Many good going clubs are living on the presence of some live staff, mostly a host, better going clubs also a live dj from time to time and a security officer.
In many clubs I can always here the slogan "Please don't forget to tip your host - we're working hard..." - this is nonsense. The work of a host is no hard work at all. It's mostly greeting people, something you can do with some good macros at east. Perhaps just also looking if the people behave, and if not, ejecting or banning them as last measure and that's all.
This is a kind of job, that's quite easy to do and which I also appreciate, but it's no hard work at all. I almost cannot stand this saying anymore.
I haven't noticed griefer activity for months now in the sims I am visiting frequently. It seems they come and go, and the more succesful a business is, the more griefers you can get. Whatever. I was visiting the region of Daikoku today, which is always quite populated because Blackheart's Cafe is in it and became the witness of a griefer attack.
Well, I've taken a look at the objects, filed an abuse report, but this is not going to help much, I guess, because the owner of the scripts was just created today and I bet there is soon going to be another avatar.
Well, here's also a picture of the whole event; click on it to get the bigger picture.
[Edit]: A funny thing is, when I take a look at the picture no: I've never realized until now that water is reflecting objects above it. Cool.
[2nd Edit] Seems those attacks were already happening last week, too, according to the Avastar #39.
We are all sometimes in a situation, where you want to get to now a new person on the block and try to get into a conversation with him or her. Some don't have a big imagination and are using always more or less the same lines, which gets very boring and they're not good, either. It's just typical like the old line "ASL please" from IRC (Age, Sex, Language).
So, how should you not try to do a first talk? A typical talk could go like this:
- "Hi!" or "Hello!" - nothing against that.
- "Where are you from?" Well, is this Second Life or something else? At least I don't want to share with all parts of my real life, so normally this is something you should ask later perhaps, when you know the avatar a little bit better. Rule of thumb is for me: if it's not in the profile of the avatar, don't ask.
- "How old are you?" Even more worse. We are in Second Life, not real life, I cannot stress that enough, and why should my or your RL age matter from the beginning to somebody else? This is just wrong, wrong, wrong.
- "Are you really a male/female?" If you should really ask that one, you've lost it there completely. That's the worst thing you could ask on a first chat ever.
- "Are you solo?" Well, this is ok to ask in Second Life, if someone hasn't something like that in his/her profile. You still shouldn't do it on first talk ever since this gives the other side just the impression you're after a fast lay or bf/gf. It's wrong to ask this about the real life in first talk ever. If you want to ask it, do it better after a few dates; the better way is just to read the profile of the avatar. Most avatars have a statement there somewhere if they are taken or not.
- "Wonna fuck/have some fun?" Unless you're visiting a swinger club or sex club that's also one of the dumbest things you could ask in normal places. Better just don't do it.
- "You're beautiful." Arg. Also a very worse pickup line. Face it: almost 99.9% of all the avatars in Second Life are beautiful. Why? Because it's easy and because most like it to be that way! So telling someone already at the beginning that (s)he is beautiful is really ridiculous since normally all other avatars around are, too.
- "You're a good dancer." Also arg. Have you ever, ever seen a bad dancer in Second Life? Have you? I for myself haven't and it's no wonder why: most dances are packed into poseballs and of course looking good. And since you're seeing in 80% of the places always 80% the same pose balls, there are no bad dancers in Second Life. We're always good dancers there.
- "I need 10 L$ to buy myself something." If you want money, don't ask people for it you don't know, get the money yourself. Either camp somewhere on a dancing pad, just buy it or do some work to get some money.
- Befriending someone on first conversation. Just don't do it. This normally goes wrong. Many ppl tend to clear their friends list from time to time and why should I keep up with somebody I don't really know? And if I try to befriend someone on first sight I don't really know him.
So, since those are the things you shouldn't do, what could you do in a first conversation? Be nice. Listen exactly to what the other avatar says. Read his profile. If there's a topic you can talk about, too, you could start the conversation on that matter. Don't behave like a lust ridden avatar that has "I JUST WANT A FAST FUCK" written all over his face. Try to write in good sentences. Observe, what the other avatar likes/dislikes.
Well, just the normal, typical rules how to start something, it's not hard to act upon them.
Something that just happened to me at Phat Cat's:
[13:01] X: Are you a homo?
[13:01] Bartholomew Gallacher: Now what's that kind of a pickup line? That's lame.
[13:01] X: Jeez, apologies
[13:02] X: you just look like a raving woofter
[13:02] Bartholomew Gallacher: If you'd taken the short time to look at my profile you'd know that I'm partnered up with a lovely wife.
[13:03] X: Beared wedding if you ask me
The nerves of some people; such behaviour cries out for "mute me for a lifetime!"
It happens at some places more or less, depending where you go to dance: howling of the guests. Some consider it fun. Well, it is - the first time. The second time you can live with it, but the more and more often you hear it, the more annoying it gets over the time. Why? Because it's ruining the atmosphere, it is rude behaviour and most people over the grid just use the same two or three sound clips that are around to do it.
Oh, and many don't only howl, no, when many howl the macro also makes big ASCII art of wolves and or other things in open chat, too, while howling. So that when you've disabled noise you still know that they're howling. Arg!