[opensource-dev] Retaining Newbies (Was: The Plan for Snowglobe)

dilly dobbs dillydobbs at gmail.com
Sat Sep 11 10:52:20 PDT 2010

So,  should there be a group formed that could address the concerns that we
all seem to have on how to improve the n00b experience in SL?

We could have meetings and come up with a general direction to
take development. And or make proposals to take to LL even if it was in
a forum like the dev mailing list.

Out of all of the ideas that i have head i have yet to hear one that is not
valid and that would require consideration.

We all seem like intelligent adults that could come to an agreement on how
to add priority to the issues that we would like to see addressed.  And yes
i work in an Agile dev software shop so im sorry about the lingo.

Opinions, and ideas on this ?
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On Sat, Sep 11, 2010 at 12:43 PM, Robert Martin <robertltux at gmail.com>wrote:

> The things that i see as problems
> 1 folks seem to more or less "sleepwalk" through the newbie portal so
> that we folks in Help areas (i stalk NCI Kuula myself) get asked
> questions that are answered in the newbie portal.
> 2 folks seem to tp into the area and have no clue where they have
> arrived at (folks wanting sex drugs and Roc^HGuns in the NCI area)
> 3 non english folks that seem to be using telegraph keys to log in
> that also are completely clueless
> 4 folks (like Bloodlines) that seem to not understand that a given
> area may actually have and enforce rules above what the TOS states
> now of course the UI confusing folks and getting in the way of
> operating the program DOES NOT HELP
> 1 this may not be solveable but a general increase in server/sim
> stability and performance will help
> 2 a One time popup in case of a newbie portal tp in the form of "You
> have just teleported to %area_name% @ %simpleSLurl% please note the
> following [short list of flags] This is a %rating_area% for more
> details see attached notecard"
> 3 it would help if we could read the language in use by the viewer and
> if the resident could be informed as to what languages are available
> in that area (or maybe stick a translator thing in the default newbie
> pack??)
> 4 this may require having a Land Group (above X regions held) to be
> assigned a Linden (or have access to a pool of Lindens) so that a
> person grazing the TOS could have a Linden Issued Abuse Report "on the
> spot" (this would fast track any process since a Linden could
> "certify" the AR right then and there)
> in short if "we" take care of the problem of "chewtoys" then newbies
> may stick around more
> --
> Robert L Martin
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