I saw a discussion on SLUniverse about a number of regions closing without notice. The discussion centers on the closing of Beach Front. See: Beach Front Realty Closed?
It seems the land owners collected the month’s tier from tenants and then closed the regions. Correspondence with Linden Lab revealed the closing was ‘deliberate’. I suppose that means the region owner contacted the Lab and scheduled the closing. Not having seen the actual correspondence I cannot tell if the phrasing is nuanced spin that might indicate the Lab closed the owners regions for some reason.
The tenants may be able to get their money back via PayPal. The Lab generally considers these things a resident-to-resident matter and stays out of them.
When a region is shut down, stuff is not returned to owners. That seems odd to me, but that is how things work. Thinking about it, a return on region shutdown could be a problem since all regions shut down about once a week… whatever…
However, tenants can get the Lab to restart the region for 24 hours to allow the tenants to get their stuff. One of the people dealing with this problem describes how to go about this.
- Go to the SL Support Page and setup a trouble ticket.
- Make sure you enter your region name and the details.
- I heard back within 20 minutes and the Sim was reactivated for 24 hours.
- I went there, gathered my objects then abandoned the land.
Unless region owners tell us why they are shutting down, we can only speculate. Is it caused by the recent but not-so-new-but-improved tax reporting? Maybe. That is the thought in the SLUniverse thread. But, I see no good evidence to prove that is so.
If it is a consequence of the revised tax reporting, we may see more of this type of closing.