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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.

 

sansar

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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Why has Linden Lab chosen to insult its existing Second Life user base?

Why has Linden Lab chosen to insult its existing Second Life user base both by setting Project Sansar as a separate new product and allowing access to the developing future project by those few it deems worthy?

LL has an asset that none of the other upcoming Virtual Reality worlds has and that is an established user base of existing virtual world users. But LL has chosen to ignore that advantage and go off and develop just another limited new VR world like all the others that are coming out.

I for one with my ten years’ experience in Second Life would have been pleased to be involved in helping to develop an updated SL. In effect I would have had “skin in the game“ so I would be loyal to a future LL project. Now like many of the other long term SL users I will ignore Sansar when it come out and I have no loyalty to Linden Lab’s future project.