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  1. On the 'amount of prims available' topic: there are parcels in SL that allow double the number of prims per square-meter (in Nautilus City, in Bay City, and I believe on the Adult continent in a couple of areas). Of course that land usually costs more to purchase outright, but once you have it, you get those extra prims despite paying the same monthly tier (or none if you can get a 512 sqm parcel).
  2. An update to say that this is still going on. One of my alts received the "Password Assistance" email on 25 May (three days ago). The wording: Click the link below to reset your password. ((((the link begins "h t t p s://secondlife.com/my/account/verify [with no spaces] and goes on. Looks authentic; no misspellings.)))) If clicking does not work, you can copy and paste the link into your Web browser. Once you have gone to the link, we will give instructions for resetting your password. Linden Lab and the Second Life Team ...then it shows "Your IP Address" . Needless to say, I did
  3. Yes, usually there are other, similar groups that one can join. There have been some epic group upheavals in SL--prominent enough for many not even involved in those groups to be aware of the problems anyway. But that's unusual. Generally walking away and joining another group can be a good solution--and members of the old group may feel the same way and come join the alternate, too.
  4. Ciaran Laval wrote: Restrict it to Piof and ban those who abuse it, third party forums manage such forum areas by having rules about them. These forums should never have been done away with in the first place. I agree. (And was never aware of any problems with the old RA-era New Products subforum. Interestingly, the current Guidelines mention such a subforum (probably because that verbiage hasn't been revised in the past three years or better.)
  5. Yes, definitely an improvement over the past incarnation.
  6. Pamela Galli wrote: (If you want to read some ranting about us not having a New Product forum anymore, see "Why? Why? Why?" thread in the Merchant forum.) Perfect---I'll give it a look.
  7. From the Guidelines: "No advertising or promotion of specific Second Life merchants, Marketplace listings, products, or services, unless the forum area is specifically for the buying or selling of Second Life products or services, for example, a “for sale” or “wanted” forum." Given the mentions in the beginning of this thread about it being forbidden to mention new products: Can anyone point me to a discussion of why this is the case? The Guidelines talk about forum areas specifically FOR new products and services, and indeed when I first started in SL the forum-at-that-time DID have such f
  8. Yes, if LL were to decide to use private groups in that way, they would pretty much HAVE to have a staff of Lindens checking them out, making sure they stayed within guidelines, etc. In no way do I want to denigrate groups like NCI, which have done a lot of good. But I do want to repeat my belief that this "assign newbies to Newcomer Groups" idea is something that would best work in addition to groups like NCI. Again, my experience with my Builder Group---big enough that there's always someone around day or night to answer questions in Group Chat, but of course not so huge that people can't
  9. om Piers wrote: I don't know what the new resident experience looks like now, but I don't think I joined the NCI group until a few months ago. Do they tell you about groups like NCI when you first get your avatar? Giving new residents the opportunity to join a group like NCI right off the bat is a great idea. If they don't already, new residents should also receive an email that has information and links for new resident friendly groups, the new resident's dashboard on secondlife.com, the forums, the KB and Answers areas, and that email should be continuously updated to ensure that the in
  10. Randall Ahren wrote: NCI is similar to the Phoenix/Firestorm support group, but is focused on general help for new citizens (residents) rather than just on specific viewers. The way NCI handles disruptive people is that they they have a few moderators that will intervene if someone is causing a problem in group chat. I think the Phoenix/Firestorm group handles problems the same way. The Phoenix/Firestorm group seems to me to be far more active when it comes to group chat help requests. I suppose new residents could automatically be made members of NCI, which might help with retention. If
  11. (we all have crappy Internet-linked embarrassing moments from time to time.) But as the poster above you was saying, your point about 'numbers' is something that would have to be dealt with in any scenario that involved hooking newbies up with a Group (whether a Linden-made Newcomers group or any other). I know they must do this in an automated way from looking at the grid of Orientation Islands----clearly the software shunts a certain number of new registrants to one Island, then when that number reaches capacity, starts to shunt them to another Island. Something like that could surely b
  12. I agree, the Welcome Islands are a problem that probably can't be solved inexpensively---a Linden posted on the Islands would mean high LL labor costs, and they aren't going to go that direction even though it's probably the only way to keep griefers away. Volunteer groups have been tried and rejected by LL. I know that those groups did a lot of good. However, I can see LL's point of view, as I personally experienced registering with an alt and being given a mentor who simply took me to the shops of friends and suggested I buy Lindens so I could purchase items. That was an abuse, and there's
  13. Yes, I had some difficulty in deciding where to post this idea. If only I'd had it when Rodvik first became company-head---I could have posted it in his Welcome blog comments!
  14. squashy Beeswing wrote: I like your idea to a limited extent. Recently i've been trying to think up ways in which i might best be able to assist new folks but without getting myself "embroiled". A group such as you describe would give me the means to do that. On the minus side, the sheer numbers would surely make any such group unworkable. How would one manage the numbers, let alone the constant gesture spam and other nonsense that'd crop up? It's not that i take a dim view of all noobs per se; however, there will always be those whose sole raison d'etre is to disrupt and annoy. Do
  15. We see the number "16,000 new registrations per day" mentioned frequently. As we all know, though, SL doesn't grow by anywhere near that because very few of those who register, choose an avatar, and materialize on Orientation Island ever stay. It's often been mentioned that one cause of this retention problem is that new people don't know how or where to get answers to their questions---questions about the computer on which they're running SL, questions about their appearance ("box on hand!!!" etc), questions about where to go to find music or shopping or clubs, questions a
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