[opensource-dev] FAQ posted for Third Party Viewer Policy

Gareth Nelson gareth at garethnelson.com
Sun Feb 28 02:49:49 PST 2010


For myself, I'd happily give my real name and an email address - but
not a postal address for public access. Anyone who would consider
doing that is lucky to never have had a stalker (trust me, it's not
pleasant).

If the reason for requiring this information is "in case we need to
sue you" then it's in no developer's interests to give it. An email
address is fine for contact info, and a real name is unneeded, but
shouldn't be a massive concern - personally I only use a secret alias
online if i'm trying to hide.

People have mentioned "kinky stuff" in SL as being a reason to hide -
well, i'm perfectly happy to show everyone videos and screenshots of
myself in a sex club just to prove i'm serious about "nothing to
hide". Hopefully that means you can also trust me not to put nasty
trojans in my code. Of course whether you'll ever use my code is
dependent on contacting me directly these days - no way am I signing
the contributor agreement to get patches into the main viewer.

On Sun, Feb 28, 2010 at 9:06 AM, Lance Corrimal
<Lance.Corrimal at eregion.de> wrote:
> Am Sonntag 28 Februar 2010 schrieb Henri Beauchamp:
>
>> > I know the identity requirement will remain, and I expect there
>> > will be a form that's more explicit about what information is
>> > required, if there isn't already.
>>
>> For now, email and full snail mail address are required in addition
>>  to the real name.
>>
>> > If you know of any law that makes it illegal to require email as
>> > a condition of being listed in an optional directory, it would be
>> > helpful to tell me where to find it so I can pass it on to legal.
>>
>> Real name and (ISP hosted) email address are both OK and adequate
>> (they provide both a mean of communication and a mean of
>>  identification, the latter in the case a legal action would be
>>  taken by Linden Lab), the only thing which is not OK as the form
>>  is right now (beside the mention that private info may be
>>  published) is the snail mail address requirement (unneeded at all,
>>  thus it shall not be a required info).
>
>
> Right now I'm working on porting henri's cool patches to snowglobe.
> As it stands now, I'm not going to put it into the viewer directory,
> unless the requirements for any other data than my SL name and a
> valid, working email address are taken down. Real name is only
> acceptable if not publicly shown anywhere.
>
> bye,
> LC
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