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Posted: Dec 24th 2008 12:03AM (Unverified) said

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Given our experience with the SP directory, I'm not entirely convinced that the Lindens fully grasp this new-fangled web thingy.

Posted: Dec 24th 2008 12:51AM (Unverified) said

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Well, this was made by a highly successful web development company, not the Lab. Of course, that doesn't necessarily help if the customer insists on something daffy anyway.

But still, the Lab says this is working better, and we don't have any data to the contrary.
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Posted: Dec 24th 2008 12:48AM Joystiq Login Bugs SUCK said

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I went looking for the "Economic" Statistics link last night to see how many regions had been dropped MTD in December and gave up.

Maybe that is the aim of this game's writers... make it impossible to find anything?

Posted: Dec 24th 2008 12:51AM (Unverified) said

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Down 1,535 to Midnight 22 December.
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Posted: Dec 24th 2008 1:58AM (Unverified) said

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I can't believe it took a highly sucessful web development firm to come up with 15 picture boxes.

I also can't believe that LL has their webpage on the top of their improvements list.

here's a few of my theories:

a) firefox has an addon called cooliris. I'm guessing the web development firm just copied the cooliris look so they didn't have to work too hard on appearance. They are hoping that cooliris feel will catch on as the future of web browsing.

b) LL doesn't want people on their webpages. Perhaps the past metrics showed that some people are just that stupid that they believed the old homepage was actually Second Life.

c) LL wanted the complete opposite of the previous. LL now wants simple pictures and no text.

d) Companies and corporations respond to "sleek". The old website, although completely functional, was not attractive to big spenders.

Posted: Dec 24th 2008 8:18PM Grok said

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The Cooliris look and feel is borrowed heavily from what Apple's been doing for the iPod and iPhone for the last couple of years. The design is a fairly well used trend now, so I don't think you can pinpoint it to one source.

It works here in my opinion.
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Posted: Dec 24th 2008 2:26AM (Unverified) said

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They claimed that the new SP directory was working better than the old one as well. The fact that it took 10 minutes or more (no hyperbole needed) to find a listing and that we received a grand total of 3 hits the entire time we were listed (about 9months) seemed to be inconsequential to LL - they ignored all the suggestions put forward at the meeting. Just as long as it was better than the old one.

Posted: Dec 24th 2008 3:07AM (Unverified) said

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It's quite disheartening for users to attempt to provide input or collaborate with the Lab. The Lab rarely, if ever, reveals what its targets for a project are, and discard any suggestions that don't lead towards their goals.

The Lab certainly seems to be succeeding -- That is, it appears to be meeting all of its self-set goals on these projects... whatever they are. It is difficult to successfully contribute to any of these endeavors except by serendipity.
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Posted: Dec 24th 2008 3:14AM (Unverified) said

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Their consultation with users seems to be a purely political measure. Plus it's easy to say you've achieved goals when nobody knows what they are beforehand. An open question: Holistically is SL better or worse than it was a year ago?
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Posted: Dec 24th 2008 2:49AM (Unverified) said

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As it is i think it would bring more first time users than the previous front page, but still does not give a realy full and powerful show of what SL has to offer. In the end they still have to perfect the most important part of joining SL so that people stay.

Posted: Dec 24th 2008 3:20AM (Unverified) said

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I do not believe we will get more first time users until we have a triumphant video.

/bill_and_ted

=)
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Posted: Dec 24th 2008 4:38AM (Unverified) said

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I'm sure that 'more effectiveness' is because I hit the 'free membership' & 'start now' buttons trice in stead of the picture image because I suck at scrolling & keeping track what I already clicked. *nods*

Posted: Dec 24th 2008 9:03AM (Unverified) said

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Flash-for-Flash's sake.

I'm sure these designers were using BLINK and BGSOUND tags ineffectively when that was new and annoying.

Posted: Dec 24th 2008 10:30AM (Unverified) said

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What this page really needs is some midi-muzak playing in the background!

Posted: Dec 24th 2008 10:38AM (Unverified) said

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Mmmh it all boils down to taste really. From LL's marketing department point of view, what counts is that the new webpage, from their point of view, is more effective, according to their (unpublished) metrics and (unknown) trials. That's what counts. If it's nice or ugly, well, with 16 million residents potential submitting input, it would be pretty much impossible achieve consensus. It's obvious that companies cannot work that way.

On companies requesting "democratic input" from their customers (but then pretty much doing what they want/need/wish), read this blog article from DreamHost's CEO. It should shed some light on how LL actually thinks, too.

Posted: Dec 24th 2008 10:39AM (Unverified) said

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Pfft, embedded URLs don't work any more. Here goes the missing URL for the above comment:

http://blog.dreamhost.com/2008/11/25/democracy-at-dreamhost/

Posted: Dec 24th 2008 11:17AM (Unverified) said

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I HATED the old home page and while I find this new one a bit cumbersome to get around, I like the direction the designers are taking us in. As a long time resident, I would have liked to have seen a better mix of avatar depictions but that is a pretty minor nit-pick on an otherwise positive change.

Posted: Dec 24th 2008 1:14PM (Unverified) said

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When is massively going to show imvu some love? The service has arguably more users than SL, a larger UGC virtual catalog, and a lot of users who also play WoW.

Posted: Dec 24th 2008 8:04PM Grok said

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I find the new design much more engaging than the previous. I get a much better sense of what the game is about and I'm more inclined to click around and see what's up. My only concern is the disjointed feel I get once I click on a link and it takes me to a page that barely resembles the splash page.




Posted: Dec 26th 2008 1:43PM (Unverified) said

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My first reaction to this design was "WTH" but then after playing with it for a while, it does accomplish the first impressions goal. Within 15 seconds you basically know what Second Life is all about. Unfortunately once you click on any link the layout and colors change so drastically that it gives you the impression you're on a different site. Weird approach...

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