As many of you read in last week’s blog announcement, we’re currently developing a new inworld search mechanism. Based upon your feedback and other discussions happening within the LL Search Team, I had a few updates to pass along.
New Search Design Mockup
We also wanted to share the newest iteration of the new Search UI, seen below.
Updated! New Search UI (click for larger image)
Crashes with the 1.18.4 Release Candidate
We’re aware that some of you have experienced crashes with the current release candidate and we are currently working out what caused this. If you did experience issues with crashing using the 1.18.4 release candidate, please continue to use 1.18.3.
“For-Sale Objects” Default Set Incorrectly
Some of the default settings for the search are not showing up in the correct way due to an issue with the server-side code. Currently, the “Show in search” checkbox is defaulting off for all objects. The patch which corrects this will roll out with our next server update. What will happen once it rolls out:
- If you already set “Show in search” on, it will stay on
- If the object is set “For Sale” then “Show in search” will turn on
- Going forward, you will always be able to set “show in search” whenever you can currently set “for sale”
Permissions and For Sale/Show in Search
Before the blog comments closed, several Residents asked about the inability to change the “show in search” checkbox on non-modifyable objects which were left set “for sale” by their creator. We’ve made a change, which will push in the next release candidate, to allow owners of objects to modify the “show in search” checkbox even if they do not have the ability to modify the object in other ways.
Vendors and the New Search
There were several questions about vendors and if they will be included in search automatically. Vendors will have to be explicitly set to “show in search” like any other object. From the server’s perspective, a vendor is just a scripted object — it doesn’t really know that the object is selling something. Likewise, it will not be possible to search inside of the vendor, although you could use the name or description of the vendor object to list keywords describing what is inside the vendor.
Teleporting Directly to Locations
There was some discussion in the blog about teleporting directly to locations on your parcel where “Show in search” objects are located. To clarify, this will not be possible with the new search; you will still be routed to the parcel’s default landing point. The new search simply lists the items set for sale on the parcel, thereby allowing people to find things easier.
Thank you all for your patience and feedback while we work to make Second Life better!