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Ticious Trottier

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  1. Rather than searching for groups, perhaps you should search for the events or the sims where the members of those groups hang out. Whether this makes sense, of course, depends on what your interests are, the sort of folks you're looking to meet up with and the sort of things you're looking to do. In any case, the destination guide and the events list seem like they'd be a better starting place than groups. As for the reason for the "closed membership" barrier, at least in some (many?) cases, there's a good reason for that. Panhandlers who join open groups for no purpose other than to spam them for "loans". Very annoying.
  2. Sadly, Mike, I came to this conclusion way back during the whole Homestead debacle. Any environment where base costs (such as tier) are subject to the kind of unpredictible swings that we had been seeing there and in the two years that preceeded it are simply not enviroments where a 5 year business plan can be developed. Without such a plan, it's just not reasonable or sensible to think a business can thrive. I'm not just referring to when Open Spaces became Homesteads, but in the two years preceeding that where sim pricing had swung way up, then down again. I mean the price of the set up. When I joined, it was $1,200. A few months later, it was raised to $1,600 (an increase of 33%) and tier was raised from $195 to $295 per month (an increase of 51.25%). At that point, SL was in a major upswing. But a few months later, the initial price was dropped all the way down to $1,000 (a drop of 37.5%) destroying any resale market. While tier remained at the new heavily inflated rate. Then came the push (from LL) to buy Open Spaces which at that time, had more prim allowance than today's Homesteads for less tier and finally, the infamous Homestead debacle which saw suddenly lowered prim and avatar allowances along with suddenly (and originally massive) increased tier rates. Those kinds of arbitrary swings make cost planning impossible. If you can't map out your anticipated costs you can't plan your revenue and you can't develop a real business plan. All you can do is build and hope. Then development goes in directions which don't support what you're were trying to do. It would be great to be able to move in the direction the developments go, but if you can't recoup any of your losses, that's not possible without additional investment. Additional investment which is just as likely to vanish as unpredictibly as the original did. Sending good money after bad is not good business sense. It's been a long time since I gave up on SL as a business platform and scaled back to what I could afford for pure entertainment.
  3. /me scratches her head as she wonders how we got from the title "Impoving our Lines of Communication with the Community" with paragraphs on ending the voting on Jiras, amending the timing and structure of office hours, establing user groups and watching Facebook and Twitter for announcments to tax cheats. /me scratches her head some more as she futher wonders how many of these people are actually making enough money in SL to make the IRS even give a hoot whether they report it or not. /me stops scratching, shakes her head and walks away mumbling to herself.
  4. Best answer I can offer is the Phoenix viewer. That's my fav anyway.
  5. Where is the notification about land/group owners being required to assign new permissions to their hosts allowing the host to post notices in Events and that this new group permission being available ONLY in Viewer 2.4 and not in the third party viewers? So, I got a frantic email from one of my hosts today. She was trying to list tonight's event, but could not select the venue from the drop down because she didn't have permission to list events on the group owned parcel. She has permission to do everything else short of selling the parcel, but suddenly she couldn't list an event at the parcel. Fortunately, I'm off real life work today so I was able to download Viewer 2.4, find the group that owns the venue, find the role my hosts are assigned to, find the host events permission and click it. Thanks for the warning. edited to add, btw, the next thing I'm going to do is uninstall Viewer 2.4
  6. In my case, it's not irrational, it's based on a single issue. The im notifications/windows are simply too difficult to see. In my business (live music venue owner/promoter) being able to track and respond to multiple ims (often half a dozen simultaneously) while keeping eye on my surroundings and open chat is simply too important. In V.2, it's just way too difficult to see when you have an im incoming and keep track of multiple simultaneous conversations. When I want to see someone's profile, Phoenix lets me do so by just clicking on the name in the chat or im box. I can't function with a profile taking up half my screen (often the profile of someone I know well, like one of my hosts).
  7. Fairness here. I tried the site from work, where we always use the latest version of Internet Explorer and the site worked just fine. When I got home, I tried again using Firefox and Safari and got the same horrible looking result I had in the first place. There should be a disclaimer in the initial post. The site only supports IE.
  8. I don't have to worry about wasting money on this. I tried to go in to see what kind of costs might be involved, had to bypass Privoxy (which was blocking the site and recommending that I not go there), found a web page that had no layout and looked like a child had cobbled it together and absolutely nothing worked. The fonts weren't even consistent. Okay, I figured maybe I was using the wrong browser so I shut down Firefox (which I use to access LL sites on recommendation of an LL employee some years ago) and tried Safari. Same thing. Okay, I know it's Beta. But I work in software development myself. Have you folks ever heard of unit testing and quality assurance testing? These usually come before Beta. Bad as that was, no way am I going to try again.
  9. You don't really need to make a prim, if you right click on any modifiable item and choose Edit from the pie menu, you'll be able to access the contents tab, then drag the script from your inventory to there.
  10. This happened to a guest at one of my live music events recently. This was a semi-regular attendee, so I know she was telling the truth when she said she was fully clothed in her view. This was not a problem with her video driver, she WAS seeing the clothing, the other guests were not. If it were her video driver, that should have been the other way around. This was not a problem with the clothing being high resolution. That would have caused her to show as all grey. Her skin, in all it's detail, was showing. Her clothes were not. Fortunately, I saw her, let her know, she ran inside the building (where there was no one) and relogged. When she came back out, she was clothed just fine. As I said above, I know this lady, this was no fake. This also happened to one of the musicians at one of my shows. He finished his set, tp'd off the stage and was suddenly naked. He had been fully and properly clothed thoughout his performance, the nakedness happened when he tp'd the short distance from our stage to the bridge over looking the stage (our dance area). He immediately tp'd home, relogged and then had clothing on. I suggested to both to raise either an AR or a Jira as this is surely either a griefing (which I don't think) or a bug (which I strongly suspect). My advice to anyone who experiences this, first duck for cover, relog and then raise a ticket. Unless of course, you're at a nudist resort . . .
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