There's always time for another coffee.
- Jan 10, 2019
- Europe (UK)
I'm not a voice user in SL and I keep it turned off. I have turned it on occasionally to listen to conversations, which tended to be chaotic and hostile. Anyway today I went to a fairly crowded welcome area where people were just standing, with nothing happening in 'chat'. So I assumed they must be using voice and so turned it on. I wasn't surprised to hear that the chat was chaotic and hostile, as I'd found before. But I was surprised how nasty it was. There was overt racial abuse between white and black people (in both directions, may I add) and really nasty stuff. Then there was some guy rambling on about some obscure pop group from the 70's, another was ridiculing the looks of a female avatar, while someone else just made silly random noises. This wasn't a case of one griefer stirring up trouble, it seemed more like these people, some of whom were barely coherent (drunk or on drugs) had come on SL with the intention of getting in a slanging match. What struck me is how different this 'other' Second Life' used buy voicers seems from the generally pleasant and friendly atmosphere I find in my normal text-chat SL environment.