Let me start by saying I'm having fun. So, while I feel a teensy bit guilty about not posting here as often as I'd like as the projects I'm working on are all-consuming at the moment, I am enjoying myself even when I sometimes look at the screen and wonder happened to my comparatively quiet Second Life.
I did take some time out this morning to finally visit Karazhan and pause to think for a while. Unfortunately for you, Dear Reader, the thinking resulted in the following little rant. I will understand if you choose just to look at the pictures and ignore the blathering. :)
Those of you who follow my aimless wandering through this blog will know I finally bit the proverbial bullet and decided to build an exhibit at SL8B. My project is a version of something I've been thinking about for a long time.
I could have decided to display slideshows of hundreds of photographs using a script which advanced the images on a prim or multiple surfaces. Each script call to the server would have a cost and my contribution to lag would have been generous. Then, of course, all of the images would be textures and have to rez and wouldn't that be fun! I didn't have to do that though because of the Shared Media capabilities in Viewer2.
To present hundreds of photographs I just need to create a widget in Koinup which gathers all the pics from anybody who uses a specific tag, create a wrapper to restrict the display of the web page to just the widget, and then align the result on a prim. (which sounds so much more technical than I would have ever believed of myself) The images appear instantly because they don't rez as textures and there is no server side impact because it all happens in the client. This makes my little project feasible. It's not a cure for cancer but it works and I'm pleased with both my efforts and the fact that people are participating.
Now why, given all that, should I apologize to anybody for using Viewer 2? Or taking advantage of its functionality? Personally I don't care what Viewer people choose. I assume, perhaps foolishly, that they make that choice based on some decision making process involving trade-offs on function and performance. They look at their needs and the degree to which each optional Viewer will satisfy their requirements. If their requirements are at the level of colour or button placement, well we all have our priorities. Once we've made our decision there will be consequences.
I don't have radar that tells me how many sexual partners the people on my sim have had or what Viewer they're using or even if they're looking down my shirt. If those things were important to me I'd reconsider my decision. I do like and take advantage of the sidebar, automatic outfits and yes, Shared Media. If you've claimed the right to do without some of the Viewer2 capabilities as a trade-off for something else then how dare you deny me the same freedom?
I am up to "here" with people standing or hovering in front of me announcing that "Nobody uses Viewer 2". It's patently untrue and even as a statement of hyperbole it passes the bounds of good sense. It's also extremely rude. If you can't view the results of all of the effort from me and those submitting their photographs the reason is that you don't want to. That's a fair decision on your part. I'm not passing judgement on your choice of Viewer but I demand the same consideration in return.
There is no right or wrong in Viewer choice. We all have the opportunity to decide for ourselves and it's time those who choose TPV's granted those of us in Viewer2 the same courtesy and respect they demand themselves. I don't care if your choice of Viewer makes you feel special or superior or a member of the cool kids' group. In other words, screw off.