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[white with an aqua eye-in-hand logo]
by António Martins-Tuválkin , 7 July 2008

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here we learn how to make a flag in the Second Life virtual world, using its built-in tools. Includes an unexpectedly interesting detail about choice of pattern for the reverse, very practical but instructive, even for "firstlifers".

That said, the matter of a flag of, or for, Second Life arises. The obvious choice would be a white flag with the Second Life logo on it. The logo is a very smart design, blending a hand and an eye, very stylized in dark acqua. I saw this flag "on location" in a Second Life flag store: the "FLEXI FLAGS MEGASTORE", a.k.a. *Flag FACT, Flag Factory (133, 124, 22). A screenshot can be seen here.

But this is as simple as it could be and this doesn't seem to mean more than just a logo on a white cloth (for a change!). For many secondlifers (or at least for many of those few who care about these things) a flag for Second Life should be chosen in a contest and a winner isn't obvious, says Laetizia . Another SLer's blog says that

the quaint custom of using the "Eye-in-Hand" logo of Second Life has been thrown into question by the trademark flap

Which flap this would be I do not know, but will faithfully report any trend I might "bump" into. (Not that I have time for Second Life, now that I'm switching to a new work project in real world, but.)
António Martins-Tuválkin, 7 July 2008

Fort SL

However, the said design is to be found here and there in the Second Life virtual world, in a rare but unique use for the (or even a) «Flag *of* Second Life». I'll report a dozen of such sightings some day.

Today I report the use of a variant, in a somewhat official capacity: The welcome screen of the Second Life program shows at startup one of several promotional images taken "inworld". The batch used last winter included a snowball battle scene, where at an attacked "fort" was hoisted the said white flag with aqua logo, but smaller and under it in grey capitals the words "Second Life", and under them in black capitals the words "Fort SL", both set in two lines using a sans-serif typeface.

The grey lettering ("second" smaller above "life" larger, aligned to the right and the "L" protruding higher), all under the eye-and-hand logo, is the one of the full lettering-logos of Second Life, less used than its horizontal variant (lettering at the right side of the logo) and than the letterless version.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 8 April 2009