The beginning of this month the Second Life™ Market Place got a new update. The update deals mostly with email. But, there are 7 bug fixes too.
Market Place (MP) email now has a number of setting to turn on and off email notice of for different events. The new events are:
- An email to the recipient when a redelivery of an item they should have received occurs
- An email to the merchant when a redelivery of an item in their store occurs
- An email of any change to revenue distributions on a listing are made: addition and removal
- An email to the recipient of a revenue distribution when a sale occurs
- An email when an item is unlisted or blocked as a result of a flag
- An email when a review is added, removed, commented on or flagged and removed (all to the merchant)
The bugs that have been fixes are:
- WEB-2129 Assist buyer feedback: Inform sellers of newly posted reviews on their items on the main page.
- WEB-3365 Sales Confirmation Emails from Marketplace are either “Laggy” or are not delivered
- WEB-3482 Delisted items -> showing wrong reason for delisting + not warning merchants when flagged
- WEB-4774 Marketplace does not send email if you are removed as a co-creator of a product
- WEB-2399 How to Opt Out of Sale and Discussion Notification Emails
- WEB-3072 No email sent when delivery fails on the marketplace
- WEB-2879 I think there is a bug with the distribution sales notification by email
Every so often the subject of how to keep copybot’ers out of the MP comes up. The idea is that if having payment information on file was a requirement for selling on the MP, there would be less copybot’ed merchandise on the MP. Also, there is the idea that some type of vetting would eliminate many of rip-off scams, like selling empty boxes that are presented as having good stuff in them.
A new thread on the topic is running on the forum. Tahoma Deka posted the OP as their first forum post. Tahoma got ripped off to the tune of L$10,000. A DMCA cleaned out all the things Tahoma had purchased. Harsh. We learn in SL just as we do in RL.
Of course there is the obligatory noob that has to ask why Linden Lab doesn’t block IP Addresses… I think that one has been well covered. And another posts the seemingly obligatory TL:DT that rambles. I should probably be careful of how I write about their rambling…
But, there is an interesting post by LillyBeth Filth comparing SL and IMVU Market Places. I had not played with IMVU until I started writing this, so I’m not sure how accurate her description is. But, I suspect it is correct.
It seems at IMVU one must be a ‘premium’ member to sell on the IMVU MP. Also, there is a user approval of new products required. Also, there are no freebies in their MP. With 100k concurrent users per day IMVU is a bit more popular then Second Life. I can’t verify the 100k but this morning when SL had 44,469 avatars online IMVU’s home page shows 91,562 avatars online.
On an aside: IMVO uses SolveMedia for spam blocking… I think I will be keeping Solve.
Iren Tinkel points out that to enter Adult areas one must age verify, not that it is much of a challenge. Also one must go to a Premium account to own land and get better support. For the ability to upload mesh one must complete a copyright test. But to sell in the MP one just needs a free SL account.
In general the posts are in favor of at least having the requirement of Payment-Information-On-File before being able to sell on the MP. What do you think?