Club Update

Here’s what we’ve decided to do about Clubs (a.k.a. Groups, a.k.a. Teams)

1. We will create a list of existing Club names, and their Leaders on There2 (T2).
2. When someone tries to create a new Club, we’ll see if the name is in the list. If it is we’ll see if you’re the Leader of the Club.
3. If you’re the Leader, then you’re good. We create the Club.
4. If you’re not, you don’t get to create the Club.
5. After some period of time (like, say, six months), we’ll delete the list, effectively freeing up any unclaimed Club Names.

The new Club(s) you create will be empty. You’ll have to recreate the content, get members to sign up, etc, etc. In affect, all we’re restoring is the Club Name (and later probably your ownership of the ClubHouse, if any).

In other news, see the attached:

Looks pretty boring, huh? Well it’s not boring because it’s the first end-to-end successful reclamation of an old Avatar from There in QA. This is exciting because it’s obviously a key part of what we need to do.

Ops will start building the Production Cluster this week in the Cloud. Of course “Cluster” is a strong word compared to the thousands of servers we used to have, but it’s a beginning.

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  1. #1 by Jypsi on 2011.07.11 - 1:36 am

    Just wanted to say i’m so happy about the reopening so excited to see all my friends, and dont rush it to much we want it to be perfect for when it does open.Thanks Mr.Wilson πŸ™‚

  2. #2 by ivan kylen on 2011.07.02 - 8:51 am

    ty beethros,i understand but i clean it up in the post below it,so…. wow and by what i said is there.com does at some point do ban ppl for stupid stuff like if for some example if someone gave u there account which means the person gave them the okay to have there account and clearly in the chat logs it shows them doing so but then they turn around and say u hated there acc. and stole there stuff really now! and then wen u appeal the ban/ report , then you send the chat logs in showing prooof that person gave u the okay that you could have there acc. then there.com cant understand u have proof showing that person gave u the okay saying you can have there acc. , clearly u didnt hack or steal there acc. , they gave it to u and it shows in the chat log, them doing so but there.com does want to understand and face the fact and see that the evdience is clearly in front of them and is defending the person being accused of hacking and stealing someones acc. and saying still that theyve looked through it all but yet u stay banned??? makes no sense becuz if u clearly see in the evidence it showes the person saying u can have there acc. and giving u the okay and then turning around telling there.com theyve been hack and that they stole my stuff but clearly did say β€œohh also by the way i gave my acc. to someone and i said they could have it….” but that was not said wen that person turned around and said that becuz then there.com would have been like welll clearly they didnt hack and steal yur stuff becuz u gave them yur acc. and gave them full authurization to have the acc. and to do wat they please with it…. and that would have beeen the end of that but like i said it was not said wen that person turned around and did that messed up thing! but then wen u get banned and u appeal the charge and clearly show there.com proof that the person gave u the okay and authorization to have there acc. from the chat logs clearly saying and showing them doing so but then say its not good enough…… come on now there.com clearly thats not fair at all…. all im saying is for stupid stuff like that open yur mind and think about wats on the” table β€œand see that chat logs dont lie and see that that person isnt guilty of hacking or stealing becuz that person said they could have there acc. and gave then authorization to do so plz think about this thank you for yur time!:) and beethros srry that u had to read that above post i was being β€œfake” and a lil ignorite srry if i afened u in any shape or form:)

  3. #3 by Reator on 2011.06.29 - 3:35 pm

    The there.com photo made my day. πŸ™‚

  4. #4 by ivan kylen on 2011.06.28 - 11:04 am

    forget wat i said above^^^^^

    hey,:)
    basically what im saying is….. that why not let all the ppl that were banned get a second chance to prove themselves on the new version, there.com has nothing to lose why becuase if the ppl that were banned want to come back they will have to pay every month to play and there.com will be making money that will help alot with keep there2 open…..so why would it matter becuase ppl grow up and its hard for some to understand but ppl do change there bad ways and start doing good, and also the banned ppl that would get the 2nd chance would do good and not bad this time and prove theyve changed, but then u will get some of the ppl that were banned using the 2nd chance to test the system again and do bad things and thats when you can ban them from there2….all im saying is why not let them show that theyve change and give them another chance!……. and let the once that will have changed play and help keep there2 open forever!

    second of all just saying alot of ppl go banned for stupid reasons….. basically u could get banned for playing yur music over yur mic to loud really come on thats y they have a iggy button but yet there.com would ban ppl form the game for life for doing something stupid as that really now! and also if you think aboout it theres a big % of ppl that got banned and thats a big chunk out of everyone that played there.com and reopening and not letting them back in is maybe a mistake depends on how you look at it ,but if you look at all the ppl that didnt get banned that are going to for sure come back to there.com thats normal amount of ppl dont get be wrong but will it be enough ppl to keep there.com open this time around? but if you let the ppl that were banned back in to prove that theyve changed then u add those of the banned ppl that u let back in with the none banned ones coming back thats a big amount of ppl which will be pay to play and which would then turn around and help there2 stay open…. and like i said before there.com has nothing to lose they could aways ban the ones that want to keep doing bad even afta u give them a 2nd chance and u get to keep the money theyve pay to play before so u have nothing to lose and u will cont. to get more money to keep there.com open!!!!! why not take the chance there.com has nothing to lose!!!!!! thank you!

    • #5 by Kayleigh Lace on 2011.06.30 - 2:06 am

      I’d prefer the person who stalked me – harassed me – dropped buggies on me – hung around just outside my property, made avatars with harassing names (like DieKayleigh), etc., etc., etc. not be unbanned (which he won’t, I’m just saying…). And I’m quite sure my stalker thought his banning was stupid. Where does the line get drawn?

      They are restarting the game – why does everyone think that what happened in that game ends and it’s a fresh new start? If There hadn’t ever closed down last year – those same people wouldn’t be given an unbanning chance.

      And it’s pretty sad if you are correct that a big % of people got banned. How hard is it to just abide by the rules!

  5. #6 by beethros on 2011.06.28 - 8:00 am

    i will still have the pictures to remind me of the good FREE days.. πŸ™‚




    wherever i go i take there with me πŸ™‚

    • #7 by ivan kylen on 2011.06.28 - 9:32 am

      ty andy but in the blogs ive seen he clearly stated many times on pplz questions just like mine… that he was not sure yet what he was going to do becuase if you think about it in like the 3months before there.com closed and even before that ppl were getting banned for stupid reasons if you think about it so there.com lost hundreds of ppl which fucked there.com over in the long run because now that there.com is coming bak u will seen way less ppl aswell as 18+ ppl becuase half of the reasons is becuase there.com had BS things happen and ppl would get banned for stupid shit if you think about wat i said before this there.com will be on a cruch wen it opens again becuz all the banned ppl willl not be returning which mean less money fr there.com to make which in the end there.com will get raped! now if you gave everyone that got bannedd a 2nd chance they could show there.com and MW that theyve changed there ways and the ppl that want to stick to there old ways can get banned out of the new version as simple as that give ppl a second chance to prove themselves…. and like i said that the begginning if u go bak through and see how many ppl that were banned like the last 3 months u would probly see a big % or ppl becuase thats wen there.com start to really ban ppl for stupid stuff!!!! well good luck on this new version but in the long run think about what will happen is it worth not letting alll the ppl bak in and making money to keep there.com open or is plan b. lets not let them prove anything and not make money and get f…. over and have to close ???? think about this……

      • #8 by beethros on 2011.06.28 - 9:14 pm

        Well.. i see that nobody cares (as always) for real matters cause i havent got any replies to my posts..
        So i will follow the There “spirit” and i will answer to this “convict” here, whos post reminds me those letters from jail.
        My dear friend,
        1rst of all There.com never bann anyone for stupid reasons.
        2nd never banned anyone without a warning or a 2nd chance.
        3rd and most important if There.com allow the entrance to the banned members then all the others will loose their faith to it and they will run away.
        And yes disturbing the peace of Therians with your high microphone is a reason for bann and im sure you’ve been warned many times from members before you get banned.
        And im sure also that you ignore them tottaly and return when your bann period ended and did it again…
        Thats why nobody replies you now and they all ignore you..
        So since you claiming you learn your lesson try to be nicer in other worlds, witch i doubt as i see from the kind of language you are using.
        ‘wave
        beethros

      • #9 by ivan kylen on 2011.06.29 - 10:53 am

        ty beethros,i understand but i clean it up in the post below it,so…. wow and by what i said is there.com does at some point do ban ppl for stupid stuff like if for some example if someone gave u there account which means the person gave them the okay to have there account and clearly in the chat logs it shows them doing so but then they turn around and say u hated there acc. and stole there stuff really now! and then wen u appeal the ban/ report , then you send the chat logs in showing prooof that person gave u the okay that you could have there acc. then there.com cant understand u have proof showing that person gave u the okay saying you can have there acc. , clearly u didnt hack or steal there acc. , they gave it to u and it shows in the chat log, them doing so but there.com does want to understand and face the fact and see that the evdience is clearly in front of them and is defending the person being accused of hacking and stealing someones acc. and saying still that theyve looked through it all but yet u stay banned??? makes no sense becuz if u clearly see in the evidence it showes the person saying u can have there acc. and giving u the okay and then turning around telling there.com theyve been hack and that they stole my stuff but clearly did say “ohh also by the way i gave my acc. to someone and i said they could have it….” but that was not said wen that person turned around and said that becuz then there.com would have been like welll clearly they didnt hack and steal yur stuff becuz u gave them yur acc. and gave them full authurization to have the acc. and to do wat they please with it…. and that would have beeen the end of that but like i said it was not said wen that person turned around and did that messed up thing! but then wen u get banned and u appeal the charge and clearly show there.com proof that the person gave u the okay and authorization to have there acc. from the chat logs clearly saying and showing them doing so but then say its not good enough…… come on now there.com clearly thats not fair at all…. all im saying is for stupid stuff like that open yur mind and think about wats on the” table “and see that chat logs dont lie and see that that person isnt guilty of hacking or stealing becuz that person said they could have there acc. and gave then authorization to do so plz think about this thank you for yur time!:) and beethros srry that u had to read that above post i was being “fake” and a lil ignorite srry if i afened u in any shape or form:)

  6. #10 by Andy on 2011.06.27 - 11:44 am

    Ivan MW has stated many many times that ppl who were banned before will remain banned and will be unable to enter the new version of There

  7. #11 by ivan kylen on 2011.06.26 - 1:52 pm

    MW are you thinking about giving everyone that was banned or had closed accounts a second chance to play there2 and prove they have change in my book everyone diserves a second chance plz let us play

  8. #12 by Sam There on 2011.06.26 - 10:39 am

    yoooooooooooooooooo

  9. #13 by Scott Balk on 2011.06.26 - 10:36 am

    yoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  10. #14 by ivan kylen on 2011.06.26 - 10:32 am

    MW are you thinking about giving everyone that was banned or had closed accounts a second chance to play there2 and prove they have change in my book everyone diserves a second chance plz let us play πŸ™‚

  11. #15 by teri on 2011.06.25 - 10:24 pm

    what happens if the leader of a club was banned but you still want the club to exist? can someone in the group claim it still?

    • #16 by Michael Wilson on 2011.06.25 - 10:31 pm

      No. You’d have to wait the 6 months or so for the reservation to expire.

  12. #17 by wendy on 2011.06.25 - 6:57 pm

    Im sorry to change subject Mr.Wilson but you are going to attempt or try to change the rule of having to be 18 or older and try to change it back to 13 and older.But if you was wondering my age i just turned 20 the first of this month but my neice is 14 and was waiting for the return of there and i didnt tell her the change yet beacause i wasnt sure if this was your final and only choice yet so please get in contact as soon a possible and let me know.

    sincerly,wendy

  13. #19 by Sassybeme There on 2011.06.25 - 12:48 pm

    I would appreciate it if you would consider at some time the ability to pay for a name change.

    • #20 by Taelos Katran on 2011.06.25 - 5:20 pm

      I believe most RPG games now make some revenue by charging for cosmetic changes such as name change, gender change, etc. An interesting idea to make extra money. Although it would require development, it might be worth it. Something to consider after getting the service back up and seeing a track record of subscription revenue.

  14. #21 by Taelos Katran on 2011.06.25 - 10:29 am

    I thought I’d comment that MW’s blog is getting a whole lot more “action” than the other “virtual” virtual world forums / web sites out there. No I am not knocking anyone. Just sayin…

  15. #22 by daniel on 2011.06.25 - 7:56 am

    omg i forgot how to dance…? /heyhey?
    /dance?
    /daggers

    • #23 by anonymous on 2011.06.25 - 5:40 pm

      ‘yay
      ”’yay
      ‘heyhey
      ‘daggers
      etc…

  16. #24 by Kayleigh Lace on 2011.06.25 - 5:54 am

    I have a question – I’ve perused through and haven’t seen it addressed – if it was, I apologize and I’ll go hunt for it harder.

    Would groups started by ‘There’ be claimed? I’m thinking specifically of the groups made with our colored name tags. I’m not looking to There games or anything – but just as a way to find friends I specifically knew because of my team color.

  17. #25 by David on 2011.06.25 - 2:39 am

    Can someone reply to my question please?
    I want to reclaim my old avatar, but not hi’s name. Alot of people wanted a name change feature..We never got one..
    So please, please, can we reclaim our old avatars, without the name?
    Of course, we won’t be able to reclaim the clubs, no worries. Just the items and the other stuff.
    But please, let us get another avatar name!

  18. #27 by Tomixcomics on 2011.06.24 - 11:23 pm

    I am sad about how clubs are being handled but I am THRILLED to see an in gmae screenshot πŸ˜€

  19. #28 by lisa2 on 2011.06.24 - 3:15 pm

    thanks for the link to here and there app is was good to see my avie profile again , when there.com opens again will our buddy list still be the same?

  20. #29 by JosephPaul on 2011.06.24 - 11:12 am

    Thank you MW for the inspiring post, great to see a living avie! I know I am going to get some flack for posting this, but I recall reading that There2 will be available for Mac. Any chance of porting it to Linux? There2 is the ONLY reason I put Windows back on my box, and I would love to swing back to Ubuntu if There2 could be compiled (or at least run in Wine). Also, I would gladly pay $40.00 for tickets to see you and Mark Shuttleworth shred each other in a private Paintball match (rooting for you of course) πŸ™‚

    Blessings,

    JosephPaul

  21. #30 by Ketchup2k3 on 2011.06.24 - 9:47 am

    Are developer tools still available for download somewhere? Will there be any changes made to the submission process?

  22. #31 by evenstupider on 2011.06.24 - 9:33 am

    So, whats the process going to be like for claiming your avatar? Will it be like clubs, were after a certain period avatar names will delete and once again become available?

  23. #32 by ColinMartin on 2011.06.24 - 8:37 am

    Michel if i have deactive my account before there.com closed can I reopen my account? i was not banned!

  24. #33 by MoondustMadness on 2011.06.24 - 8:04 am

    *Is doing a happy dance*

  25. #34 by Mr_Perry on 2011.06.24 - 6:24 am

    Boring? Heck NO!
    I haven’t been this excited since ….. I can’t remember when…… (maybe my honeymoon) LOL
    Every fiber of my being is shouting with joy!

  26. #35 by HighFlier on 2011.06.24 - 5:39 am

    Yea baby!!! firstlight your my new 18 yo gal. So ya all just leave her alone. I claim her..she’s now Mrs. HighFlier. She’s all mine. Keep all your paws off ma girl fellas. Whoohoo baby just hang in There I’m comin to getcha and save you from all the sharks out there on that peanut island!

    Here’s our new avatars> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMH0bHeiRNg
    Yea, You wish they could move to all those dances don’tcha. Keep wishin. 😦

    Thanks for preserving all the club names from the 1’s who wanted them destroyed so badly they were foaming at the mouth who are hiding under rocks saying “Oh! daddy now why did I vote that way” and that’s no longer an opinion pole baby it’s now a fact for all the fact keepers out there. The great people of There have voted to save our clubs from those sharks waiting to steal the names and I gota new gal too. 😯

    So next on the agenda whose gona be bold or cool enough to write a new song for my new gal firstflight whoops! I meant firstlight?

    wp smiley support: http://en.support.wordpress.com/smilies/

    • #36 by Michael Wilson on 2011.06.24 - 5:56 am

      Ahem. FirstLight is one of SamSyn’s Avies. I don’t think he will take kindly to your, uh, attentions.

      • #37 by Seg_Vio on 2011.06.24 - 6:19 am

        Highflyer… You like the girls with a little hair on their chest huh?

      • #38 by HighFlier on 2011.06.24 - 7:11 am

        Ok, then I’ll go back to my There tester mistress. 😦 What a bummer man. I thought I was onto something there. I wouldn’t want to make that guy mad. OMG no. At least he should place a few of his 4×4’s around her to protect her from sharks or place her in a caz. Oh but guess those aren’t available just yet..oops! But do warn him leaving her all alone exposed out there might catch the attention of ^^^ the aliens who will poke on her eyeballs and use electrical devices on her. We wouldn’t want any headless noobs running around. They would multiply and this would quickly become a giant disaster.

    • #39 by HoverboatPilot on 2011.06.24 - 6:05 am

    • #40 by SaltySilver on 2011.06.24 - 7:05 am

      Thanks for the smiles HighFlier!

  27. #41 by DavyRocket on 2011.06.24 - 12:47 am

    I like that idea ‘tu, I noticed on my profile there are some clubs I am sure that wont return. I am just wondering about There owned clubs. What will become of those? Such as Neighborhood_Owner_Association, or even ThereGames_CoHost etc etc

  28. #42 by martin71 on 2011.06.24 - 12:41 am

    Q will the paz`s we own will they have have days left on them or will they be reset too ?

  29. #43 by Seg_Vio on 2011.06.23 - 10:08 pm

    During a very short press conference today, T2 only had one thing to say: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59MN-CX_rMQ

  30. #44 by Sara on 2011.06.23 - 9:33 pm

    Sorry I didn’t mean to offend you. You probably aren’t up on all that information. Or maybe it is top secret. Please exuse me.

  31. #45 by Punkster OfThere on 2011.06.23 - 7:41 pm

    Yippee! Fantastic! It’s almost the end of June. Is that when we will be able to get back into There?

    • #46 by Eatings, Sputters, Pneumonia, ect. on 2011.06.23 - 8:31 pm

      No. The end of June is the expected release date of ThereIM. Although there is no positive confirmation that it will be open.

      • #47 by Punkster OfThere on 2011.06.24 - 5:37 pm

        Okies thank you so much for your reply. I got mixed up. Thanks!

      • #48 by Eatings, Sputters, Pneumonia, ect. on 2011.06.24 - 8:55 pm

        No problem. πŸ˜€
        Anything to help a fellow Therian. πŸ˜€

  32. #49 by Tollermike on 2011.06.23 - 6:54 pm

    Very cool. I can imagine the amount of performance testing going on soon. Can’t wait. I hope people upgraded their PCs and connection.I sure did and looking forward to a lag free environment! Thankslagain Michael for making this all possible.

  33. #50 by Eatings, Sputters, Pneumonia, ect. on 2011.06.23 - 6:28 pm

    Very nice decision on the groups Michael Wilson. On another note, I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say “HECK YES!!” to the fact that There, is one step closer to being open again. We appreciate it!

  34. #51 by Diego on 2011.06.23 - 6:17 pm

    Good decision…and thanks for keeping us up-to-date on stuff. Looks like you are working hard.

  35. #52 by Christian Connolly on 2011.06.23 - 5:46 pm

    Is there.com Only one Island?

    • #53 by Wendy Stoll (Wendy50s) on 2011.06.24 - 4:12 am

      No. Hmm…how many islands? Motu Motu, Cangrejo, Ootay, Nada, Frosty, Kansas, Comet, Aurora (California)….what am I missing?

      • #54 by Wendy Stoll (Wendy50s) on 2011.06.24 - 4:14 am

        oh my gosh, just thinking of the names and the oceans in between…wait, Saja and Egypt! how could I have forgotten??? I can’t WAIT to get back!!

      • #55 by HoverboatPilot on 2011.06.24 - 6:18 am

        Caldera, Coke, and Tyr would be the big ones you missed. Some of the smaller ones alot of people forget would be The Atoll and Kiani Island (aka Tropical Adventures) πŸ˜€

      • #56 by ant1977 on 2011.06.24 - 6:35 am

        Tyr

      • #57 by Wendy Stoll (Wendy50s) on 2011.06.24 - 8:54 am

        oh my, how could I have forgotten Caldera and Tyr; I’ve lived in both places. I did forget Coke; will that one still be there?

    • #58 by NathanAvis on 2011.06.24 - 5:26 pm

      There are also countless little island surrounding some of these bigger ones. Some habitable, some inhabitable πŸ™‚

  36. #59 by jamt on 2011.06.23 - 5:36 pm

    Ummm is her bunnies getting wet in the water? Ohhh Artie sumo issss so wanting a buggy bash! Lets bring it on! I am going be sooooo busy! LOL what to do first! hugs your jamt

  37. #60 by INVU34 on 2011.06.23 - 5:20 pm

    WOOOOOO HOOOOOOO What a great image that was….makes me miss home..but makes me more excited!

  38. #61 by jamt on 2011.06.23 - 5:20 pm

    OMG! Need faint emote! DavyRocket made me one! Ok now Boring that looked like me way back when! Hushie no telling ages! πŸ˜› Oh the club idea is great! And sigh! One step closer folks, one step for man kind,one giant leap for avie kind! May T2 be with u( Ohh we have a cat named T2) from before this, can we have kitties! Hugs your jamt :))) rtr and clucky dance, ok handstand! :))))))))))))))))

  39. #62 by Bluespy35 on 2011.06.23 - 5:15 pm

    Hey hey hey … Bluespy35 here and looks forward to possibly developing buggies, 4×4 time will tell and how goes all the recooping of the old stuff I should still have one of everything I developed and I believe i have some templates still if I didnt lose them all in the crash…Oh and cant wait to do the Buggy Bash’s…..Paintball wars… πŸ™‚

  40. #63 by Stephanie on 2011.06.23 - 4:58 pm

    That picture makes me miss There SO much! I can’t wait!

  41. #64 by evenstupider on 2011.06.23 - 4:34 pm

    Will the updated avatars be ready for ThereIM?

    • #65 by Michael Wilson on 2011.06.23 - 5:19 pm

      No.

      • #66 by JonmiChel on 2011.06.23 - 7:08 pm

        Does that mean we won’t be able to reclaim our avatars when ThereIM is ready!?

      • #67 by Michael Wilson on 2011.06.23 - 7:55 pm

        No. It doesn’t mean that. at all.

  42. #68 by Raymond on 2011.06.23 - 4:22 pm

    Awesome news MW. Cant wait for everything to finally re-open!

  43. #69 by daniel on 2011.06.23 - 3:48 pm

    why dose it was the picture was taken on October 2010

    • #70 by TherePercy on 2011.06.23 - 7:11 pm

      No, it wasn’t.. The CLIENT used was compiled in October 2010 πŸ™‚

  44. #71 by Sara on 2011.06.23 - 3:40 pm

    I can’t believe you guys had thousands of servers. You really had thousands? Where was this located? Was it your hardware or another companies? I am glad you are going with the Cloud situation. I have heard the name a lot now. Maybe I will do something in the cloud someday also. Elaborate more on your thousands of servers and the technology you had There running on before vs the new Cloud technology situation. Though you might be a little busy for that. If you don’t have time or you are not wanting to elaborate then just ignore this. I just would like to know how much of a money saver could this be with the Cloud. And the cloud is what instead of small machines it might be huge super computers? I want to know what the past technology looked like too. I may never know. Put some pictures up if you can. I have never seen them.

  45. #72 by daniel on 2011.06.23 - 3:39 pm

    well that photo was exciting for me but i just have two questions. so the there im will be open at the end of june. but how long will it be tell we can run around, drive and play paintball ? and also. as soon as the there im opens. people will be able to make new accounts to right. not just returning ones?

  46. #73 by Neecie on 2011.06.23 - 3:33 pm

    I think I might cry now… no… I have it under control. It’s an emotional moment for me.

  47. #74 by dakotaman on 2011.06.23 - 3:19 pm

    Thanks for the update, MW and for the continued hard work of your team to breathe life back into There. I think all will be more than satisfied with the way you are handling clubs. That picture made my excitement level jump a whole new level.

    dakotaman

    And thanks to Orielle for sharing that link enabling us to check our previous clubs. I can see 2 or 3 that will exist in There2.

  48. #75 by Truck ThereianTruck on 2011.06.23 - 3:18 pm

    Tk god i took a snapshot of my profile so i can remember the whay i spelled my clubs lol

  49. #77 by dandaroo77 on 2011.06.23 - 3:00 pm

    Awesome, awesome, awesome. …… Great to see that avie !!!!!!.

  50. #78 by MrScrooge on 2011.06.23 - 2:57 pm

    Exciting news!

  51. #79 by suziequeen on 2011.06.23 - 2:35 pm

    Awesome screen shot, can’t wait to be back home with lots of good friends.

  52. #80 by GaryBob on 2011.06.23 - 1:53 pm

    Can anyone tell exactly where the screenshot taken? I feel like there should be a memorial or monument at that spot in the public world someday πŸ™‚

    PS: I love her name, so beautiful.

    • #81 by evenstupider on 2011.06.23 - 4:41 pm

      somewhere along tiki islands I think

      • #82 by HoverboatPilot on 2011.06.23 - 6:57 pm

        No, not even near the Tiki Main Islands, Quite a bit further South from there actually.

        I was lucky enough to get to visit that “ghost” of an island after an update or during a beta test I believe in September of 2009. The island mysteriously vanished after that. So I’m sure it somehow slipped into the code that us regular folks use by accident. The island itself had some terrain issues, like making vehicles sink into it and then pop back up rapidly.. probably a ground collision problem. Anyway, here’s some old screenies for your enjoyment!






        p.s. I have no idea why I didn’t have gps on to show the coordinates in these pics..

      • #83 by JACKSONofSPADES on 2011.06.23 - 9:08 pm

        HoverboatPilot:
        I think that’s Laguna Beach.
        ..or something like that…

      • #84 by Jinxed_Karma on 2011.06.24 - 3:42 am

        “The island mysteriously vanished after that. So I’m sure it somehow slipped into the code that us regular folks use by accident. The island itself had some terrain issues…”

        Not to mention that creepy smoke monster.

      • #85 by HoverboatPilot on 2011.06.24 - 6:08 am

        Jackson: It’s not VLB, I’ve been there before and it looks nothing like that small island. The island in question here is smaller than a 100acre hood (guessing). Besides, Michael has even said in the past that VLB was never hosted on There.com servers.

        Jinxed: lol

      • #86 by GaryBob on 2011.06.24 - 8:00 am

        Thanks HoverboatPilot! Now I don’t feel guilty that I didn’t recognize where it was! πŸ˜„

  53. #87 by martin71 on 2011.06.23 - 12:48 pm

    great choice MW awsome 1 day closer to be back home πŸ™‚

    mart

  54. #88 by JonmiChel on 2011.06.23 - 12:34 pm

    WOW awesome decision for the clubs but I wanted to ask something that it has replied somewhere else maybe. Once the Production Cluster is in the Cloud, means the world of there will be ready for users? I’M SO NERVOUS !

    Better asked, which is going to be next of this week, when is There and all its features will be READY!?

    I look forward to receive an answer soon, thanks you very much ^^

    JonmiChel.

  55. #89 by Linda Keen on 2011.06.23 - 12:32 pm

    Excelent way to do the clubs ‘tu

  56. #90 by DodgeBoy101 on 2011.06.23 - 12:32 pm

    AWSOME! πŸ™‚ This is the best news ive gotten all day! Hope im not in surgery when There comes back online! Wanna be there for the grand opening! πŸ™‚

  57. #91 by Bronnieb59 on 2011.06.23 - 12:28 pm

    “Looks boring”?…absolutely not! Looks incredibly exciting πŸ™‚

  58. #92 by Cassiie32 :D on 2011.06.23 - 12:25 pm

    Can I ask about the date at the top of the screenshot? And what was you, or someone else doing up at that hour, assuming it’s a 24hour clock at the end!

  59. #93 by Drake Steele on 2011.06.23 - 12:21 pm

    A fair solution πŸ™‚ Yeah some work will be lost but you’re right – if we have to re-group the members anyway then it won’t make much difference, will it? lol

  60. #94 by Dusky Rose on 2011.06.23 - 12:21 pm

    Yippeeee, “chicken dance” big “O” face. Dealin’ with Duskyrose lives again. Or was it Dealing with Duskyrose, or Dealin’ w/Duskyrose? or…………………………. she smacks her forhead with the palm of her hand. DRATS!!!!

  61. #95 by SaltySilver on 2011.06.23 - 12:05 pm

    Most excellent Sir. And you say this is a “reclamation of an old Avatar ” ? Such an appropriate name she has. It’s good to see home agian.

  62. #96 by There Lover on 2011.06.23 - 11:57 am

    WOOHOO! Glad to hear this! πŸ™‚ Is that recent? or is it just an old picture? πŸ™‚ But glad to hear you guys are making progress! πŸ˜€

  63. #97 by Esky on 2011.06.23 - 11:55 am

    Such fantastic news on the testing front MW, congratulations!

  64. #98 by Francis_7 on 2011.06.23 - 11:52 am

    “Looks pretty boring”
    Boring? It is like an image of heaven after this past year! I am so excited! Great news about the clubs as well! Can we call them clubs again?

  65. #99 by Hoverbiker on 2011.06.23 - 11:40 am

    Thank you for keeping us up to date on T2’s progress, Mister Wilson. Thank you also for allowing everyone to reclaim their clubs.

    Now on to another pressing issue . . . multiple avies per account. I’m well aware that you’re quite busy, just wondering if you’ve made any definitive decisions regarding the matter as of yet?

  66. #100 by Marianne Mohr on 2011.06.23 - 11:34 am

    So very freakin COOL, great solution on clubs/teams! But FirstLight looks lonely. JoyofLife volunteers to keep her company ;0)

  67. #101 by toufovou on 2011.06.23 - 11:32 am

    Wonderful news. Its nice to know that you are making progress.
    Your decision on the group issue probably the fairest for everybody.

  68. #102 by Studly From There! on 2011.06.23 - 11:31 am

    YAY, i will have my Group Back

    Studly Studs!!!

    MW will you become a member, you are studly!!

  69. #103 by Cellophane on 2011.06.23 - 11:30 am

    About a hundred years ago my stomach would fill with excitement when I’d go out with friends to see our favorite local band play in clubs/bars- that type of happiness you feel when you individual personal needs of certain types of entertainment are fulfilled… At nearly 46 years of age I’m over myself feeling silly for any type of excitement I feel to log into a virtual world. But wait- the only virtual world I’ve ever felt any level of excitement logging into was There.com…

    I didn’t appreciate that world. I felt there had to be financial issues all along. When There.com closed I wasn’t surprised. I wasn’t sad. For about two months. And then I felt very sad. I missed most the spades games and Ginstar Gin League. I missed my friends there, in There. Most of all I missed the fact I would not have Charity Tree lots to decorate around the Holidays- even the agnostic in me mourned that loss… I missed Saja. I missed so much that eventually I missed the whole damn world of There.com.

    To see that screen shot above was feeling the first real spark of unguarded happiness for T2.

    And I’m not going to hold back; I’m gonna just let the mo’fo’ grow and grow… πŸ˜€

    • #104 by Wendy Stoll (Wendy50s) on 2011.06.23 - 4:09 pm

      ‘tu Cello!

  70. #105 by Malingo on 2011.06.23 - 11:22 am

    Great news πŸ™‚
    The club decision sounds good.

  71. #106 by NoBioN on 2011.06.23 - 11:15 am

    Yay got a screenshot πŸ˜€

    • #107 by maverickfred on 2011.06.23 - 2:09 pm

      make yourself a ice coffee next time MIMI06 LOL HUGSSSSSSSSSSSS

  72. #108 by mimi06 on 2011.06.23 - 11:04 am

    love these blogs.. everytime I pop in I spill coffee all over me.. this is so nerve racking.. SMILES!!!!

  73. #109 by jordancharters on 2011.06.23 - 11:00 am

    Great news about a successful avatar reclaim! And good choice on the club situation. πŸ™‚

    Jordan

  74. #110 by Duzer on 2011.06.23 - 10:57 am

    Awsome.. Wow there is a god

    • #111 by jimony on 2011.06.23 - 1:30 pm

      Deities names are supposed to be capatalized. You should have wrote “There is a god.”

      Thanks for the updates, MW. Great news about both clubs and avie.

      • #112 by WikkedBliss on 2011.06.23 - 4:36 pm

        *Giggles*

      • #113 by Tiggy on 2011.06.24 - 5:01 am

        I’m a dyslexic atheist… there is no Dog

  75. #114 by Ethan Wilson on 2011.06.23 - 10:55 am

    I’m excited, if you guys need any help with the project, my IT talents are at your disposal.

  76. #115 by drfire on 2011.06.23 - 10:54 am

    awesome!

  77. #116 by Jane Meyers on 2011.06.23 - 10:50 am

    Seeing this has made me ecstatic. Great work on everything, MW. Also, the right decision was made with the clubs. Good work and thank you so much:)

  78. #117 by frankprss on 2011.06.23 - 10:49 am

    So I’m not keeping my Teams rating?

    • #118 by xSnoopy on 2011.06.23 - 2:32 pm

      frank,
      Looks like all of us will have to work hard to get back on top.

      • #119 by Summers on 2011.06.24 - 1:35 pm

        Lets see how long it takes for people to start cheating points again.

    • #120 by Demented on 2011.06.24 - 11:38 am

      Ahah Frank your not getting your (censored) rating back.

      • #121 by frankprss on 2011.06.27 - 7:08 am

        Lol Oh well Ill get it back. Just watch.

  79. #122 by Wendy Stoll (Wendy50s) on 2011.06.23 - 10:45 am

    BIG GRIN!!! Oh, man, not boring AT ALL. I can’t wait!!

  80. #123 by EvenStupider on 2011.06.23 - 10:39 am

    Very nice to hear that you’ve got the clubs and all sorted out. Given that the time to release ThereIM is soon approaching, have you dedicated any thought to unbanning some of the members (of lesser offences) from ThereV1?

    • #124 by Guest #2 on 2011.06.23 - 7:17 pm

      He shouldn’t those who were banned HAD A REASON to be banned..

      Yours truly, Guest #2

      • #125 by evenstupider on 2011.06.24 - 11:25 am

        Well thanks for your input xSnoopy – but the question wasn’t for you.

      • #126 by xSnoopy on 2011.06.25 - 4:42 pm

        Some serious paranoia going on here ..
        Wasn’t me Kevin! I don’t need to hide behind a fake name.
        BUT, I do agree with Guest #2
        Nurse Jay had VERY good reason to have you banned at her event.
        Don’t expect it to be lifted any time, this century!
        And, don’t say you didn’t ask for this response.

    • #127 by Seg_Vio on 2011.06.24 - 2:50 pm

      I know the question was not directed at me, but I thought I would add some input that hopefully would’nt fall on deaf ears.

      When I was running my hood, I had to ban people somewhat often due to either residents requesting that they be banned, or they was somehow griefing the hood. One thing I learned is that most of the offenders after being banned for a certain ammount of time would become completely different people after I unbanned them. The one difference that may affect the outcome would be that I would have a talk with the offenders before I would unban them to let them know why I banned them to begin with, and to let them know that I’m not very tolerant of griefing my residents or whatever rule they broke.

      Honestly, If it is not too much trouble for the staff, I would try it on a trial basis. That is just me, but maybe Michael Wilson has had a different experiance with this than I had.

  81. #128 by AnOldDeveloper on 2011.06.23 - 10:38 am

    Holy Crap, Holy Crap, Holy Crap
    OMG OMG OMG
    It’s an avatar!!!!!
    *runs around in circles grinning like an idiot*

  82. #129 by Thumdar on 2011.06.23 - 10:38 am

    That seems like the most logical way to handle the clubs. And I agree with xSnoopy ~ seeing that screen shot made me smile. It’s nice to know that isn’t an old screen shot – it’s NEW! It really is a bizarre thing that I am truly looking forward to seeing my avatar again. It will be like seeing a long lost friend!

    I really hope you make a ton of money πŸ™‚

    • #130 by xSnoopy on 2011.06.23 - 2:30 pm

      Thumdar,
      “It really is a bizarre thing that I am truly looking forward to seeing my avatar again.”
      You sir, are a sick man πŸ™‚
      I am suffering from the same abnormality. LOL
      Don’t forget to bring your razor, we have not shaved in 15 months.
      I will be looking something like Walter of Jeff Dunham (.com) fame.

  83. #131 by Susie Redlin aka Jane Austen on 2011.06.23 - 10:36 am

    getting sweaty palms here, looking forward to setting up some spades tournaments! and hoverpacking. and hoverboarding. and just standing in There again!

  84. #132 by yankeeinthesouth on 2011.06.23 - 10:31 am

    ‘tu on the clubs. Sounds more then fair. πŸ™‚ Aww, to see the There screen and avie again……

  85. #133 by RRTT on 2011.06.23 - 10:29 am

    Mike, is that pic really from October 2010 as it says in the top?

    Also, i love that if you look through the title bar of that client, you can see a line of icons on the desktop all with There Icons.

    With a “successful reclamation of an old avatar” under your belt, can you predict how long after ThereIM is released that the world itself will be released?

    • #134 by JasonMK on 2011.06.23 - 3:57 pm

      October is the build of the client (remember how often they would update?)

  86. #135 by WikkedBliss on 2011.06.23 - 10:29 am

    WOW! That made my DAY!!!! And what a good name for her LOL Thanks for doing all this for us and for yourselves like Snoopy said, it’s amazing to see your dreams come to life!

    • #136 by xSnoopy on 2011.06.23 - 2:22 pm

      Wikked,
      It has to have been at least 12 hours a day for the crew and a lot more for the boss. I bet everyone smiled when that avie popped up.
      You just have to admire someone who took a loss for 9 years and had the kahunas to come back and try again.

      YOUR THE MAN MICHAEL !!

      • #137 by Michael Wilson on 2011.06.23 - 5:18 pm

        Don’t thank me. I’m just Administrative Overhead.

      • #138 by xSnoopy on 2011.06.24 - 6:14 am

        Michael,
        You are far to modest!
        Some say I try to speak for others and I shouldn’t, but in this case, I WILL!
        THANK YOU for ALL of us.
        Should I ever meet you and your crew, in RL, the first one is on me!!

  87. #139 by jerzeesweetheart on 2011.06.23 - 10:24 am

    πŸ™‚ This is so exciting. I can’t wait for the update that says “you may now log in!”

  88. #140 by Therians Fan on 2011.06.23 - 10:22 am

    Thanks for the update. πŸ™‚

    Out of curiosity, if you come back and re-create your groups again, and members start coming back. What happens if you decide not to come back? Will the groups that you’ve created disappear? Also, since There will be on a cloud servers will you be able to extend the limit on the buddy list?

    Thank you again. Have a wonderful day and weekend. πŸ™‚

  89. #141 by JasonMK on 2011.06.23 - 10:20 am

    VERY EXCITING, I feel like back in the day checking back every few minutes to see if There was “open” or “closed just waiting for any news or update. Thanks Michael. ‘wave

    • #142 by JasonMK on 2011.06.23 - 10:32 am

      I’m curious, once There is back up and running will we be able to send ThereMail to former club members that have not yet signed up for There2? As a Club/Group Leader this may be a great way of recruiting some paying members.

  90. #143 by Santacroce on 2011.06.23 - 10:19 am

    Awesome!!!

  91. #144 by ant1977 on 2011.06.23 - 10:18 am

    I’m sure this would make the majority of everyone happy, Thank You Michael Wilson.

  92. #145 by Sassybeme There on 2011.06.23 - 10:17 am

    Not boring.. that is SO extremely cool! πŸ˜€

  93. #146 by Tiggy on 2011.06.23 - 10:09 am

    “it’s the first end-to-end successful reclamation of an old Avatar from There in QA”

    She’s ALIVE! SHE’S ALIIIIIIIVE!!! SSHHEE’SSS ALLLLIIIIIIIVEEEEE!!!

  94. #147 by Escape on 2011.06.23 - 10:06 am

    Thank you for the update. Probably reclaim ownership of our clubhouse(s)? Sounds like there maybe problems!

  95. #148 by Innie on 2011.06.23 - 10:03 am

    Thank you for the update! Great end to a week πŸ™‚

    • #149 by vursala25 on 2011.06.24 - 6:03 am

      wow..seeing that screen ,made me smile so much..home sweet home is almost there…can t wait… MW..you are an Angel…. Thank you..

  96. #150 by xSnoopy on 2011.06.23 - 10:00 am

    DAMN Michael,
    Nothing here but one BIG smile to see that screen shot!
    I suspect there will be a LOT of smiles, as the other Thereians see this pic.
    From nothing more than a desire to get your dream breathing again, a few months ago, to this.
    You and your team deserve a WELL DONE from every one of us that love There.com
    FYI, you show up in Zephyr without your FF and I will still shoot you, #1 rank or not πŸ™‚

  97. #151 by Basya on 2011.06.23 - 9:59 am

    Congrats! Looks very promising — really looking forward to re-entering There again myself! However, what if we don’t remember the name (or exact name) of a club we may have had? I’m not certain which I may have had at closing.

    Thanks again,
    Basya

    • #152 by Esky on 2011.06.23 - 12:00 pm

      MW’s post above indicates that if you are a club leader, then your club(s) just get created when you join. It seems to me he’s saying that you don’t actually need to remember the name of your club(s).

      • #153 by Michael Wilson on 2011.06.23 - 1:34 pm

        No! Sorry I didn’t say that! You do need to remember your Clubs, and you do need to recreate them. Goodness, if we did it automatically, we’d end up with the same clutter of “I love Vash best” clubs.

      • #154 by Orielle on 2011.06.23 - 2:01 pm

        I think you made a typo. That should be “I love shooting Vash best” clubs. πŸ˜‰

      • #155 by Robert on 2011.06.24 - 12:26 am

        HEY MR. WILSON !!!
        I LOVE THERE.COM
        BUT I CANΒ΄T PAY SUBSCRIPTION FEE
        PLEASE STOP SUBSCRIPTION FEE !!!!
        WITH RESPECT

      • #156 by Eatings, Sputters, Pneumonia, ect. on 2011.06.24 - 11:44 am

        To Robert, If there’s no subscription fee.. There.com cannot operate what-so-ever. There.com is not a cheap thing to run. On top of that, they have to pay their employee’s and whatnot. If we don’t pay the fee, they don’t make money. If they don’t make money, They can’t pay for the servers, Employees, anything.

      • #157 by Seg_Vio on 2011.06.24 - 2:29 pm

        @Robert
        Since when has $0.50-2.00 a day become troublesome for anyone to afford? I understand that some people live on a small budget, but if you wanted to rejoin There, I’m sure removing something small from your daily habit could allow you to come up with $10-20 a month. 2 20oz soft drinks a day cost more than that.

      • #158 by Robert on 2011.06.25 - 1:53 am

        Ok then. But other things – good job πŸ™‚

    • #159 by Orielle on 2011.06.23 - 1:50 pm

      As long as your profile wasn’t set to private you can still view your There profile on Facebook thanks to TheChaz’s app he made years ago. Just replace ****** with the name of your avie. Example: http://apps.facebook.com/hereandthere/?avatarname=Orielle

      http://apps.facebook.com/hereandthere/?avatarname=******

      Basya, you were the leader of the following groups:

      Leader: Basya_Bacios_Club
      Leader: Basya_Petya_and_Friends
      Leader: New_Kansas
      Leader: Theres_1st_Bacio_Club
      Leader: Ubber_Geek_Glider_Club

      • #160 by jamt on 2011.06.23 - 5:32 pm

        Basya can’t wait to hug u gf! Ori dont even think of shooting me so stop that right now ! I mean it! grrrr! Ant. Ori is picking on me! We pinks have to stick together! πŸ˜› hugs ur jamt :))))

      • #161 by Tigera on 2011.06.23 - 6:53 pm

        Wow thank you so much for that! I never knew about it! Its so good to see all the info from my profile. I highly recommend this to people. Now I can decide which clubs to recreate. πŸ™‚

      • #162 by Basya on 2011.06.24 - 12:38 am

        Thanks Orielle! I’d forgotten about that app! I just may reopen a few of those clubs.

        Cya in There!

      • #163 by Basya on 2011.06.24 - 12:40 am

        Hi Jamt! Yes, we Pinks certainly have to stick together! (GO PINKS!!) Looking forward to seeing you in There once again!
        Hugs back to you!!

      • #164 by adrian witt on 2011.06.24 - 4:48 am

        Had no idea there was an app anywhere like this. wow, hmmm any apps out there somewhere that would let me see my inventory? LOL Thanx for this great post.

      • #165 by Orielle on 2011.06.24 - 1:57 pm

        I wasn’t even planning on shooting you Jamt, but since you brought it up… 😈 Antaios does have 5 avies, 2 of which are Olives. He could decide to return as one of his Olive avies instead of his Pink one. πŸ˜›

        Unfortunately no way we can see what we have on each avie. I know for certain I have a lot of items that I want back, including a funzone deed, on one alt, Hostess, but my others I can’t for the life of me remember if I transferred items back to Orielle during the final days. Unfortunately Theremails don’t list items that were given in trades. 😦

      • #166 by kelayna on 2011.06.25 - 8:10 am

        Awesome I saw it ~sniffles~ my profile.. I miss my puppies!!

      • #167 by Rhonda Ebert on 2011.06.27 - 4:50 am

        Ha I made mine private on the last day to stop google searches wayyy in the future.. ‘doh stupid thing to do! Thank goodness i can still see ccr_Gina’s πŸ™‚

  98. #168 by Jordan on 2011.06.23 - 9:56 am

    Sounds great Michael.
    Almost time for ThereIM aswell. :]

  99. #169 by Brad on 2011.06.23 - 9:56 am

    Excellent choice! Can’t wait for There to relaunch =)

  100. #170 by Bumpin42 on 2011.06.23 - 9:37 am

    Thx for the update Mw that sounds real fair : )

  101. #171 by Tigera on 2011.06.23 - 9:34 am

    Very exciting, I’m glad about the decision for Clubs. I’m so happy to see this all happening! πŸ™‚

    • #172 by SaltySilver on 2011.06.23 - 1:15 pm

      • #173 by Sara on 2011.06.23 - 3:32 pm

        Keep doing these little videos. I like to listen to them. That is the new CEO of There

      • #174 by Alease on 2011.06.23 - 7:46 pm

        Great videos!! : )

      • #175 by SimplyComplex on 2011.06.24 - 2:11 am

        We can read it on the homepage thank you.

      • #176 by Trent Simino on 2011.06.24 - 7:46 pm

        The picture looks how it use to ithought it would look different but never mind

      • #177 by sassydancer on 2011.06.25 - 2:10 am

        That was an awsome goodbye,. But isn’t it awsome that now we can all come back?

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