Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Dear Linden Lab...


I know you guys are pretty busy, but I had some things I wanted to talk to you about. This won't take long, I promise.

There's a lot of things wrong in Second Life that we all think you need to fix. Now I won't get into the huge things, like lag and content theft. Those are all way more talked about in other groups and on other blogs, and by people a lot more knowledgeable about those issues than I am. But there are other issues!

1. Group limits.

What is up with 25 groups? Now maybe you've seen it [but I'm kind of doubting it], but there was a Jira opened in 2007 asking for more groups. And if it was necessary in 2007, it's more than necessary now with more people owning land and businesses and getting involved in the SL community. And I've heard the "reasons" behind the limit. The grid can't support it, chat lag would be bad, etc etc etc. If that was true in 2007...why is it still true now? We're less than 2 months away from it being 2010. If nothing has upgraded to handle a few more groups, well, I don't know about anyone else, but I find that pretty unacceptable.

What if it were just the premium account holders that got more groups? Would that be too taxing on what appears to be a very delicate system? Speaking of which....

2. More goodies for premium account holders.

Don't get me wrong, I like being a premium account. I get to own land, I get help pretty quick if I need it, and I get my little allowance every week. But what do people who don't want to own land get? Because honestly, while the customer service is pretty good when I've needed it...it's been well over a year since I've needed it.

If you want people to become premium members [and c'mon, you know you do], then we need more goodies! More group spots, more profile picks spots, maybe a little higher stipend or discounts on land tier once in a while. Heck, give us a premium Linden bear! Just something to get more people into being premium.

3. Unusable ocean.

So I own an island, right? And we're surrounded by pretty water. Pretty water that we can barely use without terraforming in our land! Why are Linden waters not open? I want a real, honest, technical answer as to why we can't sail off the island and keep going. How much fun would it be if we could set sail and go visiting? Or at least expand the area of water we can use around the island so we don't have to give up so much of the actual land.

Those are just 3 things. There are other things, but a lot of them, you probably know about already. Don't take any of this the wrong way. I love Second Life and I intend on sticking around for a while. I understand you all must be under so much pressure to fix this and that and handle tons of things. But as island owning premium resident, I'd kind of like to know more where my money is going and what's getting fixed, or why things can't be different.

But still, kudos on giving us this place. I really have enjoyed myself here.


Ali's Thanks of the Day - I'm thankful for Linden Lab and Second Life, because without it, I would never have been able to be blessed to meet such wonderful people that I simply cannot live without now. :)


Isabeau said...

The open water thing would be great. My half sim faces water I can't use. My neighbor had to rent a slip on a group of water sims to sail his boats. It's annoying, and we're already paying for the damn land, so why pay more for a slip on another sim? Sheesh.

And yes, the lack of perks is why I haven't upgraded to premium. Why pay that much for 300Ls per week? Meh.

Amie Adamski said...

I really think that everyone should be able to start out with like 1000L when they sign up. That is hardly anything and if people get a little taste of what money can buy you maybe some no payment people will buy more money. It would just be enough to get some nice clothes and skins

Adric said...

For #2, Adric wuvs u very much and you get the sound.


I pay $8 a month and 20ish per quarter and I get the "right" to pay them for land. Nothing else.

Tymmerie Thorne said...

The water thing is why I am happy to own mainland. When I lived on a private island, that drove me crazy. But now we can build our own little islands, swim, boat. The Rt. 7 waterway crosses part of out land and boaters go by all the time. I love that.

And OMG I agree with raising group limits and better premium benefits.

Great post!