Well, 7000 comments on the Boys VWR-24746 may have awoken them to the fact that a lot of people are not amused by the ability of someone to record their IP address in world.... and link alts...
So, Soft Linden (/me thinks of soft cheese...) issues the following comment....
"Hey, all. I got the go-ahead to give an update on zF Red Zone specifically.
Again, thank you for the ARs with specific info about violations. These have
been very helpful for letting Lindens know what's going on.
Tuesday morning, we removed zF Red Zone from the Marketplace for a second time.
We removed the in-world vendor distributing the item as well. We determined that
zF Red Zone was still in violation of our Terms of Service and Community
We asked for removal by no later than today of all zF Red Zone functionality
that discloses any alternate account names. That is, even if consent is asked,
the service may not act on the consent. In addition, we asked for removal by no
later than Friday of the interface for and any remaining implementation of the
zF Red Zone consent mechanism because it does not comply with our policies. If
these updates are not made, we will take appropriate steps to remedy the
As before, we appreciate your help in keeping an eye on content. [as we have no idea what's going on] If you find
that any merchant's product is not in compliance with our TOS or our Community
Standards, please file an abuse report about the product. Do this even if you
filed against a previous version. Include a specific explanation of what you
believe is a violation, and ideally select and report the in-world object at
issue in case it behaves differently than what's in the Marketplace. Before
reporting, make sure you have first-hand knowledge of the issue. Support can
best react if you explain specific steps to reproduce or confirm a violation."
So...it seems like you can't buy it anymore, but it is still operating across the grid on various sims.... is this another case of the Boys doing "too little, too late"? I mean, they even tried changing the ToS to accomodate RedZone ..( would they do that for me, I wonder??)
Now, while it is true that various places you go including this blog have the ability to record your IP address should they want to, that doesn't mean that we should encourage it, or, in the Boys case, turn a blind eye.... my privacy is not something I ignore.
BettinaTizzy asked in Twitter "Are SLers in denial? I think avatar=real person privacy is at death's door."... a comment that was taken up by Botgirl, and was talked about last week by Ener Hax, on her, always entertaining blog. As always, one can ask the opposite question ...just as interestingly..."Are RLers in denial that Virtual Personas are here to stay?"
There are so many security issues now....and I'm speaking from personal spam-fighting experience here.... that the ability to leave a huge digital footprint as soror Nishi and leave my typist free to fade into the digital background has been a great bonus for me.
SL has, since it's beginning, encouraged alternative names. It's current drive to link to Facebook for purely financial reasons, i.e. data mining, has caused this recent interest in "verifiable" names. It has no other reason that I can see to be interested in this subject at all.
The cynical side of me wonders if, as they would be unable to sell our IP addresses to spam mailers, they are on a commission from DreadZone.... I know that sounds a bit paranoid, but then.... worse tricks have been played.
However this all pans out, and it is far from over yet, I would expect to see RedZone operating in SL for a long time still.... and another set of people who decide that this is the straw that broke their positive attitude to SL.
In a month which saw Rod Humble state that he thought citizens should be able to decide the level of privacy that they are comfortable with, we have seen negatively impressive nonaction by his hirelings. 7000 comments seems like a long time to wait before you act... is Soft, just a bit too soft?...(as Mr T. says in the Snickers advert... "get some nuts!!") or is it just another case of "frankly my damn I don't give a deer?"