It's all very nice to have an open source viewer which enables breast physics, but would you prefer one which allowed you to click on avatars who irked you for one reason or another -- and remove them view? As it turns out, that feature is available on the viewers of code champ KirstenLee Cinquetti, and has been for some time. (Links to her SL viewers here.) Here's a mohawked Snoopy putting it to effective use in the Welcome Area:
"That's been a standard feature of my viewers for about two years," Ms. Cinquetti tells me. "[B]ecause I treat this as a personal viewer I have never really given a full list of features." Also, she adds, "I kinda like the surprise when people trip accross something." (Which is what I did last weekend.)
While it's already possible to "mute" someone in SL, KirstenLee wanted that default feature to have more heft. Or in her words:
"It came about from the fact that if I muted someone, why on earth would I want to see the avatar (even a grayed out one)?" In her solution, "Names are kept visible for positional reference, though in experimental versions in the past I had that disappear also." The abbreviated geek explanation for how this works: "In a nutshell, it works based off the avatar impostor code and is a small code change in the render pipeline."
Question is, would you like to see a feature like this added to the official viewer? And if you had it installed how many avatars do you think you'd utterly wipe from your perception?