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Posted: Nov 16th 2009 9:42AM (Unverified) said

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Isn't this gold provider program obsolete now with the launch of Nebraska?
If they're getting $55000 per company for a packaged firewalled Second Life, why do they need a 'gold provider program' at all? There's still the solution provider directory... and if companies are paying $55000 each, then they can just pick out candidates from that directory. am I wrong?

Posted: Nov 16th 2009 9:52AM (Unverified) said

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Ah, no - this was regional language support and regional localized portals. Currency exchanges, websites and inworld mini-continents run by partners for the top-priority non-English-speaking countries. Whole different ball of wax.
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Posted: Nov 16th 2009 10:29AM (Unverified) said

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To me, it makes far more sense to include localized support all rolled in with the other localizations which have been made available recently. Fully themed areas can be difficult to manage on a full time basis, especially if the immediate benefits are not apparent. How close were these local providers to the SL community? Exactly what did they provide which LL or similar resident groups could not? And what is the relationship between these local providers and the Global Provider program? Is it a program which they are paid to be a part of? or is it the other way around?

Posted: Nov 16th 2009 10:53AM (Unverified) said

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Hmm I don't know how much I'm allowed to comment on this, but I might say that one of those "Global Provider Programs" were keen to break all rules set in the contract for personal benefit, aware that Linden Lab would hardly be able to track them down due to the language barrier...

Maybe they rethought their strategy because of that. I can agree that it's not easy to become "Second Life's representative in a country" without a massive support team and a full-blown local advertising campaign...

The Community Gateways seem to fit in the "gap" between "zero personalisation/localisation" (e.g. LL's own Orientation Areas) and "full immersion in a culture/language" that oversees all the aspects of the platform: orientation, welcome, training, land sales & parcel lease, culturally-tailored content...

Posted: Nov 17th 2009 2:38PM (Unverified) said

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when will I be allowed to read about whatever happened and who was involved and such?
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