So last year I posted that there were some very broken things about the symbol and expression of community in the Relay For Life track events of Second Life.
Sunday morning, finding many emails inviting me to come and look around RFL 2014, I popped into Caledon’s camp. I also walked the track and enjoyed the many builds. You may like to catch them now before they are taken down Wednesday, July 23.
On this early Sunday morning, I found a transformed experience that reminded me of the 2008 RFL. Only later Sunday, I learned that several changes had been made to the track rules that created the very civil and energetic place I remembered from 2008.
- No laps beyond 30. (or your name disappears from the list)
- No vehicles, no speed enhancements, this written into the information card handed out with the freebies.
- Web record of everyone’s times and laps easily accessed from the main page, grouped in ‘three categories’ for easy community access.
Color me grateful and impressed. These changes restore my excitement about the event and the track community. While speed scripts have never been permitted, the abuse was rampant in 2013 and now, it is back down to only the most insensitive ‘ego avatars’.