A few days ago on the SL Universe forums, Oskar Linden posted that he had been fired by Linden Lab. Rumors had been going around for a couple days in SLU before Oskar finally responded.
To solidify all rumors, yes my employment was terminated by Linden Lab last Friday. It was a surprise Skype call with the manager of my department and HR. At the same moment all my accounts were locked and I was told a courier was on the way to my house to take my laptop. This is
standard operating procedure at the Lab. The reasons given were quite
vague, but at the root of it was complaints from a griefer who I had
banned from a private testing sandbox that I managed after he was
harassing people and threatening to crash them and the region.
I was also told that there were issues with my communications. I don't
understand that because I have operated in the role of public
communicator for the lab for three years and have always had stellar
reviews. It's not like the reasons really matter anyway. When the Lab
wants you gone it's over.
To be quite honest this has all come as a surprise and a shock. I have
known for a while that this would happen eventually though. All Lindens
fear 'the skype call'. The old Linden culture is long gone. Many Lindens
are disappeared in that way when the Lab no longer has use for them. It
has been difficult working through the changes at the Lab the past few
years. I could have left, perhaps I should have left on my own. I would
have been better off. I did not choose to do so because I was dedicated
to the wonderful residents I have met during my 4 years working on SL. I
was committed to all of you and committed to making Second Life and
Linden Lab a better place. I felt I was fighting the good fight and
didn't want to just run away. I felt that I was making a difference. I
hope that I did.
I have no idea what is next for me. I have varied passions that I will
follow until I feel the need to pursue further employment.
I have nothing disparaging to say about Linden Lab, in fact I am not
legally allowed to because of the wording of my separation agreement.
Linden Lab is cotton candy and kittens, unicorns and rainbows.
I greatly appreciate all of you who friended me and were so passionate
about helping me make Second Life a better place. Your enthusiasm to
help find bugs greatly helped the quality of the server code. You are
all amazing. You are Second Life, not Linden Lab. Never forget that. I
love you all and will miss working with you greatly!
In his profile, Oskar stated he was he Technical Lead and QA engineer.
Someone in the SL Universe forums thought that last weekend's Grid glitch happened after he left was no coincidence, "Oskar leaves LL and SL breaks for 7 hours, does that say anything?" Daniel Voyager commented that questions about his sudden leaving will probably be around for weeks. " I think many appreciated Oskar Linden’s work and SL/LL communications
over the years. Oskar Linden ... will
be missed deeply by the SL community. I wish him all the best for the
Images from Daniel Voyager and Oskar Linden.
3 hours ago