Monday, June 18, 2007

Allowing Guests to Set Their Home Locations

UPDATE (2010.12.18): As of 2009, land no longer needs to be deeded in order for group members to use the "Set Home to Here" feature. The land only needs to be "set to group."

NOTE: There are two ways we can do this on Desperation Isle Estates. Use this method if you ONLY want to allow people the ability to set your parcel as their home. If you wish to grant them other powers on your land, I recommend deeding your whole parcel to your own land group, which also saves you 3 prims. See this post about deeding to determine what suits your needs best.

When you purchase land on a private island you can set your Second Life 'home' location to your land so that World > Teleport Home (or CTRL+SHIFT+H) takes you there. You will also log in to your home location in the event that the sim you were last in crashed and is still offline when you try to log back in. You don't have to do anything special to have this ability if you're the land owner, but if you have a partner or friends who would like to be able to set their home location to your land, there are a number of steps you need to follow, and I need to be part of the process.
  1. Turn on the viewing of property lines so you can see the boundaries of your lot. Land you own will have a green border: View > Property Lines

  2. Select a 16m portion of land on your lot by right-clicking your land, then clicking Edit Terrain, and then just left-click the ground inside your lot. This should highlight a single 16m square of land. This will be the place where people have to stand to set their home location. Just click another area if you want the home location to be someplace else.

  3. In the land Edit dialog, click Subdivide. (If you don't see the Subdivide option, click the More >> button to expand the dialog.) Next click OK. (As the warning says, you may want to re-check your settings afterward in About Land to make sure everything's set the way you like.) The newly subdivided 16m parcel should now be surrounded by a green border.

  4. If you don't already have a land group, create one. It will cost you L$100 and you MUST have a minimum of 2 people in it, or the group will be closed within a couple of days. To create a group, go to Edit > Groups and click Create.
  5. Invite Wildefire Walcott to your group as an Officer (or any other role in your group that has the 'Deed land and buy land for group' ability under Parcel Management). The default settings of the Everyone role do not have the appropriate settings for her to deed the land back to your group.
  6. Either teleport Wildefire to the desired location or give her exact coordinates to it. She will reclaim and then deed the 16m of land to your group. You will be able to tell the land is deeded by looking at the Owner property of the parcel in About Land. It will say: (Group Owned) Also, the parcel will be surrounded by a blue border instead of green.
  7. Now have your friends stand on that deeded 16m of land and go to World > Set Home To Here.

  8. Wildefire will leave your group after that. Make sure you've got someone else in the group, or the group will disband in a couple days!
Additional Notes
  • The ability to 'Set Home to Here' is actually a group role option (located under Parcel Powers in the Roles tab of group settings). In a newly-created group, the Everyone role has this ability enabled by default. If you happen to uncheck it, only people who are in other roles with that option enabled will be able to set their home locations to your land.
  • The steps required to allow guests to set their homes on islands are different from privately owned mainland, where you don't need to do all this business with inviting me to your group and having me reclaim the land, etc. On mainland property that you own, you can just do the following: In the General tab of About Land, click Set... and select your land group. Next check Allow Deed to Group (normally you'll want to check Owner Makes Contribution With Deed on the mainland, too- this option is meaningless for islands), and then click Deed... Click OK and the land will be deeded (as indicated by the "(group owned)" text in About Land). If you rent mainland property, the land is very likely already deeded to the property owner's land group.
  • On private islands like Desperation West, the Second Life client will let you go through the above mentioned steps for deeding your land to the group, but it won't actually do anything. (You will still be listed as owner after clicking OK.) I consider this a bug.

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