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Tuesday, April 06, 2021

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Nodoka Hanamura

Onboarding, Viewer Performance and Quality of Life changes should be top priority. Not updates that only appeal to residents already invested in the platform for some time now.

It's absurd that Linden Lab hasn't realized that people don't just want Linden Homes but want a platform that runs well, is easy to learn how to use, and isn't a complete mess. They're failing at the last three, and it's unacceptable.

Tankgirl

Much easier to compete inside, with their own creators on offering houses and bars and what not, than actually doing their job competing with other platforms and selling SL to possible new residents. They are not working on the platform anymore, they are eating it up.

Adeon Writer

Why can’t you sign up using the viewer itself like every other game?

Kei

because the majority of users use 3rd party viewers. reasons vary as to why. but that said, it could be conflicting on LLs side when creating an account through a 3rd partys app.

Tim

None the less, SL is still the best virtual world, in my opinion. No other platform comes close to it - free version or paid.

I think it'll always be a niche platform - as long as the steep learning curve exists. But then again, what a bunch of truly fascinating creative users. You have to have large amounts of patience and determination (obsessiveness?) to enjoy this world. Once you've conquered that, it's quite addictive.

Nodoka Hanamura

@Tim

I couldn't agree more. You hit it nail on head, Tim. But I feel that helping make the learning curve easier while not dumbing down or removing features will help longevity while keeping what makes Second Life great around.

Taylor

I have no doubt that SL is doing worse than in 2018 user-wise but for what it's worth the Similarweb link shows it was back up over 11 million for March. It's possible their February estimate was just off.

-Soda-

Some of that drop may be lack of new users, but not all of it. When you think bout it, what reason does one have to go into the SL website? Much of the information they provide there is available elsewhere in better detail. The forum is an over-moderated poorly categorized nightmare. There is no land available. Bloggers and creators are doing much better than LL at providing resources. Even you have upped your game Wagner! Other than maybe to convert lindens, why would you need/want to go to the SL website?

Mila

What steep learning curve? If you're on your own you invest a few hours and you know your way around. Was easy as a 13 year old in 2006 and was easy to quickly relearn in 2021. Non of my friends who never where in SL had much of an issue after a short explanation. 10 minutes and we were good to go.

What really killed my group of 9 people to stay in SL is that we lagged and had more crashes than I had in 2006 on a literal trashcan PC. And we all had modern expensive PC in a 700-1000€ price range.
Seriously what is wrong with SL avatars that you crash the second you see avatar parts fly around? We weren't able to visit a SINGLE place with people in it!

Don't know why a modern PC in expensive enough price range for normal people can't run SL anymore. It seems SL became a platform for the rich and for people who have gaming as a number 1 priority in their life who throw out 3000€ for a PC anyway. Honestly after our experience I'm surprised that SL is still somewhat alive.

Ravelli Ormstein

The days of valid statistics about website traffic are over since a couple of years, since more privacy protection gets implemented to involved tools. Like 'do not track' features in browsers, new laws about privacy policies especially in Europe, use of anonymised log files and anonymising embedded third-party services, and now upcoming VPN hard-coded in web-browsers. Plus much more spam and hacking attempts, which often cause more traffic than human users.

The SL traffic statistics might be more valid, although there seems to be a new trend of those vampires RP systems, to generate tons of new accounts within a short time by using LUA controlled viewers, just to offer those armies of alts a bite and climb up in the vampire hierarchy.

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