What exactly is a microparcel?

13 02 2009

LL just released its new policy regarding dividing mainland.

See it here

 

Now, since the casino-ban, the bank-ban and the policy change on open sims, I was always having a sharp eye on LL in view to any new regulations they come up with.

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Those policies caught users mostly by surprise and seemed unthought, highly unjust and in all of the cases unconsulted.

Means there was not even a hint on what was coming up to the users. In comparison, LL did a leap in communications already by having the topic on the blog discussion and giving netizens the impression their voice is heard.

However, what LL missed again is to set a clear wording in terms of where a microparcel starts. 16 squaremeter or 511 squaremeter? Or in between?

In law this would strongly require a layout of terms. But due to LL is no parliament they could have been more specific in what they rule out.

As a landlord in SL all the rumors about what coming where’nt too nice to hear and ponder about. And while the actual policy is a general relief, it leaves enough uncertainty to look back over the shoulder.

But, even though undefined , I have to agree that this will be helping the mainlands attractivity in my eyes.

Let us hope for the best:)

 





Weekend, Adfarms and the Flu

17 02 2008

Its Sunday and I spent most of my weekend on the couch being ill.But while trumpeting in Hankerchiefs I luckily found time to update the last rezboxes (long life to the laptop!). cal.jpgThey are now up-to-date to not produce a puzzle instead of a building when used on HAVOC-servers.  Also I continued to decorate the new Mainstore at Dhaulaghiri. Being sick has its advantages there *smirk*.

Now while being a mothership for viruses in general, I also scrolled the LL blog and found the post about another one of LL’s masterpieces.

The new Anti-Spam-policy.

Finally LL seems to have realized that there are adfarms in SL. For the unenlightened: An adfarm is normally a 512 squaremeter parcel of land, which is bought by some smartass, that parcels it into 16 sqm pieces and sets up ugly columns of advetising, ruining the skyline. So far so bad.

Betting on the effect that someone might be willing to pay for having this piece of goo out of his sight, the adfarmer sets the small parcels for sale on a rate which isnt nearly described by ridiculous. I have one such thing near my mainstore (see pic).

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Now,  -as always – LL overdraws the whole thing. In an interview, Harry Linden rencently stated, that , due to the new policy even normal ‘For Sale’ signs can and their owners can be possibly banned if repeating their offence.

What’s the point here? The thing is, there we have the new blow to economy going into start positions here.

LL obviously hasnt thought about whom they also blow with this. There are advertising-companies in SL, that keep advertising-columns inworld on 512 parcels which they offer over the normal market price so they are not bought of right away or taken over by other ad-companies. These Adcolumns are normally well designed things that no not disrupt the view of the landscape as the everyday adfarm does. Will they and their shareholders go down the drain with this?

And what ebout Real Estate companies? They regularily set land for sale and place a marker on it to announce it. Now if you deem the price for this to high, you simply report them as spammers?. Nice.

cal3.jpgYes, I see adfarming as a serious harassment to everyone and as a factor that takes value out of each neighbourhood, but in my opinion, LL continues its policy to cut down economy with this by  simply not clearly defining, where spam begins.

So people will be freightened out of landsales or advertising their services in SL. Overruling takes the air from economy, but this seems to be a fact that LL will only see after more businesspeople take their ventures out of SL and try some other platforms.

I think I will follow the call of some real estate companies here and get the ball back. The method is easy. Simply fill an abuse report for any for-sale-marker you see, if adfarm or normal real estate and clog LL’s servers. It worked yesterday for of my 25 reports 10 where returned in a denial-of-service error.

Maybe this shakes them up.

Time for my pills.