Professor Erde Dead

Ah, Professor Erde, we hardly new ye. Well, he’s not really dead, he’s actually just being held for ransom.

I was going to try to show the class Second Life tonight, but it wouldn’t let me log in. Oh, well, not the first time that’s happened. It’s been a while, so I guess I may have forgotten the password. An attempt to change the password ended up with a message that I needed to call them. Which I did. Apparently, my lease on life had expired.

The problem was that I actually paid a membership fee for quite a while. I haven’t been using SL as much, and so hadn’t realized I’d stopped paying. (I had paid annually.)

“Oh,” I suggested, “I guess I’ll just go back to a basic, non-paying membership.”

That’s fine, support said, but I would have to pay my back bills of $72, and there was no guarantee anything would be left in my inventory. Um, OK, no.

So Erde is as good as dead. And if I needed any more encouragement to spend less time with him in SL, this was it. Funny thing is I talked to someone in the media about SL earlier today, and sent her along to one of my colleagues who was more heavily involved in Second Life. I guess it’s time to move on.

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6 Comments

  1. Posted 9/4/2008 at 12:07 am | Permalink

    It’s pure mafia. ;)

  2. Posted 9/4/2008 at 1:21 am | Permalink

    \weeps

  3. Posted 9/4/2008 at 7:12 am | Permalink

    it is sad, but not uncommon. i suspect many people are just letting it drop.

  4. Kelsey's Island
    Posted 9/4/2008 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    You mean to tell me that my life with Second Life is over before it has even begun? I was looking forward to testing it out.

  5. alex
    Posted 9/4/2008 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    No, no. I tend toward hyperbole. We’ll still meet in SL, just not with Prof. Erde :). Which is a bit of a shame, because Erde had accumulated a small fortune of skills, clothes, and property in SL. We’ll still go in.

  6. Posted 9/7/2008 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    Good bye to the professor…we will always remember him. Now you have a chance at a second Second Life.
    Let me know if you need anything in-world; I have plenty of inventory to share.

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