In the article “A Rape in Cyberspace” by Julian Dibbell, Mr.Bungle is a character inside of a text based virtual reality community. One evening a few of the other players become victims of the words of this character. Mr.Bungle uses one of the aspects of the game to manipulate the other players text based characters, making them do things the original user did not intend for there characters to do such as engaging in sexual conduct with each other. The community of the game gets upset with this and wants his account to be deleted. They then use forums and chats to try to decide what to do about the situation. A few of the users suggest that his account be deleted. Several other users say that he didn’t really break any rules since there are no rules specified so deleting the account would be harsh. Eventually one moderator decides to delete the Mr.Bungle account. A few days later Mr.Bungle returns as Dr.Jest after easily creating a new account. Which after several months repeats his acts of rude conduct. The account is then immediately deleted without debate this time. Later it is believed that the character never actually belonged to one person but perhaps and entire college dorm floor that would get together and stir up trouble in the VR community.

Some of the implications are most likely setting codes of conduct as guidelines in your on-line community to prevent such situations from happening with the knowledge that banning is a punishment. It probably also led to the tracing and blocking of IPs instead of just deleting accounts. Now, most communities have a ranking system or government where there is the owner of the community or site and administrators that help enforce codes of conduct and take care of such issues. Thus one must take caution and acknowledge the possible punishments for being a troll as well as consider that some people take things seriously in these communities and may take your jokes to serious offense.



-Troll carefully.


About i101akarn

Greetings, My name is Andrew Karn and I am a freshman at IUPUI studying informatics. I graduated in 2007 and this is my first time back to school after a 5 year break. Not much of a blogger so looks like we may be in for a little adventure. Originally I was planning to go somewhere into the culinary field , but never actually attended a university. I did however spend the past 6+ years working in 2 of the best restaurants in Indiana. After my years in the kitchen I ultimately decided that it just wasn't what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. So back to school I go! Now that I'm 24 and married it seems a little awkard and out of the "norm", but technology has always been one of my top interests and I can't wait to get elbow deep in informatics. Also after viewing the WordPress website, I'm starting to feel like this could start to become more than just an assignment.

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