Needless to say, dancers spend a small fortune on dance animations and gear… props, costumes, HUDs, particles and other effects. Even if it has never happened to you, we all know someone who has had entire folders vanish from their inventory. We all know someone whose dance HUD vanished into thin air, never to be seen or heard from again. Protect your investment. It is frustrating that there is no secure way to back up inventory in case of cyber disasters. But there are things you can and should do to insure your virtual property.
Only buy copy animations. They may be more expensive, but at least if your dance HUD gets ate you won’t lose all your dances and all your money. If your HUD does get ate, you can rest assured neither the dance creators nor Linden Labs will replace your lost inventory, no matter how much proof of purchase you may be able to provide. If your HUD does suddenly vanish into thin air, try checking at point 0,0,0 on the sim where it vanished. I have found all sorts of odd things randomly floating at this location, just off sim, about 40 meters under the water. I have three times found my partner’s dance HUD floating here and was able to return it to him. Regardless of finding lost items floating just off sim at Point Zero, shop smart and only buy copy animations.
Then! Make a box and put a copy of each animation into it. I have a different box for each animation creator, then a Master box with these boxes in it. I box up every dance I create with everything needed for the dance that copies. I also have boxes of costumes and clothing that copy, boxes of building materials, furniture and props, particles, and anything and everything else that copies including scripts, photographs, and notecards. If it is in your inventory and it copies, take the time to pack it into boxes, then organize these into master boxes of animations, clothing and costumes, props and furniture, particles and effects, scripts, photographs, notecards, etc. You can then put all of these master boxes into one Super Master Box. This is the Queen Mother of boxes, the one that has ALL your copy inventory items. Copy this box and park it in different places in your inventory so that if one or two or five folders get ate by the Mystery Inventory Eater, you will still have a Super Master Box with ALL your copy inventory items in it.
If you have land, rez that Super Master Box somewhere on your land. This is recommended by Linden Labs. That way, if the SL inventory eater ever strikes your inventory, it won’t get the box of stuff you have rezzed. You can always go to that box, unpack it, and still have your hundreds (thousands, probably) of dollars worth of dances and other copy items. Never think it won’t happen to you. It happened to me and has happened to my other half three times. In all instances, we got all our ‘stuff’ back because we had taken the time to pack up copies. It is time-consuming and a major undertaking the first time you set up this system of insurance, but it is so worth it. And once established, it is easy to maintain by adding to your boxes weekly. So protect your investment… box up copies, rez it, park a master box with copies of everything in several different places. If disaster ever strikes, you will be so very happy that you took the time to do this.