Lindal Kidd Posted September 10, 2019 Share Posted September 10, 2019 This might be of interest. When you first sign up for SL and log in, your avatar appears on "Learning Island". After you explore there, you come to a portal that teleports you to "Social Island" where there are more "getting started" tutorials. There are actually about a dozen identical copies of Learning Island and Social Island, and when one starts to get crowded, new arrivals get sent to one of the less crowded ones. Only actual newcomers can get to Learning Island. Once you leave, you are an "experienced resident" and cannot return. Up until recently, everyone could visit any of the Social Islands. Like the older Help Island and Infohubs, this resulted in these areas attracting griefers, scammers, and troublemakers who like to shock or take advantage of new, inexperienced residents. That is still true, mostly. But LL is experimenting, trying to improve the new user experience (and thereby improve retention). On one Social Island, only newcomers can visit, just like Learning Island. They have to find out stuff for themselves, but they won't be bothered by the riff-raff. On another Social Island, members of a trained mentoring group may visit, and offer assistance to the new residents. This is similar to the old LL Mentors program, but the mentors are a resident-run group. In another experiment, there are two or three different versions of Learning Island/Social Island. There's a Romantic one, and a Science Fiction one, and I think another one, but I don't recall its theme. Anyone can visit these regions. I haven't seen any newcomers there, so I don't think the automated intake system is using them, people have to find them on their own. Kudos to LL for these experiments, and I hope the data gives useful results that lead to improvements! 9 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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