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Posted: Aug 17th 2009 2:17PM (Unverified) said

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Sure, Second Life users analyze each scrap of information more than those of other world platforms but I would submit they got that way for a reason (other than their freakishly large heads).

Zindra is a good example. We are screamed "DOOM!" "SHAME!" for months trying to stop the unstoppable change which from what I've seen on the ground there is working. As for the age verification fear, it's more inclined to let you pass with bunk than unjustly deny. Maybe there wasn't a way to convince us of that end, but the normal route of a blog post that only starts a comment war isn't cutting it and the test area (which this blog reported first) was the least comforting attempt at comfort since baby shaking was tried to quiet crying babies.

I would have expected more than a few blurry camera phone pictures of a maybe less than alpha client and M Linden slide show with Linden Bears if this was more than a conference, but people will see what they will (or want).

Linden can accept their part in creating what users perceive by inclusion in more aspects of the user experience than just reading the decision that has been made on their blog. They loose no real secrets by being more open and gain goodwill and trust with something like an advisory council of residents from all sectors (as opposed to the loud voices now we hear who all seem to have their own business or other interests).


Posted: Aug 17th 2009 9:36PM (Unverified) said

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@ Adric: There was an advisory panel of SL users that LL flew to San Francisco a few times in 2006. They were called Second Life Views.

http://secondlife.wikia.com/wiki/Second_Life_Views

Posted: Aug 18th 2009 2:40AM (Unverified) said

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That was before my time, but still interesting. Looks like it sort of died which is sad because I think it could work if they choose real residents (not those of us with blogs and loud opinions who would go in with their minds made up).

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Posted: Aug 17th 2009 11:44PM (Unverified) said

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I think it would help if the Lindens kept us updated with a solid roadmap document (that they also followed themselves.) As Tateru has noted previously, we hate surprises. A solid roadmap helps us prepare for the future.

We're also worried about stagnation - good html on a prim for example we've been waiting on for two and a half years since the first tech demos and now we have an alpha of webkit on a prim via the alpha plugin architecture, still a long way from complete. If they have a roadmap they need to stick to it... tighter than they have previously.

The SL community certainly needs to back off and let the lindens extend the platform and service, but they certainly need to support us in feeling confident in their plan. Just my two cents as always.

Posted: Aug 18th 2009 12:22AM (Unverified) said

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You know, Phil, we'd find it an awful lot easier to "let go a bit" if, so many times in the past, "Try to work with us" hadn't been a code word for "Bend Over, Here It Comes Again."

Posted: Aug 18th 2009 5:14AM Joystiq Login Bugs SUCK said

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Original: "Try to work with us. Let go a bit."
Truth: "Please unzip your wallets a little more sucker^h^h^h^h^h^h residents, you are getting too stingy"

Posted: Aug 18th 2009 9:26AM (Unverified) said

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If LL want the users to work with them they could at least use lube.

Posted: Aug 18th 2009 1:22PM (Unverified) said

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So much snark!

Trying to be everything for everyone will (at best) only be "some" things for only "some" people. But I'm glad LL attempts it anyways.

They have heard the masses chanting "Fixes not Features" and to give LL some credit, it seems clear they've adjusted their priorities. I'm all for stability and performance, but feature stagnation helps LL's competitors just as much as lag and crashes do.

I missed the hint of a possible suspected acquisition/merger. The nearest thing I heard was Philip's cryptic promise that avatars in SL would look better three years from now. They could develop that in house from scratch with that kind of timeframe.

Posted: Aug 18th 2009 2:02PM (Unverified) said

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If there is one things the SL Views showed me is the fact that LL isn't looking for advise, they're just looking for support. In the end it's their platform so they do whatever they want and we as users have the option to leave if we don't feel comfortable with the direction LL is taken us. Needless to say it would affect LL if too many of us leave. Because of that reason, I do feel it is important that we as users are very vocal to keep LL in touch with reality and I'm a bit disappointed that LL doesn't seem to agree with that. LOL - that's probably the reason why they never respond to me! Robin ... where are you?

Posted: Aug 23rd 2009 7:48AM (Unverified) said

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LL created the present image of themselves by the dismal and repeated abuse of their customer base, all for a mythological "future clientele that doesn't know we exist yet".

It doesn't matter how good something is for you, if it's served in the middle of a shit sandwich. They never learn, do they?



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