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Amalia Broome

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  1. If you are unsure of how you're dressing in a G-rated region, imagine you are standing, walking around, bending over and sitting down in front of a group of kids..say 5 to 10 years old. That's the gauge for us. Other regions may be more or less strict. I would hope they have the courtesy to let you change and stay without the knee jerk reaction of booting you right off the bat before all your clothes are rezzed.

  2. We call ourselves 'Helpers' at the Firestorm Gateway. Anyone is welcome to apply for a volunteer position (yes, it's not an automatic approval). Just send me a notecard explaining why you want to be a helper and tell me about your previous experience in SL. The volunteers are only required to put in 2 hours a week at the Gateway (though most put in a lot more time than that). It sounds easy right? Sigh. In a perfect world it would be but as a helper you must have a tremendous amount of patience. We deal with new residents who may have limited computer knowledge or who do not speak English. We have several people who speak other languages and we all have a translator but sometimes it's difficult to get our intent across when using the translator.

    Our Gateway has six regions with a lot of fun things to do (our MadPea Ghost Hunt and SciFi Portal are both big draws for older members too). Everything is designed to help new people learn now to use their avatars. We have a store with free clothes for people under 30 days old and offer help learning how to change clothes. We have a sandbox where they get their first taste of building. And our Golf Course is always popular (five holes of golf). One of the most used features is the balloon ride over the six regions. It takes 10 minutes and gives an aerial view of what we have to offer.

    Our focus as a Gateway is to make every new resident feel welcome to Second Life and to explain how they can find their own experience here. We help them find THEIR second life.

    We welcome any older resident who wants to help. If you don't want to be a part of the team, come and watch us. Learn how we treat the new residents (they are never called 'noobs or noobies' by the way. They are new residents or newblets.

    So feel free to drop me a notecard or drop in at the Gateway to see us in action.

    Amalia Broome

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  3. I find it sad when I go shopping (Collabor88 for example) and the clothing there does not include sizing for MY avatar - a system (or Legacy) avatar. I have no desire for an expensive mesh body so I will have to make do I guess. And if the future holds only clothing made for mesh avatars, my avatar will be seriously retro fashion. Too bad. I spend my money on clothes too. 

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  4. Ah..interesting how you think. I volunteer at the Firestorm Gateway as a helper. Our focus is to get new residents acclimated to SL. While we have a store with a few free things, we mostly send new people to Free Dove (if they go anywhere else they come back with blingy shoes..sigh).  A lot of new residents find it difficult to change clothes - learning the concept of adding vs. wearing mesh clothing can be a chore. We encourage them to find stores with free groups to join if they want to test out skins/shapes. Very seldom do we point them to the marketplace because if they don't pay attention, they end up with just a Demo. For their first 2 weeks in SL, we encourage them to do nothing drastic to their avatar. Mesh? No way..it's too complicated for most new people. (There are a lot of places that won't allow new people in until their 15 days old). So they hang out and learn a little bit at a time. Some new residents come from other games and wonder about 'levels' and such. A lot are coming in from IMVU recently. SL new avatars (the classic especially) are very nice. With just a little change in clothing, they can use that look for a bit. Lately, it costs to get a prize for a hunt so new residents are left out of those which would be nice if they could get free clothing that way (also helps them hone their camera skills). So next time you see someone who looks new..ask...May I help you with something? 

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  5. As a helper at the Firestorm Gateway, I often suggest new residents check out the destination guide that shows there are actual people there. Not because they may interact but it makes SL: seem more used. A lot of new residents will hang out at the gateway for a few weeks before they venture out as we tell them that some places don't allow new residents that are less than 14 days old (true in some instances) and if they search for places to go to, to look for 'newcomer friendly' destinations. 


  6. I'd like to speak to the issue of not finding someone to chat with in voice. I was around before voice became an option and my 'generation' eschewed voice for  a long time. Now? I use it daily. Unfortunely a lot of trolls and griefers use it also. You used to be able to go to an Infohub and talk in voice. Now with the advent of the screaming Bilbongs, it's almost impossible to find a place that allows voice for the general public. 


    I am a helper at the Firestorm Gateway, welcoming new residents to Second Life. Our voices make the job easier. It's so much harder to explain how to change clothes using text. So we are predominately voice users. We do get older residents who like to hang out and chat but our focus is helping new residents.  But chats can be disrupted by just on 'screamer' or loud open mic resident. It ruins the communcation via voice, so we revert to text. 

    Voice has not gone away, sometimes it's just waiting for the obnoxious trollers to go home.

  7. When it stops being fun or interesting or creative, it's time to take a break. Have you considered becoming a stripper? Or maybe a nude model? SL is like politics, move on every 4 years and try something new..if it doesn't work, try something new, if it doesn't work..well you get the point...

  8. You haven't been in SL long enough to make these kinds of judgements about people/places/builds. I would suggest you start with the Destination Guide and work your way around the over 24,000 regions before you pass judgement on us. If you'd like to discuss this in world, contact me. I'm a helper at a Gateway and I'm used to new members questions. I promise not to be rude to you.


  9. Please check out the 8 Welcome Islands. LL has set them up to be exactly alike so there is no confusion for the new residents. And each island contains a landing point, a chat area, a beach, a dance club, an underground cave (among other things). There is also a huge open building with portals to Second Life Destinations. They are labeled 'Art'; 'Music'; Chat; Roleplay; etc. and change often. 

    All the new member has to do is click and walk thru the portal to be taken to a SL destination.  I've gone through them on numerous occasions and they seem to be rotating destinations.

    Of course there also are dozens of older members at the social island who give out landmarks and advice. 

  10. Last week I bought a cute short/blazer/shirt outfit from an inworld store. Today I got the list of 55Linden Thursday items and the SAME outfit is listed for another store...is this a mesh template that they both bought? They are exactly alike down to the little 'pulled out' bottom edge of the shirt on the right side of the outfit. Both come with HUDs to change colors but the HUDs are different and one has more color choices.


    Are they copies or templates that both designers purchased?  Thanks for your answers.

  11. Sometimes it's hard to f ind a group to hang out with. After one year in SL, I was so friendless and bored I was ready to give up. Then I found a great group of people and SL became more meaningful for me. Recently though that group has dispersed - SL boredom set in I guess or RL issues took over.


    Right now a small group of us is looking to form a new club type group and hope to bring in new people. We'd like to do things together such as RFL and book clubs...let me know if you're interested.

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