[opensource-dev] The Plan for Snowglobe

Patnad Babii djshag at hotmail.com
Sat Sep 11 09:17:35 PDT 2010

I agree with you Dilly, what i’ve found over time, is that alot of people just prefer to skip reading, they like things visually and orally. 

I’ve found a tutorial by googling quickly http://www.mmocrunch.com/2010/07/16/microvolts-releases-tutorial-video/, of what i think would work best for SL’s first exprience. Something built in the viewer with animations and voice (or not) . 

I know they changed orientation island recently (in the last year) i think it is a good step forward, but apparently it needs more. 

Its true that the MMO based tutorial seem to be the appropriate approach for what SL is, the more guidance the better i would say and always allow people to skip part of it (if they are ready, let them just go). 

I see the tutorial as some kind of a checklist, where you have the different checkpoint, like Navigation, Inventory, Clothing, Purchasing and if they are willing enought they could even try the building tutorial were they are shown the first steps of building.

From: dilly dobbs 
Sent: Saturday, September 11, 2010 11:22 AM
To: Tateru Nino 
Cc: opensource-dev at lists.secondlife.com 
Subject: Re: [opensource-dev] The Plan for Snowglobe

Ok if its not the interface that is the issue, then i have an other idea also, after speaking to a lot of mmo players they are lost when it comes to second life.  Why not have some "quests" to start the game for them.  For instance learn to tp to this location to get clothes and put them on.  Make it more like a game with a limited number of opening/learning the interface 'quests' so to speak.  There has to be some way to keep all of the sign ups. 

I my self have tried to bring a lot of other mmo players into the grid and there biggest humps is learning the interface and then finding something to do. 

We have a very valuable mind trust in this group, we should be able to come up with something to hook them so to speak. 

This would make it better for us all.

Just my opinion. 

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On Sat, Sep 11, 2010 at 9:05 AM, Tateru Nino <tateru.nino at gmail.com> wrote:

  On 11/09/2010 11:33 PM, Mike Dickson wrote:
  >    On 09/11/2010 08:03 AM, Tateru Nino wrote:
  >> On 11/09/2010 10:25 AM, dilly dobbs wrote:
  >>> Fair enough, but the simple fact is that the interface needs to be
  >>> changed so that they can reclaim more of the sign ups to the grid. The
  >>> last numbers i have read on the learning curve is something like 70%
  >>> of the users that sign up leave because they have troubles with the
  >>> interface.  And we must also consider that this is a business and LL
  >>> needs to make good to keep the grid alive.
  > [snip]
  >> When you read various responses to "Hey, have any of you tried this
  >> Second Life thing?" there's usually quite a number of responses from
  >> people who did and gave up. Hardly any of them mention the UI as the
  >> problem that they had with it.
  > I strongly disagree with you there. True its not scientific but I know
  > of more than a few people personally who couldn't navigate with the old
  > UI and gave up. They recently tried again with viewer 2 and are
  > functional and happy.

  Which is fine, because I also didn't say that the UI *wasn't* a problem. What I'm saying is that we don't have any trustworthy data about what the problems are, how prevalent they are, or how the situation can be improved.

  Tateru Nino


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