in 2006 i created my first avatar and entered into a world that was full of others and growing. when i was there i ran 2 clubs and several shops(first avatars name not current) and did quite well. i left for awhile and upon my return discovered that most friends are gone and place are allways empty. after reading posts and opinions of what was happening to secondlife i set out to find the real reasons why secondlife is slipping away. my findings inside secondlife and in the real world via interviews,chatrooms,etc...... 1.computers: the same computer i played secondlife on in 2006 will no longer play it because of the graphics req. and the lag caused....even most new computers dont have the graphics to play on secondlife....you cant expect people to buy a new computer then run out buy a graphics card to just play secondlife.most people get computers from places like best buy and wal-marts that have chipsets that just not good for secondlife.until linded labs fixes this issue and allow players who have the wal-mart type computers to be able to play dont expect many new players. 2.complacations of getting into adult areas....you may or may not like them but they do bring in money and players.again linden labs needs to make this process easy for those who are wanting to enter those areas....all that verfying was crap. 3.gambling was a big part of the community and 1 benift of it was a way for campers to make linds. 4.camping:admit it you done it and ive done it and made lots friends in the process.it was a good way to earn linds to buy things....now try to find a place to camp in secondlife....... 5.Tier..too much money for so little....$9.95 a month plus if you want to build something other than a home its $5.00,$8.00,$15.00,etc for more land to get those awful prims....example my club i was paying $9.95 plus $15.00 which in truth was still not enough prims....linden labs need to lower prices on tier and give more prims. agree with me or not those are some of the basic facts and others have confirmed them...lets hope linden labs will make changes so secondlife will be around for many more years.....Xavier. p.s. for those few comments that asked if i did really leave sl or not....yes i did but i did log in once or twice but for less than 5 minutes each time...why this is a issue i have no clue. also my whole intent was to offer opinions as to why so many are no longer here and a possible way to get them back.