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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

FLASH! SL Community Forums Are BACK!

Yes indeed.  And they are...um, well, according to Linden Lab...new and improved.

New they most certainly are.  The new organization and interface are VERY different from the old forums.  I'm not going to say anything bad about them here, at least not yet.  We're all going to need some time to explore them and get used to the new layout.

No, I take it back.  I will make one complaint now:  The various Search functions seem to be VERY wonky.  However, I'm hoping LL will be able to fine tune this over the coming weeks.  They managed to fix a lot of problems with the recent Search update to the Marketplace, which is encouraging.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Second Life Community Forums Offline

Many of you have probably noticed this, but I thought I'd mention it anyway.  The week before last, Linden Lab announced that they were updating the Forums on the Second Life website for a "new and more user friendly" experience.

That's (maybe) good news...for years, residents have complained about the shortcomings of the current forums (which replaced a set of forums that MOST of us rather liked and were comfortable with.)  Of course, until we actually see and use the new setup, we won't know for sure whether it's really good news or not.

Anyway, the plan was for the forums to be down for just three or four days while the new software was put in place and the old content migrated over to the new platform.  But, as is often the case, that estimate proved to be over-optimistic.  LL posted a notice saying that the switch would be complete by Friday...and that deadline was missed too.

The forums are still down as I write this, with a blog post by LL apologizing for the delay and asking us to be patient...


I wouldn't have believed that I'd miss the opportunity to tell someone, for the umpteenth time, to reboot their router and do a clean install of the viewer.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Are You Buying on the Marketplace with $US Dollars? Don't!



Hello, gentle readers!

Most of us use the Second Life Marketplace from time to time...some of us even do ALL of our shopping there. And no wonder, there are over 2 million items for sale on the Marketplace.

The vast majority of us use Linden Dollars ($L), the currency of Second Life, to make our Marketplace purchases. However, there's an option to use $USD if you prefer, or if you don't have any $L.

But, if you're doing this, you should not be. Things on the Marketplace cost quite a bit more if you buy them with $USD instead of $L. Here is what Linden Lab has to say about it:

Charges and Costs When You Use US Dollar Pricing:

We Set the “US Dollar” or “USD” Price For Each Sale In Our Discretion

SL Marketplace merchants may select the price of their virtual goods in L$, at their own discretion. However, regardless of that L$ price, Linden Lab provides SL Marketplace buyers an additional “US Dollar” or “USD”  option, as a convenience to buyers and sellers. Buyers may select, on a per-transaction basis, whether they wish to pay using the L$ option or the USD option.

It is important to note that the USD price we charge for an item that is also listed in L$ is not based on the US Dollar price that the L$ would cost on the LindeX exchange. Rather, the USD price is generally between ten (10) and fifteen (15) percent percent greater than what a user would pay, were the user to make that same purchase with L$ already purchased on the LindeX -- and at any given time, the USD price may in fact be greater than that. For the exact exchange rate (i.e., how many L$ are provided per US Dollar) at any time, please see the “*Rates” disclosure that appears in your shopping cart.

In addition to this, we charge buyers who use the USD purchase option an additional $.30 “Purchasing Fee” per checkout. We may increase (or decrease) this Purchasing Fee in our sole discretion. If we increase this Purchasing Fee, it will be clearly and conspicuously disclosed in the user interface. Thus, buyers seeking the best value should purchase L$ on the LindeX for use on the SL Marketplace, in order to obtain the best price.   (emphasis added.)

Set up a payment method and buy some $L before you go shopping on the Marketplace!  
If you are looking at a Marketplace page and saying, "What is she talking about?  I don't see a $USD option," here is where to find it.
Go to your cart, click the Check Out button

Click "More Payment Options"

Click the PayPal (or Skrill) Option.  You must first add one of these to your Payment Methods

Notice the Price Difference!  Almost $L100 More!