I can’t believe I even have to talk about this, but good manners are just as important in Second Life as they are in real life. Maybe even more, since you can get blocked or even banned from SL.
My Biggest Complaint
People who hang out at the landing place for a sim and never do anything else. They just stand or sit there, not interacting with anyone. Now, you might wonder what’s wrong with this, as nobody would complain about it in real life (IRL). But here’s the deal: there are limitations on the number of avatars that are allowed into a given sim at any one time. And people who just hang out can be keeping other people from entering the sim—other people who wish to partake of the activities there.
Another annoyance is people who frequent sex sims and complain about the behaviors they may see or hear. The RL counterpart of these people are folks who buy houses near the airport and then complain against the noise. Look, it’s like gay marriage: if you don’t like it, don’t have one. Don’t like what goes on in sexually-themed sims? Don’t go there!
Men Can be Such Douchebags
I’m talking about the men (who I suspect are really teenaged boys behind the avatars) who walk around naked and sporting perpetual hard-ons. I mean, really? Do you get away with that IRL? Then what makes you think it’s okay in SL?
Along with that are the male avatars who seem to think that every woman in SL is interested in sex. Some of us are, some aren’t, and some just aren’t interested in sex with men. Some prefer the intimacy of other women, which often happens without necessarily ending in sex.
My Own Approach
Like what I hope is the goal of the majority of other SL residents, I’m here to have fun, to explore new places, and to perhaps discover something about myself in the process. Treat me with respect, and I’ll do the same for you. But be a jerk, and you’ll find out just how quickly I can BLOCK and DERENDER you.