Openspace Fee Raise Continues to Burn — and Flame

Linden Lab’s decision to raise tier maintenance fees on all Openspace sims continues to provoke ire since my last article.  In approximately 48 hours, the Forum “discussion” has racked up 169 pages, with a high proportion of posts filled with bile.  This, frankly, is one reason why I don’t weigh in on important matters at the Forums; the level of vituperation gets out of hand.  I’m not sure if anybody is being listened to if there is an actual workable alternative to the raise, or if anyone at Linden Lab is still reading the messages.

The articles I’ve read so far are mostly confined to wordpress.com blogs, but they’re calmer for the most part.  Hamlet Au’s New World Notes summarized many of them Wednesday (including my own previous piece); much more has been written since.  While opinion still runs far against the mechanics of Linden Lab’s decision, the logic behind their choice to do something about Openspace sim abuse is more understood.  For instance, Bailey Longcloth offers, among other points:

…Openspace sims had their prims increased and the  prices lowered.  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what’s gonna happen.  And look!  It happened!  For the most part, I imagine the majority of people have not abused them.  Some people have though.  Too many avs, too many scripts, too many textures etc etc.  I think the abusers should be paying more for their over use of the system resources….

…In the 2 years I’ve been in SL, I’ve seen residents up in arms over a number of topics.  SL5B, lowering of island prices, ad farms etc etc.  Never have I seen such an outcry against LL as I’ve seen the last 24 hours.  It’s good to see so many residents standing up for what they believe in.  Just remember, in order for a protest to work, you need your opponent to listen to you and agree with you.  This isn’t going to happen without rational ideas and suggestions.  As a professor of mine used to say, “Do not complain to me unless you have a suggestion for a solution.”    Simply complaining does nothing.  Give LL suggestions that make sense for everyone….

And Isadora writes:

…When I first found out of Jack Linden’s decision to increase Openspaces rates, I was livid like the rest. I find out Eshi won’t be able to afford to create her magnificent art in Desperado due to this move, and I also read of the rest who won’t be able to build anymore because of this. At the onset, doing this will be a big mistake.

However, this turn of events is like an onion, once sliced and diced, it brings tears to the one holding the knife, but as Nexeus Fatale and some few others have said, this change will bring good in the long run….

The displeasure is still there, though, even when the writer recognizes all the data in the matter.  Tan Tantalus:

…I feel sorry for the many people, like me who operate an Openspace sim in a responsible manner as we are the ones who will suffer because if the actions of the greedy club and mall owners who care only about getting traffic and subrental from stallholders because they operate their business from an Openspace sim when they should be using a full sim.

Linden Labs has seriously mismanaged this. They should have instead announced control measures with Second Life to reduce the load the sims were causing. This will not deter the abusers for they are making money from Openspace sims from rentals and sales – it will only deter those who have invested in Openspace sims to create lands for light usage as was originally intended…..

The good news is that Linden Lab, and especially Jack Linden, seem to be listening to the protests.  The latest from the Big Blog is that they are reading everything they can find in reaction to the decision, and that they are taking the facts into consideration.  Jack quaintly refers to the Forum discussion this way:

The first thing I would like to do, is to thank everyone for taking time to give feedback. We’ve read it all, including the forum posts, and almost all of you have made your points constructively and clearly. We are blessed with highly passionate and intelligent residents and that makes for good dialogue, which we really appreciate.

Jack must have read a hell of a lot more messages than I did.  My stomach started getting all “squeamious” (I don’t remember where I got that word) after less than 10 pages worth.  He’s surely right about “highly passionate” Residents….

My coverage shall continue as time allows.  If you wish to find more voices on the question, I’d suggest going to Technorati to check other articles.  My link should take you to the actual search; but if it doesn’t, just plug “Openspace” into the search box.  Comments are still welcome, of course!

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