At around 11:30AM PST, the audio mixer(s) serving domain Playa failed. We alphas knew the drill: do the seekrit jumping signal indicating audio is down. Unfortunately, all the other newcomers lost audio, had no clue what to do next, saw us hopping about, probably wondering what the heck scene they arrived in.
There was no standard BUILT-IN chat in interface. So, one of us tried making rezzing a whiteboard to write “Audio down”. That promptly crashed a few of us. Then one of us tried old school rezzing a text entity. Wups, no editing rights. By then people left.
Seriously, is this what management wants to see, people leaving because there is no communication modality other than voice chat? Can someone please give a rationale why this lack of text chat persists?
And comments like “you can create your own text chat” or “you can edit running scripts and start up the chat script” are utterly unacceptable.
During this beta period there must be a chat script running, even if the chat bar is initially invisible. Then when anyone does do a chat, as when audio fails, we can tell people what to do. OR, as is all too common, when people arrive with their audio not set up, again we can guide them through text chat.