Last Saturday, on Second Life’s 9th birthday, I wrote about the wonderful shared experience I believed was happening at the celebration. I’ve continued to checkout my notion by chatting with many people and reading commentary of those who participated. Again and again, people from all walks expressed their sense of community involvement. And there was often excitement expressed about what was happening.
There is another story about SL9B though and I don’t want to hit on this too hard, but I want to take a minute to remember that this event was done with little help from Linden Lab. However, Several Lab employees were helpful.
The first point I want to make is, the Lab initially sanctioned a kind of rolling party. The problem is, there was a strong demand for a real party. At that point the Lab backed away. I didn’t check every day, but on days I checked there was no mention of the SL9B celebration on the SL website, not the Community page, nor the blogs. Yes, at some point there was some event information in Destination Guide, but if you logged into the Second Life website and checked the most obvious places, there was nothing.
The reason I became aware of the Lab’s lack of participation was, after Press Day I wanted to see my favorite communities exhibits. I already knew my home community, SL New England, had an exhibit, so I started contacting communities. Of the four, two of them were 10+ sim communities. I discovered that only half of the owners had heard of SL9B, one didn’t have time to build exhibit and one was participating in the Labs original plan.
One of the community owners I contacted said specifically, they didn’t see anything about it on the Second Life website. I was kind of surprised by that comment. I assumed there’d be something, so I checked and there was nothing about SL9B.
Perhaps the Lab didn’t appreciate Second Life citizens organizing what they believed to be a more appropriate celebration, but once the magnitude of the community effort was obvious, the Lab could have acknowledged it on the website.
I’ve always been ready to carry the banner for the Lab when they’ve done things right. But I’ve come forward when they’ve messed up. Like I said, I don’t want to hit this too hard but there it is.