I wonder what the profit margin is on sims. Does anyone know? If other grids are able to offer sims for substantially less than Linden Labs does, why is LL struggling financially . . . because I don't seriously believe they could want to drive away the museums, universities, libraries, social justice organizations and other non profits that have contributed to their credibility and established them as a serious enterprise committed to contributing to a better world, as they have so often said in the past.
MacArthur Foundation has been active in Second Life. And their presence has also given a lot of credibility to Linden Labs as something beyond just a game.
And, of course, it makes no sense to bring teens here to supposedly enjoy the incredible learning resources available . . . like the Renaissance sim, for example, or NOAA, or NASA, etc. and then to act in such as way as to drastically reduce the number and quality of those resources.
As an adult, I have deep misgivings about having minors here . . . too much room for mischief on goth sides of that equation. And as an educator, the very things that brought me here and have kept me in SL seem to be going away. I hope LL can give me reason to stay.
I hope LL will reconsider and figure out a way to keep charities, universities, cultural institutions and non-profits here to continue to enrich our world. I hope that Philip will remember his roots and his original vision. Many of us are here because we share it. And this . . . this just isn't it.