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Part of my journey in second life, an off-world collection of articles.

WTH: Second thoughts… The Sickness of Helping Newbies, the Sickness of Freebies

Just happens to be subscribed on Second Thoughts RSS.. there’s a lot of interesting articles. But, last one… “The Sickness of Helping Newbies, the Sickness of Freebies” it’s a big NO NO from me! And it’s not about XstreetSL, that’s already on LLab hands, they play as they want with that service offered to residents, to browse for products “out-world” and buy it there, or go inworld, to check the products “live”. It’s just because there’s a direct touch to SecondLife Mentors. To all.

My personal opinion it’s that most of us do that way: Browse for good stuff on XStreet, then travel inworld, following creator picks in profile, to see their products and purchase. More, lazy (i’m one of them) buys straight from Xstreet, as it’s more easy to reach products, than moving from shop to shop, waiting for relocation, rezzing area… But… always shopping inworld it’s more enjoyable than browsing a website.

There come the freebies thingie that’s on top of news everywhere, since LLab announced they will plan adding some enhancements to web-shop experience, taxing more from content creators. There’s a flux out from xstreet to other web-shops, but that’s on each seller option. Linden Lab announced they will possibly start the new system in 30-60 days. Time will let us know.

From my point of view, the xstreet database it’s overhelmed, and raise lot of inner cost, as they hosts images on amazon S3. As per people flux and continuous browsing for “goodies” , cash’s deducted for trafic, but conversion view/buy it’s very low, as people tend to purchase inworld.  That.. soon or later go in “who pay for?” As there’s plenty of items placed at 0L$, there’s no cash in for listing, and no cash out,for sale. Only payment in hosting images in Amazon storage service. That’s a loss for LindenLab pockets. That’s why, in my opinion, they try to raise taxes on selling offworld. The first reason, plausible for me.

Second, come the high sellers in Xstreet, that starts to be overhelmed by those new “guys” that post “crappy” stuff in SL, for a lower price.But, really, not those products are crappy, if they sell them on a lower price. Reasons for doing that, it’s to compete with high sellers. And, really, not ALL wants super high quality, than something “different” to dress with. XstreetSL offer them a easy way to suit theirselves for a specific contest party, for example. I remember one of my freebies placed in xstreet selling like bread: Freebies Wings, or an old Zhao, with free stands, that was having tons of purchases.Things like Zhao should always be free on all web-shops. My thoughts. Adding new animations into it, it’s a different story. Work should be paid.

Some basics that new residents, would like to have, to not look as newbie. Really, i dislike that word, newbie. You’ll call newbie somebody that create an messenger account? Or join Facebook? Or another social networking system. No.  They are New Residents in SecondLife, that’s all. They are a part of whole thing that’s called SecondLife community. With pussies, griefers, winners, losers, people that know to find they way and people that does need to read manuals to learn to Teleport, for example (Last post from BBC made me think they need to learn to push buttons, before googleing or writing about something).

Now, back to what made me write this article: Community tools. Utilities. I beg you pardon, but… what use would have a new resident, without payment on file, for notecard giver script or object? First of all, they are ‘wanted’ to settle in, to learn their way in Secondlife, and i really doubt than a pack with scripts would really help them. Unless some object like “stop all animations on wear”. Really.

For me, as a new residents, some tools like an basic AO, landmark saver (easy way to go back to places i was before) and some places with cheap clothes and places of interest in various domains would be enough. Remember, or not… mentors knows… people that come for first time in SecondLife does not come using a NASA PC, they are slow, laggy, helpless.

Until they figure out how to “eat” Secondlife, they will walk in the shadows, puzzled, envious on seeing all this people looking gorgeous, taller, handsome and so fking good looking, bla bla bla. And plenty of them, will come only few times, until they go back to their real life, jump on facebook, hi5 or other social networking, that they can understand.

In that “Sickness of Helping Newbies, the Sickness of Freebies” article, there’s 7 reasons for give freebies all the time and “help newbies”… the nr.5 made me “WTH!!!!” instantly “5. They have a crass notion of exploiting vulnerable newbies by making them slide into their commerce circles by helping them and staging them into stores or clubs to buy things (SL Mentors were particularly notorious for this, and misused their roles constantly to sell their own stuff or their friends’ stuff and to lord it over people — good riddance to them, I say).”

That ( ) comment it’s the most.. outrageous .. damn. Whatever. If they would not be offering their time for free, to help new residents, plenty of people that now’s over 2 meters tall and with a great looking skin and clothes over their avatar, wouldn’t be here.

Most of the people places freebies on their shops, as freebies, to make people bring some others there, for those goodies, and perhaps, purchase something else, too. That’s sharing in purpose, correct.

But don’t place in the same bowl those people(Mentors) that help, just for pleasure of helping. Every BIG group and land have their bad stuff, but per total, they shine.

As some people Roleplays, plays in contests, do various things (not shopping) like exploring, some enjoys MOST by helping new people that step in this new land, teach them to walk, dress, communicate and give them some self-confidence that Secondlife it’s not a monster, and they are not the chicken, the prey.

“I had no idea there were so many people playing the freebies/altruism game — most of them as a form of free advertising to their store, which is the result of poor advertising capacity.”

Some sellers may do that, in fact, most of them do offer freebies to their store, with LM into it. Do you really think that for new residents that’s a problem? an LM in a folder of his “omg, what’s that” inventory? 🙂 He’s happy that he paid nothing to get a shirt so he will look distinct than the flux of new people coming to grid (really new or alts.)

The bottom of article’s a bit sad, but really, i doubt that we’ll still be using secondlife client if we’ll not collecting freebies, dress with them, having fun. I really doubt that an average internet using person would know to create a shirt, because they are required to use a graphic toolset. Nothing said about animations 🙂 Noone can create something that does not know how its working. And, really, most of people in Secondlife are not creators, than consumers of products that a low percentage of avatars creates.

There’s few, that come on purpose. I met some that said “Hi, i want to learn to build. I’m architect.” so i’ve pointed him some documents and websites, groups and events where he fulfilled his desire. Others came to just “see” what’s that Secondlife they kept reading on newspapers or feeds. They need to be redirected to a specific area.. socializing.

And not at last, Mentors follow this: TAO of Volunteers.

“Each Volunteer has the opportunity to create an unforgettable first impression of Second Life for new Residents while also helping more seasoned Residents with quality assistance. We do it because we want to. We do it because we enjoy it. We do it with a smile. That is how we want such unforgettable moments to be remembered.”

That’s the Mentors spirit. And that’s better than any F1 key.

Read The Sickness of Helping Newbies, the Sickness of Freebies

Just happens to be subscribed on Second Thoughts RSS.. there’s a lot of interesting articles. But, last one… “The Sickness of Helping Newbies, the Sickness of Freebies” it’s a big NO NO from me! And it’s not about XstreetSL, that’s already on LLab hands, they play as they want with that service offered to residents, to browse for products “out-world” and buy it there, or go inworld, to check the products “live”. It’s just because there’s a direct touch to SecondLife Mentors. To all.

My personal opinion it’s that most of us do that way: Browse for good stuff on XStreet, then travel inworld, following creator picks in profile, to see their products and purchase. More, lazy (i’m one of them) buys straight from Xstreet, as it’s more easy to reach products, than moving from shop to shop, waiting for relocation, rezzing area… But… always shopping inworld it’s more enjoyable than browsing a website.

There come the freebies thingie that’s on top of news everywhere, since LLab announced they will plan adding some enhancements to web-shop experience, taxing more from content creators. There’s a flux out from xstreet to other web-shops, but that’s on each seller option. Linden Lab announced they will possibly start the new system in 30-60 days. Time will let us know.

From my point of view, the xstreet database it’s overhelmed, and raise lot of inner cost, as they hosts images on amazon S3. As per people flux and continuous browsing for “goodies” , cash’s deducted for trafic, but conversion view/buy it’s very low, as people tend to purchase inworld.  That.. soon or later go in “who pay for?” As there’s plenty of items placed at 0L$, there’s no cash in for listing, and no cash out,for sale. Only payment in hosting images in Amazon storage service. That’s a loss for LindenLab pockets. That’s why, in my opinion, they try to raise taxes on selling offworld. The first reason, plausible for me.

Second, come the high sellers in Xstreet, that starts to be overhelmed by those new “guys” that post “crappy” stuff in SL, for a lower price.But, really, not those products are crappy, if they sell them on a lower price. Reasons for doing that, it’s to compete with high sellers. And, really, not ALL wants super high quality, than something “different” to dress with. XstreetSL offer them a easy way to suit theirselves for a specific contest party, for example. I remember one of my freebies placed in xstreet selling like bread: Freebies Wings, or an old Zhao, with free stands, that was having tons of purchases.Things like Zhao should always be free on all web-shops. My thoughts. Adding new animations into it, it’s a different story. Work should be paid.

Some basics that new residents, would like to have, to not look as newbie. Really, i dislike that word, newbie. You’ll call newbie somebody that create an messenger account? Or join Facebook? Or another social networking system. No.  They are New Residents in SecondLife, that’s all. They are a part of whole thing that’s called SecondLife community. With pussies, griefers, winners, losers, people that know to find they way and people that does need to read manuals to learn to Teleport, for example (Last post from BBC made me think they need to learn to push buttons, before googleing or writing about something).

Now, back to what made me write this article: Community tools. Utilities. I beg you pardon, but… what use would have a new resident, without payment on file, for notecard giver script or object? First of all, they are ‘wanted’ to settle in, to learn their way in Secondlife, and i really doubt than a pack with scripts would really help them. Unless some object like “stop all animations on wear”. Really.

For me, as a new residents, some tools like an basic AO, landmark saver (easy way to go back to places i was before) and some places with cheap clothes and places of interest in various domains would be enough. Remember, or not… mentors knows… people that come for first time in SecondLife does not come using a NASA PC, they are slow, laggy, helpless.

Until they figure out how to “eat” Secondlife, they will walk in the shadows, puzzled, envious on seeing all this people looking gorgeous, taller, handsome and so fking good looking, bla bla bla. And plenty of them, will come only few times, until they go back to their real life, jump on facebook, hi5 or other social networking, that they can understand.

In that “Sickness of Helping Newbies, the Sickness of Freebies” article, there’s 7 reasons for give freebies all the time and “help newbies”… the nr.5 made me “WTH!!!!” instantly “5. They have a crass notion of exploiting vulnerable newbies by making them slide into their commerce circles by helping them and staging them into stores or clubs to buy things (SL Mentors were particularly notorious for this, and misused their roles constantly to sell their own stuff or their friends’ stuff and to lord it over people — good riddance to them, I say).”

That ( ) comment it’s the most.. outrageous .. damn. Whatever. If they would not be offering their time for free, to help new residents, plenty of people that now’s over 2 meters tall and with a great looking skin and clothes over their avatar, wouldn’t be here.

Most of the people places freebies on their shops, as freebies, to make people bring some others there, for those goodies, and perhaps, purchase something else, too. That’s sharing in purpose, correct.

But don’t place in the same bowl those people(Mentors) that help, just for pleasure of helping. Every BIG group and land have their bad stuff, but per total, they shine.

As some people Roleplays, plays in contests, do various things (not shopping) like exploring, some enjoys MOST by helping new people that step in this new land, teach them to walk, dress, communicate and give them some self-confidence that Secondlife it’s not a monster, and they are not the chicken, the prey.

“I had no idea there were so many people playing the freebies/altruism game — most of them as a form of free advertising to their store, which is the result of poor advertising capacity.”

Some sellers may do that, in fact, most of them do offer freebies to their store, with LM into it. Do you really think that for new residents that’s a problem? an LM in a folder of his “omg, what’s that” inventory? 🙂 He’s happy that he paid nothing to get a shirt so he will look distinct than the flux of new people coming to grid (really new or alts.)

The bottom of article’s a bit sad, but really, i doubt that we’ll still be using secondlife client if we’ll not collecting freebies, dress with them, having fun. I really doubt that an average internet using person would know to create a shirt, because they are required to use a graphic toolset. Nothing said about animations 🙂 Noone can create something that does not know how its working. And, really, most of people in Secondlife are not creators, than consumers of products that a low percentage of avatars creates.

There’s few, that come on purpose. I met some that said “Hi, i want to learn to build. I’m architect.” so i’ve pointed him some documents and websites, groups and events where he fulfilled his desire. Others came to just “see” what’s that Secondlife they kept reading on newspapers or feeds. They need to be redirected to a specific area.. socializing.

And not at last, Mentors follow this: TAO of Volunteers.

“Each Volunteer has the opportunity to create an unforgettable first impression of Second Life for new Residents while also helping more seasoned Residents with quality assistance. We do it because we want to. We do it because we enjoy it. We do it with a smile. That is how we want such unforgettable moments to be remembered.”

That’s the Mentors spirit. And that’s better than any F1 key.

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