As I and several others have reported, the Lab is thinking about removing the Restore to Last Position (RTLP) feature at the server level. No one really knows how many people use the feature. The Lindens only heard about use of the feature when people showed up at support wanting things back which they lost by using the feature. So, the Lab has a bad taste for RTLP. No surprise there. And they don’t build IN Second Life the way users do. So, they see no use for the feature.
But, there are possibilities for keeping the feature and eliminating the problems. Firestorm has disabled the feature for No-Copy items in there viewer. If you screw up, at least you have a copy left. Other viewers have done similar things. This is a rather simple fix.
But, there are other issues with RTLP. In its initial form it became a griefer tool. That made it just another PITA for the Lab. That this is coming up as we near release of Experience Tools may suggest some back end tie in between the two.
Jessica believes there are a lot of people using the feature and that in some form the feature should remain. I don’t know how many are using it and I suspect no one does know. But, Jessica’s thinking has her going activist and trying to round up those that do use the feature and find out how many, how often, and how they use the feature in an attempt to save it or get something like it. Yay! Jessica. So, some of us are helping her.
The Lab is not opposed to providing some replacement for RTLP. But, Oz certainly sounds like this ‘remove-it’ is pretty much a forgone conclusion. So, our effort now is to get information to the Lab on how important or not this feature is. To do that visit the Firestorm blog and add your comments to: ‘Restore To Last Position’ Needs You.
This is one of those opportunities where you can affect the future of Second Life. Provide your well reasoned and explained user case in the blog’s comments. The Firestorm Team is gathering the information and writing a report to give to the Lindens.
Please get the word around to your builder friends.