Coming apart at the seams.

The title of this post is not my idea of a joke, nor is it idle speculation. For some time I have been expecting Secondlife to enter its end-game: well at last I think it has.

The recent concatenation of mistakes and poor QA shown by Linden Lab have slowly degraded the Secondlife experience for many folk. Problems with rezzing items, related to a fundamental error in new code rolled out to most servers recently has shot Linden Lab very firmly in its own foot. The issues are most evident and serious on small parcels in Linden managed sims on mainland. That the idea mooted as being a strong incentive for unpaid accounts to move to Premium – the entitlement to a small parcel and a Linden home – has been catastrophically damaged by this issue is symptomatic of the chaos and quite frankly incompetence of the current operational staff at Linden Lab. Time and time again I hear of hapless individuals who, having committed to a years’ Premium membership are seeing No-copy items vanish irrevocably from their inventories when trying to rezz them within the confines of their parcel.

The “object-entry” errors and other rezzing-related issues have made building in SL a lottery unless one owns or leases a whole region or homestead. One has to wonder at the idiocy of the QA operators that let these bugs loose upon the Grid. Can Linden Lab no longer attract and retain competent people? I wonder.

The long-drawn-out saga of Marketplace file-corruption is another example of a fundamental problem in SL that is taking far too long to fix.

A long time ago I became accustomed to the concept that Linden Lab bites the hand that feeds it, but in these straitened times such behaviour is commercial suicide, and it seems to me that Linden Lab has already jumped off the ledge. I also do wonder about the longer term goals of CEO Rod Humble; perhaps he is waiting for in-world creation to become completely impossible, perhaps his goal of a gaming Secondlife is not that far away?

~ by Ayesha Askham-Ezvalt on May 31, 2012.

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