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.