Events are Free Classifieds

Looking through the events in Second Life, a pattern starts to occur. The majority of events are simply classifieds. A classified listing is something separate from events, and has a starting fee of 50 L$/week. To get around the classified fee, it appears that many shop owners are listing them through events. An event has a maximum duration of three hours, so I keep seeing the same event listed repeatedly at different times throughout the day.

The majority of events do not even have the host showing up. It would be preferrable if I could see the number of people attending events that are currently in session. I am stuck with “show on map” for now. So far, I have only found classes and live music events to actually have anyone present. It makes sense, since those really are events.

One could argue that a sale is an event in its own. I would have to agree to a certain extent. Usually a sale is temporary and offered for a limited time. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve run out to a store in real life offering a game at midnight. However, a grocery store that advertises that it has the same prices every day doesn’t seem like an “event” to me.

To be honest, it appears that people are abusing the system here. It’s hurting the quality of Second Life in general. The other day, there was a review in the media by someone who complained that it was hard for them to find events with people. I can see how this could have been the case. There is a question though of how the Lindens would enforce event listings strictly for events.

One suggestion that I have is that if the host of the event does not show up for two events, then all future events scheduled by that host, and they are not permitted to schedule another event for at least a week. Also, you shouldn’t be able to schedule the same exact event/location from different event types.

Once last thing is mature content. If you have the PG content checked, and nothing else, there are still events showing up in which the context of the event is not PG. Go ahead and search for that word that begins with an “S”, has an “E”, and ends with an “X” for PG content only. I’m getting 99 matches and by the looks of it, only a small handfull should not be marked as adult events or a classified.

posted by Dedric Mauriac on Garnet using a blogHUD : [blogHUD permalink]

2 Responses to Events are Free Classifieds

  1. Miles Beck says:

    Using events the way you’ve described is clearly against the guidelines, but it looks like LL has given up any hope of enforcing the rules. What’s particularly troublesome is that this kind of event often ranks highly in inworld All Search, pushing down legitimate listings.

    I agree with everything you wrote, but the punishment for violating these rules should be much harsher than a one-week ban.

  2. Lewis Moten says:

    I’m just saying there needs to be some kind of deterrence in general. Some of these events only have keywords in the descriptions. People are clearly trying to “game the system”.

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