I personally believe some grids have crossed the fine-line between protection and censorship. Many residents may not even know that their grid has these censorship rules, so I am just going to point out the grids I know of straight quotes from their own Terms of Service. This is one of the biggest reasons I actually encourage people who are going to be investing their money in these grids to read your grids Terms of Service and Active User Agreements.
“Any efforts to bribe or otherwise entice Island Oasis land owners to abandon their land holdings in order to move to another grid is expressly prohibited. This practice is unethical and will not be condoned. The provision of evidence of this type of activity to the Island Oasis staff or management team will result in the immediate banning of the offending account(s) avatar and IP address.”
What this means: “Island Oasis if you are deemed trying to convert residents to go to another grid, you are banned.” Why do I say it this way? Because this: “…bribe or otherwise entice… …to abandon their land holdings…” They are saying if you speak to someone about coming to another grid and they “decide” to get rid of their land because they like your grid better, well you just violated the policy.
Sadly this is the only grid I know that has a policy in place like this, I have heard that InWorldz did, but when I checked again today I saw no such thing. This kind of policy doesn’t even make much since to me when grids like SecondLife even allow it. Many grids even have a presence in other grids like SecondLife, including Island Oasis. Which to me seems hypocritical, I have attached their official location in SecondLife below:
Not only are they having this sign which says “lower cost, lower lag” which is doing exactly what is agianst their own Terms of Service. They go on in their profiles:
Just please be weary of the grids you join, and be sure to read the Terms of Service. I am not saying IO is a bad grid, or even not to join it. I am merely saying do you think this policy is fair? And lastly is it right for them to go to another grid and do exactly what they forbid? Just ask yourself these questions.