The day started for me with news via Tateru and Alphaville Herald of the latest figures on concurrency. Bad news.
Basically, in spite of attracting 10,000 new users per day it is managing to hold on to less than the number of people leaving.... well, so it seems.
...and tied to this is a very interesting debate around the mobbing and griefing of noobs as they arrive, unprepared, into a pack of idiot griefers.... there have been a few posts on this recently. Theia Magic's post is interesting in that it has started the debate of whether or not it is our job to go and save these poor souls, grabbing them from the wolf pit and whisking them off somewhere to help get them started on their Second Life.
I know both Theia and Wizzy have been on such mercy missions, and I applaud their altruism.
I have spent many hours, especially a few years ago, helping noobs do the most basic things they need to before they can get around and it was a very nice thing to do. Very time consuming, but nice. I was helped on my first days in SL, Carmen Zinner, Ciin Babii, and Luvit More came to my rescue when I needed a mentor, and I have managed to thank them, and to pay forward with my efforts too.
So, I would fully support the call to action, i.e. going down to the Arrival Hell and helping, but..... and this is an interesting point..... I feel a bit like one of the commenters on Theia's blog when he says....hey, its LL's job, they should police the sim. Now, I didn't feel like that a year ago. I currently feel that we are supposed to do more than our fair share, take the whole JIRA thing for example....we are the maintenance team, we (some of us) build or improve the software, we fill the Marketplace for LL to take 5% sales tax, and we defend them when they get slated in RL blogs.....so should we now also help offset some of the damage done by LL when they disbanded the Mentors (because it was too much trouble for them to police) .... while paying for the privilege??
Now, as I said previously, I didn't feel like this two years ago..... and that is the interesting thing.
My change in attitude is why SL will fail.
Well, to be precise, the reasons behind my change in attitude are probably indicative of why there is a lull now in the amount of time we spend in SL. It no longer feels like my home, which is why I moved out. I still have one foot in SL but I suspect that will change when Viewer 1.23 gets the final chop.
InWorldz has a group of pleasant volunteers who welcome noobs and show them to the freebie store, give them LMs and generally are nice to new visitors......
How difficult can it be??
Such a waste of a good company, and I hate waste...