For quite a while now Second Life has been home to a variety of jumbo-sized prims, megaprims, and other larger than the usual ten-meters-maximum prims. The original “megaprims” were produced by Residents’ manipulation of the client last year; “new” ones cannot be made, but the existing supply can be (and are) copied and distributed. Linden Lab doesn’t support or encourage the use of these prims, but our policy up until now has been ‘live and let live’.
Back in at the December 2006 Town Hall meeting there were a couple of questions about these objects (see
) , to which Cory Linden answered: “I think the policy is to return them if a nuisance … oh, a follow up on megaprims: we are going to allow them on private estates as well.”
Some of these objects have now been recognized as being nuisances in several ways:
— the larger ones, when used on the mainland, often produce annoying “parcel encroachment” situations. The megaprims are difficult to interact with, and are often not recognized by Residents as being an object at all — “I couldn’t go past some kind of invisible barrier.” Abusive Residents take advantage of these problems.
— the presence of megaprims will interfere with the improvements planned for the physics engine. The bigger the megaprims, the more trouble they will cause for physics simulation in a Region.
— the graphics engine does not work well with prims over 256 meters in any dimension.
We are thus requesting your comments on The Megaprim Problem.
— Good Things: are there legitimate current uses of megaprims? Perhaps with a good example location?
— Bad Things: have you had negative experiences in Second Life due to the presence of megaprims (besides deliberately abusive uses, that is)? Please don’t use these comments to file abuse reports, by the way.
— Ideas: should Linden Lab remove all megaprims? Or at some particular size level? Or take some other, more creative action? If we remove them, they have to be removed on all private estates as well (otherwise they get imported back into the Mainland!). There’s one available at over 65,000 meters wide … that one will definitely be removed!
Please post your comments! We will make another posting once we’ve reviewed your comments.
[EDIT] – I’ve made a forum thread for more comments; the 150 comment limit in the Blog can’t be over-ridden for this post, alas. See http://forums.secondlife.com/showthread.php?t=216541
[EDIT] Forum comments have been closed as of 15 November 2007; thanks for all your input!