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No ass in your name, no lolita in your search

July 3, 2007 9:37 am

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Join now, be censored!

No ass in your name:

This was just to much LMAO not to post. Another one mentioned on Jira:

If you go through the official registration process, you cannot use ‘Massimo’ or ‘Massimiliano’ as first name… apparently because they include the nasty ‘ass’ word. Those are totally legit italian names and should be accepted.

Note that some accounts using ‘asshole’ as a first name are up and working.

I didn’t get the same error going through the registration process with a 3rd party (that was Azure Islands).

LL can’t ‘easily’ resolve this it shows from the comments. So no fixing and no ‘Vass Falken’ alt for me. I’ve checked some Flemish ‘offensive’ words and they are all still available.

No lolita in your search:

Laetizia Coronet wrote a catching blogpost about Linden Labs banning the word ‘Lolita’ from search.

… Or at least the subject matter for which the title has become a symbol: underage girls who are sexually attractive. And so Linden Labs has banned the word from the Search function. But, as with many words, Lolita means more than just that. For starters, it still is first and foremost the title of a great work of literature. But there is much more - here’s the Wikipedia disambiguation page. That doesn’t mention, of course, the 101 avatars called Lolita in Second Life (you can still search for them in the People and All tabs.)

The banning of words raises a few questions and the first one is obviously where this is going to stop. Anyone who has ever read the novel, knows the word nymphet which Nabokov’s main character uses to describe girls like Lolita, i.e. exactly the type of sexually attractive underage girls deemed offensive by Linden Labs. So are we going to ban nymphet too (killing Nymphetamine in the process) and, if not, why not? And what other words are out there which can be seen as offensive? SS perhaps? Just have a look at another disambiguation page.

I agree with her when she says banning the ‘broadly offensive terms’ from search will not help. She gives the example of using forums to spread the information without Linden Labs knowing it’s there, I want to add notecards, textures and group notices to that. Laetizia is right with saying banning the term Lolita from search sets a nasty precedent for the SL future.

And what with the people honestly being intersted in the book ‘Lolita’ from Nabovkov? And what with lolita gothic fashion? And how about the town of Lolita, in Texas?

What do we do next? Ban ‘Balthus‘ from the search listings as he was renowned for picturing young girls in erotic poses? Forbid any screening of Christiana F., Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo in-world, as a movie with the tag line ‘At 12 it was Angel Dust. At 13 it was heroin. Then she took to the streets.’ must be broadly offensive, no? Especially if the story is not fiction.

Phedophilia and child abuse have been important themes of many books, movies and songs. For a reason! It has always existed and we shall probably never succeed at keeping all our children safe. For hundreds of years what happened was ignored and hidden behind closed doors. The victims were punished and the offenders could just walk. I thought our civilisation finally ‘matured’ enough that we could openly discuss this subjects so we could learn about it, try to understand it and most of all, prevent it. Yet, it seems we are still stuck in our old fashioned puritaine behaviour. Let’s shove it all under the carpet again, shall we?

Laetizia will host an in-world discussion about all this on Thuesday, 12 PM (noon) (21h CET) at MS Parkkade in Tamerind Bay. It will focus on finding better ways to fight what’s deemed broadly offensive, if at all necessary. She says any ideas on how to fight this Linden Labs policy will be welcome too.

9 Responses to “No ass in your name, no lolita in your search”

Laetizia Coronet wrote a comment on July 3, 2007
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Robin Linden said tonight that they don’t ‘ban’ words, but use those words in their own searches to see what is advertised and dish out bans on the basis of that - as opposed to blanked bans on anything with the word. But it remains to be seen if she was truthful. It’s easy for someone with a shop and a meeting space to test the waters - you can bet I will do just that.
As for the names… sounds like another impossible idea courtesy of LL.

Vint Falken wrote a comment on July 3, 2007
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So they do have time to let Lindens go through search listings, but not to reactivate accounts of persons banned for no reason?!!! *gasps*

Laetizia Coronet wrote a comment on July 3, 2007
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We’ll see. What about me hosting a discussion of the book next week on MS Parkkade? Or putting my tee up for sale?

Vint Falken wrote a comment on July 3, 2007
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On the book: will you just screen the movie, please? I don’t know if I can manage to find and read the book by then! That is, if I will be able to find the event in the listings. :p

Smiley Barry wrote a comment on July 3, 2007
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Why would people want to use ‘Ass’ in their name anyway? And if they would want, they could’ve just used a translation. There’s one language that’s never blocked even if you use curse words :p “Hebrew” ‘^_^.

E.g.: ‘Ass’ = ‘Tahat’ (in eng(lish)-(heb)rew , or in Hebrew if you have Unicode enabled: תחת)

Laetizia Coronet wrote a comment on July 3, 2007
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I don’t know if I can find and view the movie by then Vint :) Anyway I hate seeing the movie of a book I have read - it replaces the imagery I made up in my mind with the ideas of the director. Plus - there are more movies than one.

Vint Falken wrote a comment on July 3, 2007
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@Smiley Barry: Well, as he says ‘ass’ is a part of some official names. As far the Hebrew, I’m already trying to learn LSL, so I can’t take Hebrew too ATM. ;) But Flemish works fine too, if I would ever want a ‘broadly offensive’ first name. :p

@Laetizia, I’ve seen (one of the) movie(s). As far as the movie vs. book, I agree on that one. Especially since the LOTR movies. :p (And the ‘Vallen’ (Provoost?) book vs. the ‘Vallen’ film. Major disappointment that was. In my imagination the villain in the book was rather hansom. *grins*)

Laetizia Coronet wrote a comment on July 5, 2007
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Clarity, Daniel style: tonight I spoke to Daniel Linden about the issue.

Bhelle Alacrity wrote a comment on July 31, 2007
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“…..feu de mes cuisses, amour de ma vie”
Loved it in English, loved it in French - of course Nabokov did his own translation. Loved the Kubrick movie. Hated the pale copy. Jeremy Irons was enough of a sleaze arsehole (see, didn’t use the dreaded “ass” word) but you couldn’t see him as a suave professor.
The whole Linden “moral” process gets right up my nose. We come from every nation, colour and creed and are supposed to live in anarchic harmony under some sort of a code cobbled together in San Jose, Palo Alto and Harvard business school. Check out Tom Wolfe’s terrific essay in “Hooking Up” tracing the origins of IT business ethics to Congregationalism. We’re supposed to be obsessed with the same things as obsess the boardrooms of Silicon Valley, especially intellectual property to the extent that we have no power to resell things which we have legitimately bought. Unique in human history.
I don’t want to be a Californian. I don’t want to be a British Colombian. I don’t want to be a Congregationalist. To me the Linden philosophy is just a step below the Playboy philosophy. Leave us alone Lindens!

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