Chatters love, love, love their user names, even as the names mutate. “Warlock” gets banned, and signs up as “w.a.r.l.o.c.k.” which becomes
“-.-warlock-.-” “becomes “_-_warlock_-_” and on and on. Want to really piss someone off? Register your own variation on their name. You’ll be accused of harassment, identity theft, and threatened with legal action.

People say a lot with their names. It’s pretty easy to surmise the state of someone who registers “EmotionalButterfly”.  “MasterDeath” would sound a whole lot tougher if he weren’t playing REO Speedwagon in his personal chat room. “LiquidPoop” defies classification. Some chatters seem baffled by the response their user name elicits.

One person wrote to customer support, complaining that male chatters were being crude to her. The Ignore Button wasn’t enough, because chatters she didn’t know would proposition her out of the blue. “They keep asking me if I want to fuck,” she said. “They just won’t stop.” I looked up her account information and discovered the cause of this unwanted behavior. Her chat name? “GangBangMe”.



May 14, 2006

A while back we tried a new kind of event in VPchat called CourtVP. There’s so much drama in chat, it seemed a perfect fit. Two parties could come onto the VP stage and state their case. We’d randomly select 12 people and bring them onstage to act as the jury. There wouldn’t be any harsh penalties or anything – just some simple sentences. “You have to stay out of so-and-so’s room for a day.” That sort of thing. We started talking up the event, and people seemed really psyched about it. When we started looking for feuds to use for the event, though, we got a very different reaction. We got no takers for CourtVP.  Nobody seemed interested in airing their dirty laundry in public.

Recently a veteran chatter contacted us about all the stories out there in the VPchat community. There are many groups who met in VPchat and get together in real life. There are friendships and marriages, drama and divorces. This customer was eager to share his stories. Makes me believe it’s perfect timing for putting up boards. I wonder, though – will people want to put their stories up in public? Will chatters want other chatters sharing real stories about them? We’ll find out. We’ll make space for it – the chatters can do with it what they wish.