Category Archives: Second Life Blogs

The return of the Community Gateway Program after 7 years


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London City Gateway

On Wednesday 31st May Linden Lab announced the re-introducing of the Community Gateway Program in Second Life. This is really good news to hear that the program will be returning again. Yay! 🙂

As many remember the lab axed the program back in August 2010 as “resources were reprioritized”. The good news is that over the past year the lab have been working with a number of communities to try to make it work again.

Today there are still many active Community Gateways in Second Life doing a fantastic job in helping new users get started with their new journeys. The return of the program will hopefully kick-start more folks helping new users in Second Life again.

The full blog announcement, see below:

We are thrilled to re-introduce the Community Gateway Program!  Previously, the Community Gateway program helped bring new users to Second Life, by enabling Second Life communities to attract, register, an on-board new Residents. The program was shelved in 2010 as resources were reprioritized, and now we’re excited to reintroduce the Community Gateway program along with some improvements that will make it even more valuable to Second Life.  We recognize the benefit of having Resident supported tutorial areas and have been working with several communities while fine tuning the new program over the last year.

This program allows Second Life Communities to:

  • Create a new user experience and attract Residents to your specific community

  • Assist those new Residents in beginning their journey into Second Life

  • Lend a guiding hand in the creation of their new avatar personas

  • Assist with increasing new user retention.

This powerful new tool will allow you to register new users right from your own community website and add them automatically to your group, thus helping your community to grow!

All details about this program (including how to apply) may be found here.

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Helping Haven Gateway

For more information, check out the Community Gateway wiki page. 

Further updates on the delay of the new Second Life community platform


Latest Community Update – (6th March 2017)

The new revamped Second Life community platform was due to go live last week but due to the large complexity of the Community migration it’s taking longer to complete apparently. For days the blog, forums, KB, Answers etc have been offline. The wait is almost over I think!

The lab have been keeping everyone updated regularly on the Community migration on the Second Life Status page under the Community Platform Maintenance section.

Today the lab are still continuing with the community migration. Hopefully the new community platform might go live possibly this week or next week. We will have to wait and see.

Some pages are still offline

The new Second Life community platform is almost ready


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First Early Preview

The lab are currently revamping the Second Life community platform and it’s expected the website maintenance to be completed sometime either today or tomorrow.

For the past week all the forum threads have been set into read-only mode but the good news is that when the new Second Life community platform goes fully live everyone will be able to post again.

If you visit any of the community pages now like the official Second Life blog, the forums, the knowledge base etc it will appear to be offline with a message saying “Our Community is Under Construction” & “We’ll be back soon with new and exciting community features”.

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Under Construction

Hopefully we will see the new Second Life community platform very soon. I will blog later when the lab have rolled out the new look community pages.

Stay tuned! 🙂

A look back at 2016 in Second Life – Year In Review


10 years later

My 10th rezday – 31st October 2016

This is my special year in review post looking back at the biggest news, events and more during 2016 in Second Life. There have been so many good memories and some not so good ones during 2016. See the bottom of this blog post for month by month highlights of 2016. 🙂

Improved communications

I do think communications between the lab and the Second Life community have greatly improved during 2016 through various channels like the official Second Life blog, on the Second Life status grid reports page, via Twitter and inworld.

The lab have already posted their highlights of 2016 here including raising the land prims limit for the mainland/private estates, introducing the new horizons experience, adding 360 snapshots, extending Bento, adding new community gateways and much more.

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New Horizons Experience

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Improved grid status page

State of the grid in 2016

The amount of Main Grid regions and private estates have declined further during 2016 which is not good news but that’s what’s officially happening. I hope that in 2017 there will be some sort of region growth because that would be cool. The lab needs to work out and try to come up with workable solutions to stop the decline happening.

Back on 3rd January 2016

  • Total number of Main Grid regions: 24, 886
  • Private Estates: 17, 775 
  • Linden Owned: 7, 111

As of 25th December 2016

  • Total number of Main Grid regions: 23, 975
  • Private Estates: 16, 792
  • Linden Owned: 7, 183

There have been many well known places that have closed down this year in Second Life because of various reasons and some places managed to be saved.  Yay! 🙂

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Mont Saint Michel

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Insilico

Amazing Events This Year

There have been so many enjoyable events that have happened during 2016 including the Second Life 13th birthday celebrations, One Billion Rising, Lab Chat events, the VWBPE conference, Relay For Life of Second Life events,

Don’t forget the incredible Bay City 8th anniversary, BURN2 events, the annual faires and the list goes on.

Thanks to all those that organised and volunteered these amazing events this year. 🙂

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Fantasy Fair 2016

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Bay City Eighth Anniversary

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Second Life 13th Birthday

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RFL of SL 2016

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London City 7th birthday

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BURN2 2016 Festival

Sansar is almost ready 

There was huge interest this year for Sansar with hundred’s signing up for the Creator Preview and testing it out. The lab have released various interesting Sansar photos, demos and updates during the course of 2016.

Sansar is due to open to the public sometime in January 2017.

Some shocks in 2016

The big shock of 2016 has to be when Donald Trump won the US Election 2016 and will become the next US president from mid January 2017.

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Donald Trump supporters area

Another big shock of 2016 has to be the terrible Orlando shootings earlier this year because that was really sad. In Second Life the community came together and raised L$ to support the victims.

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We lost some great talent during 2016 

Sadly a few well known residents that I knew in Second Life passed away during 2016. If anyone knew anyone else that passed away in Second Life during 2016 – please let me know so I can add it below!

  • Ladyslipper Constantine  Involved with Virtual Ability events, Virtual Worlds Best Practices education events, One Billion Rising, BURN2 events and she was involved in past Second Life birthday celebrations
  • Latif Khalifa – Developer of the Radegast Metaverse Client, Singularity Viewer and Replex Viewer

Here is a month by month highlights during 2016 on what happened in terms of big events and news. All links below are from my blog posts 🙂 

January 2016

February 2016

March 2016

April 2016

May 2016

June 2016

July 2016

August 2016

September 2016

October 2016

November 2016

December 2016

2017: the year ahead

I hope everyone has enjoyed reading my blog posts during 2016 and I am looking forward the blogging more in 2017. I will be covering Second Life, Sansar and OpenSim next year. Wooot! 🙂

I hope 2017 will be a good year 🙂