I was in the Kid’s Info Group (KIC), like 64 others, and got messages of how the KIC sim had to be shut down, due to vandalism that we can only assume was done by one of the group.
This is what happened, as far as I understand it: The prims on KIC were shared by KIC group, so that we could share this as a community resource, work on it collectively, and make available things like sandboxes where people could experiment or classes could be taught. For instance Rai and Sven have been doing some teaching there to help others develop skills.
Here is a statement posted by Rai:
Hi there. A short explanaition whats happening on KIC: we had 4 attacks within 48 hours. someone is setting prims that are shared with the KIC group to “physical”, thus destroying builds. these attacks were increasing in severity, first only 5-10 prims, but the last attack today destroyed 70% of the KIC sim: the Milk N Kookies HQ, the skatepark, the old city and the sewer tunnels, even the transmogrifier.
The griefer was someone inside the KIC group, because he changed the prims that were shared with KIC group to set them to “physical”, thus collapsing builds.
We asked LL for a sim rollback two times, but we also need to set the prims to “unshared” after the next rollnack so this cant happen again – LL won’t give us rollbacks forever.
The griefer is obviously out to destroy the KIC project, which was meant as an open platform for building and creating together. We have reason to believe that the griefer is working from Undefcity, because the KIC sim was closed down when the 4th attack happened, so he or she is using a large draw distance and setting the prims to physical from within Undercity.
For security reasons all KIC members where ejected. There is a second group with public enrollment, please join it now, it’s called: “KIC – Kids Information Center”.
This is all very sad and disappointing. The griefer already destroyed trust and disrupted events we were planning for Undercity, instead we are now talking to Lindens about reviewing logs, rolling back the sim, searching for the griefer, sacha Magne closed down the K-Grid… this is a very sad day. One terrorist can fuck up a whole country, and one griefer can disrupt the fun and creativity of dozens of people :-(
Please keep your eyes open.
So here’s the deal. Since the old KIC group shares the prims, the most expedient way to deal with this was to remove everyone from the group except only the owner/builders and create another group for the KIC for communications.
As Rai’s note (above) says, the new group is called “KIC – Kids Information Center”. You can self-join, here’s how:
1. Do a search on the name “KIC – Kids Information Center”
2. Here are the search results. Click on the button circled in red to pull up the group profile.
3. On the group profile page, click “Join” (for $0 Lindens)
It will popup a confirmation dialog, click that and you are in.
Of course, we have to wonder what kind of person would willfully abuse the trust we had in the previous group setup. It is unlikley this was an accident, which means the person(s) that did it are despicable.
But so it goes. We can use the new group to better protect the sim and the build, it will cause a little inconvenience in some of the classes and other collaboration, plus we will wait for a rollback by the Lindens, but we will survive, albeit with less of our innocent openness and trust.