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    Another 15 for 15: LOWER Land Prices and Reduced Set-up Fees!

    By Linden Lab

    As Second Life continues its 15th birthday festivities this month, we’ve got a new pricing announcement that is definitely worth celebrating. How about lower land prices and reduced set-up fees? Effective July 2, monthly maintenance fees on Private Estates are dropping by up to 15%! In addition, one-time land set-up fees are also reduced by as much as 41%.  And remember, the setup fee includes your first month’s payment. Discounts will vary based on the type of land, so here are the details on current vs. new pricing:   The fine print? These price reductions do not apply to Skilled Gaming Regions.  New Openspace Regions will no longer be available after June. However, existing Openspace Region landowners will benefit from this newly-reduced monthly pricing beginning July 2. Also, these changes will not impact any grandfathered or “bought down” land prices, since those are still below the newly-reduced rates.  Lastly, Education/Nonprofit (EDU/NP) discounted full islands will be re-priced to maintain their 50% discount off the regularly priced full islands. The new price of $124.50 will go into effect at the start of that island's next invoiced billing term. OTHER PRICING CHANGES These latest price reductions continue our commitment to improving the overall health of the Second Life economy, which historically has relied a lot on costs incurred by landowners. For example, in March we lowered Mainland costs by over 10 percent and doubled the Mainland allotment for Premium Members. In addition to dropping prices on land, on July 2, we will also increase the cost to buy Linden Dollars to $1.49 per transaction (compared to the current rate of 99 cents per transaction).   This increase will help us offset the revenues lost on land, and to keep Second Life a vibrant world that continues to push the limits of possibility - for another 15 years to come. Best, The Second Life Team
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  • Linden Lab

    Second Life 15th Birthday Kickoff - A Tapestry of Time

    By Linden Lab

    As Second Life turns 15, we look to the past, present and into the future of what makes this such an incredible community and place. The theme we chose for this year’s celebration is ‘Crystal’ - and it seemed the perfect theme for a year in which we want to reflect on Second Life’s incredible history, embrace its thriving present, and look forward to its exciting future.

      As we met to discuss all the things we wanted to do this year, the idea of a ‘tapestry of time’ came up again and again. Imagine a bazaar filled with colorful tents and tapestries from all walks of life. As you move through the street you encounter wonderfully diverse and interesting people, each bringing something unique to contribute to the bustle of the bazaar. As you pause to take in the sights and sounds, you glimpse a woman sitting at a table inside one of the tents, her crystal ball shimmering on the table in front of her as she looks you in the eye and invites you to come sit and see what the past, present, and future of Second life have in store for you.   The Big 15th Birthday Weekly Gift Grab Fifteen years is a tremendous achievement for any community, and we’ve been hard at work on a fun and interactive gift hunting series to thank our Residents. The Big 15th Birthday Weekly Gift Grab starts today - June 18th, 2018! For the next 15 weeks, we’ll be releasing a different crystal-themed gift each week. All you have to do is find and collect the gifts. Each fabulous gift is available for one week only, and in one Region only. The Region will change each week, and we'll be publishing clues each week to help you find the Region to search for that week's gift – watch the Second Life social media channels and the Blog at for the clues. How to get started: Visit the Swaginator HUD kiosk here to grab your Swaginator HUD Attach your Swaginator HUD Investigate the clue for the week by checking our Blog or social media channels ( This week’s clue is already up so go check it out now!) Find the Region and start searching Remember, each gift is available for one week only, and then it's gone. You can collect as many, or as few gifts as you want, but if you want to collect the final super-special Birthday Gift in the final week you will need to have collected all 14 of the previous gifts. Don't forget to check the Blog each week for updates.
      Costume Parties & Contests Monday, June 18th - 11 am to 1 pm - Come As You Were
    We’re gonna party like it’s 2003! The Come as You Were Costume Contest and Party is a way to dust off your oldest, n00b looks and wear then out with pride. We’re getting together from 11 am to 1 pm (SLT) to dance and enjoy a look at the past and how far we’ve come. Join us and get in touch with your inner Ruth - you could win a L$5,000 costume contest prize! Rules are available here. Come As You Were Party Party like it's 2003! Dress up and get down with your favorite outdated look from the earliest days of Second Life at this special SL15B event, held June 18 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Pacific). Visit in Second Life Wednesday, June 20th - 7pm to 9pm - Crystal Ball
    It’s nice to get dressed up in your fanciest from time to time - and we love a good reason to throw a ball - so this year you’re cordially invited to join us for our Crystal Ball - in celebration of Second Life’s 15th Birthday. Imagine the elaborate ball from the movie Labyrinth and waltz your most glamorous look over for a chance to win L$5,000. Rules are available here.
      Crystal Ball Party & Costume Contest Party with friends at the Crystal Ball Party & Costume Contest, held June 20 from 7-9 p.m. (Pacific). Visit in Second Life   SL15B Shopping Event For the first time ever - we’ve gathered 80 of Second Life’s Merchants across 4 Regions for  one big shopping extravaganza that you don’t want to miss! Each Merchant is providing a free gift in celebration of this landmark birthday and offering incredible deals on some of their most popular items. In addition, many will also be participating in a sale on the Marketplace as well. Visit each Region below to get a little celebratory shopping in, grab free gifts, and take advantage of the amazing discounts. A full list of participating Merchants is available here. Many of the Merchants are also participating in a Marketplace sale, so be sure to visit them in the web as well as inworld! You can visit any of the 4 Regions from the Destination Guide.
      SL15B Music Fest In tradition of the last several Second Life birthdays, we have three days of incredible live music lined up for you! Come out and join us as we rock, pop, and roll to a variety of genres.  Full line up can be seen here - though may be subject to changes because that’s showbiz!   Meet the Lindens We’re back for another year of Meet the Lindens where some of the folks who work on Second Life sit down to chat about what makes Second Life so special, and field some questions from the community at large. Check out the schedule and details on our Destination Guide. All meeting will be inworld at 2pm (SLT). Meet the Lindens Meet the people behind Second Life. Participants include: Xiola Linden (June 18), Patch & Kiera Linden (June 19), Ebbe Linden (June 20), Grumpity & Oz Linden (June 21), and Brett Linden (June 22). All events at 2 p.m. (Pacific). Visit in Second Life That's a lot of stuff to digest - and it's just the beginning! See you inworld, Second Life Residents - and thank you for making this place for the last 15 years, and the next 15 to come!      
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  • Linden Lab

    A Second Life 15th Birthday Message from Ebbe

    By Linden Lab

    Very few communities can say they’ve been around for 15 years, but that’s exactly what the Second Life community is celebrating this year! While Second Life’s official “birthday” is June 23rd, 2003, both our community-driven and official festivities kicked off this week in style! If you missed any of the major details, take a look at our blog post for a refresher in all things SL15B. In addition to the many events, parties, contests, and other celebrations - we took a moment to speak to Linden Lab’s CEO Ebbe Altberg about what makes Second Life so unique, and what keeps it vibrant and thriving at fifteen years. There’s also a cameo from an extra-special former Linden that you don’t want to miss!   For more of Ebbe’s thoughts on Second Life and the incredible community we have, read his exclusive interview with Strawberry Singh over at her blog, and be sure to check out his avatar makeover! You can learn more about Ebbe’s vision for the next 15 years of Second Life in this recent podcast with Games Wisdom. Be sure to mark your calendars for Ebbe’s inworld appearance at Meet the Lindens this Wednesday June 20th at 2 p.m (PT/SLT). Thanks to Draxtor Despres and Marianne McCann for their work on this video!
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  1. Are you ready to have a screaming good time with fellow Residents - all in the name of the spirit of Halloween? While this holiday may not be shared the world over, it is a tradition in Second Life to dress up in your Halloween best and come out haunting for the annual Second Life Creepy Crawl and Costume Contest!

    It’s going to be a monster mash-up at our Creepy Crawl - where we hop from venue to venue and enjoy some thrilling conversation and fun - with a de-frightfully fun Costume Contest twist!

    We are in search of venues to host our stops on the crawl. This year’s Creepy Crawl will happen on Halloween (Wednesday, October 31st) from 10 am - 2 pm (SLT/PT).

    If you’d like to host a stop along the Creepy Crawl, own a spot that will be decked out for the holiday, and don’t mind if a parade of Residents and Lindens come through, then you might be just what the witch doctor ordered. We’re looking for spots that have entertainment (we like to dance around in our costumes!), are appropriate for general and moderate audiences, and can handle a crowd.

    Here’s how to submit your venue for consideration:

    1. Make sure your place is listed in the Destination Guide - here’s how to submit.

    2. Hop over to this form and fill it out before October 15th - we’ll start selecting the venues after that!

    3. Keep an eye out for an email and/or notecard after the 18th to let you know if your venue was selected.

    We’re excited to visit as many Halloween spots a possible - and can’t wait to have some spook-tacular fun!

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    Pic by ♥ Nekotto ♥

     Costume contest details and Creepy Crawl schedule will be posted soon - so keep an eye out!

  2. Xiola Linden
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    By Xiola Linden,

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    Today's Second Life pic of the day is "Touch me parrot, me bite your carrot" by Duchess Flux, Style credits can be viewed here. Region is Ippos.

    To submit your image for Second Life Pic of the Day consideration, login to Second Life, snap some pics and add them to the Official Second Life Flickr Group.

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  3. Hello Land Owners!

    Wow - it's been kind of quiet over here in the land bog, but we have some news to share! Read all about it in the Featured News section of the blog by clicking this link. The quick version is that the Second Life product team has added the ability for private Estate Owners to do Region restarts via the web - and introduced a new 'Safe Mode; that will help disable scripts, physics and collisions in order to make it easier to get in and remove issue causing items. 

    Read the full blog in featured news - it's worth it!

     

  4.  

    Hello everyone,

    The software which we use for keeping track of the bugs found in Second Life is long overdue for an upgrade.  If you've never interacted with the system before, you don't need to start now; however if you are one of the dedicated Residents who spends time helping us improve Second Life via https://jira.secondlife.com then this message is for you.

    We are planning the upgrade on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, starting at 8:30 pm PDT.  We're allowing a 6-hour window to give us time to chase down any problems, though hopefully we will be done much more quickly.

    If you are interested in what this upgrade actually means, the good news is that most of the changes should be improvements behind the scenes, or cosmetic upgrades.  The look and feel of the user interface will be changing, which isn't surprising since we are going from Jira version 5 to version 7. Importantly for some of you, the new login system actually updates the email address that jira uses for you, every time you log in, instead of only the very first time as the current system does.

    The very first change you will likely see is a new login page:

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    If you want to see more about the upgrade, there are a few links on the Atlassian (maker of Jira) website: here and here.

    Mention this blog to me inworld and get a free Linden Bear!

    Ekim Linden

  5. On June 15 we became aware that some classified ads had gone missing.  Upon investigation, we discovered that all renewing classified ads had expired themselves.  We have identified the cause and are in the process of replacing all of them.  There are less than 100 that we believe have already been recreated inworld and we have a plan to address those.

    To compensate for this inconvenience, we will be waiving classified ad fees for up to two weeks, depending on when your ad was set to renew. After this period your ad will be billed as usual on its expected renewal date.

    We apologize for the brief disruption to classified ads, and will update this post when the ads have been restored.

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  6. Hey everyone,

     

    It’s recently come to our attention that there has been an increase in the use of third party tools that gives account credentials and control over a Resident’s account to another Resident. This and similar products can change an account password and/or details, such as email address, which could prevent an owner from accessing an account, or even from being able to recover the account.

     

    We want to remind everyone that giving another Resident access to your account or account information, by any means and for any reason, is both dangerous and not permitted by the Terms of Service. An account is intended to be used solely by its creator, and keeping your account details secret and secure helps you keep it that way.

     

    We’d like to provide you with some quick tips on how to keep your account secure:

     

    Choose a secure password with upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, spaces, and symbols, and avoid common dictionary words or phrases. For instance, “password” is not a good password, but “wh4tAr g@t4P55!” is much better (though you shouldn’t use that last one either, now that all of Second Life just read it, too).

     

    Choose a secret security question answer. To keep your information extra secure, choose an answer that you will remember, but that no one else could possibly guess. For example, answering “What is your favorite vacation spot?” with “Potsdam, Pennsylvania” isn’t secure if you have that listed as an interest on your social media accounts. Answering “The Wide Wide World of Sports” might be much more secure!

     

    Keep your password and the answer to your security question secret from everyone, regardless of their relationship to you. Only you should know this information; not your significant other, family member, casual acquaintance, person with an honest look in their eye, or anyone else.

     

    Keep your password unique and special to Second Life. Reusing the same password across different platforms or websites makes your account vulnerable if one of those sites suffer a data breach.

     

    No Linden will ever ask for your password. Likewise, there is never a reason for you to enter your password to unlock an item, receive a discount, or anything else.

     

    Use only the official Second Life Viewer, or a Third Party Viewer from the Third Party Viewer Directory. If the viewer does not allow you to log directly into your account for any reason, the viewer is NOT secure.

     

    You can read more about keeping your information secure on the wiki at Linden Lab Official: Password Protection

     

    If you have any problems accessing your account—especially if you believe that your password or security information may be known to anyone other than you—please contact the support team by opening a support case.

     

    Thanks for keeping your account secure!

    -Governance Linden

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