Kat Ravenhurst Posted May 29, 2019 Share Posted May 29, 2019 (edited) This is going to be a long one, so bear with me, heavy doses of "rights conflict " balancing, but the goal I'd like to keep in mind is the best experience for *everyone* I really do think SL is perhaps on the brink of a mini Renaissance brought about by a spate for forward thinking policy changes from mainland bonuses to LI to the new Linden Homes, and I'm very happy to see this, but one thing about the interview Patch gave the Bellisserian caught my attention as worthy of talking about here and that's the idea of Linden Homes as starter homes that some people will graduate from when they desire more "freedom", at which point they will go to mainland rental or purchase. And I'm not sure that's how things will play out, on the whole (although maybe it is, in which case: rock on, LL) The rub here is that "freedom from" is as important as "freedom to". Now before this already gets needlessly contentious, let me begin by saying that I do support the idea of mainland being the place of maximum freedom in builds. There absolutely will always be a market for that and it allows those who place "personal expression" above all else a place to be themselves within the broad parameters of the TOS. THIS IS UN DISPUTEDLY A GOOD THING. The problem is going to be that I foresee a day, and not far off when, those who can live happily on a diet of 350 LI and within a strict covenant stay largely on the Linden Homes continents. Those who need more LI but like themed living will own or rent on estates. And mainland will be for the anarchists.... except even anarchists don't necessarily want to be surrounded by full bright whatchits, yellow tape, and spinning red *for sale signs*. Those things won't attract a lot of new buyers, especially among people who were wooed into SL by generous premium benefits and gorgeous home plots. "But, Kaos", you may say: "that's what de render options and sky palaces are for". Yes, that works for some. But it leads to a lack of a sense of community... and the newfound sense of community in Bellisseria, for example, is exactly what is driving the nascent Renaissance. So I see this as a problem that may only escalate on mainland in future. What if we could find some way that wasn't client side, to address this? I know parcel owner "derender things outside my parcel for visitors- and make that opt in" on the server side is just not doable. I know that Windlight settings can only obscure so much of what the neighbor's cats drag in. Even w/ EEP (which is still quite a topic) I know that throwing up parcel walls is just ugly, and again: isolating AF. But, what can we do to make mainland a place people will want to visit/ own? I'm no scripter, but is there a way to project a parcel Windlight sky on a tall screen that is phantom and invisible from the outward facing side, so people can effectively have just sky & water as a view for their visitors, but the neighbors aren't inconvenienced? Help me find a win/win here for all in Second Life. Edited May 29, 2019 by Kitten Kaos 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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