May 14th 2008, 16:31 System Announcement
by Bogart Beck
REPRINT of http://www.slcapex.com/forums/topic/general/1880
The following is a REPRINT of a post contributed today by Arnaud Villota. I don't usually go around reposting the works of others but found what Arnaud had to say both compelling and thoughtful - thanks Arnaud.
Original Thread here http://www.slcapex.com/forums/topic/general/1880
Arnaud Villota Re: Heads up the wave has started
Edited by author Today, 16:22
I think the referenced post is by people who don't understand what we are all about. Frankly, I don't believe that the majority of us in the "financial community" don't really know what we are all about either anymore which is why LL will probably listen to posts like those referenced rather than the people actually involved in the day to day activity of trading and sweating, getting scared shitless, and getting screwed by scammers but still sticking with it; because we see some worth in this micro economy. That is what we will lose people! We will lose our economy and our ability to manipulate this little part of SL, the part that we have some control over. I will miss that when it happens. I will probably cash out and leave SL. What else is there? Sex? Boring. You see one naked avatar, you've seen them all. There really isn't any creativity in it either. Hmm maybe I am showing my age here...let's move on... :)
I don't believe that the majority of us are in this to make a million bucks! I see CEOs like Lindsay put out a hell of a lot of personal USD money and her return is zilch. I see land owners like Zaldar Rhode who, in my opinion, runs the best damned estates in LL, make less than 150 USD/month, if that much, but still hangs in there. I don't agree with Bo or Arb on a lot of stuff, but I don't see them walking away laughing all the way to the bank. Sorry but the numbers just don't add up. A lot of other people like Warren Flannigan, Guardian, iVentures, Travis Ristow, Cocky Dagger, Ashleigh Wade, Yellow Paperclip, Danilez, Ima Janitor, Sando Haller, Cayman, etc., etc., etc..These folks are in it because they love it, not because they are going to make a ton of money.
And yet, these folks who are trying to "play the game", trying to make something out of this horseshit economy are constantly barraged with crap! I for one am tired of it (and I admit I contributed part of it especially with my public disagreements with Bo over MECH and YEP. I don’t apologize for what I said, but maybe I could have been more creative rather than confrontational). I'm tired of seeing someone like Lindsay, who I have not really agreed with a whole hell of lot in the past, and yet worked for her for a few weeks, get a lot of grief from people whose only purpose in our environment it seems, is to denigrate. I grow tired of the constant whining in the forums. I grow tired of people automatically pegging someone as a scam artist because he hasn't showed up in a few weeks even though no money or assets are missing, and it is unlike him to just disappear without a good reason (Sully). I grow tired of seeing my portfolio going to shit because people are scared off from the markets because of all of the crap and whining! So maybe it is time for LL to step in, screw all of us and then we can watch birds and butterflies for the rest of our SL lives. Oh Joy!
Hmmm, anybody want a hit off of what I'm smoking? lol!
Sorry, I think this was a rant that was a long time coming. If we are to prevent LL from closing down our community we have to take positive action. I don't have any answers, but maybe we can direct this forum to come up with some positive answers to counteract the link posted. If LL doesn't hear the other side of the story in a place convenient to them (i.e. LL Forums) then they will go with what they think is the majority opinion, which in my opinion is the wrong opinion, just like the Banking decision which was justified due to the illogical returns offered, but crap in the way it was carried out.
Is anyone willing to start the counter post on LL forums? Cash? Bo? Arb? Anyone else? I rule myself out, I wouldn't know what to say and if I said it, it probably would be politically incorrect. We need a diplomat for this not a rabble rouser.