Danial Voyage has news from Insilico. Insilico sims have been granted a “new lease on life.” Digging around I find the story has been unfolding for several days. The best information I can find comes from some sites I trust and Skills her self.
From the Insilico blog:
A Message From AICHI CEO Jeanne Y. Aichi – March 29, 2016 at 12:30am.
For the past several days, the fate of Insilico has hung in the balance. Could our city be saved? Or would we be cast from our home — the only home some of us have ever known — and thrust headlong into an uncertain future? We could only wait for announcements, hoping for the best while preparing in our hearts for the worst.
Today, it appears that the crisis has finally passed. Insilico, the oldest and grandest of the floating cities, has been granted a new lease on life.
The days ahead may be difficult ones, but they will also be rich in opportunities for those with the strength and vision to seize them. We must face the future boldly and without hesitation, and not allow recent events to darken our spirits. As a philosopher once said, “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”
In these challenging times, AICHI remains committed to your success. Together, we can forge a bright and prosperous new future.
Jeanne Yuriko Aichi
Co-Founder and CEO
Second Life Newser is/was reporting:
… The popular Insilico region, mentioned in media such as theDrax Files andwritten about by the Newser last year, has been taken offline. The reason, it’s owner and primary builder, Skills Hak, has been banned from the Grid by Linden Lab.
Skills, whom has been involved in controversies such as being among those Linden Lab asked to resign from the Emerald Viewer team just before it collapsed in 2010, has stated she feels this will probably be the end of her activities in Second Life, at least under her current identity.
I had a good run. 8 years on this account and the timing of my ban couldn’t have been better. In fact my boyfriend was really happy to hear about my final ban since i am spending too much time at the computer and i am going to be a mommy soon. It was a wild ride, thanks for everything.
Some good news for Skills, Linden Lab is compensating her for the ban.
… i’ve been emailing back and forth with Linden Lab for a bit and i just agreed to accept a one time payment that will recoup my losses (although, technically i didn’t lose any money). It was more than i expected, they showed good faith and i will leave them alone now, promise.
At the time Newser wrote the fate of the Insilico regions was still up in the air. But, is now resolved. I hope it stays that way.
Skills has written about the… event… ordeal… adventure… whatever. See: Everything happens for a reason… – March 26±. I’ve only taken a few quotes from a longer story. Read the story at the source to get a true flavor.
So i got permabanned again last Monday [3/28?], second time in a month, apparently for multiple reasons. All my regions have been shut down and probably some of my alt accounts too, some of which were premium members as well. Inventory worth thousands of USD, around 1000$ USD in cash and my regions i paid around 200k$ USD for in tier over the years.
…generated enough money to buy and sustain regions dedicated to viewer testing and griefer sandboxes like Emerald Point, CVNT, Yiff Yiff, or Poop aka Cumboy Canyon aka Purge or just personal hangouts like MEOW, Mindcandy and others.
I’m a curious cat and always enjoyed breaking and improving things, i had sooo much fun with exploits. Like breaking experience permissions, force-teleporting whole welcome areas full of people screaming at each other to my place, making them dance. Mesh hax that was finally patched after 3 years last winter which would allow me to duplicate any mesh object, including rigging info without reupload on the fly, making mesh objects with only 1 LI no matter how complex, even bigger than 64m. Inverting or flipping mesh assets to only name a few. Soooo many voice related exploits, tools to roll back regions, hundreds of useful features that LL simply won’t give you because they could be abused. I never shared the bad stuff since i didn’t want to harm Secondlife as a whole (more recent Onyx leaks or mesh hax would have been a disaster for example). …
Think what you want, there have always been a lot of rumors about me, i thought it was funny and even encouraged some of them, because i liked to see how far it would go. Many people have tried to find dirt on me over the years and realized there really isn’t that much. There was not a single copybotted item in any of my sims, you can’t crash sims with voice and what other lame theories certain angry anons come up with.
As you can see, i guess i am not completely innocent, have been skirting the rules for years and some of the things i was involved in sparked serious grid-wide controversies, while LL turned a blind eye… think Emerald/Onyx or CDS. Most of those were based on FUD but it was certainly bad PR for Linden Lab and i don’t blame them for hating me a little.
In fact, some of the stuff i did was pretty fucking bad so honestly LL is in their full right to remove me from the game. Whatever Linden employee thought it would be a good idea to kill me, Thank You. I think that the chances of finding out what’s actually happened are absurdly low so i’ll just move on. I’d much rather be happy than right any day.
I started from scratch with new alts a few times when i got bored, for some reason i often ended up as sim owner again, building new communites, but now without my L$ it would be too much work and i am honestly kind of done with the game too. My SL folder is 90 GB big, not counting video and audio recordings, i will keep all the memories and will still stay in touch with the people close to me like the INSILICO gang, the Cumboys/TWH/whatever and all my other friends, actually we have been spending most of the time outside of SL anyways for the past years, playing games or watching movies together. If you want to add me on Skype, my username is [see Skills post if you want the ID].
I had a good run. 8 years on this account and the timing of my ban couldn’t have been better. In fact my boyfriend was really happy to hear about my final ban since i am spending too much time at the computer and i am going to be a mommy soon.
It was a wild ride, thanks for everything ♥
I suppose there is enough ‘misbehavior’ by Skills to justify a perma-ban. But, I have a sense this is somewhat a matter of ‘your terrorist is my freedom fighter.’ But, from outside the events and insider circles we’ll never know what the ‘true’ story is. What I can be certain of is there will be lots of poorly informed opinion about Skills, the banning, and the Lab.
I will miss the curious creativity. Kittens are great fun. They are also a serious pain and often from a human perspective destructive. It isn’t that the kitten that is good or bad as much as it is our thinking that decides how we see it and handle it.
Discussion at SLUniverse, where you’ll find Skills posting. Skills has posted a copy of the email she received notifying of banning. The thread is the usual mix of intelligence and ignorance with lots of projection mixed in.