Von: Jim Bumgardner [mailto:email@example.com]
Gesendet am: Mittwoch, 18. Oktober 2000 21:28
Betreff: [PDG] Passport Notes
I thought I would hold my tongue until I got a chance to take
a look at what CC is replacing the Palace with. I've seen it,
and now I'm talking.
A lot of people have asked me "Why did you create the
"How did you get the idea". I've given lots of different
all of them satisfactory.
Because the real answer was simple, and didn't sound that
I wanted to make something that I would enjoy using. That's it.
I wasn't designing for the world at large. I wasn't designing for
a hypothetical community. Or perhaps I was - I had a hypothetical
community of one.
That hypothetical community had a few basic priorities though.
I wanted the freedom of visual self expression.
I wanted a decent, relatively clear interface that felt "comfortable".
I needed a certain amount of creative "ownership" over the
appearance and behavior of the space.
Security was also important, but not as important as these other
Why? Because in a healthy community, security could be provided
social mores, whereas the self-expression features required technology
editors, scripting languages, personal servers and so on...)
However, whenever I would talk to certain folks from CC (this was
they had acquired the Palace) there was a lot of hand-wringing on
part over the "security problem" as they saw it. In
it seems clear that after CC took ownership of the Palace, it was
top priority to "fix" this problem. And with Passport, the
certainly been "fixed."
I've spent a little time using the beta version of Passport now,
is obvious. In fixing the "security problem," CC has
other feature, and many of those features were ones that I originally
and still feel, are far more important.
The Palace is NOT simply about avatars with chat balloons. If this
so, then every other avatar chat would be as successful as the Palace
The Palace is about freedom, comfort and self expression.
CC says they are about community. This is complete and utter
A community that cannot express itself is not a community.
A community that is uncomfortable is not a community.
A community that cannot build is not a community.
A company whose number one priority is security is not building a
It is building a prison.
What CC has created is a prison. A stable. A holding pen for
you are not livestock. And you do not have to live in a stable.
I intend to do anything legally in my power to help this effort,
in the creation of a new, free Palace Directory Server, and in finding
past this Reg Code impasse.
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