[SLED] displaying real names over your avatar

Robert A. Knop Jr. rknop at pobox.com
Wed Oct 14 06:34:59 PDT 2009

Hey -- educators and other "serious" users of SL would greatly benefit
from having the option to display your real name over your head in
addition to your avatar name.  There are a few solutions.  "Titler"
attachments are a highly unsatisfactory solution (you can't make the
text go away, and they don't auto-arrange the way name bubbles do).  The
best solution is to create group roles for the people whose real names
you want to have floating over their heads, but that doesn't scale.
Groups can only have 8 custom roles, you can only have 25 groups
(limiting your ability to manage groups to do this for others), and it
costs L$100 to create each group.

If you're interested in this, take a look at, comment on, and vote for

  SVC-4919 : Serious/professional users of SL *need* an easy way to
             display real life names

  VWR-2212 : non-group titles

A quick and dirty solution would be to allow people to specify arbitrary
text in place of the 'group title' that goes over your head.  That would
not only give a quick and (relatively) easy way for people to have their
real name floating over their head, it would also mean that people
wouldn't have to use the full system overhead of a group in order to
have a miscellaneous bit of text in that spot (as may people do right

--Rob Knop
  E-mail:    rknop at pobox.com
  Home Page: http://www.pobox.com/~rknop/
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