Due to the OpenSpace issue, near the end of November, Second Life land mass was already shrinking steadily with people converting 4 ‘Voids’ - each counting for 1 simulator/island - into ‘Full Sims’ - also counting for 1 simulator. More recently Raul Crimson redid the numbers and found almost 15% of Second Life’s total land mass as it was before the Openspace pricing & policy change is now gone; the incredible shrinking land. But “Do not panic!” is what Lindens said:
Please be aware that the Islands Added figures are not currently an accurate reflection of short term change and are therefore misleading. This is because of the way in which they are calculated and will tend to cause the figures to look significantly worse than they actually are (either by overcounting in some cases or under counting in others). In addition, the many Openspace conversions will significantly drop the total island count exaggerating the change in numbers. We are looking at changing this page to provide more accurate data soon.
We were already wondering how Lindens would turn this numbers to “the optimistic side” using the Art of Statistics, leaving out the voids converted to either Homestead or 1/4th a full simulator, the openspaces that are abandoned or ordered to be put to sleep by it’s owners. But I guess however they did it, they did it wrong: Miss Tateru over at Massively reports that Linden Lab just between December 22 & 23 Linden Lab has decommissioned more than 23,000 simulators in the space of 24 hours. The economics stats page now shows that “islands added” for the month of December stands at “-24562″ which leaves 0 “islands owned” by the Residents. Better log in and go check if your favourite islands are still there? ;)
Really, Lindens, when gaming the numbers, one normally makes it such that the numbers are positive! Might there be a big red button that says ‘emergency exit: delete all’ that was pressed by accident? Or is this a human error or machine bug? I hope this is NOT ‘the more accurate data’ Lindens are talking about. Regardless, if possible, dear Lindens, please return the numbers to their normal state showing “islands bought - islands dropped = islands added during month” so we can continue panicking over what you’re ‘openspaces pricing & policy change’ has caused. Kthxbye.