You may have noticed that Imprudence has been missing from the Second Life Viewer Directory ever since Imprudence 1.3 beta 5 was released this Wednesday. We’ve received many questions about this, in the forums and elsewhere. Some people have wondered if Linden Lab removed us for being non-compliant, or if we removed ourselves as some sort of protest. Neither of these is true; the reality much more boring.
Because of the way the viewer directory is programmed, a Linden Lab employee must manually process all changes submitted to the directory. Unfortunately, until the changes are processed, the viewer disappears from the list entirely. So, when I tried to update the download links for Imprudence 1.3 beta 5, Imprudence disappeared from the list. If I had known how long the wait would be, or how much confusion it would cause, I would have posted about this earlier. But, I’ve submitted a second update to make it simply point to our Downloads page instead of directly to the files, so thankfully we won’t have to go through this again. (I’ve also filed a JIRA ticket to request that the site be improved, if you want to follow along.)
So, to be clear: Imprudence was not removed from the directory, just temporarily hidden while the new links are processed. Imprudence is still compliant with Linden Lab’s third-party viewer policy, and it’s still safe to use Imprudence to connect to Second Life. I expect Imprudence to be visible on the list again later today, or Monday at the latest.
Have a great weekend, and don’t forget to try out 1.3 beta 5!
Update June 28: Imprudence is now visible in the directory again.