Yesterday Rodvik Linden published a big in depth post on the SL Forums explaining more about the Last Names issue. All I wanted to see was a timeline of the “baked plan” and for there to be a list of last names to choose from on the sign up page. Seems to be straightforward right?
I don’t really like the solution of the lab adding dashes or characters because I can’t see that working very well. The Resident part of a name I agree needs to be removed completely but needs to be replaced with a last name like the old days. It’s a shame the lab could not work out a fast solution to this and now its going to be weeks/months until something changes on the SL signup page.
But back to the matter at hand. As I promised if we couldn’t figure out a way that was a win/win for folks who want complete freedom vs. a list of last names, we wouldn’t do it. We couldn’t, so we wont.
However what we will be doing is adding in at least one and maybe more special characters like a dash when you signup so you can make a more normal looking name.
On Rodvik’s profile feed there’s been over 380 comments from the SL community saying they extremely disappointed by this decision and they don’t like the idea. Rodvik mentioned in comments that he wished that last names could happen but the one hour+ presentation he sat though recently showed the data doesn’t mix. For some reason its to do with millions of residents on the top of the old system which is rather alarming. Rodvik will be setting up a new discussion next Monday and we will have to see what happens there.