Basic Scripting Group
This Group was created in early 2005 by me, Mitzpatrick Fitzsimmons.
I had created this group because at that time, there was no place for the Non-Scripter to learn about LSL other than the wiki, which confused many beginners.
There were also many newbies getting frustrated from the constant attacks from the Scripters of Second Life group when they would ask legitimate questions.
After the group was created, I started teaching a Basic Introduction Class that met 2 times per week for a 1-2 hour session.
Initially, there were seven members during the first 2 classes held.
This number rose to more than 60 members within the first month, and hit over 200 within 3 months.
At that time, there was an average of 2-5000 residents logged in at any one given time, with resident numbers approximated at 300,000 or so, as I recall.
I had to leave the group, as well as SL for a while in 2006 due to other obligations.
I hope to return to this though on a regular basis sometime this year (2007).
The Basic Scripting Group was, in my mind, a great success that I unfortunately had to neglect for a long time.
As I write this, it seems that there are still well over 200 members active in the group, which leads me to believe that the heart & spirit of this group shall never die, even in the darkness and absence of its creator.
It took a while for me to understand LSL scripting, and I cannot say that I am an expert by any means- even to this day.
But with the help of the wiki, the forums, and great people like Adam Wolfe, I was able to learn with a lot of effort and time, and pass on my "Newbie Knowledge" to others that were struggling, but willing to learn.
As I mentioned, I've been away for a long time, and do not really know the condition of the group overall... I do not personally know all it's members as I once did...
But as I get back into it, I hope to learn what has been happening, and hope to meet you all.
The Basic Scripting Group was always a free place to share, and it will remain that way for as long as I have something to say about it.
Don't get me wrong... I'm all for the prospect of scripters making money from their scripts. I would like to do this as well, as I have done so in the past.
But I also operate with the thought that "Knowledge not shared is energy wasted" and that everyone deserves a chance to learn and grow.