PROTECTING YOUR EVENT AGAINST GRIEFERS.
During BOSL FASHION WEEK I received a communication from who I can only call a criminal, asking for 65,000 Lindens or else she would crash all shows, she threatened. I immediately contacted Linden Labs, the best scripters in SL, and Jessica Lyon (creator of Firestorm & Phoenix) herself to obtain any and all possible information about how she could go about crashing sims. This is what I learned:
- Griefers can wear giant prims to interrupt and crash a sim.
- Griefers can spam you to no end with repetitive friend invites, teleport offers, and chats.
- Griefers can enter a sim wearing a ridiculous amount of running scripts even if the land has been set to disable scripts.
- Most importantly, griefers can use a malicious viewer that can make a sim crash at the touch of a button.
But all is not lost … They have to be IN THE SIM for any of this to work, except for the spam, and spam will NOT crash a sim nor an avatar on a decent computer. If the griefer doesn’t know the list of the people participating in your show, then he/she will have no idea who to target. All you need to do, if you get it, is mute the spammer and it will stop.
What to do?
If you own the region in which the show is taking place, CLOSE IT! You can add your guests to the Access List or you can add a group under Allowed Groups on the Estate bar. If you suspect the griefer is in your group with an alt, the best thing to do is to create a new group and invite only those people you completely trust, and then add that group to access.
This is 100% effective as evidenced by BOSL FASHION WEEK, where this griefer was not able to touch nor affect any of our 9 shows despite all her blah blah and repeated threats.
A GRIEFER CANNOT DO ANYTHING TO YOUR SHOW IF SHE IS NOT ON THE SIM. Don’t believe anything he/she says about attacking a sim from another location. She cannot — period.
What if you only own a parcel within a sim? Immediately request Estate Manager rights so you can have access to closing the sim, etc. If that does not work, I suggest you move to another sim that will allow you to do this or rent a different venue that will allow you to do this during your event.
As of today, with the help of many professionals in the field, we are working on a new security system that will detect high arc, high script running, and usage of malicious viewers to immediately eject griefers from the sim before they can act. I will keep you informed, but for now closing the sim to invite only is the best way to keep your events safe!
I leave you all with this quote:
“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”
Never be intimidated by a griefer, never let him or her get to you, never pay them any money, and never fear being ridiculed; if you have nothing to hide, they cannot do you any harm.
I have relentlessly been ridiculed. The most bizarre and unfounded lies have been said about me. I have seen images of the “real” Frolic Mills that looked like a monster. Quite honestly, I just don’t care! I am not in high school anymore and these little games will never get to me. Don’t let them get to you either!
A note to all designers: Don’t ever feel threatened by a copybotter. Your clients and friends are decent people and they will NEVER buy your creations from an illegal website. Those who do, were never your clients to begin with.
A note to all models: Never fear being copybotted. Smart models understand that the key to success is originality. I cannot imagine any successful or accomplished avatar buying a shape and skin to look exactly like you. However, if they should do that, you can feel proud because that is what a model does! – A good, successful model inspires other people to look the same and wear what the model is wearing. That is a model’s job!