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From Wayfinder Wishbringer:

Greetings members! I hope this post finds you well and eager... if perhaps a bit ragged from recent changes on Second Life and elsewhere.

It seems that sometimes so many things hit all at the same time it just stresses us out. During the past month we have had five major changes hit us, seemingly all at once:

1. New SL TOS (a rather one-sided and abusive document)
2. New Third Party Viewer policies (also not balanced in scope)
3. Viewer 2.0 (ugh, don't get me started)
4. Forced migration from our Ning blogsite to who knows where (still working on that one)
5. Move from Reaction Grid to Inworldz

All of these things cause frustrations. Usually people resist change unless it is obviously for the better. Of the items listed here, I can only claim #5 is of any real benefit. So we have changes forced upon us... changes we don't really want or appreciate at all.

But in such times I like to remember: Don't Sweat the Small Stuff-- (and it's all small stuff). Change is one of the constants of the universe. So we can either grumble and grouse about it (which I certainly feel like doing these days and am trying hard to resist)... or we can just brush it off and go with the flow.

I don't like having to leave Ning, but we're sure not going to pay them $240 a year for what has up to this time been a free service. I don't like leaving RG, but I believe Inworldz will be a far better platform overall. I don't like the changes with SL... but what can we do? The company has two Federal class-action lawsuits against them and they're still moving in the same path. When it gets to that point, all we can do is just try to enjoy our time and try to ignore the clown factors. It's all small stuff.

It helps to realize that NONE of these things are life-essential. I point this out to people from time to time: If Second Life were to vanish tomorrow, the world would still turn. People would adapt, the sun would still rise, we'd find other ways to spend our time (to be truthful, probably more beneficial ways). When we understand these realities, we come to realize that these things aren't all that life-impacting or even all that important. We'll just adapt and move on.

So during this time of change, I hope you'll bear with us and wait for the stormy weather to die down. If you think these things feel stressful to you... you should be on my end, doing all the footwork. ; )

Eventually things will smooth out again. We'll find a new blog, we'll ignore Linden Lab as much as we possibly can and just pay attention to group needs, we'll use whatever viewers we prefer, and we'll set up our exciting new lands on Inworldz.

In short, we'll get past this and move on to new things. Change is not welcome in these cases... but we'll manage it nevertheless. Please realize our group is not alone in experiencing these things. Thousands of people are being forced to leave Ning. Many other people have already abandoned the OpenSim platform. At last poll approximately 90% of SL users are not happy with Viewer 2. So we're not alone. This stuff is messed up and is affecting thousands of people and thousands of groups in addition to Elf Clan. Hang in there. We'll make it through this mess and on over to dry ground.

-- Wayfinder

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Comment by Cinnamon Raymaker on May 7, 2010 at 1:56am
Yes - this returns to the reasons for my recent blog post. Worry about the big picture and not the small stuff - as a clan we will survive wherever we may go :) It's the friendships, the people behind the avs and the fun times that count - not where we are!
Comment by Cinnamon Raymaker on May 7, 2010 at 1:57am
Another mantra - you can't change what you can't control. Bend with the wind!
Comment by Wayfinder Wishbringer on May 7, 2010 at 2:19am
Well, there are three primary things that can happen to Second Life:

1) It can crash and burn
2) It can plug along like it is, never improving, the platform degrading (which will of course eventually lead to option 1) or
3) Either LL can wise up-- or somebody buy them out-- and start actually improving

It seems #1 is a very real possibility, #2 is of course possible, and #3 is rather unlikely.

But the interesting thing is that no matter which possibility comes to eventuality... it probably won't matter a plate of beans. LOL. I know that's sad to say, but the reality is that Second Life is not all that important to the function of the universe. If it falls, we migrate to Inworldz or whoever else has become the big dog and we just move on. Like Cinnamon says: it's not about Second Life. To be totally truthful, it's not even really about Elf Clan. It's about a group of friends who enjoy a common environment and attitude: that of friendship and respect for other people. And in truth... that can exist anywhere we are, VR or RL.

But LL? LOL... that poor company. I hope their managers all have chauffeurs, because I would hate to think of those guys being behind the wheel of an automobile. ; )
Comment by Oona Sharple on May 7, 2010 at 3:25am
Most of Oona's mellons is builders..Oona builds stuffs too heee It just dat...umm..err Oona sucks at buildin heeee..

But when all Oona's builder mellons leaves..Oona wanna be where dey is..Not coz dey is great builders,but coz Oona loves dems....

Dis is wut Oona is thinkin of..All dose dat dun builds nuthin,coz dey not knows how or dun want to,just buys stuffs..Wut dey gonna do when all da builders leaves SL?

Oona dun worries,coz Oona knows where Oona's mellons is gonna be,and dat where Oona will be too :)
Comment by Zauber Paracelsus on May 7, 2010 at 8:59am
That's actually something I've mentioned before, using the Elgg social networking software.
Comment by Mean Golem on May 7, 2010 at 1:48pm
(throws a rock through the window of .ning offices out of the blue)

YEAH!!!! RIOT!!!!
Comment by Kylinn Leimes on May 7, 2010 at 1:55pm
Gah! Looks like they did implement the threat to block non-approved viewers - when I try to log on with the slightly-older version of Emerald, I get a message "Logn Failed. The viewer you are using can no longer access Second Life..."

Hippo 0.6.2 is still working though.
Comment by Wayfinder Wishbringer on May 7, 2010 at 4:11pm
Kylinn... what do you want to bet LL gets hit with a class action lawsuit over the TPV issue before the year is out. ; )

It's not the TPV issue itself; it's preventing people from porting their own legitimate builds. I can see all kind of copyright and property ownership issues, monopoly suit, breach of agreement, coercive marketing... well just all kinds of things. They already have two Federal class-action suits against them. I think those may just be the tip of the iceberg.
Comment by Wayfinder Wishbringer on May 7, 2010 at 4:12pm
And yes, Elgg is totally functional and may be worth a look-see. For a certainty we'd have almost unlimited space that way.


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