SL for Nowt

Living a digital life with empty pockets

DSN Blogger and sundry other blog updates

DSN Blogger

I have been wanting to join the DSN (Designer Showcase Network) for some time, but held back because Mar’s inventory is already bloated and I knew that joining DSN would only bloat it all the more!

So I have created a new avatar and a new blog, solely for the purpose of blogging about the free DSN samples, and general experiences of DSN. You can find it at DSN Blogger, add it to your feed readers, or simply scroll down the sidebar here at SL for Nowt to see the latest posts in the feed.

Check out the new blog for more info on the DSN and my plans for DSN Blogger.

Other stuff

You may notice a few extra bits and pieces, and a few changes at SL for Nowt. Sadly, I have had to remove the Free For Men blog feed from my blogroll, since it appears the blog is now dead (no posts since February of this year). However, I have added some new stuff!

Chic at Phil’s Place is a fellow freebie blogger, and posts daily on great finds. She’s now under my blogroll category.

I’m glad to see that Ding Fotherington is back blogging again after a hiatus while she was busy in RL, so make sure you start checking My Second Life on the D-List again (also on my blogroll)!

I’ve added a couple of new freebie places to the SLurls (freebie places) section of the blogroll. Maschienenwerk is a great freebie place full of original content by Armin Rickena. Send all the newbie (and not-so-newbie!) guys you know to this store. They’ll love you for it! Armin also has female freebies, but he’s especially good for high-quality male items in-world.

I’ve also added the Peppermint Blue Freestore, and if you have a group slot spare then make sure you join their group, too. You’ll receive notices of limited-time full outfit offers via the group, and in the store you’ll find hundreds of full outfits (male and female) and complete avatars. Take the blue teleport pads up to the store when you land.

Another new section in the sidebar is a small one for sandboxes. These are places that will let anyone build or unpack boxes, so if you can’t open that box where you are, teleport to one of those sandboxes. There are only two for now: both of which I have used regularly and know are good ones.

Lastly, I’ve included a new section: SLurls (newbie places). These are links to places dedicated to newbies in-world, such as the main NCI (New Citizens Inc) campuses, The Shelter, etc.

August 29, 2009 Posted by | DSN - Designer Showcase Network | , , | Leave a comment

Hints & Tips: Removing yourself from unwanted notice lists

UPDATE: Click here to find out how to remove yourself from hippoGROUPS lists. The method listed below won’t work for those groups, so another tactic is required!

This week I have only had time to log into Second Life twice: once on Monday to pay my in-world rent, and once today. Because I am a member of quite a few groups and Subscribe-o-matics, when I don’t login for that long, my instant messages are usually ‘capped’. This means when I do eventually login, all I will see are the first 25 or so messages and inventory offers (because those are classed as IMs, too) that I have received, and anything sent to me or IM’d to me after that simply won’t get through in-world.

If you want to make sure you still get instant messages when you know you’ll be offline for a while, you can check ‘Send IM to email’ in the Communications tab of Preferences in your SL viewer (or you can log into your account on the SL website, go to the Contact Information section and check “I would like to receive offline IMs via email” button). This will ensure that any IMs you receive while offline (even when they are capped) and notices of inventory offers (although you won’t know what has been offered) will still reach you at the email address you registered your SL account with.

But there is a slowly-growing trend in SL lately, of some stores adding you to their subscriber lists when you buy something from them on XstreetSL, or when you receive a sample from them via DSN (the Designer Showcase Network)*, or even when you pick up their prize item in a gridwide hunt. The store owners in question seem to be looking through their transaction history and adding to their subscriber kiosks anyone that has either visited their store, picked up a hunt prize, etc etc. This isn’t like a Subscribe-o-matic, where you click the kiosk to opt in to receive notices from the store owner; this is done without your knowledge, and the first thing you know about it is when you start getting messages from them and wondering when on earth you clicked their sign, because you can’t remember!

*Please read the comments of this post, where Peter Stindberg of the DSN says that adding DSN subscribers to a random mailing list is NOT encouraged, and what to do if you think someone has done this to you.

Not every store does this, by any means, and you shouldn’t let it stop you from doing hunts, buying on XstreetSL, or joining the DSN. It’s a rare few stores that will do this to you, and they do it because it’s part of their promotion strategy. The trouble is, these sorts of strategy tend to backfire. I only want to be a part of lists of my own choosing, regardless of whether I have bought an item from a store, got it in a hunt, or whatever. If a store bugs me without my requesting it, I am very likely to make sure I never visit them, purely because they have annoyed me!

Of late, I was added without my knowledge or consent by one store that sent out a notice and a free giftcard every single day. That’s all very nice, and I’m sure that some people would appreciate the giftcard (although items in the store cost quite a bit more than the giftcard, so it’s not as though you would be able to buy one thing cheaply using it. And no, you can only use one giftcard per purchase, so you couldn’t add them all up and get something free, before you ask!). But in the five days that I was offline, this store’s two messages/giftcards per day added up to 10 ‘instant messages’. Since the average amount of messages you receive before they are capped is 25, that was almost half of my IM quota used up already, and on something I didn’t want and hadn’t asked to be part of!

I had also been added (again, without my knowledge or consent) by another store that sent out another couple of messages, so you can imagine that I was a bit peeved when I logged in today, only to find my IMs capped. I only knew that I had lost personal IMs from actual people because I had checked to receive them into my email inbox!

There is a solution, and a way to get out of these unwanted offers, but I have to admit that it bugs me no end that I am forced to visit these stores in order to do it. (And, on visiting the stores, I didn’t recognise them at all, so I knew immediately that I had never been there before, to click the boards and opt in, which made me even more angry!)

Hop behind the cut for the solution, if you are getting these unwanted messages, too.

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August 29, 2009 Posted by | grrr!, hints and tips, second life | 5 Comments