Get off my land!

Second Life is like buses… Nothing at all for ages, then three come along at once.

Such has been the case with my land this week: For years I had what is known in legal jargon as ‘quiet enjoyment’ of my little inworld parcel. No hassle, no issues, and neighbours on all the landlocked sides who pretty much kept themselves to themselves. It’s all been very harmonious and peaceful, and apart from the occasional booting-off and banning of the odd griefer and perv, it’s all been pretty much conflict free.

Conflict free, that is, until this week, when in the space of just a few days, two long-term neighbours on opposite sides of my plot, took it into their heads that Seren would have no objections should they wish to extend their own landscaping into my land. After all, I’m only paying for the privilege of using that land – what possible objection could I have to giving up some of it for their benefit?

All together, I lost around 110 square metres, which may only be a small part of my overall space, but it’s still a substantial chunk, and to make matters worse, some of my own stuff ended up being buried in rocks, waterfalls and a massive lump of stone pavement.

When such infractions happen, I’m not one to shrug and accept the inconvenience – I go on the offensive, first with the land tools, which are little use when you’re trying to evict large items overlapping sim boundaries – which still remains one of my biggest peeves with land management in SL. In my opinion, if next door’s decorative paving or giant water feature is encroaching on your land, you should be able to remove it, no matter where the root prim is located, or at the very least, shove it back over to the owner’s side of the border. On this occasion however, no joy. That meant doing the one thing I try to avoid at all costs – having a potentially contentious interaction with a relative stranger; not something I particularly relish.

To be fair, on the waterfall issue, it all went very smoothly – an honest mistake on my neighbour’s part that she put right straight away. Yay!

That still leaves the matter of the 37 square metre strip of land that my other neighbour has decided to concrete over, and I’m less inclined to be magnanimous here, because as an experienced builder, they really should know better than to extend their crap onto somebody else’s land. Consequently, I’m considering being a little more creative in dealing with this infraction, just to make a point! Maybe I’ll install a massive digger and create a big pile of rubble over the top of their beautifully-designed paving; or perhaps I’ll indulge in a spot of fly-tipping, dispose of some unwanted body parts and dump some piles of poop along the boundary; I could fill the gap with a horde of shuffling zombies or glowing radioactive waste… Anything really to make the point. And if they happen to be a little upset about the mess I’ve made of their construction, well tough… I can do what I want there, because IT’S MY BLOODY LAND!

The way I see it, is that if you choose to build inworld without planning permission, then you’re stuck with the consequences, whatever they may be, and I tend to be unsympathetic when people do it, even if it is totally unintentional. There are plenty of tools and tricks available to ensure that these scenarios don’t have to occur, and if you’re going to build on your land, then I reckon you’re under an obligation to do it in a neighbourly fashion, otherwise it’s just plain rude and ignorant.

One of the great pleasures of SL is that you can build with few restraints and restrictions, but that doesn’t mean that you can get away with filling up your neighbours land as well as your own.

Especially if it’s mine!

s. x

One more crime
Crossing lines
Trapped inside
State of mind
Sepultura – Border Wars

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