End of the road for the SL Solution Provider Program

Tateru brings word that Linden Lab have e-mailed those involved with the Second Life Solution Provider Program to inform them it will be shut down at the end of May 2012.

With the closure, the current Solution Provider directory will be moved to a new wiki page, where information will be presented in a “shortened version” of the directory and which Solution Providers will be able to maintain themselves.

The e-mail from Linden Lab itself reads:

Dear Solution Providers,

Thank you for your participation in the Solution Provider program. As of May 31, 2012 Linden Lab will be officially ending the Solution Provider program.

As part of the program’s closure, we will do the following: 
* Replace the current Solution Provider Directory with a shortened version on the Second Life wiki (more information on the modified Directory below) 
* Close the SLDev group and inworld region 
* Remove all Solution Provider program related wiki pages on secondlife.wiki.com [sic*]

As of May 31, a modified version of the Directory will be located on the Second Life wiki. The direct link will be sent out closer to the 31st. It will include the name of your company (with a link to your company’s website), services provided, country/countries where you work, languages, and company description. All the above information is taken directly from your current listing. Once live, you will be able to modify your listing by logging onto the Second Life wiki.

It has been a pleasure working with and getting to know so many of you over the past 4 years. I wish you all the best in your endeavors within and outside of Second Life.

Regards, 
Madhavi Linden

The news is unsurprising in some respects: the directory as it stands appears to be largely stagnant, and the last remnant of the secondlifegid.net Technology Programs pages (which otherwise resolve back to people’s SL dashboards), and many of the case studies listed within the pages no longer exist in-world. This reflects the fact that the directory does not lend itself to easy update in its present form, and has grown increasingly stale since the lab shifted its focus away from real world business use of Second Life in 2010 to concentrate on the product as a consumer platform.

Similarly, the SLDev group has been largely ignored over the last three years, with much of what used to occur within it having been shifted to mailing lists such as the open-source developer’s mailing list. These mailing lists will not be impacted by the close of the SLDev group.

*As we know, the SL wiki URL is in fact wiki.secondlife.com.

With thanks to Tateru Nino