immortal, nor immune to consequence of attitude.

It's the little things that count. The difference between functional and non-functional code is one character.


Most people don't like hearing truth. It causes stress and often results in the requirement to do something.

There are always consequences for actions. Sometimes they are slow in coming... but they do eventually come. The methods of consequence are not as gentle as our own.  The lessons of consequence are not so kind as self-moderation.

Many people believe that a profitable business is a successful business. I say it's how you earn the profit that makes you successful. Criminals may be profitable; only the lowest of people would consider them successful.


Some people claim that Jesus Christ and Mahatma Gandhi died as financially poor, misguided fools.  But people die, both rich and poor. I seriously doubt today's richest men will be remembered 2,000 years from now, or that millions of people will still follow their every word.

No matter how fancy the decor in your restaurant... it's the food that will keep people coming back.


There is a vast difference between pursuing technology for solar and wind energy... and creating highly radioactive nuclear furnaces. Just because we can do something doesn't mean we should.

Humankind is the only creature on earth that is endangering the planet itself. Intelligence would seem the seed of stupidity.


THANKSGIVING:  A holiday where people celebrate our forefathers coming to a new world... where they slaughtered the inhabitants, stole their land, destroyed the buffalo herds and became the continent's greatest predator. Of course that was over 200 years ago. We'd never do that today. Today we prefer to bomb oil-rich countries, punch huge holes in the ozone layer, raid the Social Security fund into near bankruptcy, dump mercury into the oceans and ravage the Amazon rain forests. Thus we can be grateful and give thanks that we haven't yet nuked ourselves off the planet.


Naivety is a wonderful and peaceful thing... until some fool removes it from us.


Naught but change is everlasting, chaos the eternal constant. 


Change promotes order; humans create chaos.


Those who read books are in truth voyeurs, content to spend a significant part of their lives examining the thoughts of others, learning without the benefit of personal experience.  However at times such is justified by the presence of chocolate, a fireplace and good brandy.


If the legal system were based on justice and common-sense, people wouldn't have to go to law school to learn how to use it.


Rare is the leader who dies peacefully and without significant regret.


Regarding the concept of High Elven

If we are superior, it is by natural existence and longevity. If we seem arrogant, it is due to knowledge and wisdom, not pride. If we are aloof it is not by our desire, but due to the objectionable habits of those from whom we remain apart. The High Elven are an ancient race. If others are viewed as children in comparison... this is understandable.



Wayfinder's Notes on Virtual Reality


Virtual worlds seem to have virtual success.


The way people act in virtual reality where no one knows who they really are, is likely who they really are.


I do not support real life pimps or pedophiles; I will not tolerate virtual ones.


The last time I checked, World of Warcraft had 11.5 million customers... each paying $15 a month to play the game. Quick math: 11.5 million x $15 = $172.5 million per month. Linden Lab: appx $5 million per month.  $5 million isn't chump change, but it's not WoW.

I've done business with companies that would fall all over themselves to retain a $50 a year subscriber.  Linden Lab never learned that lesson of common-sense business.

Regarding Technology and Society:

"The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom." -- Isaac Asimov

"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity." -- Albert Einstein

"Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons." -- Buckminster Fuller

"If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner."

-- Omar Bradley

" We suffer from hubris which is now biting us on the backside."

--Librarylady from a web forum

Favorite miscellaneous quotes from other folks:

"Some people are so open-minded their brains fall out."
-- Rick Warren

"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent."
-- Thomas Jefferson.

"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results."
-- author debated

"The way things are going in fashion, there will soon be nothing left for prostitutes to wear."
-- Bill Maher

"The ignorant man simply doesn't know. There is no shame in that; we are all ignorant in areas. The stupid man knows, but ignores. There is no excuse for that."
-- my father

"I can afford to buy the biggest steak I can eat. How much more does a man need?"
-- Richard (an old friend)

"You want to be profitable in the restaurant business? Charge customers a reasonable amount, and give them more food than they can eat."
-- Robert (another friend)


"When you choose to seek revenge, dig two graves."

-- ancient Chinese proverb

"When I hear somebody sigh, 'Life is hard', I am always tempted to ask: Compared to what?"
-- Sydney Harris

"Always deal honestly with others, then you won't have to worry about lies coming back to haunt you."
-- my father

"Life is too important to be taken seriously."
-- Oscar Wilde

"A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice."
-- author withheld, with good reason

"I like cats. I just can't eat a whole one by myself."
-- Author wisely unknown

"Despite the cost of living, have you noticed how popular it remains?"
-- Anonymous


"We should always respect our elders.  I don't have to respect anyone."

--accredited to George Burns


"Death makes life simpler on so many levels."
-- Eli, a friend of mine making a satirical comment on the human condition


"Bad behavior gets noticed far more than good behavior, because it triggers parts of the brain responsible for threat assessment."

--Zauber Paracelsus


"For math students easily confused by the holidays, remember that Oct 31 = Dec 25."


-- author unknown


(Explanation for non-math folks:  octal 31 is the same number as decimal 25.)


"Money makes the world go round, but the Earth turns regardless of cash flow."

-Zauber Paracelsus


"Whatever a man is sowing, this he shall also reap."

-- Jesus



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