Anyway, for those who haven't got a clue what has gone on (which includes both Viale and Rodvik Linden, although the latter is about to receive continuous updates on his Profile feed - isn't social media connectivity a wonderful thing, unless you are Viale, supposed to be championing it, but turning your own feed off so you are not bothered by those nuisances from the Community!) here is an abbreviated and summarised timeline.
Amanda gets canned for opening her mouth and letting her brains fly out
The post of Community Manager gets publicly advertised
Wasted Engineer is the only external candidate who knows anything about Second Life
Lexie gets persuaded to take on the job temporarily
Lexie gets sick of saying "we'll do something about it sometime"
Viale Linden gets told he will be made redundant if he doesn't take the job on
Viale Linden reads in a Marketing Comic that forums should be used for advertising
Ann OToole tells Viale that Vampires are the next big thing (two or three years after the fact)
Ann OToole gears up production of Vampire products
Viale hasn't the time to consult with the community so he gets on with things without telling anyone
The Adult Forum gets opened up and posters are told to keep it PG
But nobody can find it stuck at the bottom of the list beyond the deserted foreign language forums
A bunch of semi-literate vampires are pressganged into contributing repetitive nonsense posted by Linden Lab
Community members question the whole concept of holding a commercial advertising event in the forums
Celestiall, Cato, Storm, Derek and Charly get banned for questioning the concept
Semi-literate vampires spam the forums with multiple posts with the same titles
One post is so nonsensical it gets moved to General Discussions where everybody is allowed to laugh at it
Rodvik notices the petitions in his Profile Feed to reinstate Celestiall
The fictitious "Kate" claiming to be Genn's guardian, admits she has made a huge cockup regarding Celestiall
Celestiall gets reinstated
A semi-literate vampire asks where all the REAL LIFE vampires are, in contravention of forum protocols
Everybody laughs at the REAL LIFE vampires
Pep Resident gets permabanned for posting three times to say he can't remember if he has said something already
This is in the role play forum where he is role playing a senile geriatric ageplayer.
Pserendipity Resident and Pserendipity Daniels are also banned for being alts of a spammer
Someone promises that a "Special" Linden will attend the Community Tools Meeting on 10 November
A "special needs" Linden turns up instead, Viale demonstrating he doesn't have a clue what is going on
For example, he obviously doesn't realise that a Forum Feedback subforum exists already
Admittedly, it IS difficult to find, which is one of the feedback comments made in Forum Feedback
And that brings us up to the present. If Christmas comes early, Rodvik will notice the massive PR cockup his minions are conducting in his name and will order the roll back of all disciplinary measures to the state they were in before the Vampire Forum was started, Viale will be replaced by someone that doesn't sound like an ESLer when he isn't one, a communications process will be initiated so that the Community might be enticed into participating positively in marketing initiatives, and the moderators are given extended sick leave in order to have cosmetic surgery in the form of a sense of humour implant.
Pep (will update this after Rod has done something.)
PS Did I miss anything significant? Post and let me know.