Wednesday, October 29, 2008

LL, Are you serious?

You have already heard about the new policy of LL, about openspace pricing. It must be a joke, but as we experienced in the past, LL never make jokes. It is always serious business. We learn them how to improve their "game", and what do we get in return? Increased costs, because after advertising to use openspace sims, they now think there is too much traffic, so the owners need to pay more. How ridiculous.

"So Openspaces have been incredibly popular as a perk for estate owners, but sadly there is a twist. Unfortunately most of the Openspaces are being used for much more than light use. Based on analysis performed in August and September, Openspaces are being used about twice as much as we expected, in other words being loaded with double the content/avatar load than we’d expect for a region that is supposed to be light use."

It has no use to explain on this blog whether it is justified or not, but as we already know for a long time, LL pulls the strings and we are the puppets. If you don't like it, leave this virtual world and look for another one. That is the message we get.

You can also read a reaction on RightAsRain Rimbaud's blog.

Reading the reactions, some agree , some don't. I will post some of them to give you an idea.

"I understand the reasons for doing this, and I actually support the change. However, I am concerned about the slashing of the edu discount at the same time. Given that a campus is someplace that is more likely to necessitate openspace (and even the proper use thereof) to establish mirroring of RL/SL environs to facilitate initial acceptance and bridging, this effective 214% setup jump and 333% maintenance jump is a difficult thing to justify on the meager academic budgets we have.
At this point, it almost becomes pointless to have edu openspaces, and I feel this is limiting edu expansion in secondlife unduly (or perhaps I should say, disproportionately), given that edu is a key constituent of your userbase.
Respectfully submitted for your consideration,

Kyle Thorn
Second Life Coordinator
Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy"

"First - this is not about abuse, that was just a lie to try to distract you from the real reason for the price increase - Gree.
Second - ranting about LL is going to lose customers - that's silly. They don't care about individuals. they're aiming at corporate users now that their proof-of-concept has worked.
Third - ranting at all is a waste of time. Decisions were already made. This was not a request for comments but an announcement of what is going to happen.
Fourth - yelling at the Linden sock-puppets does nothing but increase the personal abuse level. Personal abuse is always a bad thing.
I'm having my landowner convert my sim - which is a forest, as suggested usage - to a full sim. I like the people inside SL a great deal and I am not going to screw up friendships just because LL doesn't respect its users. I would love to rant and rave and claim LL is going to kill itself with this decision, but in reality they are going to line their pockets with a bit more money and business will go on as usual.
stop thinking you are important to LL. You aren't. - Lissa Fimicoloud"

" Quote:
Originally Posted by Vryl Valkyrie
I know exactly what you are referring to and furthermore this is more than just about end users. This illegal decision effects us all. Most of the Open Space sims are rented to third parties from end users. Of course land must be rented for a profit. Trust me, without commerce, Second Life is dead. It does not take a rocket scientist to read the writing on the wall here. That's ok.. let's see how they feel about Class Action Law Suit. Now time to mute you because a good friend of mine, Obscuo Valkyrie told me a very long time ago, "don't feed the trolls" ..
What makes this illegal?
The cost of a 12 pack of coke went from $2.50 to $4.20, was that illegal?
The cost of gas went from $2.00 to $4.00, was that illegal?
The cost of a bus pass went up.
The cost of a movie tick went up.
The cost of a newspaper went up.
My utility bill went up, my cable bill went up, my internet bill went up, my phone service bill went up.
Prices increases, the costs of doing business increases, how is this any different? A virtual world is still run by a very real company that is affected by very real economics. Did they ever guarantee that their rates would stay the same forever?- Jenika Connolly."

It is clear that some are "misusing" the sims, and that the others have to pay the bill, but the question is if LL will get what they are aiming for. The future will tell.


Rightasrain said...

One of the things that is very disturbing (and there are others btw) on this void drama--is that there is NO SLA between Linden and the sim owner. There are no specifics about use/visitors etc, just some marketing info on their blog. We have had these voids for years from 1500 to 3750 prims. So now that they sold thousands more they realize that they have no idea how to manage them. And now the entire grid should eat that mistake.

How would anyone really know what is the proper usage on any sim in SL? Not even Linden knows or cares to figure this out.

And...this is same issue for full sims, so what is their next move? raise full sims to same level = twice price and no grandfathering???

Looker Lumet said...

You are absolutely right, RAR! That is what I meant, first they advertise for these voids and now, after a tremendous success they change their policy, but that is what they always did. They have no clue what they are facing, and have to change their policy after an "unexpected " success. Wat will be next, as you mentioned too?