Things You Must Know Before Exploring SL
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Before you leave the University of Delaware's island, or any of the other educational islands, it is important to understand the rules that apply to your behavior in SL in general (read UD's policy), and the rules set by the individual sim that you are visiting.
Types of Sims and The Rating Systems
Following the icons, you will see the name of the sim and its rating. There are a few ratings here to be aware of. Many sims are rated for general use, some are rated mature. In mature sims you can expect to see explicit materials like very detailed skins, and sometimes the mature rating is X rated because it may include X rated activity.
Notecards and Codes of Conduct
If you have never visited the sim, or are unsure about it, accept and read the card before proceeding any further in to the sim. This card will include information about your behavior in that sim. This is extremely important especially if visiting a role play sim.
Griefer and Griefing
Often when you are a Noobie, you spend a lot of time bumping into and landing on people as you learn to move about in SL. Noobies can often be mistaken for a greifer. It is good form to offer an "excuse me" when this happens as it can easily clear up the situation. A common practice that Oldbies use when someone keeps banging into them is to take a look a the offending person's profile to to check the birth date. If that person is new, they are often given a break and not reported, unless it is clear that they are griefing no matter how old they are.
Griefers tend to like to harass Noobies. Since the SL world is so new to them, newbies are not aware of what is acceptable, or how to report a serious griefing. The best course of action is to ignore them, move to another location, or TP away altogether. If you get put in a cage, don't panic. TP anywhere or just tp home or use control, shift H, (on a Mac that is command, shift H). If you do not have a home you will be sent to the nearest telehub. It is a good idea to set somewhere as home so you will have some idea of where you are going in cases like this.
Not reading a notecard and not abiding the rules contained within it, could potently cause your behavior to be interrupted as griefing.
Weapons and Role Play
There are also a few Sandboxes, where you are allowed to build and test weapons.
If your avatar wears a weapon as part of its persona, most sims will want you to keep them holstered at all times. Some will not allow them at all, and you should take them off.
Noncompliance with the rules on notecards, or posted signs can get you banned from a sim or SL altogether.