For land and shop owners this is a serious problem. With the roll out of the latest update lots of people are seeing the problem.
SVC-7458 – Traffic counts borked across (All or Many Regions) – See 1. Second Life Viewer – VWR VWR-27621 Drop In Traffic Calculations. Nov 2011. Short not much information.
SVC-7459 – Drop In Traffic Calculations. Nov 2011. Updated Aug 2012. This seems to be the most active JIRA on the topic.
Dz Delicioso actually measured avatar time in regions Dz owns. Dz was seeing a 40% to 50% drop in traffic reported by the SL system. (Reference) Some were reporting huge drops in traffic stats, like 95%.
Some speculated that the Lindens had changed the traffic counting equations. They hadn’t. It was a bug like it most likely is now.
As of August 2, 2012 we started to see new comments on this issue.
SVC-8089 – Traffic Count not right at our sandbox at Amsterdam 2 sim. July 2012. Update Aug 2012. Very little information in this item.
SVC-8099 – The traffic on the land is not showing up correctly in search places. July 2012. This is the big thread on the issue. Contribute any actionable information you have in this item. What the Lindens need to see is from WorkingOnIt Linden who added a comment – 30/Jul/12 12:15 PM:
If you are experiencing this issue, please comment with the following information in One new post. I know some of you have posted above and we appreciate it but this will allow us to triage your information in a faster manner. Please provide the following:
- Region name
- Parcel name
- Expected traffic
- Current traffic
- Server version the region is on (this can be found under Help/About Second Life)
Please keep your comments to the following information only. Thank you!
Traffic Counts? Anyone else seeing odd numbers….. – This leads to the JIRA’s and little else.
Pathfinding Q&A – This is long thread mostly about Pathfinding, but it has some information on Traffic Count problems.
Falcon Linden posted this in the thread:
We are investigating the dwell time issue[traffic count] but I can say with confidence that it was not directly related to pathfinding (although it may have been introduced as a merge-error/regression). We definitely are not trying to include NPCs in these calculations! The pathfinding team did not intentionally touch any code that relates to dwell time calculations.
By the way, pathfinding actually uses Havok 2012.1. The previous servers used Havok 2010.2. Havok 7 has not been on the grid in over a year (possibly more).
Blogs on It
Darius Gothly has a conspiracy rant out in: The Issue with Traffic. I’m not buying his take on what or why the Lindens are doing anything. His take is not fitting with my experience. But, his facts of what is happening are accurate. One just has to sort opinion and fact. Search sucks, fact. Traffic Count is broke, fact. It’s all a plot, speculation.
Looking in Grid Status this issue there: [RESOLVED] Traffic Reporting Issue. This is from November 2011. So, this is not the first time we have run into it.
While many people see everything in Second Life that the Lab does as related, it just isn’t. The traffic Count Problem is most likely a regression error that snuck in through the development process. This is such a common enough problem in the software development industry that it has a name.
If you have a problem, get your info into the JIRA SVC-8099.