Well, I agree that it might be odd to complain about SL dying. It's not a process a single person could evaluate properly as there are too many parameters having an impact on the number of active users. What I experience on my own is that more and more sims I visit are deserted... I further experience that the traffic on the sims I frequently visit is decreasing. I further experience that sims without any business purpose are decreasing (sims only having beautiful gardens, landscape architecture, themes without any commercial purpose). This makes it for me less attractive to visit SL. Imo the insane land prices are one reason for interested persons or groups to refrain from living out one's fantasy by building and creating one'S own world on a sim. Linden should offer sims for non-commercial use for a much lower land fee than currently. Maybe land fees should depend on business turnover of that sim. I'm of course aware that land prices are not the only reason for an obvious decrease of active users. SL is in competition with lots of MMORPGs today. Finally, I hope the focus of SL will shift away (at least a bit) from that adult-oriented stuff back to playing and exploring and simply meeting people from all around the world. That's what's imo the most compelling feature of SL. Therefore, good luck Lindens!
The home page of Second life advertises "explore and make friends". I'm eleven years in SL. When I entered SL eleven years ago I was stunned by the fantasy of the numerous sims...dislpaying beautiful garden, balloons ... exploration tours. Most of these places are not existent any longer, which is no surprising when you look at the incredible land prices. If you really only want to live out your fantasy and create a sim out of fun..only for hobby... you don't pay 100 to 300 USD a month. That is simply insane. This Linden business behaviour resulted in a world which is - as RL - mainly business-oriented. And the main thing in SL which sells is sex. But also this adult-oriented business is on a declining path. I'm sad seeing SL is current dying. Mostly I enter deserted places . The world around me is more and more on sale. In my opinion SL can only be saved if Linden dramatically decreases its land prices so as to again attract people who only want to live out their creativity and fantasy without any business purpose. This would also lead away from that adult oriented main focus of SL. Save this game..... and remember..it's only a virtual game..not more!!!! business should not be the first focus! Linden could also charge depending on a turnover made on a sim. Otherwise, SL is much too expensive for a game... So sorry... Please do something Linden!!!!!!!