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Skill Gaming Policy Update: Addons "unapproved" tag?


Lance Swain
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Hello, 

I'm posting regarding the latest changes to the Skilled Gaming Policy, more specifically, the tag for the requirements for addons:

2) include “[slgaming- unapproved]” as a prefix in the root object name field;

Now, in this policy it also states:

Is there a list of approved add-ons?
Because add-ons do not require express approval, Linden Lab will not maintain a list.

Forgive me, but, this seems....unnecessary and confusing to the players. I showed this to several of my players and was told it seemed "fishy" and could be considered "untrustworthy" to those new to Second Life and/or Skilled Gaming.

Linden Labs, why would you have us put this if you're not going to require approval for addons? Winx, Wink SK, required approval and those are addons?

I'm just going to say this, why mess with something that was working fine the way it was? There is a classic saying, "If it isn't broke, don't fix it" and this will seriously make things more difficult than it has to be. There may be a reason that we're not being told, but understand where the Skilled Gaming Operators and Profit Split Partners like myself are coming from. Someone is bound to ask questions, and if they do, we'll point them to the Policy.

But not everyone will ask questions.
Instead, their first instinct will be to report abuse or, just stop playing altogether....

If you don't plan on making a list of approved addons, don't make us look suspicious by forcing SLSGOs to write "unapproved" on the addons. Simple.

 

- Lance

P.S. What exactly does Linden Labs consider an "addon"? Slidedown/300 Games contests? Replays? 

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As I've created several popular Skill Gaming Addons, I figured I'd respond right quick.

I wanted to point out that the add on policy is fine -- but this [slgaming-unapproved] does sends a bad message to player, as if we're running something we should not be or otherwise is against policy, even though the operators (ideally through their attorneys) have determined that it is infact, per policy and allowed.

I have opened a case with the lab on this, requesting that this be changed to [slgaming-addon] or something similar.  "unapproved" is ridiculous, and how no one thought this was a bad idea defies logic.

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I totally agree with Lance.

We also need to know what is an add-on and what is not. 

Wink SK and Winx are approved add-ons but, to be compliant with the new Policy, should they include "[slgaming-unapproved]" ?... 

I vote for [slgaming-addon] for those things that override the regular payment by the game and [slgaming-promotional] for Contests Boards, Replay etc. 

Pluto

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