Pretty much everybody in SL knows about groups; you’ve joined quite a few, maybe you’ve even created some. But there’s one catch: You can only be a member of 25 different groups…and for more and more people, that’s just not enough. How many times have you heard “Sorry, I’ve hit the limit” when adding someone to one of your groups? How many times have you said that when someone wants to add you to a group?
There’s a proposal currently up on the JIRA Issue Tracker for Second Life that asks for this limitation to be raised, or (dare we hope?) removed. It’s Issue MISC-208, “More than 25 groups!”, and it’s currently one of the most popular issues in the bug-tracking system. I encourage all of my readers to go there and vote this issue up.
Now, I admit I don’t know the technical reasons why there’s a limitation of 25 groups. I’m personally in favor of the “Zero-One-Infinity” approach to software design, which states that, if you have some resource to deal with in a software system, your system should either allow none of that resource, exactly one of that resource, or an unlimited number of that resource. (Examples from Venice, the software that runs Electric Minds: communities on a server, conferences per community, topics per conference, posts per topic. All of those are not limited in number.) But, if making group membership unlimited is not feasible, why couldn’t it be expanded to, say, 50 or 100 groups per user?
Certainly, as a club owner and member of that whole scene, I deal with group memberships all the time. Club groups, club staff groups, DJ fan club groups, etc., etc., ad nauseam. Not to mention the various groups that get set up for people’s weddings and the like. I’d like, for instance, to be able to join one or more of the amateur radio groups in Second Life, but I just have way too many demands on those group slots. The only solution, I guess, is to stand there like Oliver Twist, asking Linden Labs, “Please, sir, I want some more.” If that’s what we have to do, it would behoove us to have as many Residents possible standing there and asking. So go sign onto this JIRA issue today!
Other SL bloggers who are asking for the same thing:
And I’m sure there are plenty of others.