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Flabbergasted! Thank you SO much!

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I laughed… I cried (repeatedly… like a lot)… I gasped in disbelief…

I speak for myself and everyone on the team when I say that we are all absolutely flabbergasted, floored, shocked, astonished, gobsmacked and most of all humbled beyond all meanings of the words. There are just not enough words to describe our appreciation; you have all been so incredibly generous.

At the time of writing this, 12:46PM SLT, the balance is L$2,087,455. Our target goalโ€”which I didn’t think we had much hope of hittingโ€”was L$1.6 million. This would give us enough for our Kakadu license, some money for marketing and some money for an accountant, a lawyer and the taxes which we’ll certainly have to pay because of this fund drive. We are over 2 million linden dollars right now, and actually it is too much! Really it is!

The unfortunate reality in what we do is that most of the time we only hear from the disgruntled, upset, screaming, frustrated, angry users while only occasionally hearing from the folks who genuinely appreciate what we do and offer us a thank you. That thank you, while not much to most, is usually all we ever need. It is what fuels our fire and drives us to push forward. To merge the next code drop, to help the next user requesting help, to write reproductions of bugs, to respond to JIRAs and to carry on in all the facets of what we all do.

It is so easy to forget just how much impact we make here and just how many people we help. But this weekend you have all, so many thousands of you, thanked us in the loudest voices ever possible through demonstration, example, action and sacrifice. Your contributions this weekend have been so much more than financial, and as a result morale on the team right now has never been so high. You have renewed our spirits, dedication and commitment and our resolve to keep doing what we do. You have validated to us that it is all worth it, all the hours… Your thanks has been heard so incredibly loudly.

You have my solemn word that every single cent donated to this project will go back towards our operating costs. Every dollar will in some way or another go back into the community that has so generously contributed. And as always, we will all remain purely volunteers in what we do, with our reward being your thanks. None of us have ever, nor will ever, gain monetarily from our efforts.

Because we have well surpassed our goal I am tempted to remove the jackets from Marketplace now, but I also understand that doing so may upset folks who still want to contribute but haven’t yet had a chance to. So I will leave them available but with the mention that we really don’t need any more financial support at this point.

You have been so incredibly amazing, thank you all so very very much!

Love always,
Jessica Lyon and the entire Firestorm Team.

  • Seriously, if there;s enough money left over after expenses, you guys should throw yourselves a little party. Well deserved.

    Android Swindlehurst

    January 31, 2016

  • I second idea. You do so much to make such a good product, you need to have a celebration on occasion. So, I vote for a party

    FauxyLauxy.Resident

    February 2, 2016

  • I agree!

    Anna Creed

    February 2, 2016

  • if u throw it in SL, i’ll be there and celebrate with you! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Annika7 Dagger

    February 3, 2016

  • Dear Anon, I have not heard that the new SL will not use a browser. But all of us who donated did so because of the years and years of good service and for providing a fine product.

    Simie (Olivia Oyl)

    February 3, 2016

  • Ill Dj for free if you want Firestorm team all of you rock and it would be an honor to do it for free

    Damein Darkblade

    February 3, 2016

  • I have been in sl for near 9 years love you firestorm and i will donate any time it needs it

    chant juran

    February 4, 2016

  • It was a privilege to help in a small way. :o)

    Angela Garnet

    January 31, 2016

  • What she said!

    Saffia Widdershins

    January 31, 2016

  • The Firestorm team over the years watching how you have taken on problems. To watch your style of code change and grow through the years has taught me so much. There is not one viewer today that does not have a little FS from the Phoenix in them.
    I have sat for hours stumped on problems only to watch this team make a change that was so right and simple. Sometime complex but ever molding to the client. I have many viewers I use and most of the time it is my own version of SL viewer. But it is you FS that has kept me motivated and knowing change is possible through will and understanding.
    Thank
    Drakeo

    Drakeo

    January 31, 2016

  • It is not an exaggeration for me to say that Firestorm x64 for Mac saved my Second Life. It was like getting a brand new computer. Thank you to all the team! I am delighted you raised even more than you needed. And what Android said.

    Grady Echegaray

    January 31, 2016

  • So glad you have all you need and more to keep adding joy and funcitonality to our lives!x

    sophia

    January 31, 2016

  • We thank you for working so hard keeping this going. If not for you and your people working so hard, we would not even have the SL that we do have. We may complain at times….but basically that is because some days we are just ….lol……well things don’t go as well as we want them to. Again Jessica and all others…keep on keeping on and we will do. HUGS to all of you

    gabbia barbosa

    January 31, 2016

  • Yeay for the Firestorm group…without you we would not have the SL that we have.

    gabbia barbosa

    January 31, 2016

  • You guys make such a difference with SL. Without you and firestorm, I wouldn’t have stuck around for as long as I have and probably wouldn’t be doing what I love so much to do for a living. My only regret was not springing for the 25K donation instead of the 10K I got. I hope if nothing else your team can take whatever is left over as a thank you for the work you’ve done to allow the rest of us to enjoy our digital lives. Thank you.

    Kalia Firelyte

    January 31, 2016

  • While Bay City threw a party for their alts that Linden Lab bribes to keep their subsidized gated community going, the real residents of Second Life threw their support to the true thankless heroes: The Firestorm Viewer Team.

    Well done, Jess. Keep up the good work.

    Thanks,
    @SecondLie

    SecondLie

    January 31, 2016

  • You guys are the best. And yes I will buy a jacket soon. I’m glad the goal was completed so quickly ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hens

    January 31, 2016

  • PS Maybe the jackets should stay out there for future income?

    Hens

    January 31, 2016

  • hey Hens , I missed out on the jacket, when you gather that info , please forward the link , thank you

    Renee Dupree

    February 1, 2016

  • If you haven’t, look at getting organized as a 501(c)3 nonprofit!

    Nixlet

    January 31, 2016

  • As one of the Firestorm Beta Testers, I have to say that Jessica is absolutely right about the impact you all have made. as until recently I was ready to give up and not only stop beta testing. But also to leave second life as a whole. As the negative comments, over the last 5 years in which I have been beta testing for the Firestorm Team. Out of the 7 years I have been in second life at times has just done nothing but add insult to injury. As I know when Jessica told me, how the fund raiser was going. And that she was crying, because how great the response was. It did make it all worth it.

    And yes, she is right in saying that the occasional thanks we get from you all, is just enough to help us push through those difficult times. And a special note to Jessica, thank you for all you do to help keep our morale up. Will be doing my best to have, a brand new bike for the 6th Anniversary of the Phoenix-Firestorm Project.

    animorf Kawadias

    January 31, 2016

  • Fantastic! We should have an official Firestorm day when we all wear our jackets, like Bandana Day for Wigs for Kids.

    You only had to ask, you know. There are many who really appreciate what you do and are happy to give our support in this way.

    JMB Balogh

    January 31, 2016

  • Thank you for all you do to make this world a place of joy, happiness, fun, creative and overall a healing place for so many lonely people. With all our complaints (we are made of blood and bone after all…sadly not pixels) frustrations, and ideas…..I don’t think there is a one of us who does not truly appreciate all the invisible team does to keep the coffee brewing! Love you all….and LOVE the jacket!!!!

    Lynn

    January 31, 2016

  • I Love the Jacket!! What is the sexiest bottoms to wear with it? I like the outfit the model is wearing on the marketplace ad!

    SheriBlonde18

    January 31, 2016

  • I wear mine with a nice leotard, myself…

    http://imgur.com/ouuhZrJ

    Tonya Souther

    January 31, 2016

  • Making a note to get new glasses. I read leopard

    Mister Acacia

    January 31, 2016

  • Lol, Sheri. The female was me and I was wearing pants from FK! Designs. The male avatar is Ed Merryman, our support lead.

    Guys.. your comments… tears… I gotta try to pull myself back together here and you’re not helping! lol. <3

    Jessica Lyon

    January 31, 2016

  • SO glad we could help! I have been very happy with Firestorm its earliest days. Thank YOU for making such a fabulous viewer…AND for helping all of us on a daily basis. <3 <3 <3

    Maureen Boccaccio

    January 31, 2016

  • You ARE important to the community! Every single volunteer, ever tester, every — all of you. Many of us would have given up on SL long ago without your constant willingness to listen to what folks wanted and needed and PROVIDE it. I never even offered input, others had so many great ideas that made my virtual life easier on a daily basis.

    It is easy to forget how much we impact each other — for better or worse — in our pixelated world. The Firestorm team is at the head of the parade for people helping people — even if we are just all typists behind our keyboard :D.

    Chic Aeon

    January 31, 2016

  • I was fortunate to spend a few minutes with Jessica, Ed, and other members of the Firestorm team today. I realized they truly had no idea of how much their efforts are appreciated. Some people will always complain, but the silent majority is very grateful to all of the efforts here..so when you needed help, of course we responded.

    Keep up the good work!

    Dj Zukerman

    January 31, 2016

  • I would like to express my own thank you for your outstanding, awe-inspiring support. It really throws me back on my tail to see such amazing support from this wonderful community. Thank you very much for all of your support. You guys are truly great and I’m honored to be a part of the team that’s committed to helping you enjoy your SL.

    Thank you from your friendly, neighborhood dragon,
    Hatake

    Hatake Kohime

    January 31, 2016

  • You deserve support for all the work you do. All of us appreciate your dedication, genius, and spirit. For the next drive, please make matching leather pants ๐Ÿ™‚

    Desideria Stockton

    January 31, 2016

  • Thank you Firestorm team for all you do for us. You all have made our slives better and I so love that the community came together to support you. Keep up the great work!

    Galilla Sinatra

    January 31, 2016

  • The Firestorm project allows me, and I’m sure many others, to enjoy SL in a way we never would have imagined without your hard work. Speaking only for myself, but I’m sure many others would echo my sentiments, I was very pleased to just have the opportunity to try and help out with my purchases.

    Olivia Toms

    January 31, 2016

  • You guys have done alot for the community and the community does notice. Thank you to you and all your staff for providing such a great service to the second life community

    waycomp2002

    January 31, 2016

  • Aww….Jessica!

    Don’t cry….jump for joy!

    There are SO many of us that appreciate all that you’ve done and still do.
    Some of us (well, most of us) would probably find the code and stuff you do easier to understand if you described it through interpretive dance, or something….and you totally rock it.
    You’ve all gone above and beyond to make our time inworld fulfilling.

    ~smoochies~

    Simki Semyorka

    January 31, 2016

  • I’ve always thought that the Firestorm website should have a page for donations. Or at least, a sim in SL where donations could be given. This is a worthwhile project, and over the years I would have been willing to pat a few dollars for each upgrade.

    pionaorlow

    January 31, 2016

  • I’ve always thought that the Firestorm website should have a page for donations. Or at least, a sim in SL where donations could be given. This is a worthwhile project, and over the years I would have been willing to pay a few dollars for each upgrade.

    pionaorlow

    January 31, 2016

  • Ditto All of the above. The FS team Rawk! *Passes the blunt* ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Riverhenge

    January 31, 2016

  • Ive been a user of this viewer befor it was called Firestorm. And Always liked it. I am glad you guys now get some positive feedback. The people in the firestorm groups only chat there usually if they need help or have a problem but keep in mind the large community of users who never have any problems with the viewer you dont see those in the support group simply because they dont need support so i can see you then only see the negative but never forget there is a reason this viewer has so many users and that would not be if it was a bad viewer. So keep up the good work. And not sure how it goes in the usa but in my country if your non profit you dont have to pay taxes., so buy some champagne you deserved it ๐Ÿ™‚

    Chantal Eun

    January 31, 2016

  • Have you considered creating a tax exempt organization? That could save you a bit of annoyance, aggravations, and money so you can focus your resources.

    Thanks so much
    Jen

    Jenelle Levenque

    January 31, 2016

  • We are a tax exempt organization. The Phoenix Firestorm Project, Inc does not pay income taxes to the US Government, as provided by section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code.

    We are not a charitable organization, as we would be if we were operating under section 501(c)(3). There was some doubt when we formed the corporation as to whether we would qualify. Further, far from relieving our headaches, a 501(c)(3) organization has many, many more of them, and compliance with the rules is more difficult, leading to much more work to document our compliance.

    So no, becoming a charitable organization would not resolve our headaches; rather, it would compound them.

    Tonya Souther

    February 1, 2016

  • you all give so much. serve so humbly. are so kind in your interactions. your giving is inspirational, and infectious!

    it’s wonderful to see you supported in a manner in which you support us all with your commitment to excellence and delivering a solid product.

    i hope it all soaks in and that you and the entire team feel the support that is always there for you, though it may not be shown this way.

    the fact that so many access and enjoy their second life experience using your viewer is proof of how much your giving touches our lives! ๐Ÿ™‚

    thank you for all you give and do and most of all for WHO YOU ARE. ๐Ÿ™‚ i’m honored to call you a friend. ๐Ÿ™‚

    much love to you and the team!!

    callie cline

    callie cline

    January 31, 2016

  • Everyone who uses firestorm should donate, Its wonderful. I would not be on sl without it !

    Hope shining

    January 31, 2016

  • I remember all to well the Emerald fiasco. It was after that Jessica and the initial team that gathered around her became my heroes.
    Firestorm, and Phoenix before it (yes, Emerald too) lead in listening to the users needs and creating a viewer that is adjustable to the individual users preferences. I doubt seriously that the Linden viewer would be what even it is today without the trust and cooperation the Firestorm team has developed with the Lab.

    Shug Maitland

    January 31, 2016

  • Thank you, Thank you for the support for x64 for the Mac! I wouldn’t be in Second Life without that upgrade. Congrats and Thank-You for all you have done for those of us who’d be lost without our Firestorm!

    Jica Batista

    January 31, 2016

  • It is not often that you meet people who give so much, all the while conducting themselves with the utmost integrity. You rose out of a heck of a mess with a big target on your back but you won us all over with your work ethic, your work product, and your character. Of the many stories that have been born out of Second Life, yours has to stand as one of the great ones. You and your team Jessica are an example to us all of what is possible, and that you have done it without taking prisoners or throwing mud, in this venue, is perhaps what most deserves praise. Thank you for all you do and for how it has blessed us all. Bliss Windlow

    Bliss Windlow

    January 31, 2016

  • Can I still donate and how?

    emelia sinatra

    February 1, 2016

  • You all deserve 10 times that!!!! Thank you for all you do and am so glad that so many of us reached out to help you back for what you do for so many!! I hope that you keep the tip jar up, you all deserve something nice for yourselves!

    xoRenaxo

    February 1, 2016

  • Thank you, thank you for delivering us from the LL viewer. If they would appreciate how much positive impact FS has on their business, they alone should have donated 2M.

    Gator Peterman

    February 1, 2016

  • Very much agree to this.

    Anonymous

    February 1, 2016

  • When I read the “call for help” message at log-in, I realised that Firestorm is something I take very much for granted. I use it every day, and my SL wouldn’t be the same without it, but I’ve never really thought about what goes on the behind the scenes.
    So, when I was snapped out of my ignorance by your message, I didn’t hesitate to chip in.
    You all do an awesome job! Well done, really… and THANKYOU xx

    Trix

    February 1, 2016

  • You should deffo leave the jackets up, I, and many with me I think, haven’t been able to get one yet as payday is still a bit off. and even if you don’t really need money right now it never hurts haveing some contengency funds if something unexpected outside of your control were to occur that required funds. that’s something I learned the hard way back in the day when I operated a website, my host got bought up by another company resulting in almost doubled server rent and I had a long-term contract I couldn’t get out of without paying a rather substantial sum

    Elin

    February 1, 2016

  • I really am glad that you surpassed you goal. I have been a user of SL for 8+ years and FS a soon as it came out, of course Phoenix before that. I am on SS and my funds have been exhausted for January and am unable to purchase one of your jackets. I wont get another SS check until the 3rd Thursday in February. Please, please, please keep the jackets on the MP until I can afford them.I need to have my wife buy one also, we are both on FS, but I am the one that follows the chat in the help room and trys to go to as many classes as I can. Anyway, I am very glad you got such an overwhelming response. Please keep them on MP.
    Thanks,
    lLOVE YOU GUYS,
    Rodney

    Rodney Redstar

    February 1, 2016

  • 250Ls is nothing to help out Firestorm and the people behind it. Everyone who uses this viewer should have automatically chipped in. People have no idea that all of you are VOLUNTEERS and not paid in anyway, so you do what you do each day because you care enough about the residents of SL, to deliver a viewer with so many choices. I was able to not only buy jackets for myself, but 9 other ones as gifts to friends in Second Life. To everyone at Firestorm: ” We got your back ,as you have got ours!”

    Some Guy in SL

    February 1, 2016

  • Jess and the team, I hope you get it now.
    It’s not your Firestorm, it’s OUR Firestorm.
    So when OUR Firestorm needs our help, we help.
    You are OUR team and we are your supporters..

    Karenjane Walworth

    February 1, 2016

  • I have to agree 100% to infinity with this statement. Not only do we got your backs, but you guys covered ours!

    LazerXXX Foxtrot

    February 2, 2016

  • Tossed you all a bit more… Now, if we could JUST get these things more mesh-body friendly… (KIDDING!)

    I’m not planning on wearing my jacket, instead it’s getting put into a frame behind my bar.

    Kashaye Parker

    February 1, 2016

  • Awww, and i have YET to buy the jacket ๐Ÿ˜€
    I’m so happy to hear the good news! I was beginning to worry that FS might be gone one day, and was imagining what it would’ve been like if the FS features would no longer be there…
    Anyways, I suggest those jackets stay in the Marketplace for future maintenance costs. I mean, life is unpredictable, you know. LL flies in high colors, and so should FS. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Anonymous

    February 1, 2016

  • Just adding my little bit to the pile… and saying I was only too happy to have an opportunity to -show- the firestorm team how grateful I am for all of their hard work. Over the last 2/3 years at the very least – firestorm has made even being IN second life possible and certainly made it more usable. As they used to say, keep on truckin’.

    Juliet

    February 1, 2016

  • When I saw the message you put out about needing funds I was really touched. I never contribute when businesses in SL ask, although, many times I would like to. But, this was different. I have had such a wonderful time in SL and Firestorm has been a huge part of that experience. What Lindens I have I earned the hard way, but camping out hour after hour. So, it is very hard to let go of even one Linden. But, I made a donation to Firestorm and am glad I did. I am SO happy you were able to receive even more than you needed. I, for one, have never complained and will never complain about troubles in SL. It is a miracle you can do what you do, and I know it is thousands of hours of work on your part that lets me stay in my magical world of SL. Please know there are more of us that love and respect what you do than complain and bellyache about nit picky things. You all ROCK!!

    Karen

    February 1, 2016

  • Just my 2 cents but I think you should leave those jackets on the website. So what if you make a few extra bucks over the cost of expenses? I’m pretty sure there’s not a soul here who doesn’t think you deserve it! Every jacket purchased is just our way of saying thanks and our doing what little we can to give something back. Love you guys .

    Bondboy Dagger

    February 1, 2016

  • I am a 10 year resident in SL, builder and Gorean role player. Through the years I marveled at the technology advances made and like most people took them for granted. I think I can speak for almost all the users of Firestorm. It was an extreme pleasure to send a donation to such a dedicated team when they needed it the most. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

    Rikki Falworth

    February 1, 2016

  • I’ve been a stormer since you started this. I use firestorm for every single grid I’m on. As much as you needed us just now.. we’ve always needed you! It was my pleasure to buy a jacket in support. I’d suggest you just leave it up and continue to raise funds. If you’re not sure what to do with the extra Ls. There’s always those of us in small businesses in SL looking for grants for our next cool product ๐Ÿ™‚ WAY TO GO! and we’ll always support you!

    Jennifer Steele

    February 1, 2016

  • Firestorm is so far the only viewer that meets my needs, and any point I am stuck on there is help always available in one form or another, so when you asked for help is fitting we give it, and is a good thank you for your service to the SL community XD. Keep up the good work @}>~~

    zsarynika tschetter

    February 1, 2016

  • Hi Jessica and the Firestorm team.
    It was about time we could help in some tangible way. The whole team are awesome, and I for one am very grateful to you all for all the hard work in this most complicated environment. Your efforts just make the whole experience so much better. So a big THANK YOU to each and every one, and KUDOS to you all !!!
    Love and respect
    Harry

    HarryHargreaves

    February 1, 2016

  • It is because of the Firestorm viewer and your team that SL is a breeze for me to maneuver. Thank you so much for all you do and it was a pleasure to help in some small way. I hope you guys are always here, you are the best!

    Stormm Firecaster

    February 1, 2016

  • Without the Firestorm client, I couldn’t make all the wonderful things I do in SL – and that’s not an exaggeration, the building tools in Firestorm that the official client still doesn’t have are what make my complex projects possible. It was a privilege to finally pay a little bit back for all you’ve given to the creator community.

    Nobody

    February 1, 2016

  • PLEASE leave the jackets on MP, some of us could not get one right away ! I love FS and all it’s patient volunteers !

    Ariel Enchanted

    February 1, 2016

  • With some of the extra money, can you finance a project that lets us get rid of the stupid icon on the bottom right of the viewer that pops up whenever there is a message or notice? Really, its annoying and EVERYONE I talk to says they want that damn thing gone. Seriously, cant you make it an option? PLEASE! PRETTY PLEASE?!?!?!

    Ellie

    February 1, 2016

  • There is an option in Prefs > User Interface > General (I belive) that lets you hide the chiclets. I forget how it’s spelled, but if you search for “chiclets” in preferences, you will find it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hatake Kohime

    February 1, 2016

  • Yes it is Hide group and IM chat chiclets, it will hide all but 2 chiclets.
    You need those 2 just to inform you of new messages and notices.

    Bluezy Bleac

    February 2, 2016

  • Yay congrats you guys! I was secretly optimistic you all would reach your goals and cheered you on as I went by Marketplace. OHMYGOD lovin my jacket and it looks amaaaazing without a shirt!! The greatest people in the world never get all the thanks or recognition they truly deserve but I hope this can renew hope a little that we all got your back! Firestorm is my ride or die chick xoxo much love

    Tia

    February 1, 2016

  • Jessica and team – you have touched me deeply with your reaction to this! I remain the humble recipient of all the joy you help bring to me through supporting this alternate existence – thank you so much for all you do!

    IAmKurok (Rok Stone)

    February 1, 2016

  • You are very welcome! So glad to be able to help support all your hard unpaid work. Now you also have some idea of how much we appreciate your efforts and love this viewer, despite the fact that sometimes we are grumpy and frustrated with glitches. Keep up the good work! xx

    Tourmaline Falken

    February 1, 2016

  • All I have to say to the Firestorm Team is, thank you. Thank you so very much for everything. โ™ฅ

    Nikki Arentire

    February 1, 2016

  • It’s painful to hear that you haven’t known how much you mean for the everyday experience of so many SL users. It’s sad that you get so much of the whining and hear so little of the things we say to each other about Firestorm. I know so many that are very grateful for the work you do. And the way you provide us with instant support around the clock through the Firestorm group is fantastic. Thank you!

    Wilma Philbin

    February 1, 2016

  • Hi Jessica and Firestorm team, congrats on exceeding your goal! Also, please always remember that the vast majority of us really appreciate and value your hard work! I would print out this web page full of comments and paste it next to your monitor for your bad days. You could easily charge a small reasonable fee for your work, but you do not. This is the very first time in years you’ve ever asked for help, and we are happy to provide it! Keep up the wonderful work!

    Steve Mahfouz

    February 1, 2016

  • You are most welcome and I am so glad to help! I adore you guys and the work you have done! Thank you as well for all your hard work and keep it up!!! <3

    ann pegasi

    February 1, 2016

  • You deserve every cent for giving us a viewer that makes SL (and other grids) usable. Next time you are overwhelmed by negativity remember that the silent majority have spoken & you are deeply respected for what you do. THANK YOU

    Sapphy Rotaru

    February 1, 2016

  • Lots of small donation adds up to make a worthwhile balance, so while I only added a small part myself, I sent the message out to the other 19,000 members of my group HOPING that at least a couple more would do the same. Whenever I meet a noob, I always suggest Firestorm viewer. I’ve used it for years, and each time i go back to the SL viewer I’m totally confused, so I’ll stick to what I know. Thanks for your work Firestorm Team.

    Titania Bracken

    February 1, 2016

  • Does LL even make a browser any more i haven’t Used theirs since I switched from Emerald to Phoenix. Thank you guys for years of an awesome product.

    Kristin Villota

    February 1, 2016

  • Thanks isn’t nearly enough for what you do. I haven’t been able to ‘support’ firestorm in the purchase of a jacket but I am tickled that the residents of SL & users have stepped up… as they always do….& filled the need. I’m sorry I take for granted what you do but dang… you do it so well! I am & always have been a die hard firestorm fan so THANK YOU for doing what you do to keep my SL running like a champ!

    Zarah Dawn

    February 1, 2016

  • hah!
    Like Shug and many others, I can remember (on a good day) back to the bad old Emerald days and it is VERY easy to forget what this team have done for our SecondLives (even those who don’t actually USE Firestorm).
    Without the Phoenix-Firestorm Project it is highly likely that Linden Lab would have a small and dwindling number of users under its thumb. I know SL is not growing, but it is FAR from dead.
    Thanks to Jessica and The Team.

    Ayesha Askham

    February 1, 2016

  • DITTO.
    I just love all the hard work and dedication you all put into Firestorm.
    Your viewer is the only one I love and will ever use.
    Your entire team responds and your integrity shows through with how very much you all care. You have our backs.

    LadyDi

    February 1, 2016

  • I agree with so many of the comments already made….. primarily…. ‘all you had to do was ask!’ I have used Firestorm for years and years. You have always given to the community and never taken.

    I also agree that you should throw yourselves a party! You deserve it! Celebrate for all your fans who cant join you…… and take pictures!

    Angel Drakonis

    February 1, 2016

  • Thank you! Remember, there are far more of us who love FS and never complain than the few who make you crazy. ‘-) And let us know if you need support in the future. FS rocks–and Phoenix did before.

    Frifta Orellana

    February 1, 2016

  • For 5 years you have been a constant part of my daily life, keeping me sane, amusing me and making my time in-world a complete joy. It was a privilege to be able to say a small thank you to the team who brings so much fun into both of my lives.

    winniefred

    February 1, 2016

  • Soooo esctatic that you not only met but exceeded your goal! Whooot! and the jacket is a keeper. Also happy that you are keeping it in marketplace, i’ve told friends about it and they want to buy as well – a great keepsake! ๐Ÿ™‚ The thanks go back to you and your team for the wonderful job you do! Love you guys!!!

    Annika7 Dagger

    February 1, 2016

  • I really can’t add much to the above comments except to type THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! in the biggest way I can. Why do I think you deserve this? Let me count the ways:
    1. Impressive customer supports – upgrades that are actually useful and helpful (Microsoft could learn from you), in-world support groups that (most of the time) are helpful.
    2. Concern for not just your existing base but for those who are new to SL, as evinced by your increased number of volunteers for newcomers.
    3. A sense of fun – the April Fool’s video (a total LOL), the partnership with MadPeas, the anniversary parties with awesome gifts, the Firestorm hunt.
    You deserve all the accolades heaped on you. I would recommend printing these comments out and placing them where you all can see them and remind yourself that, even though some people might never be satisfied, the vast majority of us love you! We really do love you!!!

    Rhiannon Colclough

    February 1, 2016

  • A little donation was a small price to pay for all the use I’ve gotten from the viewer over the years.

    Sophie

    February 1, 2016

  • I just wanted to put in a vote for leaving up the jackets (or something like them) and the tip jar in perpetuity, since a lot of FS users would gladly contribute more over time, and your expenses will surely continue with future licenses and such. My personal finances aren’t the greatest right now, but it would be nice to know that I can continue to donate to the cause whenever I have some spare cash. I’ve enjoyed your viewer for years, and hope that it lives on for many yet to come.

    Thundr Tomsen

    February 1, 2016

  • […] time, and finally chose to mount a fundraiser.ย  The word went out just a few days ago — and the response from the community has been flabbergasting, according to Jessica Lyon.ย  They offered these jackets, in various logo colors at various […]

  • Fantastic news!! Keep up the great work you guys !!

    Kit

    February 1, 2016

  • This is SO awesome!!

    I’ve been in SL for over 9 years and I’ve been with you guys since the first days of the Emerald viewer, Phoenix and Firestorm. You guys have made such an impact on so many ppl, making SL better than it ever could’ve been, with your tireless efforts and hard work in not only development, but all the invaluable 24/7 support group.

    So here’s another THANK YOU, THANK YOU to the FS team.
    We โ™ฅ you all!

    Oh yah, and the Jackets are amazing too! =)

    Bridget Leavitt

    February 1, 2016

  • As others have said, I wouldn’t still be here if it wasn’t for Firestorm. I hope you never forget how much of a difference you make.

    Sedia Darkrose

    February 2, 2016

  • Whenever I find myself using the Linden viewer I’m confronted with an approach to Second Life that’s almost as alien as possible to the way I actually experience SL. It always makes me worry that they’ll one day find a way to remake the actual SL world in the image of their viewer and we’ll all become fashion dummies who relate to each other like PR executives. Firestorm works with my heart. Thank you and please – *why not continue to finance yourselves from lovely Marketplace stuff like the jackets?* I’m pretty sure people would donate products readily…

    Beeflin Grut

    February 2, 2016

  • For my opinio FS is the best i ever use FS for Sl and others grid and u deserver it and much more

    mrd3xt3r

    February 2, 2016

  • Firestorm is my viewer of choice. It offers both features and stability.For Opensim, it is still the best viewer. I would like to see something on Kitely Market for us to contribute to. It happens that I had some Lindens from items I still have on the marketplace, so I was able to buy a Jacket on SL. Please know you all are appreciated.

    Brayla Sana

    February 2, 2016

  • Increase Capabilities >
    Avatar concurency scaling capacity to 500-1,000 avatars per sim like the US Army is doing for MOSES
    http://www.hypergridbusiness.com/2015/10/us-army-working-on-web-gl-viewer-for-opensim/
    Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOncOwYPz_Q

    James OReilly

    February 2, 2016

  • I think you should allow creators to chip in and make some additional items for your catalog. I mean we got the jackets, now we need some firestorm mohawks and maybe some flame throwers….yeah I’d totally rock all three. Just no assless chaps for men please. On a serious note: Thank You Firestorm!!!

    xSAVAx

    February 2, 2016

  • I’m glad your going to leave the jackets up. I have not had the time or resources to get one but would love the gold.

    So far to date, I believe I also speak for the majority of builders and designers. Firestorm sets the standard!

    Thank you Jess and all the team for the best viewer in SL.

    MalikiLupindo

    February 2, 2016

  • Thank you for an opportunity to give back to the team that keeps us low lag, moving, dressed, and on voice to mention just a few things. I know is speak for many when i say it was an honor to help. Second Life is not just a game to many of us. Our lives would be more difficult without the FS team. I hope you keep the jackets on market place. One they are cool. Two its okay to have reserve for when you need it. And please don’t hesitate to ask in the future.

    Rune Draegonne

    February 2, 2016

  • Wearing my Jacket Proud! Thanks for everything over the years Jessica and to all you team also.

    Ziggy Alcott

    February 2, 2016

  • People actually donated money to an SL that will go away soon? What a waste…there is a new SL coming in the future, so I don’t see the point in donating money to the current one when it won’t last for very long.

    Anonymous

    February 2, 2016

  • hmmmm…I’ve not heard that, in fact, the opposite is what LL is saying. So, not so foolish after all.

    And to criticize people who have been unfailingly helpful and generous over the years…or the people who are grateful for all of their help…wow. That’s just classy. (tongue firmly in cheek)

    Rhiannon Colclough

    February 2, 2016

  • “Anonymous” has always been a source of classiness ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Beeflin Grut

    February 3, 2016

  • SL is NOT going away with the roll-out of SL2.
    This is straight from the mouths of LL –

    “”Does this mean we’re giving up on Second Life?

    “Absolutely not. It is thanks to the Second Life community that our virtual world today is without question the best there is, and after 11 years we certainly have no intention of abandoning our users nor the virtual world they continually fill with their astounding creativity. Second Life has many years ahead of it, and in addition to improvements and new developments specifically for Second Life, we think that much of the work we do for the next generation project will also be beneficial for Second Life.”

    Bridget Leavitt

    February 3, 2016

  • It is the VIEWER team at Firestorm we are supporting, and the VIEWER allows travel to many, many other grids. May OpenSim never die!

    Soledad Loon

    March 5, 2016

  • As one reader/contributor above wrote,ร tend to take Firestorm for granted,,,,” I am sure almost everybody who uses this magnificent piece of work would also agree. Yes, we do take it and all the work for granted and now its our turn to show you how much we care, For you hard work, For your generousity, for your knowledge one and all. I for one offer my sincere thanks for everything and dare to suggest, if it wasnt for Firestorm and the wonderful team behind it, there would be MANY of the SL advancements we currently enjoy in SL – simply not available to us. My humble appreciation.

    Metric Halfpint

    February 2, 2016

  • NOO, don’t take the jacket off the marketplace. I didn’t even know you guys were having a fundraiser. GW2 released Heart of Thorns and I haven’t been on SL.

    Loppy

    February 2, 2016

  • You are the only game in town. You blow it away since Emerald. As a performer, FS is the ONLY viewer I use. I did prefer the name Phoenix though, not sure why you changed it. But I’ll survive. Also, why am I not a beta tester?

    Phoenix Gerhadsen

    February 2, 2016

  • Dear anonymous. In one sweeping generalisation, you attempt to make worthless the goodwill of all those who have helped out, not just those that contributed, but also those that freely code, help and support with the viewer. They do it because they want to and enjoy it. But in any case get your facts straight. Open Beta likely won’t be ready till the end of the year according to various reputable sources based on interviews with LL themselves. So define ‘soon’ A few L$ for months or years of enjoyment is worth it to me and many more people. Even a 1000 l$ donation is like a coffee in Starbucks, a drink in a pub or snack in a store. Not a big ask for most of us (not all I know) and will still last longer than you’re suggesting.

    Mondy

    February 3, 2016

  • I’d like to be totally frank here. I have completely taken Firestorm for granted. I needed help once and they guys at the time were incredibly helpful and after a day or so the problem had a solution. I gave my thanks at the time but…still I take Firestorm for granted. I assume there will be someone there ready to help. I shouldn’t and reading the comment from Jessica Lyon really brings the point home. The Firestorm team do this out of love. And for that, I am eternally grateful. Without you guys, I’d still have a Second Life, but it’s made considerably better with this fabulous viewer. So, from now on I’m not taking you for granted and I’d love to know how to find those jackets lol. Can anyone direct me? hehe.

    CaitlinCornsilk

    February 3, 2016

  • Open the Marketplace store, https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/92041 and you find ‘m.

    Bluezy Bleac

    February 3, 2016

  • I was happy to be able to show my support to the awesome Firestorm team by purchasing one of the jackets. I’m pleased the goal was surpassed and you’ll be able to do a few extra things you did not anticipate. Keep up the excellent development and support work. Y’all ROCK!

    Venus Petrov

    February 3, 2016

  • I wear my Firestorm Jacket with Pride, My Store. Sonic Productions is happy to support the Firestorm Team.

    Here is me with the Jacket, http://i.imgur.com/qR5T18k.jpg

    Sonic the Hedgehog

    February 3, 2016

  • seriously stop misusing ‘humbled’

    People Against The Misuse of The Word 'Humbled'

    February 3, 2016

  • I bought one for myself and a friend and while the jackets are great the reason for them is even greater. So many people have been able to enjoy Second Life that may not have if not for the Firestorm viewer. I’m glad the fundraiser is working. You all are so very appreciated. Thanks!

    Kara Trapdoor

    February 3, 2016

  • If there is enough left do show yourselves a good time with a party of some kind. Eat some PiZza from me lol!

    MaryLove

    February 3, 2016

  • While I couldn’t afford to thank you by throwing crazy amounts of L$ at you. I do thank you and your team for everything you do for us. Any time I’ve spoken of Firestorm, I’ve said: “I trust Jessica and her team, I believe they really care about their users.” If anyone speaks badly of Firestorm, I’ve defended you guys.

    I’ve used Firestorm since uhh, well, around when it came out. I got the old SLV1.2 or whatever when I first joined. Someone suggested Phoenix to me, and I swapped and was really happy with it. I took maybe a month or two after the first Firestorm version was released, to swap over and once I did, I stayed and I urge anyone else to swap if they aren’t using Firestorm already.

    But I see people complaining all the time. The real issue with SL is that it is finicky as all hell and any time you experience a crash, or issue, there’s a myriad number of things that could be the issue but because they were logging into [Firestorm Viewer], they immediately blame you. I usually blame Linden Labs.

    The one time I had trouble, when I was unable to update to a new Firestorm version past like 4.4.2 or some version around there, it ended up being an error on LindenLabs part that Oz Linden confirmed and personally fixed. Once a new version of Firestorm came out, that included that fix, everything was perfect again and for the most part, has been.

    Had some weird issues on and off a long the way but those may have been more my aging PC than Firestorm, (but could have been Firestorm too!) — but I trust Firestorm and will always use it and I think everyone should.

    Cain

    February 4, 2016

  • Adding my thanks as well. I truly don’t think any of you on the Firestorm team fully realize just HOW MANY people prefer FS over the standard SL client. Rarely do I run into anyone that uses the SL version. I started SL in 2004, and in 11+ years now I haven’t seen any project this dedicated to the community as a whole. I also think you should leave the jackets up, or at least put them up semi-annually to aide in the financial issues you will surely encounter again. Thank you Jessica, Ed, and the entire Team for all you do for us. It does not go unnoticed, and the appreciation we all have may not be spoken often enough, but it is huge.

    Nite Page

    February 4, 2016

  • Echoing what everyone has said in previous comments. Firestorm is the only viewer I use and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it. You guys are the best! Whenever you need help, you just let us know.

    LadyDi

    February 4, 2016

  • They’re very good jackets, of course… ๐Ÿ™‚

    Alyx Heron

    February 4, 2016

  • Thank you Team Firestorm for all you do for us! Not only is your product top notch, any time I’ve had a question it was answered quickly and with a smile, and without making me feel stupid, no matter how simple the solution might have been. You all rock! And yes, I agree, you do deserve to throw yourselves a party with some of those extra lindens. If nothing else, treat your team to well stocked Starbucks cards, to keep them in coffee while they work!

    Prettyflower Vale

    February 4, 2016

  • I follow the Firestorm Support group each time I log into SL. My goal is to watch and learn. I appreciate the volunteers who run support every day here. Thank you. Any time donations are needed, I am happy to support!

    Sarahfox Ruben

    February 5, 2016

  • I have been a faithful user of these products going back to the Emerald days, then to Phoenix and then to the early days of Firestorm while still in Beta. I have enjoyed all of it. Yes, we get frustrated at times and don’t know what we’re doing. However, the support team is always there to help and they do. I was happy to contribute some funds yesterday. Not much, but I know every little bit helps. Thank you Firestorm team for all you do. This lady appreciates it. Continued succs
    es in the future. Hugs, Connie

    Connie Mistwalker

    February 5, 2016

  • I love Firestorm and the Firestorm team! Been using Firestorm since it’s early days. I love the work the Firestorm team does! Thanks Firestorm team! Thanks Jessica! Thanks Ansariel! Thanks all of you!

    VolmarrGoth Vollmar

    February 5, 2016

  • Thanks firestorm team. I have never used any other viewer apart from firestorm and phoenix before it . I have been in SL six years. I think I ought to pay a little towards the use of such awesome viewers
    I know im a little late but I want to …..keep the spare bucks to pay towards the next lot of expense ๐Ÿ™‚
    Much Love
    Beachy

    beachlover

    February 6, 2016

  • Thank you for working on it….
    the costs are a lot, but isn’t tis volunteer?
    That is amazing ; w ;

    Matsui

    February 6, 2016

  • It is all volunteer, but there are a few overhead costs that go into making the viewer what it is. KDU, which helps render textures faster and more accurately, is one of those costs. The server where our site and downloads are hosted and the Havok license for mesh uploads are others.

    Hatake Kohime

    February 9, 2016

  • Well, I arrived here late to see the appeal and I absolutely must-have needed to offer my support by buying ultra jacket. Which I did. Many years of almost-always good experience with Phoenix and Firestorm have been. LL Viewer does not allow for simplest things such as cursor-jump in the chat field (control+right/left arrow) just as in word processing systems… Firestorm is a work of art and the artists must be supported. Faroukh gladly does. Please to keep it going and perhaps, next time, there will be Firestorm Leather Pants to suit! My respects. My appreciations from Faroukh – a late contributor! P.S. Possibility of re-introducing the auto-close of quotes (“”) as with auto-close of parentheses ( (()) )? That should be sympa! Best all

    Faroukh

    February 13, 2016

  • […] See: Flabbergasted! […]

  • Jessica – Firestorm is the only serious game in town. You should be getting mostly gobs of appreciation for your excellent work, but human nature being what it is: You should read every negative gripe as people expressing overly high expectations, because Firestorm is so nearly perfect, it creates the expectation that it should be! Don’t ever doubt that your work is VERY important!

    strannik zipper

    February 23, 2016

  • Congrats on ur goal!
    Just adding something random that i got to find out. NVidia driver from windows update (353.54) have so far NO CRASH under Windows 10. Just letting u guys know!
    Hugs!

    R0dz

    February 24, 2016

  • Thank you so much for working so hard on this viewer! I do have a question: How do I get my avatar to stop raising its arm when building and pointing at the object? LOL I am dunce can not remember how to fix that. Besides that keep up the awesome work guys been a loyal viewer user since emerald then phoenix!

    LiyahDeloncroix

    February 24, 2016

  • Hello LiyahDeloncroix, go into Preferences CTRL+P or from drop down menu from “AVATAR” (top left) Go into the PRIVACY tab>then the LOOKAT tab>check box next to “Don’t show my selection target hints”. Hope this helps! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ziggy Alcott

    February 25, 2016

  • Simply put. “Thank you, for all your efforts. I appreciate your team.”

    Cat Cotton

    February 28, 2016

  • i’m so happy love this version of sl !!

    rosa

    March 4, 2016

  • i’m so happy love this version of sl !! thank you guys for all that you do !!

    rosa

    March 4, 2016

  • all of the above

    JanisJoplin DELICIOSO

    March 5, 2016

  • What the hell are flabbergasted ???? Maybe keep in mind that you have a lot of foreign users that don’t understand urban American/English words !!!

    lisbeth

    March 9, 2016

  • I am flabbergasted at that last post O.o

    Ziggy Alcott

    March 16, 2016

  • flabยทberยทgast
    หˆflabษ™rหŒษกast/
    verbinformal
    past tense: flabbergasted; past participle: flabbergasted
    surprise (someone) greatly; astonish.
    “this news has left me totally flabbergasted”

    Hope this helps! ๐Ÿ˜›

    Ziggy Alcott

    March 16, 2016

  • From the bottom of my heart, Thank you. I don’t mind donating for this quality viewer and I appreciate all you do to make my SL experience amazing. <3

    Duchess Flux

    March 17, 2016

  • If you have SO much money left over please donate me some. I make rl health treatment.
    No?
    I thought so.

    Kaly

    March 17, 2016