Last weekend I purchased some sculpty body parts from the SL Exchange, intending to use them as awesome tack-ons for the new shop Iris and I are splitting in Fuzzy. I paid a whole $200L for the as-advertised full perm sculpty maps, the advertisement’s only warning was to not resell the maps for a profit. Okay, great, so, I’m essentially buying a freebie. Whatever. Out goes the $200L, in comes the sculpty maps , and I immediately pass them out to people that I think could use them as well: my friends at Defying Gravity, and the designers in Designers in Seclusion.
A week goes by, and nothing. Then yesterday there was a comment at SCD from “Curious” that send me digging:
curious | email@example.com
Just wondering if you are going to do an article about you in the wall of shame, Tenshi. you know, buying something on slexchange, then seeing that it was full perms and then sending it to everyone under the sun. At least 150 people got it from what I heard.
at L$200 a shot, that’s L$3000 you owe the maker of the item. I wonder if you’re going to make that right, as opposed to pointing out everyone else’s flaws and ignoring your own massive ones.
Then again, this post won’t even see the light of day.
Mar 15, 7:23 PM
As well as a notice sent out to Designers in Seclusion by Simone Stern alluding that my sculpty maps were stolen and linking to this article at Massively. Apparently Elexor Matador was acting as backup, so when I signed in yesterday I had to deal with a little of that issue but not much. I told Elexor to shut it, did some research and discovered that my sculpt maps were indeed a gridwide freebie for Burning Life, created in June of 2007, by Pumpkin Tripsa. The statue, if you recieve it as a freebie in-world, has full perms already on it… Mod, Copy, Trans. Therefore, just like any freebie item you are allowed to take it apart and do as you wish, just not resell it.
I bought it as a resell, because I didn’t know much about the Burning Life things that go on in SL. Therefore, I was duped, and the worst thing that should be happening from me passing out the sculpty maps is that I am out of $200L. Big. Hairy. Deal.
Well, I closed out Second Life at about midnight (EST) and went to bed. I didn’t boot my computer back up until 2pm EST the next day, and I come online to find a bunch of people from Designers in Seclusion have left, and because I passed a copy of the comment out to Designers in Seclusion yesterday when inquiring about the statue and whether or not it really was stolen. When I pasted it directly from the SCD databoard, I accidentally left the IP on when I pasted it in – IP’s are on every comment at SCD, usually after the email address in our data.
17:04] Tenshi Vielle: Hey guys, I have a question
[17:04] Tenshi Vielle: since we just got the most interesting comment at SCD
[17:04] Kesseret Steeplechase: yesh, darling
[17:04] Tenshi Vielle: curious | firstname.lastname@example.org | IP: —– Just wondering if you are going to do an article about you in the wall of shame, Tenshi. you know, buying something on slexchange, then seeing that it was full perms and then sending it to everyone under the sun. At least 150 people got it from what I heard. at L$200 a shot, that’s L$3000 you owe the maker of the item. I wonder if you’re going to make that right, as opposed to pointing out everyone else’s flaws and ignoring your own massive ones. Then again, this post won’t even see the light of day.
[17:04] Tenshi Vielle: So whose textures WERE those then, if not the legit items of the creator @ SLX?
[17:04] Tenshi Vielle: Because I haven’t the faintest.
[17:04] Lyra Muse: Oh no.
[17:05] Tenshi Vielle: Yeah I’m confused
Kesseret Steeplechase, a network administrator, and myself both ran the particular IP in question before I ever pasted that in to chat and it’s a Mickey Mouse IP – their ISP reroutes it to the Bellantics HQ in Chicago, just like my own IP does – which is no where near where I live. It’s a fake, a ghost, usually put up by the user’s Internet Service Provider. Nothing to freak out about, but apparently several people thought it was worth it and didn’t bother to check facts or even ask.
A classic case of Lemming syndrome. THE IP IS A RED. FREAKING. HERRING.
But no, people with axes to grind against me flip out, quit the group, make Tigerlily and Eolande’s lives hell for a few hours, even make incomprehensible posts at their blog (which feed into Fashion Planet, that’s why all you poor people are reading this) and seem to think that they’re cute, witty, and/or funny… and also think I live in Chicago:
You need to remember Tenshi your information is just as easy to get at and if someone wanted to take legal action against you for slander and libel, all they need to do is look up your information on Which is a site accessible to ANYONE….. legally.
I’m shaking in my boots. Really.
TL;DR Cliffnotes: I bought a freebie off of SLX (stupidly), passed it around, people freaked out that it was stolen, a check proved it’s a gridwide freebie and the worst thing that happened regarding the item was that I lost $200L in purchasing it. A freebie resulted in this sort of crap happening all over one particular group of designers:
I really hate to have to leave the group. It really has helped me in alot of ways and I appreciate all the help I’ve gotten in here.
However, I think Lily made a good point the other day when she said she cant be the conscience for 150 adults. The problem is I’m not comfortable with the group conscience.
The reaction to Tenshi’s sending out those sculpties is something I just can’t condone. Her intent when she sent them was to share something with 150 people that they didn’t pay for. The fact that she later found out they were ripped or possibly ripped is really a moot point. The fact that no one took her to task over this yet she ripped apart a mentor for doing the exact same thing (her words were “these were for use, not resell..rails exact same argument) is just not an excuse.
The fact that no one pointed this out and the fact that we recieved an IP address in a group chat and no one pointed ot that was wrong either, are things I can’t condone.
We can’t, as a group, pick and choose when we stand up for our values.
If it’s wrong for someone outside DiS or someone who isn’t a creator, then it’s wrong for us as well folks.
I have come to a rather hard decision, but it’s one that in all good
conscience I feel I must do.. I am leaving DiS.
I have discussed this situation with Lily regarding Tenshi’s sending out
goods she bought on slex. Lily was very good in hearing my disquiet,
however I have since gotten Tenshi’s flippant notice regarding this
action. the argument that they could quite possibly be ripped is
immaterial to this argument, as it is the act of passing out sale-able
goods that is in question, not the integrity of the seller.At the time
of Tenshi’s sending those textures she herself admitted to no
investigating the origin.
I then discovered that sadly NOONE in the group stood up to Tenshi AND
furthermore, NOONE raised a brow that she had pasted someone’s IP
address in the group chat.
It is this last, that is the deciding factor… I have worked hard for
this group, but I will not condone this seeming lack of conscience in
the group by staying.
Remind me not to sneeze any more, ok? I might make someone cry. These idiots kept Eolande up ALL night, the poor gal was a wreck come morning when the main group mod, Tigerlily, signed in. Eolande, I’m sorry you had to go through with this – Tigerlily, I’m sorry that you had to as well – and the rest of you lemmings, I’m appalled at YOUR RE-actions. Iris and I are pretty disgusted; Iris is talking quitting SL for good. I don’t blame her in the slightest. These are four or five of your very own favorite designers at work, folks. Oi vey.