Contributed by Shauna Skye
If you’re in Second Life any length of time you’ll eventually come across the word prim. Just about every newbie does, and most wonder “what is a prim, and why should I care?”
Prims are the building blocks of life . . . Second Life that is. Everything in SL is made from primitives or “prims” as they’re called. They can be as simple as a box or sculpted into something complex, and are made by right clicking the ground and choosing “create.”
If you’re really new to SL prims may not affect you too much, but if you decide to own land or rent they become important. Each 512 parcel of land allows 117 prims. If you want more prims, you buy more land.
If you’re not a land owner it is still good to understand about prims so you can be courteous. If you visit a friend in SL who is kind enough to let you rez objects on their property, be sure to pay attention to prims. If you’re not sure how many is too many, ask!
To find out how many prims an object has right click it, choose “edit” and under the general tab you will see how many primitives there are.