I understand that the logistics of running the Second Life grid must be one hell of a task. That said, the announcement by Linden Lab that in peak usage times they’ll be disabling some of the in-world services to cope seems farcical to me. It’s the equivalent of shutting off the lights on a passenger airliner to maximise power for take-off, except in this case the lights are off for around four hours.
The services affected are:
“* Avatar profile information will not be trasmitted to the viewer. This affects both floating and embedded profile windows.
* General group information (name, charter, etc.) will not display in floating or group embedded group info windows.
* Groups will not show their member lists.
* Group owners and officers will not be able to eject group members.
* Group proposals will open the UI, but will fail to create.
* About Land will show 0 for traffic.”
Some will argue these aren’t show-stopper services but I know some people heavily use the avatar profile and group services. Furthermore, it’s the principle of the issue – I’d go as far as to say I’d rather a couple of thousand people less be permitted on the grid with full functionality than the ‘solution’ proposed.
Linden Lab are claiming a fix is on the way – you’d want to hope so because a plane full of passengers sitting in the dark doesn’t make for an experience people want to pay for again.