Saturday, July 23, 2011

2013 HELP: Autoreturn: How do I use that?

Autoreturn: How to use it
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The function of Autoreturn is to keep your land clear of objects that you don't want while letting people rez objects for a short time. 
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The other part is to keep autoreturn from returning objects that you want left on the land.  
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About Land Window
Objects Tab
Click image to enlarge.
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Set autoreturn
Use the About Land Window:
Land, parcel. About Land Window
Setting autoreturn to zero turns it off.  Things placed on the land remain indefinitely or must be removed manually.  People can place objects on your land if they can
  • rez objects there (Build)
  • move objects there from an adjacent parcel (Object Entry)  
You set who can do that in the About Land window, Options tab
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About Land Window
Options Tab
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Prevent autoreturn
If you own the land, objects you place will not be returned to you.
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To let other people place objects, you set or deed the land to a group, usually a group you own. You do not need to deed in order to give people build rights on the land.  Setting the land to group will do fine.
How to use groups in Second Life, Summary
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Caution: If you deed the land to a group (even your group) the group becomes the owner.  Any objects that you placed as owner will be returned to you.  
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Before you deed, set your objects to the group if you want them to stay.  You can do that in the Build/edit window, General tab (below).   The Group setting is near the middle.  To change it, click on the crossed tools on the right.
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Build/edit window
General tab
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To let other people build on the land, you invite them into the group and give them rez rights in the group by assigning them a role that has that power.
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Caution: What governs autoreturn is the setting in the edit window.  If the people you give authority to build are wearing the right group role, objects they place on the land will automatically get that setting. Hence they will escape autoreturn.
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Those people will sometimes forget to check their role when they build.  If they are not experienced in Second Life, they will then l ask you why their stuff got returned.    Now you know what to tell them.
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"But I did not change my group."
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If you join a group, that group will become your active group.  You won't notice the change till your stuff gets returned.  When you start to build you will have the edit window open.  Make a habit of checking the group setting.
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