Thursday, March 12, 2009

Upcoming Changes for Adult Content - From the Linden Lab-Second Life Community Blog


From its beginning, Second Life has been an open place where Residents can explore a wide variety of creative pursuits. This has resulted in a vast amount of amazing content inworld, and has helped make Second Life the exceptional place it is. It is very important to Linden Lab that we support and preserve this creativity and openness as our community continues to grow, and as the range of uses for Second Life widens.

At the same time, we must ensure that all Residents can enjoy the virtual world. In particular, it has become clear that some Residents are interested in pursuing certain “Adult” activities in Second Life that others would rather not casually encounter. To address this, over the next few months, we will need to implement some changes around Adult content to ultimately give all Residents more control over their Second Life experiences. We believe we can implement a better system than we have now for managing this content -- one that is respectful of everyone’s personal preferences, yet does not detract from the creativity and passion that define Second Life.

The system we build will have three main features, which we will describe in great detail over the next few months. First, it will provide a way to geographically separate Adult content and activities to a part of the “mainland” designed to accommodate these activities (Estate owners with Adult content on their land will be required to flag their content; they will not be required to move). Second, it will filter search results, so that those who do not wish to see “Adult” results will not. Third, it will require that those who access or see “Adult” content (whether on land or in search) have had their accounts verified – such as by a payment or age verification method.

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Forum Discussions:

Upcoming Changes for Adult Content: Motivations and Goals

Upcoming Changes for Adult Content: Definitions

Upcoming Changes for Adult Content: Account Verification for Accessing Adult Content

Upcoming Changes for Adult Content: Filtering Adult Content in Search and Classifieds

Upcoming Changes for Adult Content: Geographical Separation of Adult Content


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(pictured above is a picture used in the LL blogs. It is pointless. As you can see, no adult content going on there. Why did they choose to use that picture? Is that what some land looks like once all the sex is cleaned up and moved out?)

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