On March 30, 2023, Linden Lab implemented a new feature to address Scripted Agent Estate Access. This decision was made in response to a significant increase in bot activity. As a result, we have decided to activate this feature for all Residential and Farm regions. However, we are currently evaluating the possibility of implementing it on our Commercial regions.
Why did we activate it on the regions listed?
There exist various applications for Scripted Agents (SA). We believe that on Residential and Farm regions, the prevailing ambiance is less conducive to SA usage and their potential benefits. Conversely, Commercial regions have the potential for SA utilization to showcase new apparel, attachments, or even issue greeter-like behavior (think group invites, kiosk, etc). Commercial region are also expected to have higher traffic and therefore, SA activity is less of a concern. Should this change impact you in a negative way, please do not hesitate to contact us to explore your use case.
What to do if you suspect bot activity after this change?
Linden Lab has made it clear that if you suspect a avatar of being a bot but not properly flagged as a SA, according to their FAQ, you should report them under "Disturbing the Peace".
How do you enable/disable this on your Stand Alone region?
You can either follow the guide on the Scripted Agent Estate Access FAQ or reach out to us and we will be happy to change this setting for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why can't my ____ access this region as of March 30th?
A: That account is probably registered as a Scripted Agent. You can either reach out to us to discuss your use case for that account or change your Scripted Agent Status back to being controlled by a human (only if it's actually being controlled by a human!) via https://secondlife.com/my/account/sisa.php
Q: I need an account to stay listed as a Scripted Agent. The general reason is ...
A: As long as that general reason does not interfere with region/estate activity, we can add them as an allowed resident. Keep in mind, that access is revoked if your land is reclaimed.
Q: How do I turn this off for my land?
A: If you live within the Residential or Farm regions of our estate it cannot be disabled at this time. If you live on Commercial regions of the estate, it is not enabled at this time. If you're on a stand-alone region, you can follow the information provided in the Scripted Agent Estate Access FAQ or reach out to us to make that change.
Q: I was set as a Scripted Agent and now I am set as a Human but still cannot access...
A: If you made this change while logged in, please logout. Once you are logged out, verify the page still shows as being "controlled by a human" and then log back in. If you do not relog after making this change your capabilities will not update and you will still be seen as a Scripted Agent until you do.
Q: I have turned off Scripted Agent but still cannot access ...!
A: Linden Lab rolled this setting out within a few weeks of the bot issue. You can logout, toggle the setting to Scripted Agent then back to Human to make sure it is correct on Linden Lab's side. Then log back in. If you still cannot access our Residential or Farm regions, reach out to us for further troubleshooting.