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Well, it’s a bit crap when you wait for days for an official comment from the Lab, and don’t get one until after they’ve already published that comment a similar comment [My half-awake reading-comprehension needs a little work. The Lab offered an additional (and interesting) comment to Rosedale’s] widely. The treatment is a bit shabby… but actually, I’m starting to get used to it. I think it might be to discourage people from taking the time to contact the Lab for comments.

Nevertheless, Rosedale has one or two things to say on behalf of the Lab.

You can read the whole thing here.

Your key takeaways are:

  • The Lab will be watching Emerald development and the Emerald viewer very closely. I’m not sure if that is actually monitoring, which would represent a departure from the usual process, or if the usual rules are in play and it is just intended to reassure.
  • The Lab hasn’t banned the Emerald viewer from logging in… yet, but implies that it is a possibility. I’m not sure if I should take that seriously or not.
  • Finally (and the biggest item), “If you have been using the Emerald viewer, for now we would encourage you to consider either one of the Linden Lab viewers, or an alternative third-party viewer.”

That’s really interesting. Rosedale actually does seem to be encouraging people to use something other than Emerald, and that is a big deal.

It’s something new. Something I don’t think the Lab has ever done before. Maybe the first two bits can be taken at face-value after all.

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