I have been avoiding this whole have/have not controversy as best I can, while refreshing my heart out whenever I have the time to sit and devote to it. A couple things stick out to me which I haven't seen addressed in any of the threads I read:
1. Those saying you are promised a Linden house, but not a Belli house, therefore stop complaining are aggravating me. Yes, you are promised a house and there are old style houses available. But trying to imply that an old style house in desolate or crappy looking regions that have what, half the prim count to personalize it? is the same as a new house, increased prims, pretty region and revitalized community is crap. There is definitely a higher user value on the new houses. Why would anyone, especially someone who specifically paid for a membership in order to obtain one, be happy settling for remaining homeless in order to have a chance at a new house or having to accept a lesser deal by accepting the older houses in hopes of there "someday" being enough new houses (and attendant perks) from the Lindens? It feels almost like a bait and switch to me - LL gets the same money for the memberships while providing distinctly different deals to the members.
2. Information on the housing situation (among other things) is not being rolled out in a good way to SL users. How many people actually read the forums? How many people actually belong to the groups where information is being released (or for that matter, know which groups ARE the groups where information is being rolled out)? I peruse the forums at least once or twice a month on average which probably puts me ahead of a lot of SL folk, but I don't own land so I have never before had a reason to read the Land forum posts. Who knew there was more here than just landowner information? First I heard about the new homes was in May. I gave up my old LL home then and have been trying to land one of the new houses ever since. (To date, I have seen *one* come up on my page in all that time, and by the time I got to the 2nd page, it was gone.)
Its easy to say the information is out there, but how many casual users who log in a couple hours a week or so even know where to look? How hard would it be for LL to send notices to ALL users when its something major that will impact a lot of users. I think I read somewhere in this thread there are around 60K premium members. A mass email to premium members about perk changes or things like the Tilia changes would be easy for LL to do and a way to ensure people receive the information. Want to reach everyone, not just the premium folks? Put the information in a screen you need to click to log in, same as they do with TOS changes. Sure, some folks will just click through, but the information will reach many more folks that way.
3. Finally, this time out system sucks. I get why it's necessary and no one wants to be causing the servers to crash out, but it is making it next to impossible to even try for the few homes being released each week. I have yet to have a full 10 attempts without being told I hit my limit after the 4th or 5th try, or when refreshing after the 10 min limit, up pops time out screen again. There have been times I get pulled away from the keyboard and a half hour or more lapses -only to come back, hit refresh and immediately get the same time out screen. Unfortunately, I can't think of a viable alternative, so for now - just have to suck it up and keep trying.
Whew. /end vent.