Openspace Protests Growing

First came the shock; then the anger.  Now the rage.

It appears, based on this article from Vremya Mrigesh, that a login strike is being planned for today (Oct. 31) to protest Linden Lab’s planned price hike on Openspace regions.  Others, such as Petros Miklos, are taking it longer, through the weekend.  Running a quick test on how many are present — in other words, opening up the client — it doesn’t seem to be having much effect; at 8:15 SLT this morning, 53,695 are online.  That’s about right for this time of day lately; a low number would be well below 50,000, maybe close to 40,000.  This suggests that, even if a number of people are being affected by the price raise, either it doesn’t impress the majority of Residents (many of whom probably don’t own/rent an Openspace sim), or else the strike call isn’t taking hold.  (It could also mean that enough newcomers are logging in at the same time to compensate for outflow.)

Even if there is a noticeable outflow, though, will it work?  Residents staying logged out does not hurt the Lab at all; they don’t charge by the amount of time you’re connected.  That concept went out the window with the advent of broadband.  Drop in concurrency?  A three-day bloop in the statistics at the most, which can be explained away by the nature of the beast; they know what it’s about, and so they disregard the data.

The way to achieve change is to actually work with the Lab.  While it’s not certain that they will alter their approach, they do sound willing to at least listen to concerns.  Moderate, cooperative and proactive approaches are long shown to make more progress than boycotts and people burning themselves in effigy.  (And anyway, Second Life doesn’t have a region named Effigy, so you can’t burn yourself in there in the first place.)

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