Dane Zander was surprised to find out Dane Zander's Lost Gardens of Apollo had suddenly reappeared in Second Life after a five year absence, but fortunately Dane Zander (that's him above in SL and IRL) stopped by New World Notes to provide more context and clarification:
First of all, I have the very best relationship with Linden Labs, and always did. I always received exceptional service, be it for any matter, big or small. That is since 2004, since my first 512 square meter lot on the Mainland. I do not hold any grudges, nor do I feel badly treated in any way. On the contrary!
My reasons for shutting down the sim were personal, financial, but in no way whatsoever did it have anything to do with being treated poorly by Linden Lab. Please understand this.
He is saying this in response to some SLers suggesting otherwise -- and also said this, against criticisms that Linden Lab didn't seek his permission for restoring the Gardens:
Yes, I was surprised when "my" old sim was suddenly back online. I wasn't prepared for that, and given the time difference (I live in Denmark, Europe) and the sudden barrage of emails/IM's I received, I was stunned, to say the least. Clueless. I was having my morning coffee when everything started dinging and donging and bleeping and bonging. I wasn't really expecting that!
But I was also elated, when I got in-world and could once again fly around "my" sim. It was an emotional moment for me, and I felt a true Nerd's gratitude. Oh man!
I IM'ed Mogura Linden (listed as the new sim's owner) and as per usual, I have received a gracious reply and am in talks with Linden Lab as we speak.
I have offered my unconditional help and any item I had removed just prior to shutdown. I am confident we will work everything out - including getting scripts and music running again so you all can once again enjoy "my" old sim whenever you feel like it.
I am humbled, honored and very thankful for your attention and loyalty. Totally unprepared. Still, thank you!
So good news all around, looks like, and as usual, very different from the dark anti-Linden conspiracies which usually emerge around stories like this.
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