This has been cross posted at: http://www.virtualworldsailing.com/index.php?/topic/177-blake-sea-bad-performance-cause-by-ll-change/
A lot of you, myself included, have noticed how bad the Blake Sea regions have been performing recently, especially in the last week or so. Rich Reynaud (Hollywood Airport Manager) and I were kicking around in the Blake Sea testing a few things when it quickly became apparent that LL has made a major change in the Blake Sea this week. Nearly every region in the Blake Sea is presently (or at least at the time of his writing) running on a new Beta server called SNACK.
You can read all about SNACK on the SL wiki here:
As you will read there SNACK is supposed to be used only in sandbox applications and in Beta testing situations. At least that is how I am reading it. I have put a request into LL to give us an explanation why the major of the Blake Sea regions are now on this "server release candidate."
I am not a code type person, perhaps there is a good reason LL is doing this and I will pass along any answer the provide as soon as I receive it.
In the mean time you all, as residents and customers of LL, are free to files tickets and bug reports as outlined in the wiki.
One thing that the Blake Sea needs is for all the regions to be on the same server type. Back in the old days this was done more consistently than it seems to be being done now. Perhaps this "test" is related to solve some of the issues that comes with less manpower to monitor the particulars of whatever structure exists between the servers that produce the Blake Sea and the larger infrastructure of LL's server farms. Hopefully we will get updated.
I have been told by a high level Linden that the old adage "the squeaky wheel gets the grease" lives in LL. While we await for some insight I think maybe it is time to do some squeaking.