Patch Linden sent out closure group notices on Wednesday 30th October announcing that 12 Teen CL Regions will be going offline on Monday 4th November 2013 which is sad news and shocking indeed. As many know the grids merged back on 21st January 2011 and shortly after two groups were formed so that teens could get access to Teen Only sims. The groups were called Chimp Labs and CL Board which were the main groups to join for 2011 transferred teens. It’s unclear why the lab have decided to shut down the regions at this time.
Group Notice From: Chimp Labs, Patch Linden
We are closing the Teen Chimp Labs regions: cereal killers 1, cereal killers 2, Simian, RothLand, Eudaimonia, Building Blocks, Macaque, Erosion, Emperor Tamarin, Gibbon, Mandrill, and Roloway. Please pick up your objects from these regions, they are going offline on Monday, 4 November 2013.
Here are some snapshots of the regions…
Here’s my follow up post about the history of the TSL Transition. You may find it interesting to read about previous milestones since the very beginning of the idea of merging the grids. Friday 21st January 2011 marks the end of an era for Teen Second Life, after running for almost 6 years, which is 2, 167 days in total.
Terrance Linden has put in a lot of hard work in the past 6 months to make the transition as smooth as possible. Let’s Make February “Teen Welcome Month” in Second Life. The transition of hundreds of teens will arrive on the Main Grid immediately and I wish the teens the best of luck in their new Main Grid adventures.
Timeline of TG Transition Events
- Back in 2007, there were rumours spreading around about a possible grid merge with the main grid in the near future. There were plenty of discussions at office hours and on the forums on a weekly basis. Linden Lab kept on saying “We have no plans for a grid merge”.
- During 2008, at TSL5B, Mark Kingdon announced that Linden Lab are working it on, relating to the grid merge was “to better incorporate teens in a much broader way in the future”.
- On 19th January 2009, Philip Rosedale gave an interview to Metanomics, mentioned that “the future of Second Life needs to be one where people of all ages can use Second Life together”. The community took to the forums and blogs shortly afterwards roaring about it.
- Last February during 2010, TG residents were integrated into the Second Life Forums. The TSL forums was shut down and only a tiny part of the forums were archived apparently. Teens and adults now share the forums.
- Back in August 2010, during SLCC 2010, Philip Rosedale announced that the closure of the Teen Grid. Linden Lab wanted to keep Second Life “sustainable” and “growing” apparently. The plan was to have 16-17 old users transfer over to the main grid. For the younger part the plan was for 13-15 year accounts to be turned off. Since August 2010, Terrance Linden has announced a number of blog posts from the Second Life Blog on the transition informing the rest of the community on what will happen. There has been tons of mixed reactions on SL blogs, forums and inworld meetings ranging from excitement to disbelief on the closure announcement of the teen grid.
- In October 2010, Terrance Linden talked about the transition at Plush Non Profit commons region on the Main Grid.
- In late November 2010, Terrance Linden apparently went to have a meeting with the teens about the upcoming transition. The Teen Second Life Website was taken down by Linden Lab in late November 2010.
- In Mid-December 2010, Linden Lab changed the Terms of Service that pointed towards the under 18 year old residents moving to the main grid and closing of Teen Second Life. There was some confusion over teens creating accounts on the main grid when this update came into effect. In late December 2010, Global Kids hosted a “Youth Forum about TG Merger“. This youth forum allowed Teens to come and share their thoughts, concerns, ideas, and hopes for the future of Second Life.
- In early January 2011, Linden Lab created 4 regions on the Main Grid called Bonobos Isles. Linden Lab renamed these islands to Chimp Isles a few days later because the name was unsuitable. The first few days of 2011, Teen Grid Transition 2011 was delayed due to in-completed work. LL told us that the Teen Grid Transition will be happening on Thursday 20th January 2011, which didn’t happen because of technical issues.
- On 21st January 2011, after 1pm SLT teens were able to teleport anyone to any region on TSL. LL transferred teen accounts by last name, so many residents had to wait longer. The map should refresh any time between 12am-6am SLT on 22nd January 2011, so that you can see the TSL regions because they are currently hidden at the moment.
- Official Second Life Blog Post: LL Welcomes Teens to Second Life
- Check out the FAQ about the TSL Transition can be found here
14th February 2005 – 21st January 2011
The Teen Grid merge will officially happen next week sometime during early morning on Thursday 20th January 2011, according to Spark Master’s blog informing everyone about the new merge day announcement.
Terrance Linden announced new details at TSL last ever office hour apparently at the I-World Village on 13th January 2011, from 2pm-3pm SLT. Terrence will not be doing a blog post about it.
The full transcript can be found on Blaze Borgin’s blog post, as our days become numbered. Next weekend is going to be interesting and if anyone knows me then feel free to IM me/add me as a friend when you arrive on the MG.
I knew alot of friends when I transferred to MG in mid-December 2008 and its going to be good to catch up with them again.
So let the great migration begin…
Apparently according to Terrance Linden today the Teen Grid transition has been delayed into mid-late January 2011. The delay was due to something Linden Lab wanted to do over the christmas holidays but they didn’t complete it. The original date for the closure of the Teen Grid was due for 31st December 2010 but that was pushed back to a few days after January 1st 2011 which didn’t happen.
UPDATE (8th January 2011)
On 7th January 2011 Terrance Linden replied back to Blaze Borgin about the delay and this is what Terrance Linden said about it…
No problem at all. Thank you for checking in.
We intended to complete the merge this week; however, it has been postponed by a couple weeks because there are a few more things that I want to check off before being comfortable. Just getting back after the holiday season, I want to take a little time, double check a few items, and ensure that we have completed everything on the list. It has not been called off to be revised.
I plan to let people know the official date once I feel that it is 100% confirmed, which should be sometime next week.
Again, thanks for checking in, and have a great weekend!
From Terrance Linden – (6th January 2011):
It’s been delayed, but will still be Jan. Didn’t complete something we wanted to over holiday. I’ll let everyone know when we secure ta date
The official closing date is still not confirmed but you can expect Terrance to let everyone know very soon. I’ll keep everyone posted on the latest when it develops.
UPDATE from Blaze Borgin - (6th January 2011)
A local Teen Grid resident, Doug Falta, confirmed with Jeremy Linden that an official date will be released by Terrence some time next week.
[2011/01/06 14:00] Jeremy Linden: First: It appears we ran into some delays with the TSL move, so it’s been pushed back a couple weeks. He’ll know the exact dates by next week.
[2011/01/06 14:01] Jeremy Linden: Second: There will be some teen-only regions after the move: Bonobos Isles 1-4
It appears that we will also be recieving some regions with a Teen-Only land rating. Something new that was unexpected.
It looks like we’re going to have to wait a little longer before our teen accounts are finally on the Main Grid.
Thanks to Blaze Borgin for sharing this news on his blog.
A number of TSL Approved Adults, hosted a youth forum meeting at Global Kids island on the Teen Grid on Wednesday, 29th December, 2010. This youth forum allowed Teens to come and share their thoughts, concerns, ideas, and hopes for the future of Second Life. Rik GKid, Rhiannon Ferlinghetti and Frans Marseille hosted the discussion with 20-30 teens for about one hour. The shut down of TSL is sheduled for the first week of January 2011.
Here’s the summary according to Blaze:
Some 20-30 teens participated (It was very short notice) and all shared their opinions. Here are the topics that were discussed.
- Why teens oppose the merge
- Why teens are for the merge
- Treatment of teens by adults and vice-versa
- Teen content creation
- The loss of our “close community feel”
- Ways of maintaining our “close community feel”
- How residents under 16 feel about the merge
- Alternatives to Second Life for those who are left out (Different open grids)
Overall, teens who are transferring seem to be excited about the merge, though they worry about how they amy be accepted into the adult community. Content creators see it as a positive change to be able to provide their products to more potential customers while others are excited about the new regions to explore.
Both teen age groups are not too happy about how well Linden Labs handled the younger group. Most feel that being enclosed in one region for 1-3 years or even cut off entirely before transferring is not a good decision.
Overall, the meeting proved to give quite a bit of insight on the feelings of those involved. It is clear that this move will not be easy, but like all other hard times, it seems we should make the best of it.
- Walking The New World - Blaze Borgin
- The Voice of TSL - Foxdog Pawpad
- Black Coffee and Warm Milk – Skye Thing
- The Last Teen Grid Endeavor
- Ishy Wingtips Blog - Ishy Wingtips
- Second Life Feed - RosalieHale Quintessa
- Fashion Bloggers Unite - RosalieHale Quintessa
- SL Grid Merge Information
As many of you are already know the teen grid is due to be shut down the first week of January 2011. It’s going to be interesting what teens blog about between now and then. :)
Apparently Terrence Linden has sent out a new Q&A notecard with specific information about the upcoming Teen Grid migration in early January 2011. I managed to get this new info from this source.
NOTECARD FROM TERRENCE LINDEN DATED DECEMBER 2, 2010
“Teen Grid Q&A”
What is the “merge”? In early January, the separation between the Main Grid and Teen Grid of Second Life will cease to exist. At that time 16-17 year old accounts will continue (including inventory, L$ balances, etc), but will now have access to General-rated regions on the Main Grid in addition to the Teen Grid regions (all of which will still exist in their present location). Individual 13-15 year old accounts will no longer be able to access Second Life until they turn 16, unless they access Second Life under the umbrella of an organization.
When will this happen? In early January 2011.
What will accounts have to do in order to transfer? There is nothing that users will need to do to transfer. Linden Lab will handle everything for both the 16+ year olds that will continue using Second Life, as well as for the 13-15 year olds when they turn 16 and will once again have access to their accounts. It should be a seamless transition on the users’ side.
What happens to the current Teen Grid land? All land will become part of the Main Grid, while staying in its current location on the Second Life map. Land ownership will continue as it is. However, for 13-15 year olds, please note that since your account will be on hold you will no longer be able to pay tier, and therefore you should take action to sell, or give up, your land prior to January.
Will adults have access to Teen Grid land after transfer? Yes, adults will have access to all public Teen Grid land after transfer. However, as you can now, it is possible to place privacy limits on parcels that you are renting.
What happens to inventory? All inventory will remain as is during the transfer process. 16-17 year olds will retain all inventory when they transfer, and 13-15 year olds will retain all inventory when their accounts are placed on hold.
Are there actions that 13-15 year olds should take prior to January? We recommend that 13-15 year old accounts cash out any remaining inventory balances and sell or give up their land prior to January. Otherwise, there is nothing that 13-15 year olds need to do.
What if the wrong birthday was put in for my account when I registered? These matters should be handled by filing a ticket with our support team.
Are Linden Homes available to users under 18? At this point, no. 16-17 year old users will continue to be able to have the other benefits of becoming premium Second Life users. However, they will not be able to access Linden Homes until they turn 18.