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Welcome to the Lantern Alliance

We are an alliance of Second Life groups dedicated to community service. We help new SL residents and we oppose griefers. Our groups provide free training, uniforms, and equipment for our members. Although we may have an occasional party or dance event, helping SL residents is our primary focus. Below you will find some information about the groups and how to join.

What is a griefer?

"A griefer is an online gamer who participates in games with the sole goal of disrupting the gaming experience for others. Griefers and their actions can take a wide variety of forms, and they are a source of frustration for many legitimate gamers. In response, many administrators attempt to ban or otherwise penalize griefers whenever possible, so that they do not ruin the fun for others. On occasion, the term 'griefer' is also used to describe disruptive individuals in the real world." Read more here and here. Video of an ordinary Second Life griefer attack can be found here.

What is a Lantern?

Green Lantern is a comic book superhero in DC comics. The character was created by artist Marty Nodell in 1940. "Each Green Lantern possesses a power ring that gives the user great control over the physical world as long as the wielder has sufficient willpower and strength to wield it. While the ring of the Golden Age Green Lantern (Alan Scott) was magically powered, the rings worn by all subsequent Lanterns were technological creations of the Guardians of the Universe, who granted such rings to worthy candidates. These individuals made up the intergalactic police force known as the Green Lantern Corps." Lanterns in Second Life wear uniforms and power rings, and generally can be identified by the "aura" that surrounds them in flight.

Why are there different colors of Lanterns?

The Green Lantern comic book storyline called Blackest Night describes a prophecy that leads to a "War of Light," resulting in the destruction of the universe. As the prophecy plays itself out, different groups of Lanterns are created, with nine different colors and goals based on the "emotional spectrum."

  • Avarice - Orange - Orange Lantern Corps
  • Compassion - Indigo - Indigo Lantern Corps
  • Death - Black - Black Lantern Corps
  • Fear - Yellow - Sinestro Corps
  • Hope - Blue - Blue Lantern Corps
  • Life - White - White Lantern Corps
  • Love - Violet - Star Sapphires
  • Rage - Red - Red Lantern Corps
  • Willpower - Green - Green Lantern Corps

Three of the color groups already existed in the comics - Green (Green Lantern Corps), Violet (Star Sapphires), and Yellow (Sinestro Corps), and the other groups are new.

What do Lanterns do in Second Life?

Generally, the Lantern groups exist to provide Community Service. This can take many forms.

  • We are in the sandboxes and elsewhere writing Abuse Reports (ARs) on griefers. Linden Lab receives those reports, and may respond to take care of the problem.
  • We are in the Help Islands, the Infohubs, and the Welcome Areas helping new Second Life residents become oriented during their first few confusing days inworld.
  • We are at Second Life events providing security and assistance for those attending.
  • We provide training for Second Life residents on the subjects of estate, region, and parcel security, and Abuse Reporting.
  • We follow Linden Lab guidance on filing ARs, which states: "We encourage you to file reports on abuse you see happening anywhere in addition to abuse that targets you personally."
  • The number of Lanterns who respond to a call is based on the Linden Lab AR guidance statement that if many residents are affected by a griefer attack, they want many ARs filed.

What do Lanterns NOT do in Second Life?

  • We do not violate the Community Standards or Terms of Service.
  • We do not attack (push, shoot, cage, orbit) anyone.
  • We do not write an Abuse Report without first attempting to contact the owner of an offending object.
  • We do not submit false or misleading Abuse Reports.
  • We do not tell anyone that we have any greater power or authority than any other Second Life resident.
  • We do not give orders to anyone.
  • We do not go to places where we have been asked to stay away.
  • We do not "mass file" ARs on minor abuse events.

Affiliated groups

  • The Lantern Alliance is proud to affiliate with high quality community service groups that help new residents and work toward Second Life safety. We can provide web pages and links to your content. Contact Hal Jordan (GreenLanten Excelsior) for details.