SL for Nowt

Living a digital life with empty pockets

IMPORTANT: A JIRA issue that everyone needs to vote on

EDIT: Update here!

If you’re not familiar with the Second Life JIRA, then this is your first introduction to it, and it’s an important one. Please take the time to read this post, and then go and vote on the JIRA issue it contains. I’ve posted a quick screencapped tutorial on logging into the JIRA and voting, and you can find it behind the cut.

JIRA issue VWR-12962 is a showstopper: that is, it majorly breaks a massive amount of content in Second Life. It concerns some new code that Linden Lab planned to insert into their new viewer, which changes the order of avatar textures and the way that avatar textures are baked, and causes huge problems for an avatar’s skin. The bug was caught by people using the nightly builds of the test viewer, and this JIRA issue was immediately raised.

What it boils down to is this: every single skin on the Second Life grid that is non-modifiable (which I would estimate to be 85% – 90% of the skins out there) will be completely messed up, because this code means the default makeup (that horrible messy looking lipstick, eyeshadow etc) will show above the skin and be baked down onto it (and since the skin is no-modify, you can’t get rid of the makeup). Modifiable skins will also be messed up, but in a different way. Modifiable skins are usually semi-transparent in places, allowing the wearer to increase colour and tint of areas such as lips and eyebrows, using the SL makeup as a kind of lower layer beneath the skin layer. Of course, since the code is going to put the makeup layer on top of the skin layer, those modifiable skins will be useless, too.

The typical avatar will go from looking like the guy on the left in the picture below, to looking like the guy on the right:

This JIRA already has comments from some MAJOR people in the skin design industry, from Sachi Vixen of Adam n Eve, Ivey Deschanel of Sn@tch, and Chip Midnight (who made the basic skin templates that many designers work from).

NOTE: This only affects the nightly builds of the test viewer. It will not affect the current ‘gold’ viewer (the main downloadable version on the Second Life website), nor any older official viewers or any third party viewers.

Add your voices to this. Linden Lab have responded and are working on this, but the more votes this issue gets, the better. Hop behind the cut to find out how to vote.

First, click this link to the JIRA issue: VWR-12962 and once the page has loaded, look at the sidebar on the left. Click the ‘logged in’ text that I’ve arrowed in the screencap below:

Sign in with your Second Life username and password (the ones you use to connect to SL itself). It’s perfectly safe: the JIRA is an official Linden Lab website:

The page will reload and this time you’ll be logged-in. Again, look at that left-hand sidebar and you’ll now see a link (arrowed in the screencap below) called ‘Vote for it’. Click that link:

You have now voted for the issue, and had your say. If you wish to add a comment while logged in, look a little further up in that sidebar, and click on ‘Comment on this issue’. Linden Lab are working on this, and are now aware that this is a showstopper issue that will break a LOT of in-world content. But more votes can’t hurt.

Please feel free to pass this on.


April 29, 2009 - Posted by | JIRA issues, second life, skins


  1. Voted! Thanks for showing the instructions! I had never voted on these before…and this is a huge issue! How can LL expect every skin in SL to be replaced???

    Comment by Gabby McCullough | April 29, 2009 | Reply

  2. Beats me, Gabby. Half the time I think Linden Lab simply don’t think what content might get broken when they implement changes like this. I rather wish they would start some kind of blog where they post about things such as this that they plan to do, and ask residents and content creators if it will affect them, and in what way. That way they could get feedback before the changes even make it into the nightly builds, and they could adjust the changes accordingly.

    Comment by Mar | April 29, 2009 | Reply

  3. […] Second Life for Nowt, where I read about it and also directions on how to vote if you dont’ want it. […]

    Pingback by LL about to break every skin ever made in SL. « Eulalie’s Affordable SL Style | April 30, 2009 | Reply

  4. My first JIRA vote…and for a worthy cause! ;)

    Comment by DonnieMac | April 30, 2009 | Reply

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