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  1. So, The Economist has recently come out with their newest "Global Liveability Index," which ranks cities around the world by how "liveable" they are, using a variety of criteria ranging from cost of living to safety, amenities, and culture. I was delighted to see that there are (once again) three Canadian cities on the list, including my home city: https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/worlds-most-liveable-cities-2018/index.html Obviously, the criteria that we might apply would be different in SL, but I thought nonetheless that it might be fun, and maybe even informative, to invite people here to "rank" their own home community in Second Life. I've come up with the following criteria, all of which are inevitably going to be highly subjective of course. For instance, your idea of a "good" community might be neighbours with high fences who leave you alone; alternately, you might (as I tend to) highly value your interactions with your neighbours. You can apply those which seem applicable (not all will be, probably), and add any of your own. I weighted each of these equally, and used a number out of 10 (with 10 being the highest), which I then averaged out. Aesthetics -- How attractive is your home region/sim? This should apply not merely to your own abode, but to the sim as a whole. Location might be a factor: does the sim have a waterfront, for instance? Community -- How would you rank the community of other people who live in/hang out in your region? Are they friendly, outgoing, engaged, community-focused? Are they involved in community events and activities? As noted above, highly subjective: you may value your privacy, in which case low community engagement would rank high. Amenities/Infrastructure -- What sorts of cool and/or useful things does the sim feature? Are there beaches, chat areas, rez-friendly roads or waterways, and so forth? Is there a Linden road nearby, or other means of easily moving around? Also important: if you have a landlord, are they responsive, helpful, friendly, available, etc.? Neighborhood -- By this, I mean adjoining or nearby sims and regions, rather than your immediate neighbours within your home sim. Do these work well, or clash with your own home community? Is there any interaction between neighbourhoods? Do they provide useful amenities or infrastructure otherwise lacking in your own home area? (If you are living on an island estate, this may not be applicable.) Cost of Living -- How expensive is your home? This most obviously might include rent, or tier, but also possibly group fees. Safety/Security -- How well "protected" is your region or sim from griefers, intruders, etc,? Do you have the ability to ban non-residents for instance. (I'm not sure how applicable this might be.) Freedom of Movement -- Some people really value the ability to move around physically within their region, or into neighbouring sims and regions, via waterways, air travel, or roads. How easy is this to do? Is your region studded with ban lines and security orbs that make physical travel difficult or annoying? If you employ a numerical ranking, and have added (or ignored) a criterion, tell us! Or just tell us more briefly and informally why you like (or dislike) the place you currently live. The more detail you add, the more likely this is to be useful to people looking for nice places to live. Usual forum rules apply, of course: no naming and shaming, and no advertising your own real estate. (And please don't use this as an excuse to dis an old community: it's far more interesting and informative to hear about the positive things about the place(s) you live!) I'll include my own ranking for my "home" below, in a separate post.
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