Besides Second Life Newser, Shockwave Yareach who makes his home in the Sunweaver Estates neighboring our office building, reads and comments on other newsletters, including Hamlet Au's "New World Notes." One post on Hamlet bringing up the question on the ethics of exposing an anonymous Internet user, or "doxing" as it's called in Internet jargon, impressed the former imbedded reporter of Linden Lab so much, he made it an article in it's own right.
"This is the only time I'll cross that line -- to save lives. If
someone is bragging about stealing a car, how do I know he isn't talking
about playing Grand Theft Auto? But someone has pics of naked children
in their SL home, yeah, I'll call the cops and tell them anything I
"The difficulty comes in knowing whether or not someone is honestly
suicidal or not. You have to actually know the person well to make this
judgement call. Likewise with the question of murder -- I'm sure my wife
has said she's gonna kill me when I get home countless times. That's
not enough to summon the long arm of the law. Someone talking about X or
Y property crime may just be talking about some game they play, just
like someone overhearing you talking about AD&D game and the woman
you slowly slaughtered with a glaive to get the information you needed
("Hello? Police? Listen, there's a couple of nerds talking about
mutilating some poor girl...")
"I won't out people just because they are talking smack about some
property crime. But, if I believe them when they talk about a rape or
murder or suicide or other bodily crime, that's when I have to make the
harsh decision. I've had to make the call a handful of times: a few, the
police got there in time. One, the guy wasn't really suicidal and
didn't appreciate the police hassling him."
"And one time, I didn't make the call because I didn't believe Hitz was really suicidal -- I was wrong."
Shockwave's better known among his fellow Sunnies as an entertainer, theater owner, DJ, and song parody composer, and a content creator, known for builds such as the "Alien Egg Hunt" that appears every Easter. He has commented before on serious issues, notably when he wondered if Linden Lab's decision to let teens on the Grid might get them in serious trouble.
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