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Petronilla Whitfield

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  1. I hope someone out there can offer some help. I rent a region, and have done so for some months. For the last week or so, I have had real trouble staying logged in there. I crash, and then cannot log in to home. If I log in elsewhere, I crash upon trying to teleport home. If I teleport to an adjacent region, my land is missing--all I see is ocean. I have to restart my computer to see my region again. I can log in elsewhere and have very little lag. I can teleport around without crashing. Only my home region causes me to crash, then it idisappears. I have restarted the region, but it did
  2. Let's say the button in the radar goes away. Fine. I open my world map, click the box that shows people, chose a random green dot, and TP right next to it. Removing the button in radar will do nothing to stop random people from TPing into your space. The only thing that can prevent random people dropping in is making your land private. If keeping random folks from TPing into your property is important to you, perhaps you should consider renting land where the landlord allows you to make your parcel private.
  3. The only time I read text with a tone/inflection/accent in my head is when reading a book written in first person by someone whose voice I am familiar with (such as a radio personality who writes a book), or when a book has been adapted into a film, in which case I hear the voices of the actors. In those circumstances, I can't help but hear the words in a particular voice--I can't "turn it off" even if I want to. Other than those circumstances, I never associate a voice with written text--in books, forums, or anywhere. Still less do I imagine a physical being or a setting. By the way, I
  4. I agree too. Where I live in RL there is a lot of open, semi-wooded land. Some people fence and/or post "no trespassing" signs, others don't. People walk over/play on/walk dogs on the land without signs or fences. I don't think that walking on someone's unfenced land, land without a "no trespassing" sign, is at all the same as walking into somebody's house. It is so easy to block a parcel in SL to visitors. Anyone who wants to post a virtual "no trespassing" sign can just close a parcel to the public. I don't walk into SL homes, but I wouldn't think twice about exploring an unblocked
  5. After reading a couple of these threads, it seems to me that it might be possible to consider new users are belonging to one of two groups--those who really want to learn from other people and who need a social connection to a group, and those (like me) who prefer to learn alone--who would log off and never return if forced to have a buddy or mentor or go to a populated region to learn the ropes. Perhaps new users could be allowed to choose their portal to enter SL. They could select either (1) go to a hang-out with folks who can help you learn your way around, or (2) go to a private locatio
  6. I have read every answer in this thread and would like to make one comment that I think hasn’t been made yet. While I believe that for many people—even most—social engagement is what makes SL attractive, there are also people like me who gravitate towards a virtual world because they are shy/antisocial. I did not go into SL to meet people. I never had or wanted to be taken under somebody’s wing. I would have quit if forced to “buddy up” with a stranger. I am in-world frequently—several times a week—and rarely speak to anyone, except to make the occasional comment in a large group chat. I
  7. In the United States, commercial establishments can refuse service to anyone they choose, for any reason or no reason, unless they discriminate using a category protected by law against discrimination. For example, if I had a store in a state that prohibits discrimination on the basis or race, religion, and national origin, it would be against the law for me to refuse service to people because they were Irish, or because they were Catholic. But it would not be illegal for me to refuse service to anyone not wearing shoes or a shirt. (“No shirt, no shoes, no service” signs are, in
  8. I'm not a tech expert by any means, so I can't explain what happened to you. However, there have been a few occasions over the years when the music playing in one location continued to play for me after TPed to another location, after I turned off music in preferences, and even (briefly) after I shut down second life. I don't know why the music stream sometimes persists. But when it happened to me, there was nothing suspicious about it, no reason to suspect that anyone intentionally caused the music to continue. Also, there are times when I've gotten ruthed, or had other deformities occur.
  9. I used the alpha masks provided in the demos--it never occured to me to do otherwise. Even so, more than half the demo items showed bits of me poking through the garment, while I was standing perfectly still.
  10. So, this weekend I decided to test some mesh clothes. I was dubious because, at present, rigged mesh clothing aligns with some avatar sliders but not with others so that some dimensions of the clothing are fixed by the designer. I had already looked into the free mesh jeans provided by one (talented) designer, and was disappointed to find that the sizes were (to my eyes): waif, skinny, and enormous. I was afraid that all mesh clothes would be too big or too small. But I read about the “standard sizes” and wanted to test them for myself. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the “larg
  11. Years ago a mall opened next to my home on first, small Mainland parcel. The mall had a random money giver. It was set to include part of my parcel too. As I was often the only avi around, I got free money while rearranging my garden, playing with my dog, sorting my inventory... The mall didn't last long.
  12. Yes, I remember a couple of incidents of people getting in trouble for using the name "Linden." I think perhaps the issue may be here, in the "Second Life Brand Center" (one of the additional terms and policies incorporated into the TOS): "No Suggestion of Endorsement. Never use any Linden Lab trademark in a manner that implies a false relationship with or sponsorship, endorsement, or employment by Linden Lab." By having an avatar speak using the name of a specific Linden employee, one might be seen as suggesting that the person operating the avatar works for Linden Lab. The word "Linden" i
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