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    Announcing “SL16B” - Second Life’s Sweet Sixteen!

    By Linden Lab

    It feels like we just packed away all that crystal magic from our 15th anniversary celebration, but our sweet sixteen is just around the corner! This summer, we’re throwing a huge celebration to commemorate 16 years with this incredible community and we wanted to fill you in on just a few of the details. Sixteen years ago, on June 23rd, 2003, Second Life launched to the public. Though it feels like just yesterday and a lifetime ago at the same time, this year we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go retro and embrace the “Sweet Sixteen” theme for our big party. Sock hops, bowling alleys, and late nights at the diner were a quintessential part of many teenagers lives back in the 1950s, but the 1950s were also a time of political and social change. The world was shocked by the iconic ‘Elvis pelvis,’ and poodle and pencil skirts changed the fashion world forever. Rebellion became the titillating pastime among all that soda shoppe sweetness. It was an era that - like Second Life - rocked and rolled! So, this summer we’re throwing a 1950s themed SL16B with a TON of fun events and happenings. Here is a brief rundown of just a few. Save the Date
    The dates of this year’s celebration will be June 20th, 2019 through - July 8th, 2019. SL16B Applications for volunteers, performers and exhibitors will be opening soon - so stay tuned to our blog for more updates as these applications become available.  SL16B Shopping Event
    We’re bringing back our multi-region inworld shopping event, complete with gifts and great deals from many Merchants from all over the Grid. If you are a Merchant and you’re interested in submitting an application to participate, please visit and complete this form. The cut-off for submissions will be June 1st, 2019, so be sure to apply sooner rather than later. The shopping event will take place for the duration of the celebrations - June 20th, 2019 through - July 8th, 2019 SL16B Music Fest
    The 1950s were an exciting time for music - and we have such an incredible live music community in Second Life, we’re going to carry on the tradition of Music Fest and will be announcing application for the audition showcase and more very soon. SL16B Gifts and Parties
    There really ain’t no party like a Second Life party - and there will be some parties within the party that you won’t want to miss. Come As You Were Party (dust off those oldbies and round up those Ruths) and a modern twist on the dance party are just a few of the opportunities you’ll have to come out and shake your virtual tail feathers. There will be costume prizes - so start planning those looks. Dates will be announced as we get closer to the celebration. Last year we introduced the Swaginator at SL15B - and we’re bringing it back again this year with some updates and changes based on feedback. You’ll hear more about this as we get closer - but Swaginator gifts will be easier to get than ever! See You There
    We’re very excited to hit another incredible milestone this year and can’t wait to shake, rattle, and roll with all our Residents this summer. It’s going to be the ginchiest!  
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    By Linden Lab,

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    Role-playing is one of the many ways in which Residents choose to spend their time in Second Life. From supernatural fairy tales to gothic vampires and medieval battles, there are long-standing communities and Regions built around elaborate and rich lores. It is possible to visit any of our over 200 Role-playing communities and find your niche.

    “You’re not just there as a bystander … you’re creating worlds.” says Stark Osterham in the video below. 

    This week’s Destinations video takes a glimpse into InSilico, which is one of the longest running role-playing communities in Second Life.

    InSilico is an immersive,  futuristic, cyberpunk world full of interesting characters who operate beneath a dark, foreboding skyline and airships. InSilico is a painstakingly detailed space that you will want to explore, photograph, and you may just find yourself swept into the story as a participating citizen.

    Ready to face the future? Put on your best futuristic ensemble and enter InSilico.

    CREDITS: Video Production: Draxtor Despres

  3. Happy Monday everyone!  As we posted last month the Web Team has been busy with an array of different project and fixes.  One we’d like to highlight is our effort to clean up Marketplace listings. We’ve had many of you give us feedback on absentee store owners who cannot offer sales support for their products. You also told us there were older products which were still in demand even though the Merchant hasn’t been currently active.  Keeping all this feedback in mind, we had undertaken a cleanup sweep of the marketplace in the past, and had very positive response. Today, we have taken a second one:

    • If the Merchant hasn’t logged in in two years *and* a specific product hasn’t  sold in 1 year, the product will be unlisted.

    • If the Merchant hasn’t logged in in two years *and* the store hasn’t sold anything in 1 year, their store will be disabled.

    • This means that if a product has sold within the past year, that product listing will remain available on the marketplace.  If a store has products, which have sold within the past year, it will remain enabled.

    We are confident that a more relevant selection of products and search results will benefit the shoppers on the Marketplace, as well as active Merchants.  Spring is in the air!


     

  4. There are a number of scripts available that animate the Group Role title for your avatar. While no doubt entertaining, these take advantage of a functionality, which was never intended to serve this purpose.  Server side changes which will break Group Tag Animators are going to be rolling out to the grid soon. This change is deliberate: it will sharply restrict the rate at which these updates are allowed. The new limits are generous enough that a human changing things through a viewer should not exceed them, but strict enough to break the 'title animators'.

    The current Marketplace products which do this are being removed and the sellers notified.

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    Hello Residents of Second Life!  

    Over the last few days, Residents using certain email providers may have noticed that they are not receiving all email notifications for events such as Marketplace purchases and Offline Messages.  

    Email has come a long way since it was first introduced to the world in the 1960s. There are many factors that affect the deliver-ability of a message, and algorithms which affect it are constantly being updated.  Sometimes things go awry despite best intentions - such as certain phrases being flagged as indicative of spam, or the volume of messages sent in a certain time frame.

    Second Life is a complex beast and not all our email sending practices are as good as they could be. We are re-examining these practices and we’re going to do better to make sure our Residents are able to get the information they need.

    There are some things you, as the recipient, can also do to better ensure deliver-ability, such as having email filters, white-listing certain contacts, checking your spam folder and marking legitimate messages “Not Spam,” and even contacting your email providers about certain emails.

    If you are experiencing issues receiving emails from us, you may also want to consider updating your email temporarily to a different provider (for example if @yahoo emails are failing, try a @gmail account), verifying your email address with us (offline IMs, friendship offers, auctions, etc all require a verified address), and white-listing (add sender to contacts) Second Life messages to ensure you receive them in the future. It’s always best to use an email account that is only accessible by you.  

    We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused and will provide updates once available.

  6. 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!

     

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