Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Chickens Come Home to Roost

I guess it was bound to happen.
First, thank You Jessica Lyon. This is an excellent article describing how to work around the permissions "bug". 

Basically what happened was that a number of the TPV, almost all, responded to the Second Life community's loud groan when Linden deployed their new web profiles by using something more like the old profiles.

There are definitely some issues with web profiles, but, their purpose was to give SL a higher profile and that can't be all bad. They do load more slowly and they take up an inordinate amount of screen space, however, like all of the changes over the last year, you become accustomed to them relatively quickly. It is a pain for club owners and managers who often quickly scan a profile to learn more about their customers' likes, dislikes, wants and needs.

The solution to the permissions"bug" is to go to the online web profile and change the permissions there. It's not hard to do.
Jessica does an excellent job of explaining how to find them and what to do once you're there.

Friend Permissions Bug 

TUE, 19 JUL 2011

By Jessica Lyon

There have been more than enough reports from SL users to justify a blog post informing everyone of this new server bug and how to work around it. It was discovered by one of our support people on an RC region and reported to LL on the 9th of July, it was acknowledged by LL on July 12th but by then it was too late to stop the roll out onto the main grid.

The Bug
You can no longer change permissions for your friends while on a viewer which doesn't utilize Web Profiles and whether you are, or are not on a viewer that uses web profiles the friend you are changing permissions for needs to relog after you have set the permissions through their web profile. I am assured by LL that they intend to resolve this issue as soon as possible but at this time they cannot provide a date when the fix will be rolled out. You can read the Jira report about the bug here

The Work Around
In the meantime, there is a work around. First, you must open the "Web" profile of the person you wish to change permissions for. This includes Map rights, Modify my objects permissions and Online status permissions.
1. Open the web profile of the person you wish to change permissions for using the following URL in your web browser. Replace the first name and last name with the persons first and last name. If they do not have a visible last name do
2. Once you have their profile open, click on the "ACTIONS" button near the top and to the right, then choose "Permissions" from the sub menu.
3. Give or remove the permissions you wish to change and click "Save".
4. Now the person you've changed the permission for will need to relog in order for them to actually get the permission change.


If you just want to remove all permissions for a friend to default, you can just remove them from your friend list and re add them.

I hope this helps folks at least understand the bug and how to work around it. Lets hope LL can get the fix out soon!

Jessica Lyon
The Phoenix Viewer Project

Thank you again, Jessica! Wonderful post.


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