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  1. There are some exciting changes coming to the Second Life community platform! A fresh look and feel are just around the corner. In order to make this happen, and to ensure that everything remains intact when we make the changes live, we need to export existing community platform content, which - you can imagine - is a lot of data! Exports require that the forums be put into “read-only” mode during the export process. What that means for you is that during that time you’ll be able to read the forums, but not publish new posts until the export job is complete. Our hope is that by doing this we will avoid any gaps in the content as we import it into its new home. The current timeline is as follows: February 21st through February 27th - The forums will go into read-only mode. Our hope is to have the new site live sooner than the 27th, but we want to be sure things go smoothly. February 27th - The new platform goes live and the forums are taken out of read-only and full posting functionality is brought back online. We will keep everyone up to date via the Blogs during this process - so please stay tuned. We can’t wait to show you the new community platform and look forward to opening the doors very soon! Here’s a sneak peek of the new layout. Please keep in mind that this is just a mockup with content and image placeholders - not the final look. You'll have to wait until we launch the new community platform to see that!
  2. As we blogged back in the Summer of 2014, gambling is strictly prohibited in Second Life and operating or participating in a game of chance that provides a Linden Dollar payout is a violation of our Terms of Service. However, games of skill are legally permitted in many jurisdictions, and since then we’ve seen that many Second Life users are interested in playing such games for Linden Dollars. We updated our gaming policy in Second Life at that time and opened applications for Skill Gaming. Skill games that offer Linden Dollar payouts are allowed in Second Life, but each game, its creator, its operator, and the region on which it is operated must be approved by Linden Lab. As of today, Skill Gaming Operator applications are being closed. Any pending applications submitted prior to the date of this blog post will be reviewed and processed normally. Though applications for Operators are now closed, you can still apply as a Skill Gaming Creator with the application process available on the FAQ page. The details of the Skill Gaming policy can be found here, and the Skill Gaming FAQ - including approved Operators and Creators - is available on our wiki.
  3. Place Pages are a new feature aimed at making the huge variety of awesome places in Second Life easier to find by creating web pages for each inworld location that opts to show in search. Today, we’re starting a beta for this feature. All regions and parcels that have elected to Show In Search now have an automatically generated Place Page that’s visible on the web, you can check them out and share them today! Places rated General will be visible to anyone, and those rated Mature or Adult will be subject to the usual Maturity controls. We’re beta testing additional capabilities that will make Place Pages even better. Invited testers will have access to an admin panel that allows them to add a custom welcome message, place description, tag line, image, and video support to their place pages. That’s not all - we’re working on other features like an events calendar, advertising parcels that are for sale/for rent, and more. Of course, all of the region/parcel stats like size, maturity rating, etc. will be available front and center too. After the testing period, we plan to roll these features out to everyone - so stay tuned! For now, our beta is focused around customizing these pages, and planned future improvements include making sure these pages are optimized for search engines to be sure your inworld places can be easily found by people searching for relevant terms. Keep up with the most recent developments by checking out our public forum post on it. Thanks and enjoy!
  4. Hello Residents! We are officially launching a limited Beta for a new feature called Place Pages. This forum post will be used to get feedback from beta participants and other Residents to better help us with feature development and product tweaks. Take a look at some of our sample Place Pages: Winter Wonderland For beta participants, feel free to post your pages here as well!   We’re very excited about this project and look forward to hearing about what you think of it! Like all things prelaunch, if you encounter bugs or have suggestions on how to make it better, file a JIRA. Thanks and enjoy!
  5. Heya! April Linden here. I’m a member of the Second Life Operations team. Second Life had some unexpected downtime on Monday morning, and I wanted to take a few minutes to explain what happened. We buy bandwidth to our data centers from several providers. On Monday morning, one of those providers had a hardware failure on the link that connects Second Life to the Internet. This is a fairly normal thing to happen (and is why we have more than one Internet provider). This time was a bit unusual, as the traffic from our Residents on that provider did not automatically spill over to one of the other connections, as it usually does. Our ops team caught this almost immediately and were able to shift traffic around to the other providers, but not before a whole bunch of Residents had been logged out due to Second Life being unreachable. Since a bunch of Residents were unexpectedly logged out, they all tried to log back in at once. This rush of logins was very high, and it took quite a while for everyone to get logged back in. Our ops team brought some additional login servers online to help with the backlog of login attempts, and this allowed the login queue to eventually return to its normal size. Some time after the login rush was completed the failed Internet provider connection was restored, and traffic shifted around normally, without disruption, returning Second Life back to normal. There was a bright spot in this event! Our new status blog performed very well, allowing our support team to be able to communicate with Residents, even in a state where it was under much higher load than normal. We’re very sorry for the unexpected downtime on Monday morning. We know how important having a fun time Inworld is to our Residents, and we know how unfun events like this can be. See you Inworld! April Linden
  6. The Second Life Team has been busy shipping lots of updates ( big, small, and medium) to the Residents of Second Life. These last few months alone, we’ve burned the midnight oil to get a ton of things showtime ready - and we thought the end of the year was a good time to recap just some of the highlights from Q4. Raising the “Prim” Limits for Mainland and Private Regions Raising the Land Impact allowance for Mainland and Private Regions allows you to do more with your virtual space! If you’re creating, building, or re-decorating, more Land Impact means more fun! We are excited to see the ways these new Land Impact increases are sparking creativity and ingenuity with Residents all over the Grid. The new option to upgrade to 30,000 Land Impact Limit has been extremely popular as well. We're happy to see so much interest - just in time for some seasonal decorating! Maintenance Maintenance Maintenance The SL team has been, as always, plugging away on keeping the plates spinning. Each Maintenance Viewer, Web, and Server release contains multiple fixes that include performance improvements, bugfixes, crash fixes, and tons of small feature work. Unglamorous on its own, this work is what keeps Second Life humming along and this work is our most responsive branch - we often take small feature requests and get them out to Residents in a matter of weeks. Horizons Horizons - Residents are having a great time playing through the Horizons experience and carving out their own piece of the Horizons community as well! It’s sci-fi retro fun, and something we were delighted to launch publicly. If you want to scan current listings you can do so by visiting the auctions page. More parcels will be auctioned out soon! 360 Snapshots 360 snapshots is in Project Viewer stage. Dramatic new fully panoramic views of Second Life for social media, blogging, and whatever you can imagine are now possible! We are looking forward to getting that out in the main Viewer soon. Bento - Extending the Avatar Skeleton Well, by now you’ve heard the news. It’s done! By far the most significant change to the Second Life avatar in a long time, this is already empowering users to create fantastic new avatars, animations and accessories. Bento heads, hands, and much more to come from our super innovative creators. One of the most exciting parts is to see what the creator communities dream up for Bento! There’s a Knowledge Base article about the enhanced skeleton for those creators who want to find out more, and a quick search for “bento” on the Marketplace shows work is already being created that utilizes the new feature. Facial Animations (Credit: Screen capture from video by , Catwa Head) Finger Sliders (Credit: Screen capture from video by , Vista Animations mesh hands w/ “Fate Hand Poser”) Community Gateways We've resurrected and modernized our technology for enabling communities and educational institutions in Second Life to build their own account creation and user introduction gateways. A number of new gateways are ready to open, with more joining soon. Keep an eye on this blog for more information about the application process and the program - coming soon! Website Update A major update of the infrastructure for secondlife.com brings improvements in security and maintainability. This was a long labour of love and all of the teams who worked on it performed miracles of concentration and cooperation to get it done. It may not be a very visible change, but it was a huge undertaking and we are happy to have it implemented site wide. Community Creepy Crawl & Costume Contests Halloween is a special time of the year in Second Life. It’s a graveyard smash to join in the fun with a get-together that travels around the Grid, sharing our costumes and good times with others. Add costumes and dancing to the mix to kick things up a notch and you have a full on party! We certainly loved seeing everyone in their Halloween best. Shop til You Drop Inworld Shopping Event We gathered some of the finest in spooky items from a variety of Merchants and had them set up shop for your one stop Halloween shopping. It really brought the spirit of Halloween to the misty little village. Marketplace 12 Days of Savings Sale This year, we once again joined forces with some of the top-selling Merchants on the Marketplace to bring you wonderful holiday deals - up to 70% off - in the 12 Days of Savings Sale. Snowball Showdown Residents and Lindens took to the Snowball Fight Arena once more for an epic battle of snow-flinging, ice-slinging action. There’s lots of sparing of wits, words, and especially winter snow! Jolly Holiday Crawl Before the aforementioned battle of snowballs, we all took a nice peaceful crawl across four beautifully decorated winter regions. Chatted, plotted our snowball strategies, and enjoyed one another's company while listening to holiday music. It’s always nice to gather with friends and have a good time. Winter Wonderland Your winter should include a trip to this amazingly whimsical and beautiful region put together especially for the holidays. True to its name, this is a spectacular spot to visit when you have some time to play in the snow, ride the Ferris Wheel, hit the hills on a sled, and get some snowball fighting in. We look forward to bringing you much more in the coming year - some of which is already well underway - and we’ll continue to share news with you on our blog as even more exciting things develop!
  7. Check some names off your holiday gift list and get big savings with the 12 Days of Savings Sale happening now on the Marketplace! We’ve joined up with some of Second Life’s top-selling merchants to bring you up to 70% OFF gifts for your Second Life friends, family, and loved ones, and to treat yourself! Starting today through Sunday, December 25th, 2016, shop amazing deals on some of the most popular items available from these participating merchants: Shop for clothing, accessories, hair, interior decor, and much more before these deals disappear. Get started and drop by the Marketplace now!
  8. Many Residents participate in the LindeX® exchange - trading L$ and contributing to the Second Life economy on a regular basis. As part of our commitment to prevent fraud and comply with applicable regulations, there are limitations in place that cap the trading volume for each Resident’s account at certain tiers. We have recently reviewed and adjusted these tier limits to better accommodate the needs of Second Life Residents. For most, these changes will be beneficial, and you can review the details of your current trading limits by logging into your account and visiting your order history. If you find that you need higher limits, you can request a tier limit review through our support system. Simply submit a ticket --> Billing --> LindeX Billing and Trading Limits Review Request (for basic accounts) or Billing and L$ -> LindeX Tier Review ticket options (for premium accounts). Happy trading!
  9. Owning land in Second Life has never been more valuable, and now is a great time to get your own space or expand your current land holdings. We’ve recently rolled out increased Land Impact for all regions, and last week, Full Private Regions went up from 15,000 to 20,000 prims - a 33% increase, at no additional charge! Starting today, Full Private Region owners now have the option to upgrade to an even more impressive 30,000 prims! That’s an additional 50% more room for creating, decorating, designing your own store - whatever you can dream up! Upgrading to 30,000 prims costs $30 USD per Region and will incur an additional monthly maintenance fee*. For additional information about Private Region management and this Land Impact upgrade program, please visit our Knowledge Base. To request an upgrade, please submit a case through the support portal on the Second Life website under the case type Land & Region > Land Impact Change Request. Above image from Finn Lawksley via Second Life Official Flickr page. * Upgrading a Full Region to 30,000 Land Impact costs $30 USD per region at the time of the upgrade and must be maintained for a minimum of one calendar month.When Land Impact is upgraded, Full Regions will be billed an additional $30 USD on monthly maintenance fees per region. Downgrading a Private Region back to 20,000 Land Impact will carry a fee of $30 USD per region at the time of downgrade. No pro-rating or discounting is permitted.
  10. Read about the latest releases and updated to the Web and Marketplace over on the Tools & Technolgy blog. 12.05.16 - Recent Updates to Web & Marketplace
  11. Linden Lab is proud to announce that Project Bento is now part of the default Viewer! Bento is probably the single most extensive update to the avatar skeleton ever, and as a result of countless hours of testing, updating, reconfiguring, testing… you get the picture, we are now live! Now everyone can enjoy the extra bones creators have taken advantage of to bring you true quadrupeds, winged avatars, fingers, facial expressions and more. Gif taken from Medhue Simoni’s video. Check out the full video to see just how powerful this new feature is!We’re working on launching an all new set of Best Practice docs just for Bento. It’ll include tutorials and write ups brought to you by the Residents that helped make Bento a reality. Stay tuned for updates in the coming year. To learn more about Project Bento you can visit the Bento Knowledge Base article for details. As always, if you encounter any bugs or issues please let us know right away by filing a JIRA bug report. We hope you enjoy this feature and look forward to seeing all the great things Bento can do for Second Life avatars. Grab the latest default viewer download to start enjoying Bento today! Above gif taken from Strawberry Singh’s YouTube video. Full video can be viewed . Above gif taken from Strawberry Singh’s YouTube video. Full video can be viewed here.
  12. As promised, we’re sharing some release note summaries of the fixes, tweaks., and other updates that we’re making to the Marketplace and the Web properties, so that those following along can read through at their leisure. 12/01/16 - Maps: Maps would disappear at peak use times. That’s fixed now. 11/28/16 - We have a new shiny Grid Status blog! You may notice an updated look and feel. If you followed https://community.secondlife.com/t5/Status-Grid/bg-p/status-blog, be sure to update your subscriptions to status.secondlifegrid.net 11/22/16 - No more slurl.com. All http://maps.secondlife.com/ all the time. 11/21/16 - We did a minor deploy to the lindenlab.com web properties. 11/09/16 - Events infrastructure stabilization to fix a few listing bugs. 11/08/16 - Fixes to maps.secondlife.com were released, including: Viewing a specific location on maps.secondlife.com no longer throws a 404 error in the consoleAdding a redirect from slurl.com/secondlife/ requests to maps.secondlife.com 11/04/16 - A minor Security fix was released. 11/03/16 - We released a large infrastructure update to secondlife.com along with security fixes and several minor bug fixes. As always, we appreciate and welcome your bug reports in Jira! Stay tuned to the blogs for future updates as we complete new releases.
  13. As we blogged back in the Summer of 2014, gambling is strictly prohibited in Second Life and operating or participating in a game of chance that provides a Linden Dollar payout is a violation of our Terms of Service. However, games of skill are legally permitted in many jurisdictions, and we’ve seen that many Second Life users are interested in playing such games for Linden Dollars. We updated our gaming policy in Second Life at that time and opened applications for Skill Gaming. Skill Gaming applications will reopen on January 3, 2017, for those who wish to become authorized creators and/or operators of Skill Games in Second Life. The details of the Skill Gaming policy can be found here, and the Skill Gaming FAQ is available on our wiki. In summary, skill games that offer Linden Dollar payouts are allowed in Second Life, but each game, its creator, its operator, and the region on which it is operated must be approved by Linden Lab. Applications for creators and operators will be available on the FAQ page beginning January 3, 2017.
  14. Earlier this month we made some exciting changes to Mainland Regions and Linden Homes. With some massive increases to Land Impact limits, Residents can now build, design, experiment, and create more than ever before. As of today, we are extending this benefit to Private Estate Regions. Full Regions, Homesteads, and Openspace Regions on Private Estates will get a 33% increase in Land Impact allowance at no additional charge! Now everyone will have more prims to enjoy! This chart shows the details of the changes:  All Private Region owners in the main channel will notice these changes already, and RC channels will see the update early Wednesday. Owning Land in Second Life has never been better, so now is the perfect time go Premium and claim your Mainland, or buy that Region you've been thinking about. We’re excited to bring these changes and hope you enjoy the creative potential more prims brings to your Second Life! But wait, there’s more … If 20,000 prims still isn’t enough, starting sometime next week, Private Region owners will have the option to upgrade to a total of 30,000 Land Impact limit - more details coming soon!
  15. Somewhere across the oceans the computers begin to whirr, robots activate, and a sinister land is brought to life. And now, a vast new landscape has opened its doors to those who would dare to take on its creator: the ever menacing Dr. Talpa. With another scheme in the works, Magellan asked Tyrah to infiltrate the mad scientist mole’s lair and discover just what evil technological abominations he was constructing. However - this being a LDPW experience backstory - it was not long before she was captured. She is now being held prisoner in Dr. Talpa’s command center. The Mainland Gameplay Regions The Horizons experience takes you through six regions starting out in the great advanced city itself. Here, Residents are introduced to the challenges that await, so be sure to check out the videos outlining the great adventure. Your journey will take you from towering canyons to dark and deadly mines, all the way through forests and swamps,and finally, to the command center where Tyrah awaits her rescue.  This 5 quest storyline takes you through various challenges laid out by the evil Dr. Talpa. Everything from vicious splorches, killer robots, laser defense systems, the terrifying pet Fluffy, all the way to hidden traps, mazes, puzzles and more! Residents will have to use the provided weapons to defeat menacing foes, while taking on other elements with their own wit. But beware, saving Tyrah won’t be as simple as conquering these challenges. The greatest adversary you face is the clock winding down to 0. Can you save Tyrah in time? Will Dr Talpa finally succeed in ruling the grid? Will Magellan pay his bar tab? It’s all up to you!!! New Horizon’s Residential Regions The Horizons experience itself is not the only exciting new release. Thirty-six, yes you read that right, 36 new regions surrounding the experience will be released for Residents! These beautiful new regions, which abound with exciting features, are adorned with several styles of home brought to you by Linden Lab and the Moles.  Owning a parcel on these lands comes with the ability to rez one of these houses via a special mailbox controller, an indoor control panel to customize the house, and a special resource pack containing handy items to decorate with. The regions feature waterways that flow through areas for easy travel with vehicles, which can be spawned at any of the rez zones found around the info hubs and community regions. Being a part of this grand new community is something we are very excited to offer Residents, and it’s an added bonus that you’ll be close to the experience itself! Mark your calendars, Residential parcels will commence going to auction on Friday, November 18th! New Info and Community Hubs Alongside the residential areas and the experience, lay several community and info hubs. The first of the two, the community hubs, are designed for Residents to use for their community groups, meetings, and events. These beautiful hubs feature a nice, serene environment to be social and enjoy alongside all your favorite fellow Residents. The second of these two areas are the info hubs. These hubs feature land information, as well as an easy access portal that takes you directly to the mainland experience itself. There are also links to the wiki available which provide access to helpful knowledge regarding the housing system. A mailbox demo and building demos are set up to show you the controls featured in the new housing system. Residents will also find any update information here regarding the housing and mailbox system!  So there you have it folks, the brand new Horizons experience in a nutshell. But don’t expect us to tell you everything; every secret and bit of fun lays in wait for you to experience! So grab your favorite pair of boots and begin the great journey! Horizons Rescue the kidnapped Tyrah and earn rewards in Horizons, an all-new five-stage adventure game in Second Life. Journey across desert canyons and dangerous minefields before battling killer robots in a forest of exploding trees. Destroy the robotic swamp monster and arrive at the command center to complete your quest. Visit in Second Life