Saturday, January 10, 2009

Privacy in OZLAND

As our kingdom grows the question of privacy may be on your mind. Please note that it is impossible to be totally private in SL (unless you buy your own sim and close it to to everybody.. but what fun is that??) ... but there are a few things you can do to maximize your amount of privacy and not intrude on the privacy of others.

I can see a neighbour's skybox

Sims are 256x256m square.. so if you live on one end.. and see someone's build at the other end.. check your draw distance.. we set ours at 100-128ish.. if you have yours set at 512..(or your slider says Ultra) you will see clear into the next sim... :) A high draw distance is also a major cause of lag on your computer. See Sven and Llola's tips in this blog for how to adjust draw distance.

I can hear the neighbours

Voice carries as far as 100m. Normal text chat only goes 20m but if you SHOUT it goes to 100m. If you want to be totally private use IM or Private Voice.

Keeping the above information in mind

When putting up a skybox... set your distance to 200m or so... look around, up and below .. if you can't see anything you are far enough away to avoid overhearing or being overheard. If you do see a neighbor's structure YOU should go up or down until you cannot see them (with new viewer you can place skyboxes anywhere up to 4096m) .

If you are putting up a new skybox or moving an old one it is YOUR responsibility to consider your neighbours privacy.

You can set a security device in your skybox to secure your box.. not the whole sim. We do want to encourage visitors. You can ban someone from your land... If they keep bothering you, please let Sven or Llola know.. and we will ban them from our kingdom (all 5 sims) but there is no guarantee they won't come back as an alt and bug you some more.

In situations of strangers we are CHILLING... being nice is best.. it may be just a mistake that they are there. Specially if they are newbie. Try and be nice.

Lastly.. we TRUST all of our residents in OZLAND.. you are the best of the best in SL... we need to trust each other so we can have a wonderful family and and awesome life in OZLAND...

Hope this helps ... please feel free to distribute this to your friends...
Hugsssssssssssss Queen Llola and King Sven

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