I suspect most of you know Linden Realms opened to the general public in Second Life. If you have been to a Realm you may have noticed new features. Teleporting has changes in that you walk into a Portal and it will teleport you into the game. This is a teleport on collision feature. It is a feature we have in OpenSim scripting. It is coming to Second Life. Exactly when or how it will work is unclear. The Lindens are considering how the feature can be used by griefers and how they may limit its abuse.
There is all so the HUD that attaches automatically. Many of us are pretty sure we do not want mall owners attaching shopping HUD’s to us when we visit a mall. So, the auto-attach HUD feature is also being considered in terms of griefing.
There are also auto-run animations. Obviously those can be used by griefers to be annoying. So, those have to be considered in terms of griefing.
In OSGrid these types of scripting features are limited to land owners. The one setting up the simulator can turn them on and off and give specific avatars or groups the ability to use the functions. We may see that in SL. But, land ownership in SL is more complex than in OSGrid. Also the number of people searching for ways to abuse the features is far less in OpenSim grids.
There are also possibilities for more spam from auto-attaching HUD’s. Think of the Facebook games your friends play that spam you. We have to turn those off. The Lindens want to avoid something like that in SL. So, we may have white and black lists for games in SL to control what can and cannot attach.
The idea of an ‘experience’ permission similar to ‘Wants to animate your avatar’ permission request is being considered. When you accept, then TP’s, HUD’s and animations can attach and run without further permissions.
The base idea is to create a decision and permission process that is easy for new users. Some discussion is going on about implied consent rather than a popup, like walking into the portal.
While there are new features coming the griefer factor has to be considered and handled. The group making the features and deciding how to handle griefing possibilities is hidden away. They have no user group nor an office hour. So, there is no way to provide feedback or gain understanding the reasons for Linden decisions. This development process has lead Lindens into false starts, implementation problems, and PR problems in the past. So, I would expect to see similar problems plague the addition of these features. But, eventually we’ll get something.