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Josephina Bonetto

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  1. I'm a Brit and own a hangout but it has to be said we don't exclusively only have Brits there. Regulars include Brits, Romanians, Americans and even a couple of New Zealanders. If you want more Brits than that it probably isn't your thing, it is very unpredictable nationality wise.
  2. Someone said this in my club earlier, my understanding always was once your content in your inventory was replaced with "IP Replacement" it was no longer usable, therefore no longer a live issue regardless of whether it is deleted or not. Any ideas where this rumour started?
  3. It has happened a lot in the 4 yrs I've been here. The recommendation about a secondary form of contact e.g. Aim or similar is a very good one. I have done that. PC problems and lack of money, house moves, that sort of thing, are reasons I get for spells away but some never return. I try to tell people if I'm going to be away personally but sometimes things are just more complicated than we know. Sometimes I wonder if they retire their avatar and start afresh as a new alt, but that could be the cynic in me...
  4. Gina Chrome wrote: It find it very interesting how people get so worked up over this. I have read all the different rantings that have been posted and there is always that nasty sarcastic tone to them. Unfortunately, it makes me discredit the post. I would also like to point out that there is really no need to act this way. I am the first to admit that maybe I need to look at the full capabilities or malice of the system. I would like to be educated on the system before being crucified for using it. I am also not the only sim or business owner to use this system. There has been at least 4000+ systems sold. Hmmm... Somebody must also be using it besides me. I won't use Red Zone and understand the frustration about it but I certainly don't feel you should be hung, drawn and quartered for using it either. Enough has been said about what it does and does not do - I am profoundly disgusted I have been scanned against my will by others and entered into the database but I think your approach is polite and pragmatic. Certainly undeserving of a preach speech. It is for you to make your own, educated, decision.
  5. The idea has merit, I prefer shopping in-world, and I do, but search on the marketplace is just more effective if you are doing a large search. In dealing with quite a few new people using the destination guide, I am having to tell them about the marketplace and redirect them to the website when really they need to be practising in-world in their viewer because V2 still has a learning curve. I don't use V2 so I forget what is in it now, but if it keeps things a bit more immersive for new people it will hold their attention for longer.
  6. If you want to set up an email address, a generic one, perhaps people can send you their thoughts? I'd share it in my groups if that will help, or a survey link of course.
  7. There is a survey going around but I never got invited to it and am not certain it is from that address.
  8. I'm an adult living with dyslexia too and find it very difficult to learn languages. Don't be discouraged, translators are a big help.
  9. I get it a lot too, usually newbies, I accept and only remove them if they become a nuisance. I never prune my friend list as a rule.
  10. If your traffic has gone up dramatically check to see if you have been put in the destination guide. My traffic shot up and it took me a while to figure it.I was put in the destinations,and that boosted traffic. You do not get any message to tell you ,worth a check. OMG you are right, I'm in the Destination Guide. I never even considered it for a second so thank you for telling me to look LOL. I have just got disproportionately excited - I need a first life O_O
  11. Blot Brickworks wrote: Josephina Bonetto wrote: I have something bizarre happening on my land right now, that only happened during a brief hiatus of 24-48 hrs when search was briefly "fixed" last year. I have had an upward spike in traffic. Try vertical. I have decided to test some other advertising methods this week but the pattern of behaviour of residents visiting screams search. I purchased a my.secondlife.com advert that doesn't go live till 7th but is paid for. Does this improve my search ranking? I stopped reading about seach months ago because it was making me O_O If your traffic has gone up dramatically check to see if you have been put in the destination guide. My traffic shot up and it took me a while to figure it.I was put in the destinations,and that boosted traffic. You do not get any message to tell you ,worth a check. Thanks, I'll go check now, I just assumed no one would be interested enough to ever put me in something like that LOL
  12. I think it depends too on what kind of club environment you like, some don't feel like they are in a club without the "hoo" gesture spam, which is something I'm not into. I don't go to any club but my own really unless a DJ friend is working, or a singer friend - Then I go to show support. I have been to other clubs but not really enjoyed them due to lag and spam, although very occasionally I hear a DJ and think wow. I have been to Ambrosia and thought it was ok. I have been to Dance Island but didn't like it. Different people want different things from a club. I like a chilled out environment where the music is good and the people can construct a sentence that is not generated by a gesture trigger. Now I'm factoring in avoiding places that have dubious security practices, of course.
  13. The only device I have protects residential areas with corner marked zones and enables them to control their own white list, which negates the need for them to rez their own cr**py orbs. The same product is in my club but it is set to monitor, and not to take any action (although it can). I have it for staff, I refuse to deed my mainland so they have remote huds they can use to access the system. Until that point I saw no need for security beyond land tools. It does no alt detecting. It's Triple Labs GWS.
  14. I have something bizarre happening on my land right now, that only happened during a brief hiatus of 24-48 hrs when search was briefly "fixed" last year. I have had an upward spike in traffic. Try vertical. I have decided to test some other advertising methods this week but the pattern of behaviour of residents visiting screams search. I purchased a my.secondlife.com advert that doesn't go live till 7th but is paid for. Does this improve my search ranking? I stopped reading about seach months ago because it was making me O_O
  15. I was lucky to sell mine May of 2009 but it was very stressful. I think I was probably one of the last crop of people to recoup some of my losses on my private island and did consider if I would have to abandon it at the time. Mine had a coveted tier date.
  16. Been premium since May 2007, currently got 1/4 of a mainland region plus my 512 sq m fee free elsewhere for when I need to escape. I've always owned directly from LL either via mainland or for a private island so probably always needed premium membership. I pay annually as I get clobbered for VAT and it makes it a bit cheaper. Stipend gets swallowed on classifieds but is very nice.
  17. I find it odd you never got an email and here is why. Ever had the email notification that LL need to take over your account to investigate for 30 mins and it is generic, something your av might have seen or done. This has happened to me twice in 4 years, both times I got an email before they did it and an email after saying they were done and I could have my account back. Both times I never found out why. I assumed people had ARd me, club owners can rack up a few ARs over the years, most loon ones. I know this is not the same as administrative hold and may be a different dept but it is an example of how they communicate.
  18. The only real issue with mainland for me is neighbours, and I've owned a lot of mainland. I have nice plots of land but had to get creative to get rid of glowing monstrosities and my script performance is constantly bad due to a self replicating physics scripted thingy on some plonkers land near me. I can't tell him to move it so I'm stuck with running a business in that environment praying he moves. Object issues such as parcel encroachment I easily solve myself because I feel confident asking people to move things in that scenario. I think it is about doing your research before you move in and trying not to stress yourself out when you get selfish people causing you issues. The random traffic you get on mainland is a constant source of entertainment for me and a feature I missed when I owned a private island for a year. It's not all bad, the powerlessness I feel about performance being broken by my neighbours is the only thing that wears me down. Your nice mainland can change overnight if someone moves in with a truly unique idea of beauty and I think having coping strategies in place helps.
  19. Yeah I have to say running events has got far harder than it used to be due to diminished visibility in search, events disappearing when I know I've listed them, things like that, niggles adding up really.
  20. I have a feeling if you list the event before you change the landing point it works. I'm sure i've done this. I list the event on search then change the landing point after. Give it a test go and let me know if it works.
  21. A bit too white, though I totally understand the convenience of white, I have similar issues with the Marketplace but for those of us with visual problems an accessibility widgety thing on all white LL sites enabling us to change the background colour might be considered to be kind. I've seen the widgety thing on a UK University site. A minor grumble as I don't want to wear my fugly speshul glasses.
  22. LOL this was in relation to Venus' post about an adult section but it didn't make it look like a reply - A very valid point, I hope it is taken on board.
  23. I am finding that so-called event spamming groups are becoming increasingly less effective, probably because all members are advertisers and the ones who aren't have notices turned off. The SL official event listing is ok but I release my schedule monthly which means I can no longer list a legitimate month in one sitting as only 5 events can be listed in a 24 hr period. I am finding though that there are less spam events, so maybe it is just a trade off. I am a 1.23 LL Viewer user mind you so I cannot vouch for the accessibility of events displayed in search via V2. I use my groups, one pay per notice group, my subscribe-o-matic (which rarely bears fruit these days) and hope for the best. I am trialling the Second Life advertising beta this week to see how effective that is but the cost is a bit prohibitive for club owners with very little income, so it might not be done every month. I use Avatars Events (free) and I am about to advertise on SL Universe (free event forum and paid banner ads) and a radio station (paid) too. I do attempt to maintain a Facebook Fan Page and a Twitter account, although I don't want to spend all my time listing events in a zillion places with no reward. I want to work smarter, not harder and I find Google calendar particularly useful for this - I have a Google event board in my club linked to my Google calendar and it is also embedded in the clubs website.
  24. I think too much is made of event security. I run a system where the volume of events is never beyond what myself, and staff, can cope with in terms of security. Cheaters can easily be spotted as can spammers, and if a tight ship is run there are no real threats to security. Clubs try to grow too big too quickly and burn out, for little reward. This is usually why they close. As for the recent fuss over alts, they are easy to spot without the need for dodgy databases stored in some random persons basement. Stopping object entry and the running of scripts are two basic functions that can be configured on the land, mine are set to group only, as is rez. I have a security system that is grid wide running off a server, which enables me to give out Remote HUDs to staff in the event I can't get online and gives them the option to ban people. My land is not, and never will be deeded, although it is set to a group. There will always be obnoxious people but they are rare. The main issue appears to be contests. I have my contests configured so that only contestants can vote which stops the mass TPing of friends at the end of an event. Contestants do have to join the group now too, which I resented doing but now the group limit has been increased is less of an issue. I add casual staff to a block list in my board which prevents the awkward conversation about reminding on duty staff they are not permitted to enter the contest. My DJs take a personal interest in helping me to spot people not in theme, or any other dodgy goings on but really this sort of thing goes with the territory and is not really a security issue per se.
  25. It is a bit unfortunate really for those of us who returned to mainland only to find that because of neighbours use of physics and scripting, events are now unable to run effectively due to poor region performance (in particular poor script performance). I know a portion of my visitors complain about the crashfest and I am powerless to do anything because mainland has no real restriction on rezzed content. I know that as a small community-based club owner since 2007, I am mindful of excessive scripts and try to create my environment responsibly. When I owned a private region, it was nice to not have this issue, but the price tag with VAT was prohibitive. On mainland there is very little you can do for optimum region configuration but on private estate I would suggest that monitoring top scripts and a regular restart regime of at least once a week are the absolute minimum things you would need to keep on top of for event configuration.
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