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Nielo

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  1. @Yuiina I think Portugal and The Netherlands are similar in this way, as Halloween has been growing in popularity here in recent years, but mostly just the parties/dressing up part, and not the trick-or-treating. (We do have two different dressing up & trick-or-treating events for kids though; it kinda depends on where you live which of those two (if any) you celebrate.) Unlike you, I actually like that this tradition is spreading to different countries (now, baby showers and bachelor(ette) parties could've stayed in the US, if you ask me...). (If it comes to traditions inherently linked to the country they originated in, celebrating them in different countries might be weird, but Halloween didn't even start in the US, and is linked to much broader cultural/religious influences that aren't confined to just one country.) @midnight_spell360 Interesting! I had no idea Halloween could even be considered controversial. By the way, the whole "candy that's been tampered with" thing is mostly just a myth. According to Snopes there is no evidence of any poisoned candy, and "foreign objects" in candy are so rare that "our fear of them is greatly out of proportion with the likelihood of their occurring". Hope that sets your mind at ease a little on the whole tampered candy thing. Despite the fact that watching the news (on any day of the year) is pretty depressing, the vast, vast majority of humans are actually good people, and are definitely not out to poison/harm innocent children. As I mentioned, I'm glad this tradition made it to Holland. I have a friend whose birthday is November 1st, and she always celebrates it with a Halloween party, which has a different theme each year. (Not necessarily spooky; just an excuse to dress up.) Since Halloween was most definitely not a thing here when I was a kid (or a teen), I'm happy I get to (kind of) celebrate it now.
  2. I honestly hadn't even thought about Neopets' faeries. Oops. ­čśé So yeah, I meant fairy tales. There are still several faerie themes on the list of themes that I have, so I think I'd like this one to be just fairy tales, not faerie ones, to keep it more contained to one theme. When I think about fairy tales, I think about the Brothres Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen. Looking them up, I noticed the Brothers Grimm were described as being "among the first and best-known collectors of German and European folk tales". So I guess they'd be considered folk tales as well. (I think Holland doesn't have any fairy tales of its own either, at least, none that I can think of. Or folk tales, for that matter. ­čśé I grew up with the fairy/folk tales I mentioned above.) So, to summarise: base your entry on fairy or folk tales, but not on faerie tales.
  3. Thanks for entering everyone (and for your patience!), and congrats to our winners! Click here to read about next round's theme. (*Edit: I'm still working on showing both the NP and the NC custom on the main page; it's not doing what I want it to do.)
  4. If you're new to the contest, or simply want a reminder of the rules, they can be found right here. Current theme: Once Upon A Time Description: Create an entry inspired by a faerie tale. Entering period: Monday, October 7 - Sunday, October 13 Voting period: Monday October 14 - Sunday, October 20 I also just want to remind everyone that whenever the image DTI provides doesn't look as awesome as you'd like, it's always okay to send me a screenshot instead! I recently posted a guide about taking/sending screenshots. If anything is still unclear, or if you have any corrections/additions, please post in that thread, or let me know some other way. If you have any questions about this round or the Runway in general, just post them here, or send me a message. (Also: never hesitate to send me a message if you have any theme suggestions!´╗┐)
  5. It's finally time to vote for your favourite entries again! Important note: Voting for yourself is NOT allowed! Doing so will result in disqualification. Please double check your votes before submitting them to avoid mistakes, because they can't be changed afterwards. Current theme: NeoPoint VS. NeoCash Description: Create 2 entries, using the exact same pet (of your choice), and make them as similar as possible. The trick is that you can only use NeoPoint items for one of the entries, and only NeoCash items for the other. You can use the 'Advanced search' option on DTI to limit your search to NP or NC items. (I know the entries can't be identical, so to illustrate what I mean, here are two entries I made: a NP one and an NC one, both featuring a wizard-like Blue Shoyru, wearing blue robes, in a forest.) Entering period: Monday, September 9 - Sunday, September 29 Voting period: Monday September 30 - Sunday, October 6 Be ´╗┐sure to check out the animation links below each entry to see them in all their glory! (Be sure to enable Flash on DTI!) _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Voting is now officially closed! And the winners are... 1st Place FreakyBowie The Funk of 40,000 Years A´╗┐nimation links: https://impress.openneo.net/outfits/1924778 https://impress.openneo.net/outfits/1924777 "It's close to midnight... something evil's lurking from the dark (under EeRiLy similar haunted trees). And though you fight to stay alive, your body starts to shiver--for no mere mortal can resist...the EVIL of the thriller!" 2nd Place Robin Hood Forest Dweller A´╗┐nimation links: https://impress.openneo.net/outfits/1926398 https://impress.openneo.net/outfits/1926399 3´╗┐rd´╗┐ Plac´╗┐e (1) Yuiina Altador Goddess A´╗┐nimation links: https://impress.openneo.net/outfits/1926432 https://impress.openneo.net/outfits/1926429 3´╗┐rd´╗┐ Plac´╗┐e (2) AppaMomo An Evening Stroll A´╗┐nimation links: http://impress.openneo.net/outfits/1930729 http://impress.openneo.net/outfits/1930730 "She's all dressed up for a gala, yet Misty sneaks away from it to go for an evening stroll just as the stars are coming out." __´╗┐___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ #1 Robin Hood Forest Dweller A´╗┐nimation links: https://impress.openneo.net/outfits/1926398 https://impress.openneo.net/outfits/1926399 #2 spurdy777 NeoPoint vs. NeoCash A´╗┐nimation links: https://impress.openneo.net/outfits/1925037 https://impress.openneo.net/outfits/1925057 #3 FreakyBowie The Funk of 40,000 Years A´╗┐nimation links: https://impress.openneo.net/outfits/1924778 https://impress.openneo.net/outfits/1924777 "It's close to midnight... something evil's lurking from the dark (under EeRiLy similar haunted trees). And though you fight to stay alive, your body starts to shiver--for no mere mortal can resist...the EVIL of the thriller!" #4 jellysundae Holiday brochure - expectations vs. reality A´╗┐nimation links: https://impress.openneo.net/outfits/1928439 https://impress.openneo.net/outfits/1928440 "My complimentary flowers are dead... ­čś×" #5 Yuiina Altador Goddess A´╗┐nimation links: https://impress.openneo.net/outfits/1926432 https://impress.openneo.net/outfits/1926429 #6 aleu1986 Winter's Night A´╗┐nimation links: http://impress.openneo.net/outfits/1926792 http://impress.openneo.net/outfits/1926793 #7 preposter_ Country Candy vs. City Candi A´╗┐nimation links: http://impress.openneo.net/outfits/1929330 http://impress.openneo.net/outfits/1929331 "Candy had always been proud of her humble background, She knew she could throw a Holiday Party on a shoestring Neopoint budget fit to entertain anyone! She was so pleased when her wealthy cousin Candi was holding a party the next night! Candi may have had a little more Neo Cash spent, and a little more sparkle, but she could not be said to have any more Hostess Flair than Candy. Remember the Holiday Spirit Girls!" #8 AppaMomo An Evening Stroll A´╗┐nimation links: http://impress.openneo.net/outfits/1930729 http://impress.openneo.net/outfits/1930730 "She's all dressed up for a gala, yet Misty sneaks away from it to go for an evening stroll just as the stars are coming out."
  6. I tried it about an hour ago, and got the message that there was too much traffic and that they were working on it, but I just refreshed the page, and it seems to be fixed now. Let me know if you're still having trouble with it!
  7. It is. XD You'll suddenly have someone at your desk, telling you that you broke the thing. But you don't even know the thing! Very stressful. ­čść I hope so too, but I have to admit that I've wondered about the amount of people working on this conversion in the first place. They've been working on it for years. (Here's an editorial from about 3 years ago that mentions the Flash to HMTL5 conversion in the first question.) It's gotten more urgent now, with Flash really being shunned by most browsers, but if they had a sufficient amount of developers working on it, chances are at least parts of the conversion would be done by now. ­čśĽ I mean, I obviously don't know how many people they've got working on projects (and I *am* a pessimist by nature ­čśë ), but editorials like this one, that mention 'our developer' (singular!) makes me fear that they're a bit understaffed. (A common probably in IT, btw. Software developers can be pretty hard to come by.):
  8. Exactly, as similar as possible. Not all the details need to be the same. (But also, don't get too bogged down with my example, as I made those two customs in less than 5 minutes. XD)
  9. You'd be surprised at how easy it is to break code that you didn't even know your update might touch. XD I work as a software developer for a company that has grown a pretty big codebase over the years, and most of it is connected, sometimes in ways you'd never even have considered. I've broken things I'd never even heard of, just by updating a different bit of code. XD From what I've read about Neo, I'm assuming its code is pretty old & all connected as well, so things breaking like they do is not at all surprising. I just wish they had the resources & employees to fix more of the things that have been broken for literal years. To make matters worse, there's actually such a thing as "code rot", which means that even code you didn't touch might deteroriate over time. (There are several reasons for it, and the code doesn't physically disappear, but it's definitely possible for code that was working fine before to become faulty, without being changed.) As for the habitarium, this thread also discusses why it closed down. It appears it might've had something to do with changing servers, and habi being hosted by a third party.
  10. It happened to my mom a lot on her iPad over the weekend, and I got hit by it last night, so it definitely seems like it's still happening. I think it starts when you've got too many tabs open, and once you're in, good luck getting out. ( @discobiscuit: it's not an ad, or something external. Neo has apparently updated their security, but... it has some glitches.) Changing browsers might work, or clearing your cache. Not sure though; haven't actually tried it myself.
  11. Key Quest maybe, but not the Habitarium, as that one was taken down intentionally, instead of just breaking down. Personally, I was thinking more along the lines of 'fixing relatively small things that have been broken for years', like the Abandoned Attic. (I really miss the Abandoned Attic!) I'm not sure if there are any "big" projects on their list; I think that in between plots & events they're busy with bug fixing, and I don't think they've got as many resources as a site of this size would ideally have, so I doubt any new big things will be happening any time soon. (But I'm a bit of a pessimist, so I might be wrong. ­čśë )
  12. Yeah, I can imagine that this would be a giant task, and there are so many things that have priority, so I doubt they'll get around to doing any purging any time soon.
  13. If they ever do start purging (again), they should probably also communicate about it clearly (send emails to the addresses linked to the accounts they purge, so people can still come back and prevent it, if possible). Anyway, I'm not sure when they last purged any accounts. I think it's been aaaaages. (I know one of my friends used to play Neo, and I think her account hasn't been logged into for over a decade, but it's still there.) I'm personally not necessarily a fan of purging; sometimes you lose track of something you meant to go back to. Two years can go by without noticing (or realising that it's been two years). XD It'd be a shame to come back and find your account & pets gone. (Again, if they'd send emails to warn you about it, it'd be better. No idea if they've ever done that though. I'm working under the assumption that they haven't, simply based on their usual level of communication. ­čśë )
  14. @Yuiina Good question. I think they're often referred to as "paintbrush clothes", so they are clothes, but they're neither NP nor NC... In the images you posted above, the items are part of the colour of the pet, so it's perfectly alright to use them. I'm a little more hesitant about allowing cross-painting (using items belonging to one paintbrush colour on a pet that has a different paintbrush colour), because they're not part of that pet's colour then. I mean, I won't disqualify entries that do this, but I'd like to suggest people don't. So, to sum up: - Yes, you're allowed to use paintbrush items, since they're part of a pet's colour (so you can use them with both the NP and the NC one). - But, try to only use them for a pet that actually has that paintbrush colour.
  15. Welcome! I think you might be looking for @Musical_Shoyru, I'm pretty sure she runs The Kindness Project.
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