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Introductions / It's been a while
« on: October 28, 2009, 11:20:35 AM »
I wasn't sure where to post this, so into the introductions section it goes!

Hey everybody, long time no see! I notice that things are a little quiet around here as of late, but I thought I'd check in and see how things are going. My eighteenth birthday is fast approaching (just over a week to go!) and I guess that means that I won't be able to come on here anymore, I'm not sure, but it seemed that it was about time for me to come back. My health has been pretty icky over the last year or so, although it's definitely begun to improve again recently, and though it's been a long process, things definitely seem to be on the up. I'm currently studying online, although I'm a couple of years behind where I should be because of my health, and it's going well. I'm also volunteering for AYME, which I'm really enjoying.

What are the plans for Schome for the future, and will there be options for those of us who will be over eighteen to be involved?

I hope that everything's going well, and it's nice to be back!

I got this book, "Second Lives - A Journey Through Virtual Worlds" by Tim Guest, ISBN: 978-0-09-179657, out the library this afternoon, because the title and the front cover (a man standing next to his avatar) caught my eye, and I was wondering if anyone else has read it? It's not just about Second Life but virtual worlds in general, and it's pretty thick so I've no idea if I'll read the whole thing, but it looks pretty interesting.

Schome Park Governance / Joining the Government
« on: June 26, 2007, 03:56:18 PM »
With the arrival of a lot of new members very imminent (in fact, already started), I think we need to consider what we are going to do about new people joining the government. We have already said that as it is a 'of the people, for the people' government, until such stage as there are a large number of people wanting to be in a single department, we should not hold elections. This is also because we did not have to be elected to become part of the government, and therefore would render it unfair to others if they did.

However, there are probably a few things to consider:
  • How many people is the maximum for a department? (it should be an odd number, and for some departments it matters more than others, I would have thought)
  • Will the new members have to wait a certain time before they can become part of the government? (they may wish to do this anyway to become accustomed to the way we work and how we think things should be done)
  • Is there going to come a time when we as original members should step down from the government to allow new people a chance, or should it be inclusive, with them joining us and all working together?
  • If we have a lot of people wanting to join a particular department, too many for it to viably cope with, how are we going to decide who is in the department or not? (we could create new departments, have a forum poll, give manifestos etc.)

I'm sure that list isn't exhaustive, but it's a few things to think about.


Ethics & Philosophy / SPii Ethics and Philosophy Session!
« on: June 20, 2007, 08:31:07 PM »
This is just to remind people who haven't had the chance to check out the events page yet that there will be the first Ethics and Philosophy session of SPii on Friday 22nd at 5.30pm, discussing the effect of 'celebrity' status individuals on the masses. Sign up here.


Building & Planning Permission / Reviewing the Planning Process
« on: June 17, 2007, 03:35:40 PM »
Now we've got into Schome Park, people seem to be having ideas for builds and going ahead, applying for planning permission afterwards. Although this means people have a chance to take a good look at the build, and suggest that it be moved to somewhere else on the island, for example, it also means that people may be spending a long time making something for no reason, because it does not fit in with what everyone else wants.

Therefore, is it time to review the planning process, because now we're putting it into practise it seems like there's a few things that need straightening out from the theoretical side of it, just to make sure it works properly and that everything is as smooth as possible for everyone?


Research / The break
« on: June 12, 2007, 11:57:27 AM »
I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, but there you go.

Since the break from SL, I'm sure we've all learnt a lot - I certainly have. We've had the chance to use the forum and wiki more, which some people weren't really using before, and it's also given us the chance to step back from the all-consuming world of SL. So, what have you learnt during the break (relating this to knowledge age skills)?

Since I'm posting the topic, I'll go first :P. I've learnt that taking a step away from SL, which can be very inviting, to the point where you do nothing else, is a really good idea, because it means that not only are my family less worried because I'm spending so much time on it, I can also have the chance to do other things online, things that I enjoy doing, and didn't really get the chance to do when using a stimulating environment like SL.

With everyone flocking onto the forum, that's also taught me a lot. Before we had the break, there weren't that many of us that posted regularly on here, and so not only have I had the chance to overtake PeterT on the post count  >:D, I've actually been able to learn things. Forum games may not be everyone's idea of a learning environment, and at times they can seem like a silly way to get lots of posts, but they do require us to be imaginative (something I'm not very good at), and communicate this imagination across to the other people playing.

We've also been organising the SP Government, which has required organisation (quite obviously) and communication, and now that it's set up even more communication is required to make sure that things are being run smoothly and everyone is getting on. Then we've had some minor disputes that have had to be resolved, mainly on the topic of buildings vs. open spaces, which has been problem solving. Everyone has had the chance to do a bit of leadership within their department, so that's another bonus. Working in a team has, for me, been probably the most important thing - not only within my own department, but with the others too, so we've all tried to get the best for the community in SPii when we get back in.

So, though we may have been rather...annoyed to find ourselves locked out of Schome Park, I think we've actually learnt a lot by the cruel force of benign dictators :P


Schome Park Governance / In-World Government Group
« on: May 25, 2007, 05:32:52 PM »
After a discussion on the general affairs board, it has been suggested that once we're back in world, we set up a group that all the members of the government can be a part of. This would enable us to create titles so that it is obvious who belongs to which department, especially as the new members come it, so they know who to talk to.

It's also been suggested that we re-use one of the now redundant groups, such as the SkyBase one, if Baso is alright with it. What do you think?


Schome Park Governance / Co-ordination Dept's Wiki Page
« on: May 24, 2007, 01:39:16 PM »
We now have a page on the wiki!

Click here to visit it!


Education / Education in Spii
« on: May 18, 2007, 01:40:21 PM »
Hey, it would be great if you could have a think about what your role in SPii is going to be, come up with a sort of agenda or any ideas for what we can do in SPii. I know Hapno is going to be setting up philosophy sessions, and Baso wants to bring back his lessons from SkyBase, but any more ideas would be great. We can then pull together and see what everyone has come up with.


Safety / Weapons
« on: May 17, 2007, 05:31:33 PM »
Ok, I know I'm not part of the safety department, but I thought I'd get a discussion going about something everyone has strong views about one way or the other as far as Schome Park goes: weapons, because I think it's something that needs to be decided before SP opens again.

Should they be allowed as before? Should they be restricted to one specific area? What about those dragon blasters that most people hated? Are those that are for show (the swords, for example) alright?

Get discussing!


Safety / Safety in SPii
« on: May 17, 2007, 05:28:36 PM »
Hey, it would be great if you could have a think about what your role in SPii is going to be, come up with a sort of agenda or any ideas about how to keep SP safe and everyone happy, that kind of thing. We can then pull together and see what everyone has come up with.


Schome Park Governance / 'Open Parliament' Sessions
« on: May 17, 2007, 01:02:51 PM »
I thought we should have a topic that is to discuss the purpose of these sessions, and other things to do with them.

General Affairs have already got a topic up for choosing a 'rep', but personally, I don't feel this is necessary. Because of its 'open' nature, I feel that everyone should be able to contribute, both from within a department, and also as an 'outsider' for want of a better word, i.e. someone who is not in the department. The problem I forsee with choosing a rep is that that person may start taking the lead in the department, which draws away from the equality ethos we've been trying to achieve, and also it may make the others in a department feel like they cannot contribute. If a department wants to go ahead and elect a spokesperson, then I guess that is their decision, but I think that it is probably best that everyone can contribute in whatever way they like.

What we need to decide is what is actually going to happen at these sessions, how often they will be held, and things like that.


Schome Park Events / Events in SPii
« on: May 16, 2007, 01:58:29 PM »
Hey, it would be great if you could have a think about what your role in SPii is going to be (well, that's quite obvious really), what sort of things you are going to think about organising, how you're going to organise these things, come up with a sort of agenda, that kind of thing. We can then pull together and see what everyone has come up with.


Schome Park Governance / SPii - Co-ordination department
« on: May 14, 2007, 07:34:09 PM »
This is for us to discuss SPii, what we need, how we're going to get everyone else to co-operate, who should have ultimate decisions, things like that.



Schome Park Governance / Welcome to the Co-ordination Department
« on: May 14, 2007, 07:11:15 PM »
Hello all, and welcome to the co-ordination department of the government, run by Daisy, Kali and myself. We're here to help, however cheesy that sounds. lol

This topic is just to discuss our department's aims for SPii, all comments from everyone welcome.

Obviously, as a co-ordination group, our job is to make sure that everything runs smoothly, and to try and stop those little debates getting out of hand, so that everyone is happy and we can carry on being a great community. I think that our job as a department will be to make sure that everyone knows what is going on, and making sure that as many people as possible are happy with what is being planned for SPii...


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