So what were these community gateways? An answer for Rodvik Linden (via Prim Perfect)

Here is the pure skinny on what works. When I entered Second Life, it was a strange wasteland of few people. Most of those few people were rude and sniggery.

Some very rare folks thought caging a new person and demanding virtual frolic to be freed was tons of fun.

However, I barely remember all that. What I remember is finding people who liked to chat and were fun and seemed to share pearls of wisdom with no possible return on their time. I remember the fella who explained prim hair to me.

I remember the kindness.

So what were these community gateways? An answer for Rodvik Linden In the questioning that followed his specch to the Second Life Community Convention yesterday, Rodvik Linden (the CEO) was asked if Community Gateways would ever return.  He admitted his ignorance of the programme and when helpful convention-goers filled him in, he said, in effect, that it was a pretty cool idea. He even sounded a little baffled about why it had been abandoned.  And, you know? I’m still baffled too.  … Read More

via Prim Perfect

 

From comments to the post:

When I first logged into SL in mid-2008, I took the Orientation Course, but what really locked me in were the friendly residents that took time to show me how to do fun stuff.

 

Dear Linden Labs:

Listen to your heart and use your head.  Retention requires putting a friendly face in front of new folks.

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