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In another thread The Great Crash of 2007 came up.

In October 2007 the Grid went down for around three days.

It seems like there is hardly any info out there.  About all I could find was this Google cached page.

For those of you who were around, what are your memories?

Or if you know links to other info, share them here.

While it was a terror to live through at the time, it is a part of Second Life History that should not be forgot.

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I actually don't remember that.  I do recall SL being down for hours at a time on a regular basis.  I'll check back in my October 2007 logs to see if I mentioned it anywhere and/or in the archived forums.

I began SL in May 2007 and in October was still visiting friends on IRC a lot so it is possilbe I just said "Whatever" and headed to IRC.

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Czari Zenovka wrote:

I actually don't remember that.  I do recall SL being down for hours at a time on a regular basis.  I'll check back in my October 2007 logs to see if I mentioned it anywhere and/or in the archived forums.

I began SL in May 2007 and in October was still visiting friends on IRC a lot so it is possilbe I just said "Whatever" and headed to IRC.

You could log in.  Occasionally TP's would work.  Occasionally you could change clothes.  But for th emost part you were stuck where stuck where you were.

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Ahh 2007, I remember it fondly. It was the year SL finally became profitable and It was the year that business got very serious very quickly for allot of us. It was the year that those thieving bastards at Ginko absconded with three quarters of a million US dollars (I'm still bitter) and it was the year that gambling was banned, changing the face of SL forever. It was also the year we lost "your world, your imagination" which was sad.

I have no details of the technical problems that befell SL in the extended downtime you are referring to, however in my memory the general cause was because of the rapidly increasing number of concurrent users that were logging on everyday. Between Jan 2007 and Dec 2007 concurrency doubled. When LL opened up free basic accounts there was a massive influx in the following couple of years and the infrastructure in place was just not equipped to cope with it. There was lots of downtime in 2007 both scheduled and unscheduled and at times the grid ground to a halt, you couldn't log in sometimes and when you could log in you could not teleport anywhere or build or do anything that did not result in frustration. So the 3 days of downtime you are reffering to were not an isolated incident, just part of long line of technical failures that plagued SL in 2006/7.

As a temporary solution LL introduced login priority for premium members and were locking out basic accounts when concurrency got too high. This helped stop the grid getting overloaded with users until they were able to stabilise things to support more people. As you can imagine, this went down like a lead balloon with allot of people. :matte-motes-big-grin:

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sitting on the perch next to the parrot at OIP watching the world die

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the funniest thing was this lady who didnt know. she just teleport in and say where is everyone

I tell her that the world was dying. she didnt believe me to start with. then tried to teleport back to her home and couldnt. so we had a chat for a bit then she say she was  going to log off and she do that. was the same with everyone else on there. they couldnt TP away so they gave up and log off

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was just me and the parrot until about 2 hours later then poof and i was dead as well. i watch the inworld online meter the whole time. was 186 left alive when it kill me

 

if I had gone nextdoor to Pooley then I maybe would have lived longer bc was still there. but I was to chikken (:

 

 

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Porky Gorky wrote:

As a temporary solution LL introduced login priority for premium members and were locking out basic accounts when concurrency got too high. This helped stop the grid getting overloaded with users until they were able to stabilise things to support more people. As you can imagine, this went down like a lead balloon with allot of people. :matte-motes-big-grin:

i remember that. was massive raging about that. like some people were even saying was discrimination against their human rights. the big eggs lol (:

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Perrie Juran wrote:


Czari Zenovka wrote:

I actually don't remember that.  I do recall SL being down for hours at a time on a regular basis.  I'll check back in my October 2007 logs to see if I mentioned it anywhere and/or in the archived forums.

I began SL in May 2007 and in October was still visiting friends on IRC a lot so it is possilbe I just said "Whatever" and headed to IRC.

You could log in.  Occasionally TP's would work.  Occasionally you could change clothes.  But for th emost part you were stuck where stuck where you were.

Ahhhh that I *do* remember.  I was working in a small club at the time and out of the blue one night no one could tp anywhere so the owner was joking about putting beds out for everyone to sleep on...until she couldn't rez anything.

I had to just keep signing in and out of the club for a day or so until I could get back home.

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I checked my SL diary and it appears I was out of the country and not in SL at the time, so missed it.

However, I have suffered through all the fun and games in '06, and like the rest of you old timers fretted about when we'd reach 17K concurrent avies in-world, and if SL would die *laughs*

I still keep a list of coordinates for my favorite places so I can login at those locations when tp is borked for me........

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Perrie Juran wrote:

You could log in.  Occasionally TP's would work.  Occasionally you could change clothes.  But for th emost part you were stuck where stuck where you were.


 

or we still logging you out. try again in 3 mins

every 3 mins for about 3 weeks. just be patient ok

jejejejee (:

 

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i remember the great search crash from back then..SL may as well have been down lol

for like a week we didn't have a search and had to rely on each others landmarks and groups to go anywhere hehehehe

it was a real pain in the butt hehehehe..

but still logged in..

the crash of three days? i can't really remember..

it's all kind of burried behind lots of other stuffs i guess hehehehe

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Perrie Juran wrote:

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The Great Crash of 2007 came up.

In October 2007 the Grid went down for around three days.

It seems like there is hardly any info out there.  About all I could find was this

For those of you who were around, what are your memories?

Or if you know links to other info, share them here.

While it was a terror to live through at the time, it is a part of Second Life History that should not be forgot.

Oh! I remember that one...I just recently talked with a friend about it! We were stuck on a weird sim, a mall with empty shops - together with about 20 others.....we sat there on a bench and IM' ed with other friends that were stuck in other places....hahaha! It was a few months after the casinos were closed and I think shortly after the debacle with the inworld banks that went bankrupt. Good times!

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What I do remember is the great SL land price crash of autumn 2006 (I think), not long after I joined.   At that time SL land prices were much, much higher than what they are now, and were rising steeply.  The grid was much smaller and the number of residents was rising rapidly and minimum land prices were about 10 times what they are now.  

Anyway, one day, for some reason, land prices started to crash and I happened to be free to be on SL so I was able to watch the unfolding events real-time as minimum land prices halved in one day.  The rumour was that one or two major land barons - perhaps they were even alts of the same person in RL - dumped all their land holdings, flooding the market.

 

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