Friday, 28 June 2013

Smell that?

The unmistakable smell of smoke.  That harsh smell that you get when ya walk past a bonfire on November 5th in the UK.

Or the smell of bridges burning...

I've spent the past hour fighting with the god awful SL groups system, removing myself as an owner of several Dr Who groups and passing ownership of one of them, the biggest of them all, over to Tristan.

Over the past week I have been fighting an uphill struggle trying to patch over the problems that have been happening in the Dr Who community.  It was no secret that in the early days of SL the BBC had an interest in it, they even had a single estate island.. which they never done anything with cause back then no one had a clue about how to do anything in Second Life.

Over the past few months there has been a growing push by the BBC to make their "online presence" felt a bit more.  BBC America is toying with the idea of setting up their own island, not in SL but on open sim, to give fans a chance to go to the BBS US site, click on some button somewhere and a client launches that drops them into the BBC America open sim.  Whether they go ahead with the idea or not is an entirely different matter

BBC here in the UK have been showing more of an interest in SL as well.  Visiting the Dr Who sims, at least the ones that are left anyway, but in the majority of the busy sims they visited, they found an underlying darker current, and that darker current has been going on for a while now...

Here's the kicker though, it wasnt as if it was ONLY the Dr Who sims that they found that dark underlying current.  Ohhhhh no, you see they also visited a few of the other major franchise based sims, Star Trek and the likes, and again, they found a separate darker undertone.  An undertone of "Doctor Who?  hah!  nothing more than a little cult show".


All through this morning I asked myself a simple question.

"Can this be salvaged?"

The conclusion I came up with is a resounding "no".

Its not just a case of the problems inherent in the community itself, its the problems outside of the community when they look towards the Dr Who community in SL and think of it as just some little cult show with a few hundred followers.  The deeper issues of a BBC trying to explain to the accountants that it would be worth their while to spend about 300USD a month in SL while all around them within SL is a bigger SciFi community throwing rocks at the glasshouse while we are all inside it.

...and THAT is something that no one can fix.

So, this morning, after wishing Lia all my best wishes and thanks for her and the team sticking around in SL, I decided to call it a day.  I would say it was someone elses problem, but that problem no longer exists.  The BBC will simply not show any interest in coming back into Second Life like they did back in the early days of the platform... due to a mix of problems from within the community, but more surprising to me from outside of the community.

As for me?  I'm retiring, to New Babbage, where all old timelords go eventually in SL.

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Now it begins...

What was the point of it all?


Almost half a damn decade bringing new folks into the Doctor Who Community, at least 3 SOLID years of marketing for the Dr Who community, and for what?

For certain staff of New London to perpetuate an age old lie by Quidich Geer that DWE in the old Katrina sim and now the Eutopia sim that the DWE staff and Who Island is "Anti Furry" and anti gay.  For certain copybotting scum in the community to get away with stealing content from DWE/Katrina/Eutopia, and those same people to be welcome in organizations like the Green Lantern Core who are supposed to uphold the basic beliefs of Second Life, one of those beliefs being anti copybotting.

I have, for 4 long years, sat here and dragged the community from a few hundred to more than 10,000 active members, and all the while hounded by copybotters like Archangel, hounded by self centered ego maniacs like Kat Kassner.  Stood by and watched as Kassner, novatech and other so called "community leaders" harbored copybotting scum like Archangel.

Well... as folks say its the quiet ones who snap first, and trust me, i have been VERY quiet as Green Lantern Core took Archangel the copybotter into their wings even though the GLC KNOW he steals content.  I have been very quiet while the New London staff continue to perpetuate the continued lies which they tell against the DWE,  remaining quiet as other people undermine all the work i have done for the past 5 years in dragging this community from a few hundred into 10,000+

The rep from the BBC i mentioned before?  She wasn't alone.  Several of her comrades have been regulars in ALL of the Dr Who community regions for the past 5 months.  All of her comrades have seen the brunt of the lies and coverups of this so called community.

I handed the ownership of the Dr Who group to Tristan... i will now sit back, and watch as certain people start to reap what they have sown...

All i have done is hold back continuously.  As the former owner of the biggest group in SL for Doctor Who fans, folks like Kassner and Arch took advantage of it, Kassner giving her old excuse of "i wont take responsibility for what my staff say" and Arch using his friendships with certain people (like chesyr of novatech) to cover up the lies and deceit the two biggest of them being the REAL reason Who Island under Archies ownership failed, and Archies past and CURRENT history of copybotting.  Cheshyr going public in Novatech chat twisting what actually happened to Whi Island to make Archie look like he was without sin.

5 years...

...and for WHAT exactly?

The way i seen it, the only folks who can sort this mess out is the folks who own the franchise.  It is now in their hands.  I have walked away from this all, and i will overlook the gradual burning of the community the same way Emperor Nero looked on as Rome burned...

... and i will look forward to it.

Saturday, 22 June 2013

...and here we go again


Came back today to find that folks decided to roll back Eutopia to what it was before it was cleared out.

With any luck something will be planned out this time to make sure things are done right.  Either way its too late for me, i trashed all of the satellite stores for DWE and closed down all that outside of SL advertising.

I just really don't have the impetus for this anymore.

So much for that... I sit here and watch as the Dr Who Expo is stripped down, i wonder what the point was of all that marketing and outside SL advertising i have done for the good of the "community".

DWE has "merged" with Who Island but the truth really is Who Island is basically taking over everything.  I have a series of SL interviews lined up all this summer with bloggers and SL magazines (the first of the major ones being the SL10B panel).  How can I sit there and expunge upon the "community" when, for all intents and purposes, I've basically just been handed my redundancy papers?

4 years, spent banging my head against a wall with Linden Lab to get Dr Who in that destination guide.  The two dest guide spots for Eutopia are now useless.

4 years marketing the Dr Who SL community outside of Second Life.  Ok some of those attempts was abject failures, but the few that have worked out, worked out great.  Oolon had a LOT to do with the one major one which worked... PodSHOCK.

4 years of trying to make the BBC show at least a passing interest in the SL Dr Who fanbase, which culminated last week in a member of the Roath Lock studio staff in charge of administration and online "events" (i dont know of any online "events" by the BBC) coming inworld and looking around the IFT Convention.  She has been inworld a lot visiting the various Dr Who based sims...and yes, i gave her landmarks to ALL of them, even New London cause even though i have... issues... with New London they still represent a fair sized chunk of this "community".

Every weekend, for 4 years, meeting up with Dr Who fans in several chat rooms both IRC based and Skype based, telling them of the new things happening in SL.

Honestly... how else do you all think that the Dr Who community of 4 years ago has grown from a small group of maybe 700, to a community which now spans into the thousands?  A community which is still growing even now, despite every single other scifi franchise in SL stagnating?

Today, that all stops.

I'm not angry with anyone.  I'm not angry with the former owners of Eutopia...we all know how expensive regions are in SL.  I'm not angry with Who Island for deciding to clean slate everything.

I'm angry at myself, angry at having spent 4 years of constant marketing, constantly seeing out new places to find Dr Who fans to bring them into SL, angry at not being able to see the massive brick wall that I was about to slam into.

I no longer have a Dr Who sim to call home anymore, and I no longer have any vested interest at all into marketing this community any longer.

All that time I have spent in bolstering the Dr Who community will now be spent in another place, the only place i have left which i can call a "home" in SL.

That place is New Babbage.

I hope that the remaining Dr Who community regions out there have got plans for marketing, because within a couple of months, that steady stream of new folks you have all been counting on... will dry up.