I’ve dealt with camping bots before, but yesterday I met a different kind of automaton: a landbot.
I was on the ground of some property I own trying to improve the landscape. I had this idea of creating the SLFix.com Headquarters or something grand, then happened to look around at the neighbors’ floating for sale signs, escorts plying their trade, and general garbage surrounding my property.
On a whim I decided to sell my land, reasoning that I would probably have to wait a week or two to get any interest in it. Boy was I wrong. I literally just clicked the “sell” button when this thing fell out of the sky and immediately purchased my land. I say thing because it was a Ruthed avatar with red eyes and was floating in this funny position. It didn’t respond to IMs, chat, or inventory offers. I took a snapshot of this rare creature because I give only the best for SLFix readers.
I have learned a lesson. Before putting land up for sale I will make sure my items and those of friends have been retrieved, and that I give warning ahead of time. Betty Boolean logged into Second Life and instead of finding the photography studio she was in last, found air beneath her feet instead. Betty fell hundreds of feet but is apparently ok and still willing to model for SLFix.com. (Side note: This makes the second time I’ve dropped Betty. Once during a sky photo shoot I accidentally removed the building out from under her.)
So what should I make of landbots? From a selfish standpoint this one did me a favor. I wish my real life house could sell that fast! On the other hand what if I had been messing about and set that land for 1 linden thinking a friend would get it? If the bot had bought up the land then I’d be wanting to call in the bot kill krew.