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== Overview ==
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Viewer 2.8 (and a corresponding recent [[Release_Notes/Second_Life_RC_BlueSteel/11#11.07.12.235430|server release candidate]]) includes two new features that provide greater control to parcel owners:
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* Ability to hide avatars in a parcel from those outside the parcel and vice-versa. This feature enables you to hide avatars and their activities and conversations from those outside a parcel and vice-versa. 
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* Ability to restrict sounds emitted by avatars in the parcel.
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To set these features for a parcel, '''you must use Second Life Viewer 2.8''' or later.
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However, if a parcel has hidden avatars or has restricted avatar sounds, you are affected regardless of which Viewer you are using.
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{{KBnote|As of 7-14-2011, this feature is available on only ten percent (10%) of Second Life regions (those running [[Beta/BlueSteel|the BlueSteel release candidate build]]). Soon, the feature will be rolled out to the remainder of the grid.  If the feature is not enabled in your region, the checkboxes will be disabled; be patient, the feature will be available everywhere in a few weeks.}}
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=== Uses ===
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'''Hiding avatars''' in a parcel may be useful for:
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* Meetings and classrooms - when you want to meet with people without being observed or overheard by others in the region.
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* Home dressing rooms - you can experiment with clothing, skins or avatars outside your neighbors' view.
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* Store dressing rooms - retail establishments can provide areas in which customers can try outfits, skins and avatars without exposure to other shoppers.
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'''Restricting sounds''' in a parcel may prevent them from disrupting an immersive experience or being used for griefing. Enabling this feature is analogous to muting all cell phones in a theater. It may be used to minimize unwanted distractions in performance settings.
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== Hiding avatars ==
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The owner of a parcel (or, for group-owned land, a group member with the necessary rights) can hide avatars and their chat from those outside the parcel.  By default, parcels DO NOT have hidden avatars.
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When enabled:
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* Those outside the parcel can't see avatars in the parcel '''and vice-versa'''.
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: Other objects are not affected (EXCEPTION: vehicles ridden by hidden avatars are also hidden.)
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* Those outside the parcel can't see nearby text chat from those in the parcel, and vice-versa.
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: Group text chat is not affected.
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* Those outside the parcel can't hear nearby voice chat from those in the parcel, and vice-versa.
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: Group voice chat is not affected.
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To be clear, when a parcel has avatars hidden, anyone outside the parcel cannot see (or communicate with) those in the parcel; conversely, if you are in the parcel, you can't see (or communicate with) anyone outside of it.  The communication restrictions apply only to nearby (regular) chat, not group chat.
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The world map and mini-map are unaffected. LSL sensors function normally, and detect the presence of avatars on parcels with this setting enabled.
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=== How to hide avatars for a parcel ===
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[[File:parcel-privacy.png|right]]
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To hide avatars in a parcel:
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#Choose '''World > Place Profile > About Land''' or right-click on the parcel and choose '''About Land'''.
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#Click the '''OPTIONS''' tab.
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#Clear the '''Allow other Residents to / See and chat with residents on this parcel''' checkbox.  By default, this checkbox is selected.
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=== How to know when you are in a parcel with hidden avatars ===
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[[File:Hidden-avs-icon.jpg|right]]
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Viewer 2.8 also has a new icon in the navigation bar that shows the status of this setting for the current parcel:
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The icon appears when you are on a parcel with hidden avatars, and will not be displayed otherwise.
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The '''Places Profile''' sidebar displays the same icon.
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=== LSL ===
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Pass the PARCEL_DETAILS_SEE_AVATARS parameter to [http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/LlGetParcelDetails llGetParcelDetails()], and it will now return an integer flag indicating if the avatars are hidden for the parcel.
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== Restricting avatar sounds ==
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This release also adds the ability to restrict avatar sounds emitted in a parcel, which include sounds from:
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* Gestures
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* Objects rezzed from inventory
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* Scripts on attachments
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You can set a parcel to allow sounds to be played by everyone (the default), only by group members, or by no one.
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=== How to restrict avatar sounds ===
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[[File:avatar-sounds.png|right]]
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To restrict sounds from avatars in a parcel:
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#Choose '''World > Place Profile > About Land''' or right-click on the parcel and choose '''About Land'''.
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#Click the '''SOUND''' tab.
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#:By default, avatar sounds are not restricted, and the '''Everyone''' checkbox is selected.
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#To permit sounds to be played by
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#* No one:
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#:Clear both the '''Everyone''' and '''Group''' checkboxes.
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#* Group members only:
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#:Clear the '''Everyone''' checkbox, leaving '''Group''' selected. 
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