I’m not sure how else to read it. Some bits about Second Life in the The Atlantic article What Happens When Digital Cities are Abandoned? feel like backhanded compliments:
There are often a handful of people in most of the spaces you’ll visit, but it’s easy to find privacy. Here and there are signs that point to its lack of people: “space for rent”, “band wanted.” But the sheer variety of environments, and the obvious care that people put into them, remains stunning.
The author admits that SL is not abandoned and in fact, feels “full of possibility”. It’s strange that she chose to keep it in an article on abandoned digital spaces, where the headline contradicts what she has to say about the place and gives the wrong impression those who skim or just read the subhead, which mentions the “pristine ruins” of Second Life. Of course the ruins are pristine: someone designed them lovingly and is still paying for them.