So I was speaking with Tateru Nino the last days. I actually never did this before although I was linking to her blog. So it was time for it and we chatted a bit about helping people and the like (as this seems to be her business :-). Nice person, btw 🙂
So one question I actually had was why I never heard of Help Island before except from her blog. And I wondered if I maybe have missed it when I first logged on. And indeed I must have 🙂 My first day in SL is a bit blurry anyway and according to Tateru there should have been the decision to either go to mainland or go to Help Island (and later to the mainland). So I guess after seeing the parrot etc. I thought that more help is not needed and I want to see the real thing now.
Well, for me it worked, for other people it might not.. But as I cannot remember that decision anymore I also cannot tell if it could be made more obvious what to do 😉
I also proposed to Tateru that there maybe should be a possibility to get back to Help Island after hitting the mainland and she told me that they tried it with horrifying results as they got mature content, weapons and mass fights on the island. Probably not what you want to have there.
So how to help people then who might have made the wrong decision? I wonder if it might be possible to get back to help island but without your inventory (probably difficult on a technical level). Another way would be to have better help in-world.. Maybe you have but I never checked it out (speaking of Live Help). But I saw all the mentors around although I wonder if I dare to ask somebody of them a question as they seem to be busy with showing off.. That at least was my first impression when entering mainland: Lots of people, talking about whatever and you stand besides them and wonder what’s going on (figured out later ;-).
Maybe there are also too many terms in play, like Mentor, Greeter (never met one I think), Instructor, Live Help, Liason etc. Get’s a bit confusing..
And speaking of mentors I also had the situation when they were throwing some fireballs on me.. Or his friend, they weren’t quite clear about it when asking them.
On the good side is though that you find lots of helpful people rather quickly as soon as you left the WA 😉 I tend to find some in Morris who pointed me to the Shelter and to New Citizens Plaza or the Tower of Primitives.
So what I actually wanted to say is that one might be a bit confused when entering the world. I wonder if some in-world place like Help island might help (with some obvious hints to it) where only helping is taking place without all that meetup stuff like at the WA. But the example of Help island might have showed that this might not work when people are griefing in there (it might be no script, no build maybe).
So this was first some brainstorming. I will come back to it when I have the complete solution 😉