On Friday 3rd February Linden Lab posted a statement on the situation with Bonniebots on a number of threads on the Second Life Forums. Linden Lab will be making adjustments and changes very soon to address the issues.
Linden Lab have locked and shut down a number of forum threads relating to Bonniebots.
Here is the full statement by the lab below…
We know there has been quite a bit of discussion about Scripted Agents/NPCs lately. Linden Lab is committed to continuing its excellent track record of keeping your personally identifiable information safe and secure. We understand that there is a certain amount of information a “bot” service has been collecting and displaying on their third party website that is causing unease in our community, and we’re working on the best way to address these concerns.
Linden Lab is having conversations with the parties involved, however this should not be taken as an endorsement of any sort. We have spoken several times in an attempt to get a full picture of the situation. These discussions have been mutually beneficial, and will help us as we look to update our policy on Scripted Agent/NPC operation in Second Life.
We recognize the need for improvements in specific areas, so in the near future we will be making adjustments to policies where needed. We have seen many requests from the community with a wide array of suggestions, and we appreciate all earnest and civil engagement. Internal discussions will continue beyond the Scripted Agent/NPC Policy, and any programmatic changes will be communicated as those roll out.
Thank you to everyone who engaged in this topic and added your voice. While we have had to shut down several discussions that became unproductive, we have welcomed feedback through support contacts and have been using this feedback to inform our decision-making. We are listening, and are working to make sure that Second Life is a welcoming and engaging world for all our Residents (and their automata).
What do you think about Bonniebots ? Feel free to comment below.
Happy New Year 2023 to all my Second Life blog followers and all new visitors. Hope everyone had a great Christmas break and welcomed the new year 2023.
Hopefully this year will be better for everyone. I will be blogging about the big news stories relating to Second Life/Linden Lab, the annual events and OpenSim. Can’t wait 🙂
2022 saw the launch of Premium Plus, more Linden Home themes being rolled out, the return of Philip Rosedale, introduction of event regions, Second Life university video series, more viewer improvements and much more. It was definitely a busy year for blogging and I think 2023 will be just as busy.
Here is the Second Life 2023 roadmap released by the lab on 22nd December 2022…
Avatar customization improvements to simplify creating your virtual identity, including inventory thumbnails to give a preview of what’s sitting in those boxes
New user experience upgrades to better fuel retention, engagement, and growth across key parts of the new user journey
New centralized “hubs” to better connect residents to the communities that match their passions and interests
First peek at a world and avatar centered mobile-first Second Life experience
New LSL functions that improve the quality of life for scripters
Even more performance improvements to increase the quality and visual fidelity of the Second Life experience
…and much more!
Sounds very interesting and exciting. Hopefully the lab can roll all of this (above points) by 2024.
On 8th December 2022 Linden Lab announced this year’s holiday events and activities to check out during the Christmas season. This year Winter Wonderland returns, the annual Linden & Resident Snowball Fight, the annual holiday & Hop event, new winter last names, new winter premium gift and much more.
The 12th annual SL Christmas Expo is still open until Sunday 11th December which raises funds for the American Cancer Society support of childhood cancer initiatives. There are winter attractions on the Second Life Destination Guide worth exploring for the holiday season.
It’s a good winter package the lab has come up with this year and I’m sure everyone will have a great holiday season this year in Second Life as the temperatures drop in RL.
Spread the word and have fun.
Check out the dates and locations in the link above.
On 1st December Linden Lab officially announced another batch of new Last Names which are winter themed and are available for a limited time. As mentioned in the blog post these new winter themed last names may return next year for the 2023 winter season. I think these new winter themed last names suit the winter season very well and it comes on time with Christmas just weeks away now.
New Last Names:
Below is a full list of current last names that are available:
On Tuesday 22nd November Patch Linden officially announced the long awaited update to the Traditional Linden Homes. For those that live in the Bellisseria continent with Traditional Linden Homes you will notice new features and new options. From the new custom color tinting system, special number signs, revamped Chippewa Junction and more.
It’s great to see the lab rolling this update out finally. Yay! 🙂
“Each of the 4 original home styles will have an open plan version selectable from the mailbox house controller menu. Not only that, but ALL of the traditional homes will now have a custom color tinting system for interior walls similar to other themes. As an extra bonus, the house controller has an option for having the Linden Homes security system sent directly to you rather than being part of the content pack”.
“We are adding special house number signs to the content pack. Just rez them out and place them around your doorway for your own house number!”
“We are ALSO debuting a revamped Chippewa Junction as our Traditional themed Community Region. Located on the main hub of the Bellisseria Railroad, Chippewa Junction Town Hall features reservable spaces for conferences, meetings, garden parties and even weddings!”
“A brand new traditional community region featuring usable wedding, party, meeting and conference spaces”.
“New open plan designs for each Traditional home”.
“Original and new open plan house models upgraded with a custom tinting system, controlled via the house control panel”.
“House controllers have now been updated to use common communications protocols with the rezzer and with houses on the parcels with which they are associated, so that all themes (except Fantasy) may safely be mixed and matched”.
“House Controllers now have an additional menu item for the Security Orb, so residents can have that delivered individually rather than as part of the Content Creation Pack”.
“Traditional House Controllers now have four new menu items for the new houses in each theme”.
“Now all House Controllers give details of the theme, name of last house rezzed and parcel centre in their description field”.
“House number sign addition to the content pack”.
What do you think of this new update to Traditional Linden Homes ?
On 17th November Linden Lab announced a new Second Life membership plan named “Plus” for $5.99/month (annual billing $65.99 USD per year). There are benefits to the new “Plus” membership over the free Basic membership including more increased groups of 50, weekly L$ stipend of L$150, ability to own mainland with 512m of land allowance and a wider selection of technical ticket types via customer support for non-account/billing issues.
European residents will no longer need to pay VAT charges on any of the membership plans which is good news. The lab have now reduced the price of owning land in Second Life which will help many residents during these tough RL times. The feedback since the announcement has been mixed again with many saying they like the new option and some saying it’s confusing.
Here are the benefits of all of the membership plans below. There are more benefits with the Premium and Premium Plus options (see below).
Here is the new land pricing table below.
What do you think about the reduced land pricing and new Plus membership option ?
On Wednesday 16th November Linden Lab announced news about the Second Life Weekly Newsletter for the latest Second Life breaking news, events, videos and exclusive virtual experiences delivered directly to your email inbox. It takes only a few seconds or so to subscribe. Once signed up you will see the “Success! You’ve been added to the audience” message.
It’s a good way to keep informed on what’s going on from the lab. There are many Second Life bloggers that cover the news and I have listed some in my blogroll on the right hand side.
Here is the full blog announcement about the weekly email newsletters.
For a while now we’ve been sending a weekly email to a small group of our most active Residents and the clicks show that many of you enjoy receiving these exclusive updates directly in your inbox. If you have not been receiving these weekly emails from us, now is your chance to sign up for them! You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of any email.
Our newsletters usually include some of our latest videos of the week along with links to different events or destinations and an image from one of our Residents that is selected as the Fresh Look of the week!
For a chance to be featured in Fresh Looks, submit your image to the Official Second Life Flickr Group! Did you know we just hit ONE MILLION IMAGES AND VIDEOS in the group? All submitted by our wonderfully creative Residents!
The SL Christmas Expo regions have arrived on the grid and now work is underway to get them ready for the big grand opening next week. The SL Christmas Expo is spread across 12 regions (Chapters – different holiday story) featuring more than 150 shops and more.
There will be live entertainment, live performances, special hunts, decoration competitions, photos with Santa and much more. The return of Linden Lights of Hope region showcasing Linden Homes from Linden Lab. There could new details announced about the next Linden Home theme during the expo.
Please spread the word about next week’s SL Christmas Expo 2022.
On Tuesday 25th October LInden Lab officially announced some new updates to the Second Life Terms and Conditions via the Second Life official blog.
Its worth reading through the terms and conditions page if your not familiar with it and feel free share it with others.
Whats New ?
“We clarified certain functions associated with the LindeX as well as the terms applicable to orders placed on the LindeX”.
“We added a section describing the terms applicable to your use of Stored Value Accounts, including your relationship with Tilia LLC”.
The next update will take place on 31st October 2022. If you decline the changes then you have to close your Second Life account down.
Here is the full blog post with the new changes below.
From time to time, we make changes to Second Life’s Terms and Conditions in order to improve the documents, update and/or clarify policies, and keep the Terms current – all of which assist in governing your relationship with Linden Lab. Our next update will take place automatically on October 31, 2022.
Here’s what’s new in this update:
We clarified certain functions associated with the LindeX as well as the terms applicable to orders placed on the LindeX.
We added a section describing the terms applicable to your use of Stored Value Accounts, including your relationship with Tilia LLC.
By continuing to use our services after the changes take effect, you agree to be bound by those changes. No further action is needed from you to accept such changes. However, if you would prefer to decline them, then you will need to close your Second Life account prior to October 31, 2022.
This week Patch Linden officially confirmed more Linden Home themes are coming soon which is good news. There will be additional floor plans and things out for previous Linden Home themes between now and the end of the year. Yay.
I think there might be a sneak preview of the Ranches at the upcoming SL Christmas Expo in early December 2022. This would be a good time to showcase the new Linden Home theme with a possible release in early 2023.
2022 Linden Home Themes
The lab have released the Newbrooke and Sakura Linden Home themes so far in 2022 including hundred’s of new homes and new hangout areas. It’s amazing to see the Bellisseria continent expand out further throughout 2022. More work is planned for 2023 by the Moles with more new themes in the works.
Ranch Theme – (Possible preview in December 2022/possible release in January 2023/February 2023 at the earliest)
The Ranches are coming along nicely according to Patch for Premium Plus members. Patch mentioned that the lab have not set a particular date for the release yet.
First Premium Plus selection of Linden Homes will be available at some point. There will be more themes for Premium and Premium Plus.
Theme 11 – February 2023 – April 2023 – (my prediction)
No details have yet been announced for this theme.
Theme 12– June 2023 – August 2023 – (my prediction)
No details have yet been announced for this theme.