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Who coined the term "Resident"

SignpostMarv Martin
Registered User
Join date: 8 Oct 2005
Posts: 68
07-31-2006 03:47
Just wondering, who coined the term "Resident" and why ?

I can see it was used way back in 2003.

In case you're wondering why I'm asking, it's because of the discussion going on currently on the Wikipedia article for Second Life

(P.S. It would've been handy if the etymology was in the history wiki )
Torley Linden
Join date: 15 Sep 2004
Posts: 16,530
07-31-2006 12:59
Oh! Great question! Let me ask Robin about how this came to be, I'd like to hear the whole story to learn myself. :D
Robin Linden
Linden Lifer
Join date: 25 Nov 2002
Posts: 1,224
07-31-2006 14:36
It was pretty early in the development of Second Life. One of my jobs was to come up with the different words we wanted to use, including the name! The naming discussions were usually between me, Philip, Hunter and Peter (both of whom aren't here any more) with feedback from everyone else.

When it came to what to call the people in the world, we knew we didn't want to call them 'users', although that would be the most typical thing for software. However, the word 'users' doesn't do a very good job of describing the two-way nature of Second Life, where the people involved are providing content and contributing to the experience.

We also thought about 'members' (boring!), 'citizens' (too political!), and 'players' (too game-y).

'Residents', however, seems most descriptive of people who have a stake in the world and how it grows.