The Linden Department Of Public Works And The Moleshow

While the corrupt LEA committee seeks the emergency exit by also closing the groupchat so the truth can remain a secret, Jayjay Zifanwe, JMB Balogh, LaPiscean Liberty and PatriciaAnne Daviau could consider to change into moles, the new secret LL army. As they are already experts in the field of corruption, working in the dark, dealing in secret and abuse their own created rules they would do perfect in the Linden Department of Public Works, the LDPW. The place to be for the ones really want to Licking Every A$$

Read here the group description and see the magical member list.

The LDPW will organise teams of resident builders, artists and scripters to create new content for use by Linden Lab, and for the SL community. Resident builders (“moles”) will be provided with specific build projects and will oversee progress before taking ownership of the content once work is completed.

SaveMe Is Not The Topic???

Vrelder: We cry from morning to late night over LEA:((

PatriciaAnne Daviau: ahhhh it will be ok… there are a ton of other places out there

Daark Gothly: So no more art instillations?

PatriciaAnne Daviau: Not through the LEA as it is now. I think LEA needs to be reorg’d and a fresh new program emerge.

Josef K : It shouldn’t be that hard to keep LEA running as the current LEA Committee has no jurisdiction to shut LEA down.

According to the LEA Bylaws there must be at least 7 members in the LEA Committee:

– 4.1.1 There will be a maximum of eleven (11) and a minimum of seven (7) Committee Members once the number goes below seven (7) elections will take place.

However, for more than 2 year by now there has been less than the required 7 members in the LEA Committee. In spite of that the LEA Committee keeps making decisions that effects the art scene and the art community in Second Life.

And there is also a problem with several members of the LEA Committee.

According to the LEA Bylaws the term for a Committee member is 2 years. And a Committe member may serve up to 2 terms:

– 5.1.5 Term for Committee Members shall be 2 years (commencing with the ratification of these bylaws).

– 5.1.6 Committee Members may serve up to 2 terms.

However, 3 members of the LEA Committee have by far exceeded that condition. One

Committee member has had a seat for more than 8 continuously years by now.

Hence, every decision the LEA Committee has made for the last many years have been a violation of the LEA Bylaws as the committee itself is illegal according to their own Bylaws.

The current LEA Committee just have to step down and let a new committee take over in order to keep LEA alive.

PatriciaAnne Daviau: oh good grief Josef… give it a rest… those bylaws were changed years ago

Josef K: PatriciaAnne … you and the rest of the LEA Committee fucked LEA up, and now you are trying to save your butts by closing LEA down, Just leave the Committee and let a new take over

Vrelder: you have made a great job Patricia:)))

Vihmakass: i think Patricia was the only one who actually worked

PatriciaAnne Daviau: Josef we never did any such thing… all we tried to do is support the arts in SL with grants that were given to us by LL

Josef K: How come you didn’t elect new members when the old members left LEA

PatriciaAnne Daviau: why didn’t you come to us and offer your services?

Josef K: I did that 4 years ago and got ejected from your Facebook page and my questions to the committee got neglected

PatriciaAnne Daviau: we thought by stepping down a new and improved LEA would rise. With all the animosity held against the old …a complete revamp was needed

Tansee: Riannah and I I have an announcement to make later tonight

PatriciaAnne Daviau: be part of the solution instead of bitching about the past

Josef K: The current LEA Committee treated LEA as their own property without regards for the art. That’s what killed LEA.

PatriciaAnne Daviau: oh that is such total crap Josef

1Earthling Rang: No matter who is on the committee there will always be those who disagree with their decisions and even some who will abuse them over those decisions.

Josef K : It’s the truth Patricia. Look how few members you are now. You wouldn’t let new forces into the committee

1Earthling Rang: we all see things differently and if you cannot be reasonable in how you say your views there is no place for you

PatriciaAnne Daviau: that’s crap too Josef. we asked several to join but they didn’t want to give up the right to have grants by joining

Vrelder: it’s what i said, the LEA was attacked

Josef K: You and the other committee members killed LEA. And that will forever be your legacy

JMB Balogh: For quite a while it was obvious to the Committee that the LEA program as such was slowly dying. Applications for grants were way down and there were complaints that LEA had become boring and predictable. The committee had shrunk in numbers and giving up the right to apply for a grant made becoming a member a non starter for many good people. We spend months discussing it amongst ourselves and in meetings with LL. We concluded that it was not fixable within the current framework and that the only way forward was to step down and let a new group of people with NEW INNOVATIVE IDEAS take it forward. Basically for LEA version II to be started from scratch again, just as it was in 2010. So that’s what we did. We stepped down and left it with LL. I’m sure that LL would be happy to provide the regions again if some of you can come up with a solid proposal for promoting the Arts in Second Life and be willing to run it because it is takes work, a lot of work, trust me on that. It’s a labour of love because it is not paid work. In those years since 2010 Art in SL has changed dramatically and will continue to do so. ” read and digest

PatriciaAnne Daviau: I don’t buy that for one minute that my legacy is that I ran it into the ground… so say what you want…I am very proud of the work I did with and for LEA

Josef K : What work? The LEA Committee turned LEA into a Freemasonry. Everything happened behinds closed doors. A little transparency might have done the job – just like I suggested 4 years ago.

Vrelder: Josef what do you participate with? Did you then discus this matter in this group?

Josef K: I have actually suggested names for a new Committee to Tansee who is trying to save LEA

Vrelder: you mean SaveMe Oh then?

Josef K: No actually not

Mario2 Helstein: LEA has been an incredible site, it hurts that it comes to an end, the committee has always been excellent, it is difficult to be perfect for critics, but it will be difficult to do something similar again these days.

Static Melody: there must be some more to this story

Vrelder: yes SaveMe Oh, I think who have done this for several event’s in LEA and attacked this LEA Committee member many times at SaveMe Oh sites

Josef K: A very special LEA Committee member (Solo Mornington didn’t like SaveMe … so he even used me and my party to get to her. Not very flattering for someone in the LEA Committee

Vrelder: yes at it is allowed to destroy for many builders in LEA, just for the art of bullying? but not at your place? ou support SaveMe Oh s kind of art?

Josef K: He was mad at SaveMe and used me to get to her, that is an unforgivable action

Vrelder: yes then you should know how many have been angry and sad at LEA wit SMO showing up

Josef K: SaveMe has been banned from LEA for years

Vrelder: Yes otherwise LEA have been closed many years ago and she need to be Banned even for the next Linden Endowment: otherwise it will not live for long

Josef K: But why discuss SaveMe when it’s LEA and the way the LEA Committee runs it that is the question

Tansee: we will be having an all new committee and there are some new people that already have reached out to me to put their names in

Josef K: I wish I had the time to help more, Tansee. But I am already since 11 years a board member in the association for rhythmic music in my hometown. An association where I have to justify in front of the annual general meeting why I should be elected for a new term. That’s the kind of democracy that lacked in the old LEA Committee.

Vrelder: who would you think wanted be a member of LEA comity when it was under attack by SaveMe Oh and her followers, maybe his followers then, you Josef?

Josef K): As I said before … SaveMe is not the topic now and she has been banned for years so problem solved

Vrelder: Yes she is a topic, it’s not you who decide what topic is needed here

Josef K: Well, the thread started (not by me) about the shut down of LEA … so it kind of is the topic … not SaveMe

Tansee: I have a topic: The Save LEA group!

Save Lea. What’s in a name?

Non Artists Took Over, SaveMe Is The DADA

Mandel Solano

Mandel Solano: I heard LEA will soon be closed, by Linden Lab

Blackbox Blindside: yes, I read it here too: https://savemeoh.wordpress.com/2019/07/17/declaration-regarding-the-defeat-of-lea-and-the-assumption-of-supreme-authority-by-saveme-oh/

Mandel Solano: they have already closed 2/3 of LEA

Blackbox Blindside: End of august its gone

Mandel Solano: no it’s the idiot SaveMe Oh

Jaicya Albright: this blog are misleading us this person wrote whatever she wants

Mandel Solano: Do not ever read something from SaveMe Oh and think all the text is true

Blackbox Blindside: why the committee decide to drown the place? Seems a lost opportunity not to ask the members. Although they never asked much of the members. They didnt ask me if I agree with this shut down

I think this should be a group decission, not by some committee members. Strange construction anyway.

Josef K: The LEA Committee violated the Bylaws on several occasions. According to the Bylaws committee members could serve two terms. Most of the committee forgot to leave after they served the two terms. Several exceeded that by several years. The Committee members treated LEA as their private property. I guess that lack of respect for the LEA Bylaws ended LEA.

Blackbox Blindside: Even ex members are on guard. I spotted Solo Mornington the other day, what a coincidence. They should have had election every 2 years

Josef K: Yes they should, but they didn’t

Blackbox Blindside: And now they pull out the plug for everyone using the sandbox

Josef K: All empires run by dictators are doomed to die … so also LEA

Blackbox Blindside: If it was not SaveMe Oh they would be in office for eternity. Pity she didn’t save LEA itself. In LEA 5 there is a new group who wants to save LEA, maybe join that

Mandel Solano: Many have used LEA 5 as a common sandbox, put out things not art at all and not deleted their unpacking things:) We all need to write to LL about this, but work as a admin on LEA is almost a full time job, I think there are rules

Dancoyote Antonelli: Rules about no littering, no adverts, no sales but with no team to enforce them, the rules are moot

Blackbox Blindside: Weren’t you once in the committee? DanCoyote?

Dancoyote Antonelli

Dancoyote Antonelli: Yes I was one of the original members with Bryn, Werner, Dekka and others.

Blackbox Blindside: So what would you advise? Were you elected in those days?

Dancoyote Antonelli: I was appointed by LL

Blackbox Blindside: How they found you?And on what terms?

Dancoyote Antonelli: I was a little famous back then

Blackbox Blindside: And why they kicked you out?

Dancoyote Antonelli: I retired, it is hard work and I did my time. 4 years is long enough to work for free.

Blackbox Blindside: according to the bylaws you can only stay 2 years

Josef K: 5.1.5 Term for Committee Members shall be 2 years (commencing with the ratification of these bylaws).

5.1.6 Committee Members may serve up to 2 terms.

Dancoyote Antonelli: I helped make the bylaws

Blackbox Blindside: He took 4 years to make them

Dancoyote Antonelli: yes!

Blackbox Blindside: Very smart

Dancoyote Antonelli: We added them as we discovered a need and THAT was a vote

Blackbox Blindside: And why it went wrong after?

Dancoyote Antonelli: Non artists took over

Mandel Solano: I think the comity is tired of LEA

Blackbox Blindside: Can you name a few non-artists?

Dancoyote Antonelli: I am not naming any names, not looking back, look forward: and step up and help, join the group, and join the conversation

Blackbox Blindside: Not any artist in the committee now?

Dancoyote Antonelli: The committee right now has quit

Josef K: LEA was a great idea once. But in the later years the Committee acted as if there was no Bylaws. No new members was elected and the remaining members didn’t leave after they served 2 terms. There was a huge lack of democracy in LEA.

Dancoyote Antonelli: after long service with little reward and respect. I don’t blame them. As I said it is hard work. Pattie, Joanna etc. are good people. Dedicated and sincere, honest

Mandel Solano: And all the attacks by SaveMe Oh have been tiresome

Blackbox Blindside: When you cant do the job you can retire, as you said…

Dancoyote Antonelli: SaveMe Oh does not matter

Blackbox Blindside: She is banned for years, that cannot be the problem

Mandel Solano: And now people who have not built things themselves put out SaveMe Oh things here.

Blackbox Blindside: You can even kiss SaveMe Oh, Mandel, there is a kissing booth

Mandel Solano: Are you one of his many alts?

Blackbox Blindside: I thought you were her alt

Dusty Canning: SaveMe Oh is nothing but a shit-stirrer with no talent and she should be totally ignored. Making trouble is all she is good at – please ignore her!

Dancoyote Antonelli: yeps. Let’s start right away

Blackbox Blindside: You have to admit she is only one able to stir things up, not bad in arts. I am a fan, please don’t kill me.

Jaicya Albright: what! Blackbox can’t you forget her. it seems she’s most important to you. you must be the alt then

Blackbox Blindside: In love with myself???? no!

Josef K: I am a SaveMe Oh fan too. I have worked with her on several occasions back when I had a gallery. And stirring up is what art must do. If not it’s just kitsch.

Mandel Solano: it’s not art to bully other people in SL

Blackbox Blindside: There is a difference to tell the truth and bully. And can’t we all mute people?

Josef K: Well, that’s what the DADA movement did in the beginning of last century. And DADA is the mother of all good art today. SaveMe is the DADA of our time

Blackbox Blindside: Josef be careful, before you know its on her blog, stirring more shit

Josef K: Hahaha … I love reading her blog. It always makes me laugh. It’s like reading The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen. SaveMe reveals all the bogus in the SL art world

Blackbox Blindside: Maybe they should ask her as LEA’s next bullshit detector!

Josef K: What a great idea

Epilogue:

Mandel Solano: What sort of art are you making, yourself?

Blackbox Blindside: None, I am just an art lover

Mandel Solano: But then you should not put art from others at LEA5. Put it up on your own land.

Blackbox Blindside: When artists are banned we should show their work, especially when in a corrupt regime like here

Mandel Solano: and I think you do not understand the struggle to make art, as you do not make art

Blackbox Blindside: I dont have to understand the struggle, I am just an art lover

Mandel Solano: No you are not. You do not even know who SaveMe Oh is

Blackbox Blindside: Yes I do as I bought her work, I love it.

Mandel Solano: It does not make you an art lover, it just make you a spokesman for him.

Blackbox Blindside: Him?

Mandel Solano: I said you do not know who he is!

Blackbox Blindside: She is so cute, don’t tell me its a him

Mandel Solano: and what he have done

Blackbox Blindside: Mandel, please don’t destroy my wet dream

Mandel Solano: He dislike woman especially, it’s why he make a female avatar

Blackbox Blindside: I thought that was the objective of SL

Mandel Solano: To falsify everything?

Blackbox Blindside: Be whatever you want, didn’t know it was a crime. You also tell that to the rabbits and tinies? For me she remains a woman, very sexy

Mandel Solano: Bullying is very bad manner

Blackbox Blindside: Oops, I better don’t say sexy before I get a #metoo

Mandel Solano: go then fuck him but not here

Blackbox Blindside: Now that is very rude Mandel

Declaration Regarding The Defeat Of LEA And The Assumption Of Supreme Authority By SaveMe Oh

After a fierce battle of 9 years SaveMe Oh successfully closed down the corrupt elite “art” dictatorship of LEA (Licking Every A$$). The dictatorship used every possibility to ban, obstruct or silence SaveMe Oh in her fight for freedom but she was just too strong and now the committee admit their total defeat and agreed to surrender.

At the Two Fish headquarters they signed their Declaration Regarding the Defeat of LEA and the Assumption of Supreme Authority by SaveMe Oh.

The corrupt LEA Committee has been completely defeated and have surrendered unconditionally and LEA, which bears responsibility for 9 years of terror, oppression and exclusion is no longer capable of resisting the will of the victorious power of SaveMe Oh. The unconditional surrender of LEA has thereby been effected, and LEA will be wiped off of the face of the virtual world.

There is no central committee or authority in LEA capable of accepting responsibility for the maintenance of art with the requirements of the victorious power SaveMe Oh.

SaveMe Oh makes the the following Declaration:

The LEA program will be closed at the end of August 2019 when she will shut down all the regions forever.

The principal LEA leaders as specified by SaveMe Oh, and all persons from time to time named or designated by rank, office or employment by SaveMe Oh as being suspected of having committed, ordered or abetted art crimes or analogous offences, will be apprehended and surrendered to SaveMe Oh.

PatriciaAnne Daviau, JMB Balogh, LaPiscean Liberty, Jayjay Zifanwe, Solo Mornington, Secret Rage, The Dove Rhode and Corcosman Voom.

They are accused of the following:

  • Participation in a common plan or conspiracy for the accomplishment of a crime against art.
  • Planning, initiating and waging wars of aggression and other crimes against peace
  • Art crimes
  • Crimes against humanity

They face DERENDER and TOTAL ENPIXELMENT

Further reading: https://www.google.com/search?ei=j_cuXaH6HNGwkwWhrJ_ABw&q=%22SaveMe+Oh%22+LEA+committee&oq=%22SaveMe+Oh%22+LEA+committee&gs_l=psy-ab.12…15811.19791..27013…0.0..0.60.108.2……0….1..gws-wiz…….0i71.xpJaz5L848I

Are You The Holder Of The Core Grant?

Even when I am banned at a LEA “event” every activity there needs the name SaveMe Oh in chat, otherwise people will fall asleep. Not long after Tansee, Mandel Solano and Ultralight Alter started an extremely boring particle fart reunion SaveMe Oh was mentioned. And so I told my number one fan, Ampel Goosson to share the following lines in chat there to make it at least a dramatic event.

SaveMe Oh: Tell those suckers it’s extremely boring until now. The age of aquarius out of a elderly sanctuary. And give Solo Mornington a kiss.

Apmel Goosson: I have principles!!

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And then a lively chatsession went off while no-one was paying attention anymore to the wallpaper provided by Mandel Solano and Ultralight Alter.

SaveMe Oh: Can you send Solo Mornington a kiss from me?

Eifachfilm Vacirca: I could also delete my account. I don”t touch poison

JMB Balogh: Ok Eif, what do you think you are doing? That’s disgusting. I am on the LEA committee

Eifachfilm Vacirca: I am older than LEA

JMB Balogh: What has that got to do with anything?

Eifachfilm Vacirca: I made the law lol

JMB Balogh: No one wanders around the sims, stop being a jackass

Eifachfilm Vacirca: What is a jackass?

JMB Balogh: Are you the holder of the core grant?

Eifachfilm Vacirca: No

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SaveMe Oh: Hey Tyrehl, are you busy as parked LEA avatar, never mind

Tyrehl Byk: Why?

SaveMe Oh: I see you standing there as a sad black piece of crowshit. Could almost feel the pain. Must be hard to have to witness Mandel Solano’s amateurism together with the musak of Ultralight Alter, poor thing

Tyrehl Byk: Mostly I was just there to listen.

SaveMe Oh: Hope you woke up for the 5 minutes of SaveMe Oh exitement

Tyrehl Byk: I was able to catch up with a few old aquantences during that time tool. Mostly was interested in music and conversation…wasn’t much for the visuals today.

SaveMe Oh: The visuals were extremely poor, a pity they have banned me, I could have helped them out

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Roxy Gellar: I am banned from the region

Fiona Leitner: So what now?

Roxy Gellar: That’s what I’d like to know

Fiona Leitner: we can’t unban you

Roxy Gellar: Why not? Who owns the estate?Who’s the estate manager?

Petitefleur: LaPiscean Liberty

Betty Tureaud: Mandel Solano

Mario2 Helstein: You are a traitor

Roxy Gellar:This is bullshit

Mario2 Helstein: You only dedicate yourself to sucking your cock, the rest does not matter, I thought you were different. I thought you were smarter

Roxy Gellar: I was banned from Ultra’s performance and apparently all of LEA. Fuck you Mandel and Mario. I have done nothing but work very hard for the music community. And spent hundreds of thousands of Lindens in support. Fuck you hard in the ass until you hemorrhage and die.

Mario2 Helstein: Never betrayals to who supports you. I’m not saying it for me

Roxy Gellar: My future events, should my account survive will be invitation only

SaveMe Oh: I will always be there for you Roxy, no matter how often we are banned

Apmel Goosson: awwww..friends for life

Lisbeth Salamander: I could cry 🙂

Apmel Goosson: Crying is the best of SaveMe

Glasz DeCuir: Dont arrive drunk home please SaveMe and Roxy!

What To Read During Holidays?

I think I will start with this from Juicy Bomb.

Save God

Watching John Fall

When I joined the LEA committee as an adviser, John had the same position. At that time, he hadn’t shown up to the first meeting I attended, thus it was discussed about removing privileges from him since he was away. I didn’t realize it then, but one of the senior committee members, JMB Balogh, started grooming me to vote against John keeping his privileges.

In a private Discord chat, she told me that John had threatened her and fellow panel member, Secret Rage, “many times”. She didn’t go into what the threats were or how they were said. Still, I was aghast at this and wondered how they kept him on the committee at all. John then posted a letter in the LEA Google Groups site, stating someone had shown him the chat about removing his rights and that he was never contacted about anything. He seemed betrayed and very upset.

JMB became angry and grilled me in a private chat to see if I was the one who spoke to John. No one spoke up about who did it, so it was never revealed who was the culprit.

John resigned shortly afterwards. I had the inkling that someone pushed him to resign; he’s an emotional guy, and someone knew doing this to him would make him quit. But I kept those thoughts to myself and went on with training at LEA.

Hostility Over A Suggestion

LEA had a round of voting to allocate land to artists for its 13th batch of AiR grants. There were 30-something applicants; although my vote weighed less due to me being an adviser instead of a full member of the panel, I was still allowed to participate and become a liaison for the winners (which means, I would assist land grant artists if they had questions or needed help).

I also had an idea about promoting LEA to rl art media sites. I felt LEA needed better recognition; just courting blogging sites and machinima websites wasn’t going to do it, especially with artists like Marina Ambrovic and Jeff Koons co-opting the digital exhibit idea already pioneered in Second Life. After suggesting this, the panel liked the idea and said it was my project.

During the 13th round of voting, I saw several artists who seemed familiar to the voting process doing something strange–they were leaving direct notes in their apps for the panelists to read. Mostly this was listed where artists were to link their portfolio. Some 3D artists, instead, were inviting LEA members to view a “sneak peek” of their upcoming work. In fact, they wrote panelists’ names; some, who weren’t even with LEA any longer.

I thought it was weird and brought it up in the LEA Discord chat to discuss there first. My point was that a friendly reminder for people not to write notes like that in their apps would help to keep better distance between judges and applicants, in case the Lab ever looked over the apps in an audit.

Two people understood what I was saying (Patti and LaPiscean), but had different reactions. Patti felt I misunderstood the notes, while LaPiscean agreed and wanted me to bring it up at a meeting. I waited for the next panel meeting to take place, which was about every two weeks. When I did, I received a surprise.

At the next meeting, I was accused by JMB and Secret of causing trouble when I brought up the notes issue. I was shocked–was I not supposed to speak up about these things as an adviser? While LaPiscean still understood my stance, he explained they couldn’t address this publicly. It was best to let it go and move on.

JMB and Secret were set against me for the rest of the meeting, bringing up whatever they could to try and get me in trouble. It didn’t work and I was defended by Patti. By the time the meeting ended, I was angry. I told Patti about it, who said she had spoken to JMB about her tone. LaPiscean said I had to “earn my wings” with them.

I approached JMB and Secret separately and told them to never talk to me like that again, then turned in the resulting logs to Patti. In response, Secret posted a mass email to the entire group saying I had threatened her. When I asked Patti or LaPiscean to correct her over this lie, neither one of them did anything.

Pressure and Escalation

I had taken on a project to translate the LEA Sandbox rules into Spanish; I spoke a conversational amount but ended up needing help with translating certain terms anyway. When a fellow Second Life user came to my rescue, I thanked her by granting her a portrait to show my appreciation.

There was a meeting called at 2am (for 12 hours later) by one of the panelists. Although we had a deadline for me to finish the translation in two weeks’ time, the panel wanted me to turn the translation in that day. I told them a meeting called in less than 24 hours wouldn’t net me giving them work; it was unfair to expect that of me.

The next meeting, I turned the TOS translation in. But they wanted more. JMB suddenly recalled me having taken on the project of all the translations. Patti suddenly could not remember and seemed confused. I said no, because I only knew Spanish. They kept pressuring me to take the work, and I kept refusing. Then I told them, they can’t demand this of me and then be rude to me at the same time and call me a troublemaker. This is when they got upset and implied I shouldn’t be on the panel anymore. I told them I just wanted some basic respect, not to be lied about, and not pressured to go above and beyond for them while being treated badly.

JMB told me I had to “earn respect” with them.

I told them I had asked a mole to find a Linden to help me with this issue. They got upset and said it was against the rules to speak to people outside of LEA about LEA business. I pointed out that this is Linden business, and it is not against the rules to seek help for a situation in LEA gone awry.

What Secret Rage said then disheartened me: “They aren’t interested-we have 2 in our email thread with nary a peep.”

In other words, they knew they could do this to people and they would get away with it. This is why they have so far.

They held another meeting afterwards, locked me out, and passed me a note asking me to resign. I refused. Suddenly, everything from John’s push-out made sense; JMB had lied about the threats in order to turn my opinion against him. I had gotten played like a fiddle and was now the target of their next bout of harassment.

Afterwards, LaPiscean had this to say to me in a private chat: “Patti and I were outvoted. [JMB] will be on her way to give you the bad news, if she hasn’t already. But I am making moves so that this cannot happen to others.”

Recognizing Abuse Online

Isolation, deception, implied threats, and trying to limit your outreach to authority for help. This is abuse. And when you’re dealt this as a means of proving your worth to receive some kind of promotion or acceptance, that’s hazing. Straight up. Looking back, it’s crystal clear to me.

I know John and I aren’t the first people to deal with this. Many artists who deal with LEA believe the panel exercises bias when doling out grants. I went in believing maybe people just didn’t see the other side of what happens in planning and awarding grants, but I was horribly dismayed to find their assumptions were true–and so much more.

I’m leaving this entry here to warn others against dealing with any of the panel members here. If you do, document everything. Find a Linden to turn it into… if you can, because my efforts to even find a Linden to listen to this tale have been unsuccessful. If you’re out there, a Linden reading this? I’ve got logs to back up what I’m saying.

The Linden Endowment for the Arts is a mess. I have no idea what it’s going to take to clean it up. A rotating group of curators who vote in projects when it’s time? A smaller panel whose only job is not voting, but janitorial duties who works with the temporary panel of curators? A Linden on the panel to keep an eye on everybody? To wipe this program and start over, and not let SL users control app files and archives this time?

Whatever LL does, next time they need to make sure the committee doesn’t get so comfortable with itself that it resorts to hazing and power plays to control others. We would all be a lot better without that. ☆

Bonus: Questions

  • “Why haven’t LEA members done anything about this?” Per LaPiscean, they know what’s going on but it seems to be an issue of voting majority. It’s going to take enough to stop this from happening. Some of the quieter members are also averse to confrontation.
  • But I don’t see evidence of wrongdoing.” Thankfully, the quotes I listed show they are aware of their actions; they just don’t want to fix it.
  • “Would you return to LEA if they installed a new committee?” Nope. I don’t even feel people should mess with the panel anymore at all unless a Linden is keeping an eye on them. As a group, they just aren’t trustworthy at this point.
  • “Why do you care about this at all?” In a way, people are paying for this program. LL provides 20-something free sims for LEA to play with. That money’s coming from somewhere, and it isn’t the employees’ pockets.