Opensim Hypergrid – Contribute to the community in your homegrid instead

Hypergridding is the holy grail for the opensim community, apparently. I do have a perspective on that which might make you wonder why it is hyped so much.

There is no real positive explaination for why people love to hypergrid around. It is all because of some negative conditions in opensim that makes it needed for people to be able to travel between different grids.

 

The reasons I have seen that people usually comes up with to defend it is:
1. Your homegrid lacks good events. You have to find the good events in other grids. (Why do you stay in your boring homegrid then?)
2. Your friends lives in another grid and you want to visit once in a while. (Why dont you live in the same grid as your friends then?)
3. You cant find the content you want in your own homegrid, so you have to search for it in other grids. (Wouldnt that mean that your grid is way too small for you?)
4. You like to explore nice sims, so you travel to experience the beautiful builds and landscape around. (Wouldnt that mean that your home-grid is too small and/or too boring?)
5. You like to research a grid before you make a move there. (You dont have to stay in a grid just because you make an avatar to research, and it is always free, plus you get a better idea about how the performance is.)
6. You have your own grid and want to meet new people around. (Apparently there isnt any newcomers to your grid since you need to search for them in other places, so why do you choose to live on an isolated island if that isnt enough for you?)
7. You like your gridowners so much so that you are willing to miss out a lot just to stay with them. (well if you dont like the gridowners in other grids, why do you still visit their grids then?)

I really cant think of any positive explaination for why hypergridding is needed. It is just because of the lack of grids that contains enough elements with what people need, so they have to search for it in other grids. I am close to believe that hypergridding is what brakes the growth of opensim because of the lack of willingness to contribute to community in the homegrid.

Opensim – Kitely and the survey

coloriconRecently there was a survey on Hypergrid Business where people was asked about their favorite grid. The questions asked was about support, community, technology, content and overall impression of the grid.
Kitely did ok, but I was kind of surprised about that they didnt get topscore in that survey. Yes they are in the top 5 grids, but still it could be better.

 

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If we look at the support-category then Kitely came in as nomber 5. Why?? Ilan, one of the gridowners, does a huge job in helping people and he is always polite and nice. He answers every question you might have and he keeps the Kitely Market up-to-date and clean, so it doesnt end up like the SL market with all sorts of content-spam. He meets with the resident every sunday all year around, and he listen to people. What more could he do?

 

 

contentKitely came in as number 8 on content. What is it with that?? The Kitely market has more content that other markets in Opensim. Yes it might be a bit expensive, but this was not a survey about where to get cheap or free things. It was about how the grid is doing around the content-creation. Many people come to Kitely just to create and put their content on the marketplace, even though they have a home in another grid. That is of course because Kitely Market is the only market that can deliver to all the hypergrids. Many people also report that its so nice to create on Kitely because there isnt any annoying bugs and the grid is always stable to work on. So its a mystery for me why people didnt vote more for content on Kitely.

 

board-1311166_640Kitely was number 3 in Technology. FrancoGrid and AllCity came first. What is it those grids can that Kitely cant? I wonder if it is because those other grids doesnt have many people online at the same time and therefore they dont have any issues, which they probably will have if they start to grow, just like GCG did get in trouble. Or maybe it was because that people who responded to the survey never visited other grids and didnt have anything to compare it with. I dont know. Its just a big puzzle for me why Kitely didnt get topscore here, because the grid is never down, the platform is stable. Creating is always working and the problems there is, are always something with the Opensim-code, which Kitely try to fix as good as they can.

 

men-1082885_640Something I do understand though, is that Kitely scored low on community. They were number 9 here. It is hard to create a community if people only come to create and dont explore, or attend events or initiate some kind of activity. They do try though, and maybe one day it will grow.

 

 

home-1110868_640I am one of those that only comes to create. I love to create on Kitely. It is so smooth, and everything works all the time. I just have my virtual, social life in SL and cant really leave that for now, but if I one day want to find a home in Opensim that should definitely be in Kitely.