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    Hi everyone, I have a small update for you regarding the Linden Homes covenant today. This is in response to the many questions we’ve had surrounding forms of commercialism within the new Linden Homes. The general gist here is: if it feels commercial, then you probably shouldn’t be doing it. Here is the text of the addition to the covenant which goes into effect today: Activities and items that could be construed as commercial and for profit by Linden Lab are not permitted in the residential homes and houseboats in Bellisseria. As a note of clarification and to call out a specific use case example: If a content creator is using a Linden Home as a display model to feature content they’ve created specifically for a Linden Home, this by itself is ok. What you may not do is put up signage on the parcel that advertises it, your store, brand, redirect people away from the home for purchases, etc. You can not sell items off your parcel. What you can do is direct people to your Linden Home as a demonstrator of your creations from elsewhere (your main store or marketplace listings). Also, the little cafe/pub type places that have popped up are really awesome and fun, but should also follow the same sorts of guidelines. We think in spirit, the desire to maintain the community feel of the neighborhood and homes, that this small adjustment to the covenant will help to make things clear that these are homes, not stores or shops. We have other plans in place to satisfy requests for something like a yard sale, where you could feature Linden Homes add-ons in a communal area already in place, to come soon™.
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    UPDATE: We have heard your feedback. There will be no change to group limits for basic accounts: https://community.secondlife.com/blogs/entry/2559-group-limits-update-no-changes-for-basic-members/ OP: _____ Hi! This started out as a brief clarification on some things causing confusion, and has turned into a long bullet-point list. Rather than replying to the numerous threads on the forums, I'm going to try to put it all together here. As long as the conversation remains civil, I'll do my best to respond to questions. Please point the pitchforks away from my eyes though... Land prices: Full estates get ~$20/mo reduction in price. For the first time we are also reducing GF/BD region pricing. This is not a frivolous gift to the 1%. This has real and proven effects on the rents many more pay. Premium prices are going up on June 24. Starting June 3 and until June 24, Premium accounts have 3 weeks to pre-pay an additional cycle of premium at the old rates. Best deal is, of course, prepaying for annual regardless of your current level. We hope you can take advantage of it. If you’re paying quarterly today, you can continue as quarterly. We will no longer offer it to new premium signups. With the new prices, VAT will be charged on monthly and quarterly but not annual (of course only in the countries where VAT applies). We looked. We hadn’t raised premium prices in the history of premium prices in SL. Crazy! A lot of value has been added to premium over the last few years (new Linden Homes, double tier, reduced mainland prices, premium access, more offline IMs, more transaction history, more groups, more animesh, experiences, and yet more to come) and we are raising prices to reflect that. We’re not lowering limits out of spite, groups really are quite a strain on our back end for a variety of painful historical reasons, including overloading group functionality instead of having other tools. This subject alone is worth a novel liberally sprinkled with tears. So anyway, we don’t hate basic users, and in fact we work hard to retain our free-to-play offering as one of the most generous across many industries. But yes, no big surprise, we do want to nudge active residents to become subscribers, because we think it’s a great value, and - as many have noted - we’re also running a business. But no, we're not shutting our doors to non-premium residents. Rumors of our insanity and villainy have been slightly exaggerated. Fees to process credit are going up, effective June 24. L$ buy fees are not. Yes, this is another step in rebalancing the economy. It’s also the right step, because the regulatory climate has evolved dramatically since SL first started out, and in order to continue to offer a platform for creators to actually make money, we have a lot of ongoing work to keep up with those regulations. Compliance is generally no fun (shh don’t tell our compliance people I said so - they’re wonderful and actually think it’s fun!) but it keeps all of us in business and the bad guys out. If we weren't doing this work, we would literally have to stop offering the ability to process credit. We’re making lasting investments into SL in infrastructure, features, and content. While we set aside some special morsels only for premium members, the work we are doing benefits everyone - region crossings, attachment reliability, marketplace improvements, inventory stability, land auctions - are just a few examples. No one project will please all of our residents, but we make an effort to address the needs of all communities in turn. We can’t get everything done immediately, but we’re focused and determined to keep SL successful and evolving. It’s a unique and thriving world we work hard to support. Look, this is obviously a bitter pill. We can't keep slashing land prices at the rate we did last year. We can’t raise other prices and yet keep everyone happy. But we sincerely believe this is the best path forward - and hope you will come around too. P.S. we haven't given up on Last Names either.
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    With all due respect, I would like you guys to reconsider this. If the groups are causing unnecessary constraint, then perhaps they should be fixed. They should be fixed regardless of any selling points because a simple look at Jira will reveal many problems with groups that already exist. Taking away group spaces from basic members, while increasing fees, instead of working towards a permanent solution, does not sit right. From a creator's point of view, groups play the *biggest* role in advertising our new products. It is how we get sales. How do we expect newer creators to emerge without the ability to easily recruit customers to their group? Increasing fees is one thing, actively hurting our way to sell is my biggest concern here. I also wholeheartedly believe that Linden Lab is more than capable of selling premium membership without taking away features from it's basic account holders. You have a very capable team there. We believe in you guys. We hold you all to a higher standard. I appreciate that this is a privately owned company, and you guys don't realistically owe us a thing. But I still have hope in my heart and again, respectfully, in good faith, would like you guys to reconsider this one.
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    Did you think you were going somewhere?
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    I am aware that LL is trying to shift the economy away from a tier-based economy. I am aware that this is not easy. I agree that it is long overdue and vital to the long term survival of SL. However, the last few rounds -- including this one -- have targeted creators disproportionately. Doubling the credit processing fee actually is a huge deal, and directly affects the livelihood of people who make a living or supplement their incomes here. It may seem like peanuts compared to "industry standards", but that's beside the point; people who depend on SL income are affected by SL fees, not what others might charge. (Reminder: most creators are not wealthy elites who wade in cash and sneer at the riff-raff.) A few of the other changes will also indirectly affect creators. Reducing the group count will make it harder to reach customers. Reducing the number of offline IMs will make it harder to communicate with customers. (As a side note, taking away benefits is a very unfortunate way of treating customers/users -- google "loss aversion" to see why this is a psychological blunder even if it saves a few pennies.) No, I have not forgotten about the $20 cut in full region tier. It is a step in the right direction, although it will clearly not lead to dramatic changes. And it does not come close to making up for the doubled credit processing fee. It is worth remembering that almost all of the content in SL is not made by LL. It's made by us -- some for free, some for profit. It is starting to feel as if LL is taking creators for granted (where else are they going to go, right?) and by extension, taking consumers for granted. Because in the end, this affects consumers as well. If this trend continues, creators will be faced with some unpleasant choices: cut cost through outsourcing and more cookie-cutter products, raise prices, or close shop. Dear Linden Lab: If you want to preserve the creative vitality and healthy economy of Second Life, it's time to rethink and rebalance your strategy. Continuing down this path is not good for creators, not good for customers, and ultimately not good for your business.
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    I am pleased to announce the addition of another 709 houseboats to the Bellisseria continent today! The Houseboats are available to select as we release them via the Linden Homes Land selection page, and access to the continent addition is open. We will have a set of region restarts to go through, so please bear with us as that happens if you enter the regions right away. We know they will go very quickly, but as time goes on we will get more out, and hopefully faster. Our next focus will be to bring more Traditional Homes plus more Houseboats in another smaller launch while working in parallel to a larger launch and an exciting new theme. As usual, stay tuned here for more updates!
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    “What Do Women Want?” (Kim Addonizio, 2000) I want a red dress. I want it flimsy and cheap, I want it too tight, I want to wear it until someone tears it off me. I want it sleeveless and backless, this dress, so no one has to guess what’s underneath. I want to walk down the street past Thrifty’s and the hardware store with all those keys glittering in the window, past Mr. and Mrs. Wong selling day-old donuts in their café, past the Guerra brothers slinging pigs from the truck and onto the dolly, hoisting the slick snouts over their shoulders. I want to walk like I’m the only woman on earth and I can have my pick. I want that red dress bad. I want it to confirm your worst fears about me, to show you how little I care about you or anything except what I want. When I find it, I’ll pull that garment from its hanger like I’m choosing a body to carry me into this world, through the birth-cries and the love-cries too, and I’ll wear it like bones, like skin, it’ll be the goddamned dress they bury me in. https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/42520/what-do-women-want
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    I am on a repeatable quest of cleaning my inventory because I really hate having items I don't use. This time I wanted to have some fun doing that so I had a small photo session wearing forgotten dresses. I am even not sure why I have some of them, might be some FLF, gachas or random items bought just because they were cheap. Anyway, part one and two of Forgotten Dresses Show:
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    Inspired by @Skell Dagger & @Saravendi (...and Vermeer )
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    "Je ne suis rien que le regard qui te voit, que cette pensée incolore qui te pense."
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    ↪ https://veileddream.wordpress.com/2019/06/08/bloom/
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    Working on decorating what will hopefully become an RP scene. >< Buuut, had to take a break and snap a picture! 💛
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    So, in 1927, my great-great aunt Winifred Ottomeyer (née Rhiadra) inherited the then not unsubtantial sum of £350 following the death of her mother. Auntie Winnie died when I was only six, and she lived in the UK, so I never got to know her, but she was, by every account, a vivacious and somewhat daring woman. Unfortunately, the death of her father when she was only 17 had necessitated her withdrawal from school, and for the next 6 years she was employed as a stenographer for a legal firm in Hounslow, her income mostly devoted to the support of her family, and the education in trades of her elder brother (my great grandfather). She had not yet married (the subject, apparently, of no small amount of whispering within the family), and the passing of her mother, and the arrival of her inheritance, meant that she was, for the first time in her adult life, free to have an adventure. The place to have an adventure in 1927 was, without question, Berlin. Accordingly, Winnie settled her affairs and embarked on a journey to Germany, via the Dover-Calais ferry and a train to Berlin. She arrived in that city in May of 1927, with, I think, something like £500 to her name, a small suitcase of clothing and books, a smidgen of German, and no friends in her newly adopted city. She remained there for the next 5 years, before returning, married, to London at the end of 1932. Much of this I know from my grandfather, who adored "Auntie Winnie," and my mother. I also have in my possession her journal from this period, which my mother recently gave to me; it includes a number of photographs, of which this is one. (I have been told that I am the splitting image of Auntie Winnie, although to be honest, I can't see it myself.) The handwritten note on the back of this one indicates that it dates from June of 1928, and commemorates the occasion of a small but (for one of her means) rather exorbitant birthday celebration held in her honour at the Hotel Adlon (est. 1907) on Unter den Linden, in the Mitte district of Berlin. She would have just turned 25 here. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/1920s Berlin Project/173/61/27
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    Long time looking at forum, now my first post !
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    Today at beach. A little sand between your toes takes away your woes 🌞
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    I got a LeLutka head today...
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    Technically, not me, but my alt... But I just got her the AK group gift bento head, and have to say I'm quite impressed!
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    I bought a new jacket from Coco. I like how it is loose enough to fit over other clothes.
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    So, as I so often feel about LL, they have good ideas and are headed in the right direction, but I feel like they misread the motivations of residents pretty often. Bellisseria is not a jumping off point, it's a long sought destination. I've talked to quite a few Bellisserians about this and a theme has emerged: oldbees (like me) after years are rediscovering what is good about SL, prompted by a newfound sense of community. The new continent, with it's banning of banlines & beautiful, public congregation spaces is encouraging us to get to know each other & open our homes & hearts and that's what we wanted from SL all along. Many if not most of us call this home now and if we move at all (unlikely since the community sense in Bellisseria is rooting itself quickly and deeply) will likely move to other new homes on different themed LL continents as they are built. So, I really believe, LL should rethink the whole idea that these are "starter" homes we'll graduate from. That is not how the citizens with the longest term commitment to SL are perceiving this, by and large. Know your market, LL.
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    Pure Poison has quite a big sale (everything for 10L$) so got me these lovely boots. And probably all their other shoes I did not get already in the past.
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    Unquiet Slumbers? Take a pill.
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    Oooooo! Retirement homes.... and communities!!! /me adds it to the list I'm going to call it "Sunny Acres"
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    @Kat Linden could you guys meet us in the middle and at least take a couple months to discuss a different way to handle the group problem without penalizing the basic members? Group issue penalizes creators too. For reasons I mentioned earlier and Apple Fall explained even better. Group chat/notices is easily 75% of how we sell and it's 90% of being able to run a successful main store business without having to participate in events. We really need you all to reconsider this.
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    Trying out a Dolores vibe.
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    So, some months ago Taya (@Angelina String) very generously offered to let me take a picture of her. (She's promised me in return that she's going to take a pic of both of us!) And she said she thought it should be something "different." I'm not sure if this is different or not, but it was fun! And Taya totally got the mood I was going for, in her choice of outfit for the shoot. Anyway, thank you Taya!
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    I have no money, so here is my 'Zero Linden' avatar: Body: eBody Classic v8.6 - Free at the main store (not L$1) Shape: Free - Made it myself Skin: Merlin - Merlin Free Avatar 3 - Free from Marketplace Eyes: [coffee] Catwa, Omega & Standard Eyes - Free from Marketplace Beauty Spot: Chabada - Beauty spot - Free from Marketplace Hair: barberyumyum*85(SNR) GIFT - Free group gift, free join Choker: EQUAL - Spring Choker - Free gift from FaMESHed Watch: **RE** Vix Watch GIFT - Free gift from FaMESHed Dress: eBODY - EBENTO Event Gift - Spring Dress Shoes: Fashion Addiction - Free group gift, free join Glasses: Balaclava - Oliver Glasses - Subscriber gift Location: Atonement
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    Staying with the Red Dress thing, this outfit came up during my wardrobe review. The change of dress from PVC, and Genus Classic, and brunette hair shifts how I look way up the respectability spectrum...….. Almost snooty
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