If you haven’t heard Linden Lab’s latest bone headed move to abuse its users it is against SL icon Strawberry Singh. The second life user that fills in the gaps for new SL users that LL can’t or won’t.
While I am not a lawyer and am unqualified to make a legal opinion I can say LL’s actions are stupid in the extreme.
The best description I’ve seen is on New World Notes at http://nwn.blogs.com/nwn/2017/12/second-life-youtube-infringement-ip-trademark-claims-strawberry-singh-1.html
This may be the straw that broke the camel’s back for me. I have been watching LL’s stupidity for twelve years and they go from one disaster to another. Never missing a chance to make a stupid move to denigrate the people who keep them financially alive.
Currently for personal reasons I am on “vacation” from SL and only logging in about once a month. Now I’m thinking I should make that “vacation” permanent and extend it to Linden Lab’s Sansar also!
I guess I’ve been duped ☹. If you believe what is said VR with a HMD is a great and so immersive experience. Since I don’t like traditional shooting games I easily resisted getting a headset. When Sansar opened to more than a selected few and the price of the Oculus dropped I decided to give a try. Now after two months the headset is under a cloth gathering dust. I have realized something. Immersion in a virtual world is in the mind not because of something you wear on your head.
Wagner James Au wrote me asking for more details about the original Linden Lab shoots itself in the foot again post. My answer got a little long so I chose to make it a whole post.
The official Linden lab store requirements are at
The significant part of the above is, “As of October 2, 2017, you’ll need to have a credit card on file for your account in order to sell in the Sansar Store.”
Not an unreasonable requirement. But the policy change is not implemented evenly. Plus, it was announced widely on September 27 five days from the implementation date. Just a very unreasonably short amount of time.
Then at a meetup held in Sansar on September 27th it was reportedly said by a Linden Lab employee,
“The October 2nd deadline applies to you only if you joined Sansar on or after the open creator beta launch of July 31st, 2017. People who were part of the closed Sansar beta have Creator-level privileges until the end of October, 2017, and they would not be affected immediately by this change in policies for the Sansar Store. But they would be affected after October 31st, 2017.”
So, unless you are one of the selected few you have you only five days to decide. But if you are one of the select group you get a month.
This policy of treating certain users with special perks while penalizing the common users could have been avoided by the simple expedient of making the policy implementation date the for all users October 31.
Some may think this is an overreaction but I grew up part of the time in the Jim Crow South and I’ve seen the devastating effects of treating one group differently. It does something to you when your black friend can only get a beer if he drinks it in the alley behind the bar.
I guess I should have expected it but Sansar was starting to show some promise because regular users were starting to have an influence. There was at least a faint glimmer of hope. Then true to form Linden Lab shoots itself in the foot with its new Sansar Store policies.
If you want a virtual world to develop you don’t discriminate against your users. The overly long restriction to only some chosen few were bad enough. It seemed LL had realized the folly of their ways-WRONG.
I agree with the person on the Discord server who said “I’m starting to see…a message behind the decision : “If you are not confident that you will sell enough to afford the subscription, then you are not good enough, go away.”” I think people will !
There have been some changes in Sansar after six weeks. Now you can add more and even buy attachments and even some clothing. But there is still very little to do except look around unless you are what LL calls an experience creator and have some expertise in external software.
There is more to do in VR mode (I can do both desktop and VR modes.) but it’s still not much unless you enjoy throwing things or re-stacking blocks. It seems like my approximately month between Sansar visits is more than adequate. While there are some changes there aren’t that many.
Things are looking up for dancing since they say you can now stream music into Sansar. It will be a while before the first DJ’s because the only “dancing” is waving your arms around in VR.
I’ve heard talk that something that is done in another virtual world is you can attach sensors to your legs and your avatar can follow your dance moves. Frankly LL I think this is a bad idea for Sansar. Besides I gotten good at office chair dancing.
When Sansar first opened its beta product to any users, I said it seemed more like an alpha product. If I mentioned the basic thing missing like the ability to sit or the lack of in world building tools. Most of the responses had, “It’s early days yet.”
It was early days a year ago! NOT after three years of development from a company that claimed an advantage it had was its experience with virtual worlds. Let see the virtual world of Second Life has been open fourteen years. Did LL just ignore all that experience.