Thursday, November 05, 2009 | By: Draconic Lioncourt
Some of you may have heard about the boycott, and if you haven't then move along! Nothing to see here! (and apologies to the fashion feed viewers, this is not a release announcement so you can skip along :)
Seriously though, Allegory said everything I could possibly say myself right Here. I'll just borrow a bit of it for lazyness sake but please do read her entire post.
A 48 hour ban on commerce in Second Life hurts no one but those who make their livings creating the content that makes our world beautiful. Most creators are already feeling the pinch- they are, after all, the ones punished the most by content theft to begin with, as well as the whole economic downturn (and LL can spin the numbers all they like, it has had a lot of impact in Second Life regardless of what they try to pretend). 2 days without sales means the very real possibility that some won't be able to eat, or pay rent in RL this month- nevermind the fact LL doesn't care that they had 2 fewer days to earn tier. 2 days without blogging means fewer sales due to less advertising. In fact, LL doesn't lose a single thing- they still get all the tier, the only way it _would_ effect them is if those 2 days of sales really did kill the content creators, so they couldn't cash out enough to be able to pay rent and eat, and had to leave SL entirely. And it's unrealistic to think that all the business you would have had in those 2 days will magically show up the day after- in fact, most of the people in SL will not have heard of the boycott, and out of sight, out of mind.

So like many others I know, I will not be participating in the boycott. I will not stop shopping or selling for a plan that will only hurt myself and others that I know and love. I appreciate the meaning behind the message, but the method is wrong. So please, support the content creators.