Global Kids hosts "Youth Forum about TG Merger"

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.

Apparently there will be a full transcript of the meeting on Global Kids website and on Betterverse website very soon. I will publish more info when I hear about it here on my blog.

TG Resident Blogs You Should Follow

There are many main grid bloggers in Second Life but have you ever wondered if there are any teen grid bloggers out there ?. Well there are many well known residents that do blog on the Teen Grid. Here are the recommendations:

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. 🙂

New Q&A Notecard On Teen Grid Migration 2011

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.


“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.

Terrence Linden Updates Teen Grid Residents About TSL Transition

Terrence Linden apparently went to have a meeting with the teens yesterday afternoon on 27th November 2010, at the resident owned region called Eutopia. Terrence Linden did a question and answer session on the most important talking points raised by Teen Grid residents. Blaze Borgin a teen grid resident who is a good friend of mine kept a log of the transcript and updates mentioned by Terrence Linden.

Latest Updates posted by Blaze Borgin:

  1. Teen Second Life will shut down in the first week of January.
  2. All active accounts age 16-17 will be transferred.
  3. All accounts ages 15 and under will be frozen and automatically reactivated when the user becomes of age.
  4. All land in TSL will be transferred.
  5. Transferred accounts will keep all items, friends, etc…
  6. 16-17 year old residents can have access to the marketplace but can not purchase items marked as “mature”
  7. Adults can visit teen grid regions that are transferred.
  8. Transfers are automatic and do not invlve anything done on our part.
  9. Linden labs is not doing this simply because of cost cutting measures as most people say.
  10. Teen users will not get tags, nor will adults, in the interest of safety.
  11. 80% of G regions do not border Moderate/Mature regions
  12. Terrence will provide more answers in a notecard (possibly)

Apparently there were around 100 teen residents that attended this special Q&A session and many posted their TSL questions on a page called Teen questions for TSL migration created by Terrence Linden. So far there have been 44 TSL residents that have submitted 62 questions along with cast 783 votes so far.

When I hear any new info I will publish it on my blog when it comes available.