Tuesday, December 2, 2014

2014 OPENSIM: PROMO: Mall owners, venue owners, anyone looking for traffic: Your parcel is not my parcel

Mall owners, venue owners, anyone looking for traffic: 
Your parcel is not my parcel

I am not looking for my parcel
  • But one of these landmarks goes to the place I am looking for.
  • Which one is it?
  • Your parcel is a default name given to a new parcel.  
  • As I travel the hypergrid, I find lots parcels named "Your Parcel."   
  • When I take a landmark, it gets the name "Your Parcel" or "HG Your Parcel."   
  • In my inventory, I see several landmarks named "Your Parcel" or "HG your Parcel."
  • They are not to the same place, as I can tell from About Landmark. (Right click).
  • But I might conclude that I have a bunch of duplicates and delete them. 
  • At best I must go back and give the landmark a name I can recognize. 

  • If you care about traffic, you don't want people to delete your landmark. 
  • You want your landmark to be part of your marketing campaign.
  • You want your landmark to encourage people to come to your place again.
  • Remember those paper matches companies used to give away? 
  • Those paper matches were not to help people light their cigarettes.  
  • The matches put the company name/phone number in people's pockets.
  • You can put your parcel name in other people's inventories
  • Give that parcel a memorable name that suggests what you offer there.
  • If people can't find the landmark you gave them, it is your default.

Good tricks to think up memorable names:

  • Look for a familiar word, phrase or saying, that is vaguely connected to the subject.
  • Try to twist it a bit so it makes a stronger connection.
  • Or take word from the description of your place.  
  • Google search on that word. 
  • Thesaurus search on that word.
  • Quotation search on that word.
  • This will work better if you get a couple of friends involved.
  • Better yet, get a few friends over for a couple of beers.
  • And if it doesn't work, you will still enjoy the beer. 
  • Collect a few words or phrases that might work for you
  • "The way to get a good idea is to have lots of ideas to choose from."
  • Look for ones that you can shorten.  
  • Short is generally better than long.


News and Notes

Contests and dated calls/invitations/events


Genre Poetry-Adage Workshop-Tue 12/2,7pm SLT

This week Arabella Nemeth is guest host for Genre Poetry-Adage. Use common adages or references to common adages to write your poem. In some ways, it’s like found poetry, but based entirely on adages. Feel free to deconstruct your favorite adages and use them in your poems. So come join us to learn, write and share your poems at the Short Poetry Workshop 



Not a popularity vote. This is your prediction of who the actual top 10 will be in the official judging.  Deadline:  Midnight SLT 3rd December 2014

Newcomer Help in Virtual Worlds


How to handle a Hypergrid address 

From any Hypergrid-enabled grid, paste the address into the address bar of Firestorm and press enter. Or paste it into the world map search bar of any viewer, search, and click Teleport when the destination is found. If it doesn't work, don't give up. Try again in couple of minutes.  Sometimes the first try fails (probably times out).  And try again a few hours later. Some hypergrid destinations are offline part of the day. 
If you get an address like this: 
paste it into the address bar of Firestorm, see if it takes you to the exact coordinates. 


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