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Cain Maven

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  1. After careful consideration, I have decided not to freak out just yet. Yes, news like this is always unsettling. The History of Mergers and Acquisitions is a thick volume full of tragic tales -- and this could of course turn into one of them. Yet, this feels a little different. Waterfield seems to favor long term ownership over hit-and-run leveraged buyouts. That could turn out not to be true, but what are the assets that that could potentially be stripped and sold? A bunch of "previously owned" servers in a colo somewhere. A ton of user created content, the vast majority of which is not usable outside Second Life. A fine selection of Linden Bears. So why on earth would you buy Linden Research, Inc? I can see at least two reasons: Tilia is a unique business with considerable potential. It's also much less valuable without Second Life as its flagship customer, which is good news for SL. I've lost count of the number of times I've heard that "the future of work has changed" since the start of the pandemic. So I would not be very surprised to learn that LL is working on providing turnkey solutions for virtual office and meeting spaces for businesses. Mr. Altberg even alluded to this possibility during his talk at SL17B. Only time will tell. Everything may still go to hell in a hand basket, but based on what little we know so far, this could have been a lot worse.
  2. Yeah, maybe it could go on their profile 🙂
  3. A feature that makes disclosure of the name change history optional would appear to meet that standard.
  4. I'm as strong an advocate for privacy as anyone -- I just don't see how this is sensitive information. If someone uses a display name you can still see their user name, and that doesn't seem to be an issue? But ok. How about a feature that allows users to decide if their name change history is public?
  5. Sure, I have already written a script to check previous names vs. current ones. But I still think this might be fertile ground for confusion in many cases. Why do you feel that name change history is sensitive and should be protected?
  6. I really think there should be an option for viewing a user's name change history. Without it, I suspect there will be a lot of unnecessary confusion. Merchants may have a harder time providing customer support, for example. And why wouldn't you have that option? It's not like name changes are deep and dark secrets, is it now?
  7. I think the plan is to make Premium (and the upcoming Premium Plus) more attractive. Again, the idea is to reduce the dependency on tier and hopefully be able to lower the cost for residents in the future.
  8. I think it's another attempt to slowly shift the SL economy away from being so dependent on tier revenue. A number of other recent changes have had the same goal: increased checkout fees, increased Marketplace commissions, etc. If the long term effect of all these changes is that land becomes affordable to more residents, I think it's a Good Thing.
  9. That is so true! SL has a steep learning curve, and merchants end up doing a lot of explaining of the basics -- something that really should be a Lab job. But if we decline to help customers with these basics, we are told we provide poor customer support
  10. I really hope so too, but I'm not optimistic. They'd have to find an alternate source for the roughly $ 1.5 million that this fee increase represents. (2.5% of $60 mill.) Currently, they don't have many options except Marketplace and Premium subscriptions -- unless they get creative...
  11. So I guess speaking up does matter sometimes. The Lab has decided not to cut the group count for Basic memberships after all
  12. I'm in favor, as long as they get to keep their inventories. And one year may be on the short side, especially if you're repossessing their land. But those are details -- if this has the potential of improving performance for all of us, I say go for it.
  13. Probably wise. It's quite possibly an illegal copy, too.
  14. Isn't it implied which way a vector goes? (Sorry, couldn't resist.)
  15. My question exactly. Doubling the fee seems heavy handed and mildly disrespectful. So please?
  16. Oh, I will, if I have to. I'm lucky enough to have a limited number of products, so the effort is quite manageable in my case. Longer term, I will also try changing the product mix, tweaking my promotion strategy, and eating fewer carbs. I have not given up. I am, however, asking Linden Lab to rethink their strategy for recalibrating the SL economy a little.
  17. It's not a bad idea, but the downside might be that it favors the big, established brands and becomes just another barrier to entry for new, small brands. And I think the playing field is a bit uneven as it is.
  18. Good idea -- but why not also let the back end do this? That would also handle cases where the group creator no longer is active. Plus, some group owners may prefer the inflated count...
  19. I understand that it requires coding. But it does seem like a fairly simple task, and one that might have a significant performance benefit if the member count is as important as it seems. So please put that on the to-do
  20. So... why not automatically eject members who haven't logged on in years?
  21. That's exactly right. Even if the direct impact is on the creators, in many if not most cases the extra cost will be passed on to the consumer. That's how it is in any life.
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