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Alternate accounts... multiple identities... We all have them in some  way or another. Perhaps in real life you're an entrepreneur in the  morning, soccer mom in the afternoon, and vegetarian chef in the  evening. In Second Life, you get to externalize these roles in  customized, uniquely identifiable personas — otherwise known as alt  accounts. How cool is that?

There are great reasons for having more than one account in  Second Life, and we like to facilitate these uses. One of the ways we  protect these legitimate accounts is by limiting the creation and use of  illegitimate alt accounts — primarily fraudsters and people bent on  disruptive behaviors. Below you'll find answers to commonly asked  questions.

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How do I create an alt account?

Creating alt accounts uses the same process as creating your first  Second Life account.

  1. Go to join.secondlife.com.
  2. Fill in the information and click Create Account at the  bottom. Your email address and other details may be the same as your  first account, but of course, your Second Life name is different.

What does it cost to create additional Basic  accounts?

Your first Basic account is free, and we won't charge you for a few  alternate accounts. If we find that you've been creating an army of  alts, we may charge a small fee of US$9.95 for the creation of each  additional Basic account as a way to recoup some of the cost of  maintaining the accounts for you. This is explained further in section 1  of the Second  Life Billing Policies, which are linked to from our Terms of  Service. (Note that in the billing policies, "Access Account" means  Basic account and a "Subscription Account" means a Premium account.)

What if I have a Premium account already?

Your first account, paid or not, counts as your free Basic account.  The free Basic account is meant as an incentive to new Residents to try  Second Life with no associated charges. If you have many accounts  already, additional accounts may incur an associated cost for  maintenance.

How many alts may I have?

Currently, you can create as many additional Basic or Premium  accounts as you want to pay for, with the following limitations:

  • You can create up to five accounts per household.
  • You can create no more than two accounts in a single 24-hour  period.

We do require that alt accounts adhere to all of our policies. For  example, by agreeing to our Terms of  Service (TOS) you agree to provide truthful and accurate information  about yourself when you register for accounts — that includes not only  your contact information and real name but also whether this is your  first free Basic account or a new alt (see TOS section 2.1). People who  do not provide truthful information risk losing their accounts.

How are these policies enforced?

We have various means of detecting illegitimate accounts and  enforcing necessary limits to prevent fraud and other disruptive uses of  Second Life and LindeX services. For security reasons, we cannot reveal  exactly how our fraud detection processes operate.

What are the consequences of creating or  using illegitimate alts?

When we find people with accounts that have not been paid for and are  in violation of our policies, we may, at our discretion and in  alignment with our Terms of Service, take any or all of the following  actions:

  • Prevent them from creating additional accounts
  • Close some or all of their accounts until payment is made
  • Close all of their accounts permanently

So, we know no system is perfect. If you have legitimate reasons for  creating multiple accounts but have been unable to do so:

  • Residents with a Basic account should go to Help Island and  talk to someone there.
  • If you have a Premium account, you can submit a support ticket.

We're always striving to balance the desire to see people use Second  Life in the most robust and interesting ways possible with maintaining  the security and stability of the systems that hold it all together.  Thanks for joining us in creating this new world.

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Alternate accounts... multiple identities... We all have them in some  way or another. Perhaps in real life you're an entrepreneur in the  morning, soccer mom in the afternoon, and vegetarian chef in the  evening. In Second Life, you get to externalize these roles in  customized, uniquely identifiable personas — otherwise known as alt  accounts. How cool is that?

There are great reasons for having more than one account in  Second Life, and we like to facilitate these uses. One of the ways we  protect these legitimate accounts is by limiting the creation and use of  illegitimate alt accounts — primarily fraudsters and people bent on  disruptive behaviors. Below you'll find answers to commonly asked  questions.

Contents

How do I create an alt account?

Creating alt accounts uses the same process as creating your first  Second Life account.

  1. Go to join.secondlife.com.
  2. Fill in the information and click Create Account at the  bottom. Your email address and other details may be the same as your  first account, but of course, your Second Life name is different.

What does it cost to create additional Basic  accounts?

Your first Basic account is free, and we won't charge you for a few  alternate accounts. If we find that you've been creating an army of  alts, we may charge a small fee of US$9.95 for the creation of each  additional Basic account as a way to recoup some of the cost of  maintaining the accounts for you. This is explained further in section 1  of the Second  Life Billing Policies, which are linked to from our Terms of  Service. (Note that in the billing policies, "Access Account" means  Basic account and a "Subscription Account" means a Premium account.)

What if I have a Premium account already?

Your first account, paid or not, counts as your free Basic account.  The free Basic account is meant as an incentive to new Residents to try  Second Life with no associated charges. If you have many accounts  already, additional accounts may incur an associated cost for  maintenance.

How many alts may I have?

Currently, you can create as many additional Basic or Premium  accounts as you want to pay for, with the following limitations:

  • You can create up to five accounts per household.
  • You can create no more than two accounts in a single 24-hour  period.

We do require that alt accounts adhere to all of our policies. For  example, by agreeing to our Terms of  Service (TOS) you agree to provide truthful and accurate information  about yourself when you register for accounts — that includes not only  your contact information and real name but also whether this is your  first free Basic account or a new alt (see TOS section 2.1). People who  do not provide truthful information risk losing their accounts.

How are these policies enforced?

We have various means of detecting illegitimate accounts and  enforcing necessary limits to prevent fraud and other disruptive uses of  Second Life and LindeX services. For security reasons, we cannot reveal  exactly how our fraud detection processes operate.

What are the consequences of creating or  using illegitimate alts?

When we find people with accounts that have not been paid for and are  in violation of our policies, we may, at our discretion and in  alignment with our Terms of Service, take any or all of the following  actions:

  • Prevent them from creating additional accounts
  • Close some or all of their accounts until payment is made
  • Close all of their accounts permanently

So, we know no system is perfect. If you have legitimate reasons for  creating multiple accounts but have been unable to do so:

  • Residents with a Basic account should go to Help Island and  talk to someone there.
  • If you have a Premium account, you can submit a support ticket.

We're always striving to balance the desire to see people use Second  Life in the most robust and interesting ways possible with maintaining  the security and stability of the systems that hold it all together.  Thanks for joining us in creating this new world.

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You can have more - up to 5. You cannot create more than 2 in a 24 hour period. To create more, just create the others the same as you created the first. Each one counts as a separate account - LL does NOT tie them together (so things like age verification, payment info, need to be done for each separately).

http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Linden_Lab_Official:Alt_Account_FAQ

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There is another possible answer here - The question did ask about another avatar, not another account!


You can have as many avatars in one account as you like!

If you right-click on yourself, and go to edit appearance, you will see a button on that window that says make outfit.  Use that to save the appearance you have now.  (with practice, you can build them into a folder directly.)  Your look will be saved into one folder.  ( Careful of No-copy items - they won't go away, but may get moved around later.) Now, you can change yourself any way you want, and still get back if you need to.  buy outfits, even whole avatars, or experiment with what's in the free "library" section of your inventory - whatever look you like, you can save as another outfit.

 

Customizing your appearance can be one of the most fun activities in SL...

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