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Linden Lab shoots itself in the foot again-expansion

shoot-yourself-in-the-foot1Wagner 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

https://help.sansar.com/hc/en-us/articles/115004872626-Updated-Policies-for-Selling-in-the-Sansar-Store

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.”

https://sansarnewsblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/27/changes-to-the-sansar-store-policies/

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.

 

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Linden Lab shoots itself in the foot again.

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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      !

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Going to the Max in Second Life

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

With thanks to Sophia Harlow

On September 22nd, Maxwell Graf issues a deeply personal, heart-breaking request via Plurk. Related to a personal situation, it included a request for people to buy from his store (in-world or on the Marketplace). The news was broken by Prim Perfect, and quickly circulated by other bloggers (my own report can a little late in the day, so to speak).

For obvious reasons Max didn’t feel comfortable in asking for more than this, despite the severity of his situation, but that hasn’t stopped friends and fellow creators from rallying around; and on Monday, September 25th, Going to the Max, a special shopping event, organised by Charlotte Bartlett, Sophia Harlow and Blazin Arubet, was announced.

Sponsored by Callie Cline, the event will run from Tuesday October 3rd through Tuesday October 10th. Details are still being put together, but the initial announcement for the event, posted to…

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Supporting Maxwell Graf

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Maxwell Graf’s Rustica

I’ve known Maxwell Graf – incredibly enough – since 2007. We’re not actually in the same social groups within Second Life and rarely hang out, but Max is the kind of person you can instantly feel at home with. We can go without talking for several months, and then an impromptu IM picks things up almost where they were left last time around. I’ve also been honoured that Max has, on occasion passed his written thoughts on subjects related to content creation, Second Life, etc., to me for thoughts and feedback – even though I’m possibly the least qualified to comment on matters of content creation.

Max is perhaps best known for his period furniture and buildings

It is as a content creator that Max is perhaps best known in Second Life. His Rustica brand is renowned for quality furnishings, building kits and more, particularly for those…

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Sansar six weeks in ☹

Willow Samsar Sept 2017 v4There 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.

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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.

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A Visit To Neive In Second Life — Ciaran Laval

ZZ Bottom misadventures in Virtual Worlds!

Inspired by Inara Pey’s blog post; Visiting ~Neive~ In Second Life, I decided to follow in Inara’s footsteps and visit Neive in Second Life. Inara had informed us about the region : ~Neive~ is a Homestead regions designed by Claudia (claudia74a Orsini) which Caitlyn and I first visited in late June 2017, when it still appeared…

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No Irma YET but she’s on her way ☹

No Irma ye lowreztThis the calm before the storm. They are predicting either Monday night or Tuesday morning Irma will get here. But only as a Category 1 storm here. Definably power outage and fallen down trees.

I’ve gotten lots of new batteries. I even paid my rent in the virtual world of Second Life ahead of time. Tomorrow I’ll move some food from the refrigerator to an ice chest. Then its fingers and toes crossed.