Linden Lab: 503 Service Unavailable errors continue as of 1-31-08 3:00 SLT! Please fix the forum.

Note to Linden Lab and the support staff:

The forums are producing frequent 503 Service Unavailable errors.

The problem is NOT FIXED as of 1-31-2008 2:58 SLT.

Please fix the problem, and please also do not make statements suggesting the problem is fixed.

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Good way to tell LL they’re stupid

A thread in the Linden Lab’s Second Life Forums (payment verified members only) from an exasperated user expressed the desire for a “Good way to tell LL they’re stupid”.

I’m don’t think Linden Lab is stupid. I don’t have to agree with the premise in order to conjure up ways to tell LL they’re stupid. Here are a few:

One good way to tell LL they are stupid would be to get a picture of each staff member, and get a “Books on Demand” printer to produce a customized dictionary for each each staff member. The employee’s picture would be included in the the definition of stupid with a caption like “This person is stupid.” Mail these to LL.Other good ways to tell LL they are stupid would be to have a full building wrap done on one of the skyscrapers in downtown SF with giant magenta and green letters spelling out the “LL is stupid” message.A skywriting plane spelling out “LL is stupid!” every day for a month would probably make the point.

The Goodyear blimp has electric signage that could be brought into play in spreading this message.

Maybe you could get some major soft drink makers to print this on the inside of bottle caps. That would be kind of odd, getting a drink and finding “LL is stupid!” in such an unlikely place.

I suppose one could use prims at the right height and location to display this message on the map inworld.

Coordinate blog replies so the first letter of a number of replies in sequence spells out “LL is stupid!”.

Sneakily acquire their driver’s licences and put a little teeny strip of paper with the word Stupid! on it over top of where their name goes.

Maybe someone can add some more.

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Novoking virtual world English instructions

The main url for the Novoking virtual world is

Near the bottom right of that page is a link for the English version of the site.
That English language Novoking page is at:

There’s a link for the download page linked toabove, that url is

I think the version of Novoking  you find on the English page in the struck out text above is obsolete.   I think you need to use the version available at the Chinese download page, which is at .

At the bottom of that page there is a list labeled “English User Guide” which has the following links:

· Novoking Guide Ch1 sign up V1.1.pdf

· Novoking Guide Ch2 get dressed v1.1.pdf

· Novoking Guide Ch3 change appearance v1.1.pdf

· Novoking Guide Ch4 making friends v1.1.pdf

· Novoking Guide V1.1.pdf

I present this in hopes of getting people to sign up. Novoking is a very nice looking place, but it is so empty of people.

Folks that do Maya and Studio Max should be interested in Novoking because it allows for importing things created with those programs.

There’s free land to import your creations on during the test period.

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HiPiHi New Naming System

This is from the Hipihi forums in a post  which oddly enough I can’t enter here in the Flock blog editor because their name is in Chinese:
HiPiHi New Naming System
HiPiHi is adopting a new naming system, giving residents the opportunity to register a HiPiHi user name in your native language; at the same time have an International ID to facilitate communication in a multi-lingual environment.
(1 )Registration
Every resident will have a Login ID as well as an International ID.
–       The Login ID may be in your chosen language, be it Chinese, Korean, Japanese or others; Your International ID may only contain English alphabets, numbers, – and _.
–       Your International ID will be displayed on another HiPiHi resident’s screen when your Login ID (which may be in your native language) could not be recognized by their operating system. (so nobody will drift around without a name)
–       Existing residents will have an opportunity to add an International ID.
(2 )User Name Invalidation
 The new naming system will be case-insensitive, which will invalidate some existing user names due to doubling up. In this case, the resident with the earliest registration time will be deemed the “name owner”. Other users with the “same” name will receive an email notification from HiPiHi for further instructions to re-register.
There are several ways to find out whether you have a user name double-up:
1、A message will pop up when you login to HiPiHi world.
2、Check your email
3、Check out the “List of invalidated user names” posted in the official forum.
For residents who are required to re-register, should you wish to keep your existing land parcel and other inventory, please re-register a new account name first and email us at . Please tell us :
1 your new account name                                                                    
2 your old account name                                                                      
3 your email address (when you first registered with us)
We will do our best to complete the data transmission for your as soon as possible, and will email you the details when it is done.
We apologize for the inconvenience caused. Thank you for your kind understanding and support!
HiPiHi Team

It is good to see Hipihi taking on the challenge of make a virtual world that works well in world that is extremely multi-lingual.

In the Hipihi world there have been many times I wanted to use someone’s name but I can’t type in Chinese.

The names of objects, textures, scripts, etc. need to be done in some sort of a multi-lingual way.

One could, I guess, give everything in the virtual world two name slots, one for the “universal language” and one for the language choice by the item creator. 

I’d like to see a more flexible system, in which names of items, decription fields, etc. are all multi-lingual.  I suppose the item creator could define their “native language name” and the “universal language name” and any other translations they are able and willing to offer, and set a field to allow others to add translations in additional languages in somewhat of a wiki style.

Of course I also want to see machine translation available in chat. Come to think of it, why not machine translation for the names of inventory items, descrptions, inworld  ads, etc.

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Hipihi naming system changes, some existing names are invalidated

Hipihi has in the past had a case sensitive avatar/account naming system.

Hipihi has just changed to a case insensitive naming system.

Some existing names are thus now invalid.

Hipihi has provide the names in the somewhat awkward form of an xls file, a microsoft excel file, archived in the rar archive format.

You can get this file of invalidated names at  Invalidated Names.

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The decline of the Linden Lab support forum

Linden Lab has claimed to provide a support forum in it’s site by the name of Resident Answers.

A sticky post describing the acceptable content for the forum makes it clear that it is meant as a support forum,  a place for people with questions about how to use the Second Life virtual environment to help each other.

Linden Lab has now completely abandoned any attempt to make that forum be a support forum, yet they leave the worthless rules about forum content up for display.

What is so difficult about removing the completely ignored rules and replacing them with a set of rules that reflects what they actually want to use the forum for?

Today the forum has a pointless debates on topics discussed to death already.  Someone is playing forum games in their responses,  quoting peoples previous posts but changing the name the quoted passage is attributed to.  Folks are posting responses to vanity threads that say “Tra la la la.”   There’s a post asking for Second Life poetry.

Useless posts, posts that could be made just as effectively  at sites such as sldrama or sluniverse.  

Linden Lab could change the rules to “Any kind of useless blather is here.  Couldn’t make it as a stand-up comic at the local comedy club?  You can still use your failed material – here in the Resident Answers forum.  Can’t handle the heat in a real verbal combat forum like alt.flames?  Enjoy your lame lambaste-offs here – in Resident Answers.  Too lazy to get a IM account and chat your friends in IM – don’t feel like getting email – no problem.  Resident Answers is here for you.  Can’t be bothered finding the free classified forums to advertise your land club’s group events?  Not a problem, since you named your group with the word Forum in it we’ll pretend it is an official activity and let it be advertised here.   Just feeling like saying Tra lah lah or making ascii character pictures of boobs and penises – hey, Resident Answers is the place for you.

I would think that a company would want to show a bit more spine, more focus, and more integrity than to say “Here’s a forum for support, don”t be rude, stay on topic, it’s not for advertising, and it’s not a chat room” and then just ignore what they said.

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Why are the forums full of such hateful people?

I am very glad that I have very little reason to use the forums.

The terse hateful responses the in-the-know people make to people who’ve asked a question the know-it-all doesn’t think is quite acceptable are so venom filled they are frightening.  I hope i never run in to any of these people in real life.

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