Monday, April 15, 2013
SLers and Paying Attention to Updates
Location: SL Marketplace
As I prepare my swan-song teaching in SL (at least for the foreseeable future) I made some changes to the setting and dangers of the virtual House of Usher.
My last students to use it, in 2011, wanted some real chances of mayhem. I've obliged by adding a roleplayer's HUD to all of the premade avatars, and I set out to spend a few thousand Linden Dollars to add some traps, tricks, and mayhem.
The problem has been that items from Marketplace I ordered have not been delivered. Repeatedly. I think I know why.
Linden Lab recently updated its system for merchants, so they do not use a "Magic Box" server in-world, a remant of the time when the Lab purchased the retailers XstreetSL and Onrez. Now merchants who have read the notices use a direct delivery method. Note those words "who have read the notices" from Linden Lab.
Debates about Marketplace or the coming of direct delivery killing in-world real estate rage, but my concern is elsewhere. Never before have I had a Marketplace delivery to me fail.
Now both items I've purchased for the Usher avatars failed. I'm guessing that the creators have them in a Magic Box that is now useless. How many other hundreds of small merchants, no longer active in SL, have had this occur because they were not paying any heed?
I'll send the Usher avatars shopping in-world to buy what they need, but the situation brings up a larger question. With the approach of server-side baking what will happen to tens of thousands of SL users who did not get the rather obscure blog post by the Lab, some time back? Firestorm's team has warned us to be ready. Linden Lab, however, has been all wine and roses and one blog post.
Yet even with Firestorm's good advice, I would hazard a guess that many of us don't read the text on our log-in screens.
If what I see at Marketplace, among folks who could be making money, is any indicator, hold onto your prim hats.
Chaos is coming to a metaverse near you. Wait for it.