The Lindens know that the huge increase in purchases of Open Spaces isn't just due to the improvements in the land store - a big percentage of the sales are to people looking for a cheaper source of land they can then exploit and make money off of. Totally contrary to the stated purpose of Open Spaces. One person on the chat said they own 100 of them - well they didn't buy them to create more oceans for sailing or gardens/forests for people to visit. People have been taking advantage of/manipulating the system and it's come back and bit them in the ass. I hope that in the next couple of months a solution is found that doesn't punish those of us who are actually buying and using these areas for the intended reasons.
There were a few of us voices last night saying things like "we brought this on ourselves" or "they weren't designed for what you're doing" - but those voices were ignored. Please, please Linden Labs don't forget us too eh? And that includes the Educational and Not for Profits!