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Be warned:in this very rich environment where you can immerse yourself so completely, your emotions will become engaged -- and not everyone is cognizant of that. Among the many excellent features of SL, there is no auto-return on hearts, so be wary of where your's wanders...
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Universal Day of Culture
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Quote of the day: “To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson, Familiar Studies of Men and Books
Back when I joined Second Life in 2005, one of the first rituals was choosing a name – you could pick any first name you wanted, but had to choose a last name from a list, and once that name was chosen, it was yours for the life of that avatar. That was when beladona Memorial was born. Some people were not careful when creating their first name and ended up with numbers [like beladona123] and were unhappy. The use of titles which showed above the system name became common as did the practice of creating an alt just to change the name.
For some unknown reason, back in 2011 Linden Labs discarded last names and everyone was who created an avatar after that could pick a first name and their last name was “Resident”. What we learned at that point was that many people were very invested in their name, and how it showed in world. Many felt that having a last name of “Resident” marked them as newcomers and they would be subtly discriminated against. In the fall of 2017, LL rolled out the ability to create “display names” which addressed some of these issues, but you still had your system name written in stone and it was easily discoverable. Folks were still discontented.
Now there is a new program that permits you to change your system name – both the first and the last names – if you sign up for a premium membership and pay an additional fee. You get to pick whatever you want for the first name, but you get to choose whether to keep your existing last name or to pick from names that are available:
And you can do this as often as you like, as long as you are a premium member and willing to pay for it. Some have pounced on the offer, some resent paying for it and call LL greedy for charging, others have shrugged and decided to keep the moniker they currently possess. It all boils down to your identity – how you define yourself in world and how invested you are in that identity.