didn't vote on this because opensim is so many things, and everyone has different ideals and opinions. i personally would encourage everyone to try their hand at learning new skills, and/or adding to their existing skillset/s. i also realize some/many are just consumers, looking for a place with cheaper tiers than sl (who charge more for a region than some households pay for their rl home/apartment/rent). this is a very complex issue, but i personally believe the whole "sharing is caring" thing is bs propaganda to justify copybotting, which is mostly done from sl.
Even this is a murky issue; i certainly do not encourage anyone to do this, nor do i do it. I also am not blind or ignorant to the FACT that a good majority of the nice things on OS are copybotted items. Let's take for instance the Jian boa constrictor enclosure floating around. This is an inferior item to the sl version. You can change textures and many other settings in sl. I know because i bought it in sl, along with around 200 other fine products from Jian. But they don't/won't sell in os. Do i feel guilty for displaying on os something i bought in sl? No. And if an official jian staff asked me to remove it from inventory or my grid, i would comply. I personally don't see a huge issue with it; but i have my own personal moral code. I choose to pay the original creator in sl if i use something even mostly in os.
While i am deeply appreciative of those who share...i certainly do not demand or expect people to share things they worked hard on. I shop on kitely mp and pay for original content, as well as create my own. What DOES get infuriating is when narcissists act entitled and demand that everything be free on opensim. Grow up. Someone is paying for your server, electricity bills, many are busting their butts creating the pretty places and the nice items that you take for granted.
How many stop and thank someone for sharing items they got for free? Like honestly, take time to thank a creator, or someone sharing things, or compliment someone on a nice venue you had a nice and free time at? Just common decency and manners, something i was raised with, and take to heart.
Another thing i see a lot of: people sharing things they KNOW are copybotted, they got these items free and full perm somewhere, or they pop perms and then place their own perms on em, then they lecture and/or ban people if they acquire too many of these stolen items they are sharing. The whole "i stole this fair n square, renamed it, repermed it so now i am the creator" simply does not fly with me. Whom exactly do y'all think you are fooling?
My parting thought will be a quote from the movie, Jurassic Park, which i feel is Very applicable to my recent thought above^ :
Dr. Ian Malcolm : If I may... Um, I'll tell you the problem with the scientific power that you're using here, it didn't require any discipline to attain it. You read what others had done and you took the next step. You didn't earn the knowledge for yourselves, so you don't take any responsibility for it. You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could, and before you even knew what you had, you patented it, and packaged it, and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox, and now
[bangs on the table]
Dr. Ian Malcolm : you're selling it, you wanna sell it. Well...
***To be clear...Opensim is a wonderful and complex place, it is not any one thing; nor should it be. It is to each user what they wish it to be. My main point i think is that we should all try to have fun, and if you can share knowledge and teach a friend Blender or other skills...please pay it forward! If you want to learn, check out YouTube and the Numerous classes all over sl and opensim. Most of em are free. If you are a consumer, and just want a cheap or free place to relax; I encourage you to be humble, and be thankful. Thank those that share, thank region and grid owners, leave nice reviews here on OSW, etc. Bee kind to each other! Bzzzzzz ;)