Region Access Changes – Who Gets In?

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Earlier this week, I caught a blog post by Inara Pey about changes that Linden Lab will be rolling out for region access.

Basically, the number of avatars who can access a region has increased.  The amount of the increase depends on the type of region.  A full region will increase by 10%.  So if you have a full region (usually 100 avatar limit), that limit will now be 110 avatars.

There is a caveat, however. The extra 10% of avatars are limited to Premium members.  I happen to be a Premium member, so this is a nice perk.

It immediately made me wonder about access to events (shopping and dance events came to mind first).  If there is a full region dance event, for example, what does access then look like?  Normally, once the 100 avi limit is reached, everyone would get a ‘region full’ notice.

Now, however, it appears that if the limit is 100, it will work a bit differently.  100 avatars can still get in.  But the limit is actually now 110, with that extra reserved for Premium members.  So if you are not premium, once there are 100 avis on the sim, you’ll get the ‘region full’ notice.  But if you are a Premium member and there are only 100 people on the sim, you’ll be able to get in.

I can see how this would be frustrating to people who are not Premium members, but this is a nice perk for those of us who pay to be Premium members.

You can read more details about the changes in Inara Pey’s article linked below, as well as an article from Ciaran Laval here.

One other thing that I wondered about was regions where the limit has been lowered, as often happens with popular dance events.  According to Ciaran, if you have lowered the limit (say to 50 from 100 on a full region), then LL will automatically assign 10% of the limit to Premium members.  Which means that the limit for non-Premium members will be 45 avis, with the other 10% of the 50 avi limit (5 avis) assigned to Premium members only. Something to keep in mind if/when you are setting limits for your events.

Inara’s article link:  Lab announces improved region capacity and access in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

You Learn Something New Every Day

Because . . . Ewwwwww!   Image Source:
Because . . . Ewwwwww!
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That’s something I tell my children almost daily.  Today, I was cruising through my Reader, checking to see if there was anything interesting on the blogs I follow.  (Side note – the sidebar on my WP Reader has moved from the right to left – I don’t like it.  This better be some Halloween prank by WP. -.-)  Anyway, I read that Linden Labs is running a promotion for premium memberships right now.  See here if you want all the details.

In addition, they are offering some Halloween gifts for premium members (I always appreciate a free gift, even when they’re few and far between. :-D).  They are also having a photo contest.  I always wish that I could take better photos of SL (I’m still looking for the kind soul who wants to buy me a brand new iMac just so I can do that!), so I clicked over to read the contest rules.  Pretty standard stuff, but there was one line that caught my eye.

“Canadian residents will be required to answer an additional mathematical question in order to claim their prizes.”  What?  My curiosity was piqued, because my husband is Canadian.  I wondered if this was some Halloween joke or if it really is a requirement for Canadians.  (Nothing surprises me when it comes to Canadian law.  They way they do certain things up there makes no sense.  Granted, America isn’t at the top of the list when it comes to government/law and common sense.)  So I headed to Google (because Google knows everything) and apparently it is a law in Canada that in order to win a prize, you have to a answer a ‘skill question.’

The supposed reason behind the requirement is that answering a ‘skill question’ makes it not a ‘game of chance,’ because those are not legal in Canada.  And according the information I found on Google, the ‘skill question’ is usually something like ‘2+4/6,’ so they’re not difficult questions.  It just struck me as odd.

Of course, you can also email money to people in Canada, something you can’t do in America.  (I’m not sure if I’d want to do that or not – it’s certainly convenient, but I’m not sure I trust the internet that much.)  I wonder what other weird requirements other countries have?

Sound off – let me know – what weird stuff does your country require?

Oh, and one more little tidbit for today:

*throws away banana and heads for the Halloween candy stash* Image Source:
*throws away banana and heads for the Halloween candy stash*
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