If you have not read: #SL Mesh Deformer Debate Update now would be a good time.
We have an estimate for the cost of getting the computer code written for a Multiple Base Shape Deformer. We have some of the money pledges and only need to raise less than US$1,000. Our problem is convincing the Lindens it is needed and wanted.
There is some discussion ongoing in several places. But, check out SLUniverse where I wrote:
OZ is of the opinion that a single base shape will be good enough and that some improvements in the weighting of the avatar will suffice.
Others of us doubt that. See: http://blog.nalates.net/2012/05/31/sl-mesh-deformer-debate-update/
Oz is planning to do more testing by having those attending the Open Source UG come to a meeting using the Deformer Project viewer and wearing mesh that gives an example of how the Deformer does or does not work. I have yet to hear a time and place decided.
Charlar Linden, and I suspect Oz Linden, did not feel mesh clothes would be that popular as mesh items. So, the Lindens developing mesh at the time skipped adding things that would have made mesh clothes better and easier to make.
This time around they think all but a few extreme shapes will be happy with the single base shape. I think stats are lacking and the geeks’ viewpoints are misleading once again. When was the last time you saw a Linden change clothes more than once every 4 or 5 years?
We have an estimate from Karl/Qarl for adding the ability to have alternate base shapes. We have about half the funding and will need to raise less than US$1,000 if we can move ahead on the project.
What we do not have is the opinions and hard evidence to deliver to Oz that multiple base shapes are needed and wanted by a significant number of users.
My thinking is the max hip/butt w/gi-normous boobs people that are so prevalent in SL and fashion are invisible to the Lindens. They don’t follow fashion. They probably consider CPU and memory cache mating excellent porn. :hamsterlove:
Convincing the Lindens is going to be difficult. As a group, users are not credible. So, we need fashion designers to provide their input. So… reach out to the designers working in mesh that you know and ask them to help by providing information… in this case we need numbers on complaints regarding fit and lack of sizes to fit shapes to be able to cross the user to geek language barrier.
We probably need a poll to gather information to be convincing. So, I put one up. Now, the challenge is getting more than 100 people to take it.
See: (this article) (Reference)
So, here is the poll. Get your friends and favorite designers to stop by and take it. Comments are welcome.[poll id=”6″] [poll id=”5″] [poll id=”8″]
This poll will run until I close it. But, we need information for convincing the Lindens this month. So, please get the word out.