If you have ever bought or rented Second Life property, you will know exactly what I am talking about. The land search tool offered through your viewer is practically worthless. It is not worthless by design. Most all the important data should be there in columns. Price, area, price per meter, etc. are most everything you need to compare properties and identify those you would like to visit. In addition, columns such as lindens per prim or some intensity of use rating would be helpful, however, given the way in which the existing columns are misused and ignored, what would be the point of adding them. It is actually hard to find a listing for which the seller has bothered to fill out any of this stuff accurately or honestly. The listings returned by a search can be sorted by these columns. The default price now seems to be just 1L, entered this way i can only presume so as to not end up placed at the bottom of a sort on price. Undoubtedly, if only a few people did this, those that did would get better placement. Now that everyone does, the entire column is useless along with the L per meter one. All information regarding price, size and prims is now reported in the description(name) field where it cannot be sorted upon or automatically plugged in to revealing calculated ratios. Each “name” reads something like “Land Sale DSE Res L$2062wk/1406p/6144m Aloha Pearl (SE)”. To compare competing properties based on price per unit, you must enter this data manually into your own spreadsheet. When you finally narrow your choices in this laborious way and go to visit the properties you have selected, you often find that a lot of your calculated price per prim and price per meter numbers are wrong. Whether this is a deliberate “bait and switch” or simple data entry error, it definitely adds to my growing frustration with the whole process. Would it be so bad to make it easy for people to compare properties on metrics such as price per unit? The system is already set up to work like this. Yet the last I checked there was not one seller who had bothered to provide the correct information in the correct fields. Just as in some rl markets which require regulation to create reasonable and efficient pricing, I believe that the only way this situation will change for the better will be through some sort of Linden edict. If I can come up with a market driven solution, I will happily share it, however for now I am pretty much at a loss. This probably has to come from the top. Please fix this. Land is potentially the most important part of the entire SL economy. It should be much easier to make a good purchasing decision than it currently is.
Incidentally, SL land ownership is at its lowest point in 8 years.