The ABC in Second Life: are the monkeys running the zoo?

ABC Island has had an eventful time in Second Life over the past year or more. From an Australian viewpoint, it’s been a real role model for a community-driven Second Life presence. Core to that are the ABC Admins, who’ve put in countless hours developing the island, organising activities and dealing with the inevitable griefers or other troublemakers.

That core group appears to be now in conflict, if the below statement from former ABC Admin Sakkano Imako is anything to go by. An important note: a name has been removed plus one inflammatory sentence – the removal of both doesn’t detract from the overall story and protects particular individuals from unverifiable claims that would impact on their reputations.

We’ve contacted the ABC for comment on this story and will publish their response when we receive it.

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“Dear ABC Admin,

It has come to my attention that ABC is essentially in the midst of a coup d’état. How have I come to this conclusion? Simply put, I cannot fully accept that all changes that have happened by the hand of [name removed] have been done with the approval of either ABC or the owners of the Laneways parcel. How is it that for previous months, suggestions on how to change these areas were answered with a “I can’t do that because I don’t have permission?” Yet, the galleries have sprung up in very little time without any real consultation to the admin as a whole. Nor have we, as admin, seen approval from the company for these changes.

I also suspect this because of the sudden incursion of Big Pond members. It is my belief that this coup d’état has occurred because people from Big Pond have thought that if they can use ABC as a venue, they may gain prestige.

Now, I have some questions:

Can someone tell me why the signs that discouraged weapons, commerce, and sex have been removed? Second Life is not exclusive to only people who speak English. How can we be expected to enforce rules on people who do not understand English?

Please, someone tell me why ABC is not advertising itself or it’s programming, and yet it’s being made to house art? It is my thought that our new admin friends have landed to make ABC nothing more than an extention of Big Pond. And they are only using ABC to advance their own desires, rather than helping ABC’s presence be felt in the virtual world, and potentially internationally.

Please someone explain to me the unbecoming behavior of some Admins taking a “hands off” approach. Why are admins turning their back as people walk in with weapons, sexual objects, LL contraband, and commerce items? I would have almost half expected some of our current admin members to have posed sultry against the Hippie Pay kiosk I returned. A kiosk in which someone makes money off residents who don’t understand how those objects actually work. How can this behavior potentially benefit ABC? It does not and it will not.

When people write out incident reports, when other admin refuse to accept these cards, does this not demonstrate a lack of concern for the ABC Island? And what does it say to new admin who are actually trying to do their jobs proper? This it totally unacceptable behavior on so many levels.

In short, monkeys have started to run the zoo. I only hope the company will take a look at these horrific events and decided to scrap the island and start over with a new batch of people who are less likely to become slaves to greed and over inflated egos.

And because I believe that such monkeys smell to high heaven, I am excusing myself. I want nothing to do with such unprofessional and unbecoming behavior. I only stayed as long as I did because it was bad form to just up and leave after coming back from a vacation. But if no one else seems interested in doing the dirty work, I refuse to become the muckraker to such people who don’t want to do all the work expected of admins.

I wish to suggest that some of the admin start working, or else nothing will be accomplished. Wandering around and looking pretty is hardly helping things. Admin are given their privileges because they are to help out in every way. There are no art directors, curators, or assistants. There are only admin. Admin must work to keep the sim going. If admin don’t work for the sim, then the sim fails. Residents can operate as those things mentioned, but being admin is first and foremost.

In conclusion, the sim is no longer what it was supposed to be and the system that was in place to help it run properly has been broken by individuals who apparently do not understand the responsibilities and duties granted to them as being admin. If it is not remedied soon, we can expect more problems.

The easiest solution at this time, that would best benefit the ABC company, would be to scrap the island as it is and start over. It needs new people who are interested in seeing ABC become a sim that promotes the COMPANY rather than the INDIVIDUAL. It needs people who will conduct official business and duties in a more professional and friendly manner.

–Sakkano Imako
Graduate of Indiana Business College
Associate of Applied Science in Business Management
American based Second Life resident
Former ABC Admin”
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It’s hard to gauge the level of conflict within the admin group (Disclosure: I am a member of the ABC Admin group, albeit a quite inactive one aside from taking an interest in covering Australian events in Second Life). My take is that any group of people working together for an extended period of time is likely to run into conflict, particularly as that group grows.

It’s also further reinforcement that virtual worlds contain a lot of the same interpersonal challenges that the real world does. It illustrates the difficulties posed for any business who worries about their brand being muddied by the inherent uncertainties or user-created worlds like Second Life. Those same difficulties however, are some of the most fascinating aspects of a virtual world existence.

Update: Fellow Aussie Second Life resident has some detailed thoughts on ABC Island as well.

Comments

  1. Wolfie Rankin says:

    Ten out of Ten Sakkano, you write a lot better than me.

    Wolfie!

  2. Sakkano Imako says:

    Hehe.. um.. thanks.. I guess. It’s nice to know that my writing can be of use to people. 🙂

  3. Bailey Halberd says:

    I abandoned visiting ABC island ages ago because I could see little relevance to what I know of ABC the broadcaster. It seemed to be just a collection of … ‘stuff’. Do direction, no purpose. Therefore, no interest.

  4. Wolfie Rankin says:

    Sadly, the last month at ABC in particular has turned the Island from a reasonably nice place, into something from Ramseys’ Kitchen Nightmares.

    When I was Admin, I heard comments from a lot of people who loved the idea of ABC in Secondlife, as I do… but felt that it lacked any real ABC Flavour.

    The banners with the logo weren’t even scratching the surface, and many visitors didn’t know what the ABC even was, We had a lot of Japanese visitors who thought our ABC was their ABC, which also has a space in Secondlife.

    I’m hoping that the Island can recover, I think it can, But it needs to happen with speed and must include as many ABC icons as possible.

    Having ABC icons on the island is utterly crucial.

    Basically the Island should be saying to the world “Hi there, We’re the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and we do this!”

    I’d like to see this happen [in a matter of weeks]

    1. Close the Island.

    2. Return everything so that the Island is totally bare.

    3. Choose a new Admin group and have that group rebuild the Island.

    4. Re-open.

    Get over the streaming thing… there is no legal reason why ABC can’t stream it’s own content, arguing that listening in on Secondlife is somehow different to listening via Winamp or Media player is stupid, it’s like telling people they can listen to content on a Sony radio but not a Panasonic.

    It boils down to a misunderstanding of how the software works.

    At no point does music “Stream into SL” anymore than there are pink unicorns prancing down the street, Music is *never* fed into the grid, ever.

    Music goes directly between provider {ABC has it’s own server) and Listener at all times.

    Come on Aunty, Put your gloves on, get in the ring and start ripping some bloody arms orf, Those of us who left will return and we’ll back you to the hilt as we always did.

    Wolfie! [ABC Island Fan]

  5. Wolfie Rankin says:

    Sadly, the last month at ABC in particular has turned the Island from a reasonably nice place, into something from Ramseys’ Kitchen Nightmares.

    When I was Admin, I heard comments from a lot of people who loved the idea of ABC in Secondlife, as I do… but felt that it lacked any real ABC Flavour.

    The banners with the logo weren’t even scratching the surface, and many visitors didn’t know what the ABC even was, We had a lot of Japanese visitors who thought our ABC was their ABC, which also has a space in Secondlife.

    I’m hoping that the Island can recover, I think it can, But it needs to happen with speed and must include as many ABC icons as possible.

    Having ABC icons on the island is utterly crucial.

    Basically the Island should be saying to the world “Hi there, We’re the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and we do this!”

    I’d like to see this happen [in a matter of weeks]

    1. Close the Island.

    2. Return everything so that the Island is totally bare.

    3. Choose a new Admin group and have that group rebuild the Island.

    4. Re-open.

    Get over the streaming thing… there is no legal reason why ABC can’t stream it’s own content, arguing that listening in on Secondlife is somehow different to listening via Winamp or Media player is stupid, it’s like telling people they can listen to content on a Sony radio but not a Panasonic.

    It boils down to a misunderstanding of how the software works.

    At no point does music “Stream into SL” anymore than there are pink unicorns prancing down the street, Music is *never* fed into the grid, ever.

    Music goes directly between provider {ABC has it’s own server) and Listener at all times.

    Come on Aunty, Put your gloves on, get in the ring and start ripping some bloody arms orf, Those of us who left will return and we’ll back you to the hilt as we always did.

    Wolfie! [ABC Island Fan]

  6. CabSav Lane says:

    Hear, hear Wolfie!!

    It just seems that ANY suggestion is met with “ohh no, we can’t do / allow that” blah, blah…. legal reasons.

    Perhaps we can overcome this by closing the island and just imagining “Our ABC Island”.

    I am not sure why the place is not full of options for people to try some ABC content streamed onto the island.

    Take a risk Auntie, and use all of my 8 cents a day.

  7. Wolfie Rankin says:

    I believe it’s about 13c a day, these days. 🙂

    I remember when it was possible to get an icy-pole for that much.

    Yeah I know, old wolf.

    *creaks away holding his back and using his cane… muttering about not being able to chase and eat people like he did in his youth*

    Wolfie!

  8. Fully behind Wolfie – our ABC needs to get their ducks in a row and make an effort.

    I’d just like to note that my 13c/day adds up to $45 a year. That adds up to about 12,000 Linden tokens – please put my next year’s tax contribution towards getting some in-world street cred. I’m sure you could find someone in world who could give you some tips on the nuts and bolts, then all you’ll need to decide is what you want to make with those fasteners…

  9. Marsoups says:

    Hear hear, what Wolfie says x 100

    Although I don’t mind the current ABC layout *that* much… I think parts of it are pretty cool, I haven’t seen what’s happened to laneways but from what I last saw it’s pretty neat…

    I do think that they could put more into it it really seems like interest has died off, what happened to those discussions they had last year, that was pretty interesting…
    If they had kept that going, perhaps less frequently and with more advertising, like a general noticenboard at the tp home location with general events happening in SL.

    I find the biggest problem for me is not knowing when events are happening. Sure they announce them on the groups, but I’m often not around when these announcements take place, nor are many others.

    It would be fantastic if they can get things into gear there, and I’d like to hear from some ABC admin on this topic if somebody can point them to it..

    JJJ club not even having permission to play it’s own stream ? That is ridiculous. I can’t see any legal issue with this, I thought the whole purpose was to reach as many ears as possible with advertising, news, etc. etc. , isn’t that where our taxes go??

  10. Marsoups says:

    Thanks for the article though metaverse journal, please keep us informed of developments..

  11. Wolfie Rankin says:

    I’ve been talking with Lise about possible events which do actually tie-in with current ABC content.

    With some effort and a bit of luck, it could mean that those green dots start filling up the mini-map at ABC, which is what we want.

    People love interactivity, whether it’s concerts, entertainment, building or something else.

    A non-interactive display is ok… and it may bring in the numbers, the island gets visitors but people feel alone and begin to wonder if anyone else shows up.

    I’m much more impressed with a group activity which is set for a certain time each week, people will set aside time for these regular events like they do for their favourite TV shows.

    But finding hosts is difficult.

    I realise a lot of people don’t feel cut out for that sort of thing, but it’s your knowledge which is valuable here. it’s no worse than doing a weekly community radio program, a bit of work but a lot of fun.

    One idea I thought about is the idea where people gather around a campfire and tell stories, with or without voice. I’ve seen a friend host these and they work well. people turn up to tell stories and to just listen (read)… and if it goes haywire, maybe that’ll just add to the fun.

    Anyway, send thoughts to me in a notecard, let me know if you’re interested in hosting a program or have an idea for one.

    I also have a forum which you can use for this:

    http://posse.bigforumpro.com/index.htm

    Go to “the meaty bits” section then to ABC and type away.

    BTW: Marsoups, I am in contact with Lise and Abi via e-mail, and they are keen to hold events. Lise has spoken about marketing events, so there will likely be more promotion… but hopefully not to the point that it becomes spam, we’re treading that fine line. 😉

    I don’t mind the layout of the island either, but many have told me that they have problems in the Triple-J area and the Laneways [lagging, freezing or crashing]
    probably because their computers aren’t exactly state of the art, and this needs to be fixed as we want happy viewers. 🙂

    The islands prim limit is also a concern, it’s getting pretty close to full.
    ABC *probably* need another Island, but we need to get this one into gear first

    Wolfie!

  12. Paisley Beebe says:

    Question…Wolfie, why are ABC in SL? Toe in the water? some excess funding came through to use on a wacky idea?

    One day when the aussie population in SL is comparable to perhaps a local radio station reach..perhaps its worth marketing to them…right now with only 14,000 aussies many of whom are alts, and not regular users…its not going to work all that well.

    I was told by Lise in my interview with her, it was toe in the water, test it out, and yes they wanted to extend their reach internationally, problem is, due to their restrictions and legal boundaries, they can’t use any of the things allready set up in SL to bring the population to the island, ie allready established acts ect..or bring their content to the international population through streaming…

    I saw the footage of the talks that were held on the island with CSIRO ect…, and the presentation was woeful….for a National Broadcaster to present a show like like that, either use professional presenters who are in SL allready who know how to present in SL, or use your professional ABC presenters to do it, and get them trained up in how to present in SL, don’t to it half arsed…it really was very amateur.. I love the ABC, Im an ABC fan but I nearly curled up under my chair watching those presentations, so embarrassing….the guests were fine, but SL residents, at least long term ones, have certain standards they expect from people who put themselves up in the public eye, on SL, they can spot a newbie part time SL avi a mile away, who doesn’t know the lingo, doesn’t know how SL culture works. It seems to me that ABC arn’t really immersing themselves enough, I know they have a great resource in Wolfie and some others that are fully immersed, are they actually listening? Its a waste of our Tax dollars not to do it properly and do your homework. You cannot come into a small town and plonk yourself down put up a shingle and say we are here for you, we don’t speak your language and we don’t care, now why arn’t you flocking to our business we know what you want!

    Seems like someone threw some money at the Dept that Lise is running and its all a bit of a lark…ABC do your homework know the Law, and do some training, SL is not RL!
    Paisley
    http://www.slcn.tv/tonight-live-paisley-beebe

  13. Paisley Beebe says:

    Question…Wolfie, why are ABC in SL? Toe in the water? some excess funding came through to use on a wacky idea?

    One day when the aussie population in SL is comparable to perhaps a local radio station reach..perhaps its worth marketing to them…right now with only 14,000 aussies many of whom are alts, and not regular users…its not going to work all that well.

    I was told by Lise in my interview with her, it was toe in the water, test it out, and yes they wanted to extend their reach internationally, problem is, due to their restrictions and legal boundaries, they can’t use any of the things allready set up in SL to bring the population to the island, ie allready established acts ect..or bring their content to the international population through streaming…

    I saw the footage of the talks that were held on the island with CSIRO ect…, and the presentation was woeful….for a National Broadcaster to present a show like like that, either use professional presenters who are in SL allready who know how to present in SL, or use your professional ABC presenters to do it, and get them trained up in how to present in SL, don’t to it half arsed…it really was very amateur.. I love the ABC, Im an ABC fan but I nearly curled up under my chair watching those presentations, so embarrassing….the guests were fine, but SL residents, at least long term ones, have certain standards they expect from people who put themselves up in the public eye, on SL, they can spot a newbie part time SL avi a mile away, who doesn’t know the lingo, doesn’t know how SL culture works. It seems to me that ABC arn’t really immersing themselves enough, I know they have a great resource in Wolfie and some others that are fully immersed, are they actually listening? Its a waste of our Tax dollars not to do it properly and do your homework. You cannot come into a small town and plonk yourself down put up a shingle and say we are here for you, we don’t speak your language and we don’t care, now why arn’t you flocking to our business we know what you want!

    Seems like someone threw some money at the Dept that Lise is running and its all a bit of a lark…ABC do your homework know the Law, and do some training, SL is not RL!
    Paisley
    http://www.slcn.tv/tonight-live-paisley-beebe

  14. I have to agree with Wolfie – SL is a VERY VERY pioneering frontier town compared to the VR megagrids that are to come, and the ways to access them won’t always be PC and laptop machines. But it’s what we have, here and now.

    And yes – there have been forgettable events but also memorable ones, in ABC’s in world history. Right now, the people who are learning to deal with this new medium are equipping themselves for the kinds of media that are coming in future. On that basis, the ABC is – albeit slowly and shakily – equipping itself to deal. But they need to take a LOT more of their cues from in-world rather than the rarified (means thin, sparse) intelligentsia of management.

    Actually – they would do well to read articles like this one and the comments streams… %)

    (just getting my 13c worth in for the day…)

  15. Wolfie Rankin says:

    Well there’s no doubt that it’s experimental, we know secondlife is far from perfect. but it has got loads better even in the bit over a year since I’ve been here…

    Early on, most graphics were grey and never rezzed up at all, they’ve improved that no end, we have windlight… which is still “iffy” on some computers… and voice came along later.

    Secondlife will improve.

    Perhaps there will come a day soon when an in world program could be watched by many, without the tragic audio dropouts we experienced with the CSIRO Seminars.

    I suppose watching a screen is ok for some, but I see these events as live, where people can come and interact. otherwise you may as well just watch telly.

    Intimate audiences aren’t a bad thing.

    It’s important to note that ABC didn’t create the footage for the CSIRO Seminars,
    that was done by an in-world company, who I can’t really say a bad word against simply because it’s just not that easy to do, secondlife is a clumsy sort of medium, and SLCN did a great job despite Secondlifes problems.

    One of the presenters, Dr James Bradfield Moody, is from The New Inventors, so is a professional, but I assume that he felt a bit awkward in-world.

    It’s a bit hard to take someone, shove them into this environment and get them to do a show… first time is always going to be the worst, if he’d come on and done a few more shows, he would have been fine.

    The first Rockit really sucked.
    And I had months of in-world experience already.

    I would think that most first time shows were probably a bit crappy, but we got over it, and we keep doing it because there are people who despite all Secondlifes glitches, still like what we provide and ask for more.

    Don’t forget that all media was utterly awful when it first began, we forget that because we live in the digital age where pictures and sounds are perfect [sorta].

    Radios needed huge antennas, and used little headphones… only one person at a time could listen to it, while they hunched over this huge ugly thing.

    The pictures on early black and white TVs were fuzzy, ghosty and would roll like mad… people would twiddle nobs, play with the rabbit ears antennas and generally swear and curse as they whacked or kicked the box.

    My Mother told me stories that TV repair vans were always going up and down the streets, something not seen these days, valves are no longer used.

    We’ll tell our grandkids about our computers when we’re old, as they toy with their fully interactive holographic displays which they can hold in one hand, and they’ll think we were mad… but we are the pioneers, all of us, including ABC.

    Isn’t that something?

    Paisley, I’ve had many people think that I was already employed by Aunty, quite a few were shocked when I said that wasn’t so, and it’s true, I’m not.

    Whether I could do any better than I do now if employed, I’m not sure.

    Wolfie!

  16. I have to agree with Wolfie – SL is a VERY VERY pioneering frontier town compared to the VR megagrids that are to come, and the ways to access them won’t always be PC and laptop machines. But it’s what we have, here and now.

    And yes – there have been forgettable events but also memorable ones, in ABC’s in world history. Right now, the people who are learning to deal with this new medium are equipping themselves for the kinds of media that are coming in future. On that basis, the ABC is – albeit slowly and shakily – equipping itself to deal. But they need to take a LOT more of their cues from in-world rather than the rarified (means thin, sparse) intelligentsia of management.

    Actually – they would do well to read articles like this one and the comments streams… %)

    (just getting my 13c worth in for the day…)

  17. Wolfie Rankin says:

    “Equipping itself to deal” is the right action to take.

    The record industry hasn’t coped well with the sudden change in direction, people who formerly bought CDs, suddenly downloading mp3s.

    People are downloading movies and TV programs right now.
    and perhaps the thing stopping more people doing so comes down to speed limits and costs, particularly in Australia where we are struggling in that department.

    It’s going to cause a problem for the television industry soon.

    People won’t wait for their favourite show, they’ll download it and watch it when they have time.

    Just like people don’t care that MP3s don’t sound nearly as good as CDs do, they also won’t care if the show is in High Definition or not, many will be satisfied to watch the program on a low definition portable device.

    TV Networks are going to be quite worried, as expected, so they will try Secondlife and other internet ventures.

    A few weeks ago on Media Watch, there was a story about how newspapers are starting to feel the pinch, because younger readers are happier reading their news online rather than buying a newspaper.

    And people would rather buy and sell via pages such as e-bay, than get an expensive classified in the papers.

    It will be interesting to see how the music, movie and media [Triple M?] industries cope with the new age.

    Wolfie!

  18. Wolfie Rankin says:

    “Equipping itself to deal” is the right action to take.

    The record industry hasn’t coped well with the sudden change in direction, people who formerly bought CDs, suddenly downloading mp3s.

    People are downloading movies and TV programs right now.
    and perhaps the thing stopping more people doing so comes down to speed limits and costs, particularly in Australia where we are struggling in that department.

    It’s going to cause a problem for the television industry soon.

    People won’t wait for their favourite show, they’ll download it and watch it when they have time.

    Just like people don’t care that MP3s don’t sound nearly as good as CDs do, they also won’t care if the show is in High Definition or not, many will be satisfied to watch the program on a low definition portable device.

    TV Networks are going to be quite worried, as expected, so they will try Secondlife and other internet ventures.

    A few weeks ago on Media Watch, there was a story about how newspapers are starting to feel the pinch, because younger readers are happier reading their news online rather than buying a newspaper.

    And people would rather buy and sell via pages such as e-bay, than get an expensive classified in the papers.

    It will be interesting to see how the music, movie and media [Triple M?] industries cope with the new age.

    Wolfie!

  19. Hi Wolfie thanks for that, I know you don’t work for the ABC but you work with them I think….My point got a bit lost, yes its all pioneering ect..but there are many many people in SL involved in media now, that the ABC could actually learn from and I don’t mean, just SLCN.TV staff ect..The ABC do not have to come in and reinvent the wheel..And I was not reffering to the professional presenters that I thought were bad, the presenter I was reffering to had newbie hair skin and clothes, and spoke to the audience on camera with all sort of instructions ect like a school marm..she just wasn’t professional at all or even a good amature…you can’t go on SL in any sort of representative capacity like that, and talk to the audience like a school assembly on camera…(I won’t mention any names )….As a Presenter you also should know about SL etiquette and standards … A lot of other companies in SL they use a consultant when they come in so they don’t have to start from scratch…and sound issues are the bane of our SL broadcasting life! beleive me..anyhow its all mute as they aren’t doing those shows anymore the idea was great! but they should have got some advice there’s plenty around…
    Paisley

  20. Wolfie Rankin says:

    I think at the time ABC didn’t really have anyone that they could call to host programs in-world, things may have changed.

    I did offer to Lise that if she was stuck, to give me a call and I’d do my best as long as I had something to help me, a question sheet or a guide of some type… especially if I didn’t know the subject very well.

    What I’d like to see is ABC with a stable of in-world presenters who know Art, Music, Politics, Sports, Gardening, Wildlife etc.

    Perhaps that’s an idea, maybe they need to scout for in-world talent, but they would be best to pay these people for their trouble, and Lindens would be acceptable I think.

    One program each night would be wonderful, if they could pull that off, and I believe they could, then there’d be a major turnaround for the Island.

    Voice is indeed a problem, I’d love to use it with Rockit, but it wouldn’t work.
    I’m dealing with people who I may not have met before, and so it would be extremely difficult to place a name to a voice and credit the right person with an answer… and I’d lose chat history, which has saved me many times.

    I believe I know the presenter you mean.
    Eva and I have offered to give new ABC folk a little training and to help them with their looks before they do what they do, but unfortunately not everybody has the time to sit and play, and that is some of the problem.

    True, there’s a lot of advice out there, but filtering out the “noise” is very difficult, especially when you’re still fairly new… ok sure, they’ve been here a year, but you know how it’s been as well as I do.

    I think we’re all frustrated with the island in some way, but I still have a feeling that things will turn out ok.

    One of our frustrations is that although we don’t mind being volunteers, and here’s me as an ex-volunteer at the moment, there was nobody taking charge as a leader, Sure Abi and Lise were available by e-mail, but we really need someone in-world who we respect and trust, and there’s nobody who fits the bill.

    Wolfie!

  21. Sakkano Imako says:

    Okat, I did hear myself from one representative from ABC on teh matter. Of course, what I heard was not anythign appreciative.. and good reason I guess.

    My words, they seem to have been confused with the traditional Australian view of the ABC; the punching bag. According to the representative, what I said looks like I am anti-art and against the ABC. Also, I was told that I am being too serious.

    I was also told that ABC is an experimental place. Of course, I find this odd, because I didn’t see or experience that kind of atmosphere. The biggest problem facing the ABC Island is apparently, a lack of communication. Additionally, I was told that the art galleries were given permission by said representative, though I can’t help but wonder, if the galleries had full clearance on the corporate side, would the issue of closing them down due to copyright have ended up being what killed it?

    I think I should most definitely make it clear that I am no against the ABC, I am not for it’s permanent closure. I am for putting ego aside. I am for teamwork. And I am for a serious evaluation of the situations.

    Sometimes someone has to be serious for others to have fun.

  22. Sakkano Imako says:

    Okat, I did hear myself from one representative from ABC on teh matter. Of course, what I heard was not anythign appreciative.. and good reason I guess.

    My words, they seem to have been confused with the traditional Australian view of the ABC; the punching bag. According to the representative, what I said looks like I am anti-art and against the ABC. Also, I was told that I am being too serious.

    I was also told that ABC is an experimental place. Of course, I find this odd, because I didn’t see or experience that kind of atmosphere. The biggest problem facing the ABC Island is apparently, a lack of communication. Additionally, I was told that the art galleries were given permission by said representative, though I can’t help but wonder, if the galleries had full clearance on the corporate side, would the issue of closing them down due to copyright have ended up being what killed it?

    I think I should most definitely make it clear that I am no against the ABC, I am not for it’s permanent closure. I am for putting ego aside. I am for teamwork. And I am for a serious evaluation of the situations.

    Sometimes someone has to be serious for others to have fun.

  23. Wolfie Rankin says:

    Sakkano, you’ve been a good Admin there, I hardly believe you wanted to shut the island down, you had your say, and that was that.

    Wolfie!

  24. Wolfie Rankin says:

    Sakkano, you’ve been a good Admin there, I hardly believe you wanted to shut the island down, you had your say, and that was that.

    Wolfie!

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