Another Inventory Issue

Long ago when I started on the Second Life Main Grid, a terrible official book (which shall not be named) about Our World was published, but it had a couple good tips:

  1. Create an alt account in which you can store transferable items for safe keeping.
  2. Box up to 100 items in a cube then store them in a folder you never touch. Another cube can be used to consolidate 100 of these cubes, creating a cube/sub-cube system.

Since then I’ve employed such a system with each of my characters. As soon as I unpack a new purchase, I box up a copy (or move the original box) into a storage cube. This way if I accidentally delete something I can run to get a copy. In theory.

Just last Sunday I was working on boxing and storing when I found that I couldn’t rez a storage box in a place where I had full rez rights. Then there was another storage box. And another. Moving to another region didn’t help. Relogging made it worse.

Some 90% or so of my storage boxes (like the reddish one shown above) were gone. Folders were empty. Tens of thousands of $Lindens of things were gone. I followed all the standard Inventory recovery procedures, both official and unofficial. I even waited a couple days since it was a holiday weekend and you know how those are in SL.

As a Premium account member, I leaped to the Chat Support and worked with a knowlegeable Linden who didn’t just copypasta the company line (as some do) but nothing worked. So I filed a Support Ticket and waited. And waited. Well, the Labbies were coming back from holiday weekend, afterall, and I figured they’d be busy. So I checked my other characters and they had no such problems. It was just Uccie.

But I had to find something for a Bay City event and I looked inside one of the surviving storage boxes. BAM! It was filled with over 150 items according to the hover text and I remembered it should have had just six items. I keep only 100 items in each box (sub- or storage), as mentioned. When I looked, I found a large portion of missing items. Another surving storage box had more. A third was also loaded. Then it got strange.

Some of the recovered items were things from sub-boxes that were inside storage boxes I hadn’t rezzed in some time. Example: Hundreds of note cards that were in several sub-boxes were emptied into a few different storage boxes. Most of it was from boxes I haven’t opened in years, like my Isle of Lesbos items. Told you it was strange.

So I opened every single storage box that indicated it had more than 100 things inside and a few that didn’t (plus more than a few sub-boxes) just for good measure and started putting things aright. The first round took hours and I still have more to go. All the while I will be working on a letter to The Lab to again suggest that Inventory loss insurance should be available. Perhaps free to Premium members? I like that. Barring this, a very good backup system should be available. If such were in place I could spend more time exploring Our World instead of filling and moving boxes or bothering Support.

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Not that you need to, but if you click the image above you can see an embiggend verson on Flickr.

Topless Tuesday Glytch

Topless 'tuesday 25-09-2017 without shirt

Here I am in Hartyshire, the hub for The Lab’s “Tyrah & the Curse of the Magical Glytches” game and a G-rated region where women should (?) put on a top. Access the game via the Portal Park.

At least to me, Topless Tuesday is about protesting The Lab’s ban on topless female avatars in General-rated regions. To be honest, though, I’ve never read or heard that female toplessness is fully official. Here’s what I saw on a wiki:

Is simple nudity without sex Adult?

Depending on context, nudity may not require an Adult rating. For example all of the following could be rated Moderate:

  • A nude beach without sexual activity.
  • Skin vendors showing a nude skin to display the product.
  • Nude art that is not sexual.
  • Strip clubs that do not use adult words in search or host sex furniture.

Depending on the context, exposed genitalia may not be considered Adult. For example:

  • Hanging out at a nude beach would be fine.
  • Walking around pants-less on the mainland could be inappropriate.

Non-sexualized depictions of nudity are Moderate NOT Adult.

Okay, a little vague. Could I have been penalized for the picture in this post since I was shooting it for artistic purposes? I bet I could argue the point. What about when I walk around the west side of Bay City, the G-rated regions? I’m not having sex or displaying with intent to arouse. I’m just nekkid from the bellybutton on up. Any interpretation of this section, though, is clear that any sort of nudity should be avoided in General-rated regions without addressing the differences between female and male anatomies. Should men also be required to wear shirts?

It seems to me that even the Terms of Service are vague (section 4):

(vi) Violate our Maturity Content Guidelines. A region designated General is not allowed to advertise or make available content or activity that is sexually explicit, violent, or depicts nudity;

Nudity isn’t specifically addressed in the Community Standards, but there are links to other sources such as the Content Guidelines, which only mentions “sexually explicit content” without details or clarity. The Linden Lab Official: Mainland Policies wiki doesn’t have anything not the topic.

So where do we stand? May I run topless through Linden Realms (as seen on my Flickr)? Would I be allowed to sunbathe topless outside the Bay City Arboretum (SLurl)? Pretty sure other policies would keep me from diving into Marianne McCann‘s backyard pool (as well as it is kinda shallow and no one wants to face the wrath of the pint-sized titan). I have invited an official reply to be added in the comments of this post, but if you have comments, I’d appreciate if you would add them, too.

Until then, I’m going to go about topless where I feel appropriate as sort of an empirical test of the subject. Join me?

Michael Linden Isn’t Gone, Really.

Michael Linden’s slippers, a gift from me a number of years ago. I was once told that Lab employees aren’t allowed to accept gifts, but he not only accepted these, he even put them out in his home (SLurl), now renamed Hotel Adriano since he has left The Lab’s employ. It was in this mansion in March 2015 that I met with Michael to interview him for the Bay City Post about his involvement with the development of Bay City (with the former Blue Linden, whom I interviewed in August 2015; see both here).

ml2b03Adorable as Michael was in his Mole avatar, I’ve seen him in several forms, including human. I asked him about this during the interview:

UP-S: Do you consider your Second Life persona a “character” or a representation of who you are in Real Life?
ML: More of a representation. I haven’t really been involved in role-playing in SL.

In any incarnation he was always approachable and fun-spirited. Once when encountering my Zyx Flux alt while she was dressed as Wednesday Addams, he rewarded her for finding a flaw in a Mole build: [11:09] Michael Linden: ‘+1 Mole Point for Wenesday’

So far, everything I’ve written here makes it sound like Michael has passed away. Far from it, as my friend Marianne McCann wrote in a guest post on Inara Pey’s blog, Living in a Modem World. In talking with Marianne last night, though, we both felt like it was a death in the family when it was confirmed he was hanging up his crown as King of the Moles.

If Our World really has celebrities (SLebrities?), many would list any Linden as one. Look at the excitement that happens whenever you meet one in-world. Even with Michael on my Friends list and the way he readily answered my IMs without fuss, I still had a bit of that awe one feels around celebrities. Consider that in his 13 years with The Lab, Michael had his paw in just about everything: Bay City, the railroads, various attractions, even janitor work when a prim or two got out of line. That earns the little Talpidae some awe. I hope to meet Michael in his civilian avatar so I can give him a well-deserved hug.

New Social Island

Linden Lab has quietly launched a complete rebuild of the Social Islands in Second Life. These are the spaces new Residents visit after they leave the official tutorial islands. I spent some exploring time at Social Island 9 (SLurl) with friends and was quite taken with the beautiful architecture and the brilliant instructional activities.

To encourage you to visit I’m going to limit myself to one picture (for now) but I will mention some highlights. When you arrive, a HUD will attach and almost guide you through various experiences – building, using a boat, dancing, learning your camera, and more – and pays a special version of the Linden spacebux that can be used in the Social Island shop. I write almost because the exploring is very free-form with no help from a plethora of weasels.

This fourth iteration of the Social Island concept is by far the most peaceful and lovely one. There are fewer attractions than the previous one (blogged about here), much more useful than the second one, and lacking the sandbox of the first. If you search diligently, you should be able to find at least one copy of all these old islands. The Lab is clearly aiming to increase Resident numbers with this rebuild, an early part of the revived Gateway program that lets in-world groups solicit new Residents.

As you tour the new Social Island you might come across things that could be better (like I found some issues with the items for sale in the shop) or you might just have suggestions. Feel free to leave comments on this post and I’ll direct them to various folks I know that might be able to help. Now get out there and have some fun with this new experience!

No, I haven’t blogged


Outside The Lab

See it on Flickr to embiggen.

To be honest, I haven’t felt like blogging. Well, there was the one time shortly after I bought this lovely Adore-Nyx skin from Lumae (SLurl). The delivery packaging is impressive. Like many creators, Lumiya Rae set it up as a HUD so no rezzing is needed, but she improves the idea by using the HUD as an instructional tool, listing features and content and showing example pictures, instead of just having the store logo.

That idea passed quickly despite how impressed I was with the experience (and the bargains on Lumae’s whole line of skins, on clearance till the end of the year), so I simply sat around, not blogging. Nor did I blog when I first took this post’s picture. My friend Marianne McCann had made a wonderful photo set which replicated the outside of Linden Lab’s Second Life offices in (so called) Real Life. After posting this picture to the MySL “feed” I had intended to post it here, too, with the original message “Thank you, Linden Lab. With Second Life I can be the way I see myself in my mind’s eye.”

Wait. I guess I just did.


Click to embiggen or see it on Flickr.

Click to embiggen or see it on Flickr.

What can I say about Linden Lab’s new PaleoQuest adventure that Inara Pey hasn’t (see here)? Probably not much, so I’m just going to relax after my harrowing adventure in this new land and post a couple pictures of me with a Torley Surprise at the bar. I’ll write more on another day, but completing the five quests here* is really exhausting. On top of that, I got to hang out with Magellan Linden. Yes, Magellan Linden!! And plenty of other Lindens and Moles from the LDPW who all did a fabulous job creating this new part of Our World.

Click to embiggen or see it on Flickr.

Click to embiggen or see it on Flickr. I’m wearing one of the several free t-shirts available at the bar.

*By “here” I mean go to the Portal Park (SLurl or SLurl) and look for the PaleoQuest portal.