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BBQBill Odriscoll

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  1. First you need to define what you mean by close a window. Are you closing, say , an inventory window in your viewer or are you clicking on a window in your home to open or close it? If the former see if you might be double clicking on the window and clicking on something in-world accidentally. Otherwise I have never heard of anything like that. If the latter you may have an invisible object between you and the window that is causing the problem. This could be somethinng that is moving when is it clicked, maybe a teleporter, or something nasty like a griefer object. Try turning on No Pushing
  2. "What we see is a very strong group bias run by the same few people, and there is nothing open and impartial information at Vortex as has been claimed in other, and partly in this thread. "Again, Gavin, Vortex is run by a volunteer staff. If you want to help run it volunteer. Mindless repetition of bad ideas does not make them correct.
  3. "It is more than likely that the "right people" are people who can be massaged into visiting their own businesses more than anything else. "It amazes me that you continue to ignore rational argument and rely on slinging foundless and inflammatory accusations at good peope. Your posts should be removed. I challenge you and anyone else reading this to find any reference to me or my business anywhere at Vortex. Unless I have left some litter somewhere I have two prims at Vortex today. One is my help call box, and one is the landing zone greeter. I get nothing out of Vortex other than lost tim
  4. Hello Innula, The desire here is just to optimize the group's effectiveness in search. If what you say is true then there is no harm whatever in putting the word "Zindra" in the name of the sim, as no one will see it. If you are incorrect and the name of the sim clearly communicates its purpose the change will help Vortex and no one is hurt. You can safely humor me either way. ;-) The right people in my mind are newcomers looking for Zindra. They search for the term "Zindra" and potentially also find Vortex. If they are interested in learning and building they learn that we are here fo
  5. "For a select few to insist on keeping a shared resource to themselves because of the superior marketing is just slapping the rest of community in the face"Gavin, you continue to talk about a select few keeping this resource to themselves. I will reiterate, tell me about the specific problems you or others have encountered and I will address them aggressively. Vortex is an open resouce and everyone is welcome and will be supported. I IM'd you after the last time you said this and still I am unaware of any foundation for this claim. If you are unhappy that others plan events and operate th
  6. Hello Innula, You appear to have misinterpreted my post and take a few word out of context. I said " I would echo comments above that Vortex is not a sandbox, but a mentoring and support site. The sandbox is an important enabling tool, but should not be a key element of the message that we place in front of prospective new users when they see us in search." I am not looking to play with semantics and I hope you are not just being argumentative, but if it makes you more comfortable I can say it as Gina did, Vortex is not just a sandbox. I stand corrected. Further, it is no mystery how searc
  7. The lab's intent to rename the sim to "Vortex Adult Sandbox" is not all bad. I appreciate that the Vortex name has been retained, and I believe the word "Adult" can be a positive addition. I would echo comments above that Vortex is not a sandbox, but a mentoring and support site. The sandbox is an important enabling tool, but should not be a key element of the message that we place in front of prospective new users when they see us in search. But I cannot see how removing the word "Zindra" from the site's name serves any purpose for the lab or it's users. The stated objective of the name chan
  8. A very rational response Innula - ty. I have no reason to doubt your statistics, but experienced adult users will never need to search for "Zindra", and new users will likely only search once- thereafter they will search for places in Zindra. It is no surprise that < 1% of all searches are for the term "Zindra". That does not mean they are unimportant searches that should end in frustration. This search likely leads the user to their first exposure to the adult continent. Right now, in terms of supporting new users I still believe "Zindra" is an important name, but we should all be wil
  9. Gavin, anything that builds traffic in Zindra benefits your business owners. It is a general benefit and not specific to members of any group or community, so your ads and mine will not go there, but more traffic and greater involvement is good for everyone. Frustrated residents looking for Zindra would also disagree. We don't need less Zindra in search, we need more. The strict rules you refer to are not mine or yours, they are LLs. If it's the right thing to do and it supports retention and conversion of free accounts, they will be incented.
  10. Thank you for the correction Gavin. We'll agree to disagree on your second point. More Zindra in search is better than less.
  11. We have discussed the possibility of parceling adult infohubs so that plots containing the name Zindra can host adult community content and will be discoverable in search. Will these infostations be a good interim/permanent solution? What challenges will have to be overcome? What can we do to make this work? Or should we just stop talking about it and do it? What's your opinion?
  12. Hello Pussycat, This is a long story and I will not bore you with the details, but the hubs never had "Zindra" in their names. They predate the sandbox which was named seperately. As these are all LL sims there is no standard, they just need to be named to do their jobs in the best way possible for the users and the lab. Adding Zindra to the hub names is another simple solution that should be considered.
  13. When I "found" Zindra I searched for the continent name and landed in the Zindra sim. That told me nothing so I looked at the map and teleported to Arapaima. When that didn't help I teleported back to a random sim and started exploring. I would guess this is fairly typical. People know the name Zindra and search for it, so having no hits under "Zindra" would be just as confusing if not more so than hitting a sandbox. If you are on another mainland continent you can not even see continental Zindra on the map. I would not suggest removing the name. How about an additive approach? LL could
  14. Hello Couldbe, I agree with you, I would prefer to see a gateway clearly labeled and visible in search. I do support Zindra Vortex being disconnected from the mainland, but only to prevent a spillover of griefer attacks or other sandbox issues. Bill
  15. Hello Couldbe, The mission of Zindra Vortex has been to enhance the user experience and in a way that leads to greater retention of new users and conversion of unpaid into premium accounts. We do this by shortening the learning curve around key SL skills. Our approach is to use both mentoring and traininging to directly improve skills and events such as presentations and Sexy Speed Build to do so indirectly. We are not a gateway or an advertising center, but where it contributes to our mission by providing newcomers with greater opportunity to engage, it's a good thing. Sorry for the issu
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