A few little changes

We had a little outage a few moments ago (we did send out an announcement) to:

  • Improve lost password handling slightly: The new way is just an old way. If you don’t have/remember your secret answer, then just provide your legacy email and we will reset the password and send the email to that.
  • Loosen up the curse word filter a bit, since we’re an 18+ world now (really, it was stopping a legitimate user from getting back on)
  • Fix a Firefox rendering issue.

By the way we hit a ThereIM CCU of 247 – a new ThereIM record.

We’re also working on a fix for folks who included a “‘” (quote, or tick) in their secret answer – it actually caused their avatar to be skipped when we were loading the table of “old” avatar names. Our favorite secret answer was: “I won’t forget”.

(It’s not true that internally we refer to folks who did this as “tick-infested”. Not true at all).

We really wanted to get these little things ironed out before proceeding with the restoration of gear, etc, so please be patient. Don’t post comments asking “When will my stuff be restored?” (Avie left hand into the AvieIncinerator), send us email (left hand and right hand up to the elbow into the AvieIncinerator), or call us (All of your belongings into the AvieIncinerator, then your Avatar. Your dogs will have to watch, and we’ll set them free afterwards).

Finally, we figured out we would not be restoring the following items:

  • Avatar Comments
  • Favorite Places

This mostly has to do with the fact that the Avatars on which you’ve commented will have a different internal identifier (“Doid”), and it’s impossible to associate the comments with the right avatars if they aren’t in world yet when we restore your data. That being said, we might be able to go back later and restore these comments so that, yes, you WILL remember that you owe that person 20,000 T$ for shooting me with a paintball.

The Favorite places issue has to do again with Doids, and also with the fact a lot of places – like CCMetro – will have disappeared. As someone said “Looks like a great chance to explore the world again.”.

That’s it for now.

  1. #1 by cian deely on 2011.08.31 - 9:39 am

    i can’t get in i mean when i open the im and i try to go somewhere nothing happens i cant get inworld???? can somone please help

  2. #2 by bethany_c on 2011.08.26 - 12:03 pm

    I have the IM and can talk to friends. When I come to Change Me, I have things missing. Earrings, a face mask, shoes and a tee shirt i designed myself. I have tried to view my profile but it directs me to log in page, so unable to see the rest of my things. I need to know that they are alll there.

  3. #3 by spazz on 2011.08.14 - 8:48 am

    Im not receiving the email for my avie and ive done the process 3 or 4 times and haven’t received anything. It recognizes my avie name but when i try to get my password for it it says β€œThe information provided was not valid. Please provide a valid Avatar Name and Email address.” Help me.

  4. #4 by Turtle_jr on 2011.08.14 - 5:21 am

    MW I went to “Forget my Password” and I typed in my name and legacy email and it gave me a weird message. “The information provided was not valid. Please provide a valid Avatar Name and Email address.”
    Any clue to what that means? Or are you still working on the forget your password?

  5. #5 by Jack Evans on 2011.08.14 - 4:01 am

    Mr. Wilson, can you help? I’m on ThereIM and my skin tone is supposed to be Caramel, but it’s stuck on Chocolate :/ Can you please change it for me because I can’t edit my shape on ThereIM… My username is ali_27. Thankyou!

  6. #6 by Abby on 2011.08.12 - 5:51 am

    Ok so I reset my password, and It’s not working? I’m using the exact password from the email There sent me!

  7. #7 by Joe on 2011.08.11 - 4:06 pm

    I cant log in i tried to ressurect my avatar but it wont accept my new or old password

  8. #8 by Here in there on 2011.08.11 - 2:18 pm

    Would you ever make there IM an app for iphones / ipod touch, etc..

  9. #9 by xSnoopy on 2011.08.11 - 2:14 pm

    Hey again,
    Yet ANOTHER update,
    xSnoopy has his inventory of clothing back. YEAH!!
    Apparently they are doing it in order of when you claimed your Legacy avatar cuz some of the GP’s I talked to don’t have their stuff back yet.
    Just a LITTLE bit longer gang!!
    GP, xSnoopy

    • #10 by GaryBob on 2011.08.12 - 12:23 pm

      I don’t think that can be right. There are people who claimed their avatars after me and already have their inventory restored.

  10. #11 by Aly on 2011.08.11 - 1:39 pm

    When will you make it so you can research our account information if we dont know our legacy email/password/secret question?

  11. #12 by Here in there on 2011.08.11 - 12:12 pm

    Mw, i have not seen you on there.com before, when it reopens will you go on to have fun and other fun stuff or just for seeing how the world will be doing? Or a little of both πŸ˜‰

  12. #13 by CpnBob on 2011.08.11 - 12:11 pm

    Simone ~ Thanks for your ignorant post. Of course we will all be able to find our hoods. However, as in my case, I have 30 of my own lots in the Hood, along with the same number of drops as part of my 100 package drops. You must have had a very simple Hood if all you need to do is find it.

  13. #14 by Simone on 2011.08.11 - 11:54 am

    I could find my hood without a saved place. I explored all over around the area of my hood and i know exactly where I lived and where I spent so much time and love making beautiful πŸ™‚ You will find your hood have faith

  14. #15 by Lynn on 2011.08.11 - 11:51 am

    my friend still has not gotten his new password his email is a working email and is the one he used for his avie when he signed up any ideas ? its a hotmail account and he has checked his junk folder hope someone can help

  15. #16 by CpnBob on 2011.08.11 - 11:18 am

    PLEASE … restore the Favorite Places. Not for pleasure or fun, but for the Hoodowners who need them to relocate lots, buildings,etc. in order to place (Drop) them in the proper place. You are doing a great job and we’re all very happy that There is back. Maybe there is a way that Hoodowners, FunZone owners, etc could have Places restored as part of their package? Thanks!

  16. #17 by Sixhunny on 2011.08.11 - 11:10 am

    What the heck is Yownow? lol. Yes my original account has been retrieved, Im in ThereIM, its very quiet here. No sound. Not even /crickets. Where is everyone? Where did all my friends go! WHY AM I TALKING TO MYSELF!

    (If you knew me as Greeter Sixhunny, or were a friend before the Greeter thingy, add Sixhunny. Stop me from talking to myself!)

  17. #18 by Here in there on 2011.08.11 - 10:54 am

    Oh you send passwords to the people that don’t have a secret answer or dont remember there password?

    • #19 by Michael Wilson on 2011.08.11 - 11:06 am

      If your old (legacy) email address works, yes, we will reset the password and send it to you.

      We can’t extract your password and send it to you since it’s one way encrypted.

    • #20 by Michael Wilson on 2011.08.11 - 11:06 am

      Of course, you don’t turn 18 for 2 months, so you have a loongggg time to remember your password.

      • #21 by Here in there on 2011.08.11 - 11:38 am

        Of course, ill be counting down the days, im guessing the world will be open by then?

  18. #22 by SB on 2011.08.11 - 10:49 am

    Whoo hoo! Got home from Scotland and found my ThereIM info and successfully logged in! Now, to find some victi…..I mean some Therians!

  19. #23 by Michelle on 2011.08.11 - 10:26 am

    Just want to say a big THANK YOU! I got my new password and logged on with not one problem! again Thanks!

  20. #24 by nicole__soale on 2011.08.11 - 10:17 am

    can you send the password to the email attatched to the avitar nicole__soale. i don’t have a secret question

    • #25 by Michael Wilson on 2011.08.11 - 10:48 am

      Your password is “42”.

      • #26 by Truck on 2011.08.12 - 10:22 pm

        ‘hmmm thought it was “24” j/k

  21. #27 by Here in there on 2011.08.11 - 10:15 am

    I never came across it in the comments or blogs, maybe its just me haha, but what if you forgotten your password and you dont have a secret answer? If someone already said this or you already said what would happen im sorry for repeating πŸ˜›

  22. #28 by softNdark on 2011.08.11 - 9:59 am

    From my Inventory….. mmmmmmmmm

    Flying Butterflies

  23. #29 by Tassader on 2011.08.11 - 9:13 am

    I spent five hours on ThereIM last night chatting to an old friend. Now waiting for the Avatar message call for a second night of happy chit chat.
    How so relaxing after a hectic day at work.

    See you all back in There soon.

  24. #30 by Here in there on 2011.08.11 - 8:59 am

    Wait a second , is there IM open haha very confused

  25. #31 by Dean Caballero ( Bumpin42 ) on 2011.08.11 - 8:55 am

    Thx for all the hard work guys, I dont have yes or no buttons in the there Im box so i cant say yes to my friends. Thx again ( Dean )

    • #32 by MrScrooge on 2011.08.11 - 10:45 am

      Hey, have you tried making your ThereIM client bigger? Put your mouse cursor on the bottom right of the IM client and stretch it until it’s really wide. See if that helps you to see the Yes and No options. I had to do something similar in order to see some of the text bubbles. Hope this helps you Bumpin! ‘rtr’

      • #33 by Dean Caballero ( Bumpin42 ) on 2011.08.12 - 7:50 am

        Yes sir Mr Scrooge i tryed it after you told me to stretch my client so just for the hell of it i tryed it in 24 and 42 inch lol i was just being silly cuzz i knew if it did`t work for 24 it would`t work for 42, ok i got bord. ( oh ya with no luck )>>> : )0

  26. #34 by Celtic on 2011.08.11 - 8:38 am

    ok, I would delete the above, but I can’t…The first time I registered a few days ago, the password retrieval did not work, but I re-registered today, and the password retrieval system link contained in the email did work so…I think I’m good..

  27. #35 by Celtic on 2011.08.11 - 8:30 am

    I am not sure what do to. I have registered for an invitation to reclaim my avatar. I received it and went through the steps-but I do not remember my password so I could not complete it. The password retrieval system does not work for me. I keep getting the error: “The information provided was not valid. Please provide a valid Avatar Name and Email address.”. In this post, I see that you have improved the password retrieval system, but I still get the same error response. I don’t know if I should just wait it out, or if (and how) I should contact anyone. What do I do?

  28. #36 by AnOldDeveloper on 2011.08.11 - 8:29 am

    I will miss my old fav places. “Place in ocean”, “pretty trees”, “spiky terrain”, “falling”, “falling 2”, “falling 3”, etc.
    No, I never knew where I was going.

  29. #37 by josebose on 2011.08.11 - 8:26 am

    FYI you dont have to wait for the email.as soon as you invite yourself and get the page saying the email will be sent you can go create your avatar

    • #38 by josebose on 2011.08.11 - 8:39 am

      personally i think they should work more on getting the world back up and running than working on restoring our “stuff”.the faster the world is up and running the faster they can get started being paid.if i could login to the 3d world buck naked with not a tbux to my name or a item in my inventory i would be as happy as a pig in mud.

      • #39 by softNdark on 2011.08.11 - 9:55 am

        Oooh but the girl pigs wouldn’t have lipstick on……

  30. #40 by jonathan5k2006 on 2011.08.11 - 7:57 am

    How long does it take to migrate people stuff over?

    • #41 by Michael Wilson on 2011.08.11 - 8:01 am

      It’s going to be much faster for yours since I just tossed it all into the AvIncinerator ™ and it’s all in very small pieces.

      • #42 by phasedenergy on 2011.08.11 - 8:05 am

        So THAT was the burning smell….thought someone was BBQing a boot……

      • #43 by ForTehLulz on 2011.08.11 - 8:05 am

        “It’s going to be much faster for yours since I just tossed it all into the AvIncinerator β„’ and it’s all in very small pieces.”

        Funniest thing I have ever read on the internet.

      • #44 by jonathan5k2006 on 2011.08.11 - 8:09 am

        *like* lol its weird to be back but im glad πŸ˜€

      • #45 by IMAKOS on 2011.08.11 - 8:20 am


      • #46 by Camel on 2011.08.11 - 8:28 am

        That’s actually an interesting question… assuming the software that does the migration is working flawlessly, how long does it actually take to run?

        I know that the databases are federated MySQL instances, and that not all of a user’s stuff lives on a single MySQL server. I’m sure that presents some fascinating technical issues. What’s your migration plan? Do you have a MySQL ninja working on a magical insert query to do everything in one go? How much data is there? How much of that data are you expecting to keep?

      • #47 by LArocks4me on 2011.08.11 - 8:32 am

        Hi MW, I got the invite and followed all the instructions in the email. I am able to log into ThereIM – I got to change my password and everything – but how do I get into the game? By reading all the comments here, it seems they are already playing the game already…

        Please advise. Thanks!

      • #48 by Lady_Tigrane on 2011.08.11 - 8:46 am

        O god..
        I hope he sold those “I sat in brown paint” boxers before there closed…
        If not, that’s gonna stink to high heaven

      • #49 by mimi06 on 2011.08.11 - 10:33 am

        MR WILLLLSON? oh my gosh, all I can think of is Dennis the Meance:O geez, people, breath! Enjoy the thought of THERE, enjoy the updates, enjoy all the people in this blog helping each other..

        ok.. back to my THEREIM corner πŸ™‚

      • #50 by Dean Caballero ( Bumpin42 ) on 2011.08.12 - 7:52 am

        Damm iam not saying nothing lmao

  31. #51 by mimi06 on 2011.08.11 - 7:56 am

    YAY! Welcome back to group_iplanet and his entire community! hugz!

  32. #52 by calliekitty on 2011.08.11 - 7:45 am

    I’m so happy, last night I finally got into There.com and had an IM chat with some of my old There.com buddies!! Michael Wilson and staff thank you sooooooo much for resetting passwords for people like me that lost it. I am so excited, and cannot wait for There.com to come up all the way and be able to play in the There.com world. And Thank you soooo much for all the hard work you and your staff are doing to bring this all back to us!!!

  33. #53 by mmeodiles on 2011.08.11 - 7:41 am

    ‘A few little ‘changes’ ?? cough cough: changes, as in clothes changes??

    Ok listen up …. I know it is now over ’18’…..but…where are our shields for changing ??? LOL
    I mean..I cannot show my undies & granny bra….to nice people, especially dude Thereians!!!!
    Ethel…!!! Get them there clothes back on!!!!

    Almost naked in ThereIM πŸ˜‰

    • #54 by shanghei on 2011.08.11 - 10:08 am

      then dressing screen shows up while you are changing, remember? sooooo… yeahhhhh…. it is almost the streak… my avie would have blushed but i was too busy trying to put on clothes to type ”’blush

  34. #55 by Black_mamba on 2011.08.11 - 7:10 am

    Mr. Wilson,

    I tried to log in with my old avartar name and password but they said my avartar name has been locked?? I know what my old password was and my avi name and my e-mail related to the avatar so why was my name locked? I know I didn’t get banned because i didn’t ever do anything wrong on there.com, I paid my money played in a good fashion, and really want to find a way to get my old avatar back, please respond and please help me understand what I did wrong, and what I need to do to get my old avatar back now??? Thanks!


  35. #56 by Derek on 2011.08.11 - 7:08 am

    I just wanna wear my snowflake thong and my hairy chest!

    • #57 by softNdark on 2011.08.11 - 9:47 am

      NOW … That.!!!!

      I ..GOT.. to see!!! Laughingggggggggggg Where is the ‘Strip Club”???

      (I can’t believe I am the only one to reply…. smile)

  36. #58 by shanghei on 2011.08.11 - 7:03 am

    just want to say THANK YOU !!!!!!!! ”’yay you all ROCK !!!! no need for an incinerator here… am waiting (can’t say patiently and be telling the truth) for each step in the progress.. it is so exciting to almost be home… just a fair warning to all…. if you do “try me” and then change IMs… you will be reverted to your noob undies…. not a pretty site… eeeesh…

  37. #59 by john on 2011.08.11 - 6:50 am

    so i am able to log into ThereIM, but with no one add to the buddy list how do you know if anyone is online? do people post their online status on a facebook there page? an IM client with no one to IM isn’t of much use.

    • #60 by Tre_Ghost on 2011.08.11 - 9:06 am

      Add ppl from the blogs that post their avatar names and ask to be added

  38. #61 by skye63 on 2011.08.11 - 6:33 am

    Really Surprised at all the complaints about loosing places and comments.. Really? I mean we’re getting our old stuff back and there.com is opening back up.. they didn’t have to give us anything at all, we could have started from scratch.. Be Happy People jeez!

    • #62 by softNdark on 2011.08.11 - 9:41 am

      I agree….

      As I sit here chilin’ I keep thinking…. Some of these people would have argued with Noah on the 39th day. About where he would let them sit, ..IF.. he would let, them in the ark.


      ~patients young grasshopper~
      (we will be There soon)

  39. #63 by Brandy Elliott/Sishc on 2011.08.11 - 6:33 am

    I am trying to download THEREIM but only get this in return:Copyright 2002-2011 Google Inc. and nothing else, So the im is not downloading how come? Previous therian.

  40. #64 by spazz on 2011.08.11 - 6:23 am

    Im not receiving the email for my avie and ive done the process 3 or 4 times and haven’t received anything. It recognizes my avie name but when i try to get my password for it it says “The information provided was not valid. Please provide a valid Avatar Name and Email address.” Help me.

  41. #65 by frankprss on 2011.08.11 - 5:07 am

    Wonderful! I’m glad that I can use my legacy email that I set up my account up with to reset my password without the secret question. Nice work

  42. #66 by nicole__soale on 2011.08.11 - 5:05 am

    I got the confirmation email, and i followed all the steps except when i make my avatar on the 2nd page with the password and everything when i click Finish, the bar loads half way then goes back to the page with all my info filled in.. help please!

  43. #67 by JasonMK on 2011.08.11 - 4:41 am

    “Finally, we figured out we would not be restoring the following items:
    β€’Avatar Comments
    β€’Favorite Places”

    Could someone refresh my memory what “Avatar Comments” Michael is referring to?

    • #68 by MrScrooge on 2011.08.11 - 5:38 am

      I’m not sure but my first thought was the notes we wrote on other avatars, birthdays, memos on them, etc.

    • #69 by frankprss on 2011.08.11 - 7:24 am

      When you scrolled over someones tag, you could write a note about them. I think that may be what it is

  44. #70 by Winston on 2011.08.11 - 4:40 am

    I just downloaded and logged into ThereIM. I never used the program in the past but it’s very cool. I still think a bit advanced as well, no? I know That Other Place shut down their own IM project shortly after There closed. I haven’t Googled it but I don’t think any other 3DVW has this kind of program. Any smart phone apps being imagined right now? Take your There Avie anywhere ala XboxLive avies? It was great to wander through there central again. Almost eerie as the news page is still showing what was happening just before the closure. I’m very excited about all this πŸ™‚

  45. #71 by Sassybeme There on 2011.08.11 - 4:40 am

    I noticed just now I had a few email IM invites. Pending buddies is showing nothing in Que. I added the names manually in the IM. I”m not totally sure.. but it seems if their not online it might not be sending the request to add. If their online the box to add goes away after the add. If not it stays with the name in the box and wont go a way. I hadn’t got an answer back from any off line, only online. Should I had just emailed feedback?

    Some aren’t on my facebook so thought they might see this here. So they didn’t think I had them on iggy or some thing. :/

    • #72 by DavyRocket on 2011.08.11 - 6:34 am

      Hi Sassy, Yeah I am having problems with pending buddies now, you included. I have 3 emails with pending buddies. I click the link to accept, login, and I get an error saying there is a problem with your pending buddies. Try again later. I now have 80 buddies on my list, so not sure if there is some kind of limit when offline. I was able to accept a buddy that was online, and showing in my list.

  46. #73 by JonmiChel on 2011.08.11 - 4:09 am

    Great News! I wonder when are we gonna be able to invite ourselves again! For those who didn’t get in time or just got the error!? ^^

  47. #74 by SAmmyy on 2011.08.11 - 3:57 am

    Are u supposed to be able to see ur avi when in there im i dont see my avi!

    • #75 by ForTehLulz on 2011.08.11 - 7:26 am

      Are you actually talking to anyone?
      Also, you can see it in ChangeMe..

  48. #76 by Whoop_C_Daisy on 2011.08.11 - 3:56 am

    Recovered my avatar last night (way late and should have done it earlier in the night)! Had a glitch with the password, was successfully given a reset, then decided I would change the reset password and that’s when all &*7#(*$! broke loose..lol. Anyway, I did get the thereIM up and running, but when I was about to go chat somewhere I got a seg vio. This is when I tried to get back in and my password (that I had changed) wouldn’t work, just kept saying wrong password and then I got my account locked up. After frantically attempting to recover the password I finally requested another reset and called it a night. Got back on at 4:40am this morning and the reset password let me back in :D!!!! YAY!!.. Will try to chat when I get home tonight, that is if I don’t pass out first from being up so late due to all of my excitement.

    Tootles! πŸ˜€

    • #77 by shanghei on 2011.08.11 - 7:00 am

      i know what you mean whoopC… i came to post a thank you to MW and his crew… saw your post… there is a buddy request pending… i can’t WAIT to get my clothes back…. hee hee… also… am looking forward to your new designs !! but mostly looking forward to hangin with you and my other friends… missed you ALL soooo much…

  49. #78 by Harrison on 2011.08.11 - 3:52 am

    Just restored my account πŸ™‚ What forums/fan sites are still going? x

    • #79 by Tre_Ghost on 2011.08.11 - 6:33 am

      here4there.com thumdar.com

      • #80 by McKensy on 2011.08.11 - 1:11 pm


  50. #81 by StingrayJames on 2011.08.11 - 3:47 am

    I have noticed the thereIM download link is not working is there an alternative download site yet?

    • #82 by Tre_Ghost on 2011.08.11 - 6:34 am

      When you self invite, use the link in your email to download it, not from the site.

  51. #83 by trevor9393 on 2011.08.11 - 3:22 am

    Gonna be a bummer not having the locations. Was fun hopping into a buggy and go exploring.

  52. #84 by G on 2011.08.11 - 3:03 am

    Wow! You guys/gals have really made some speedy progress! Congrats! And a sincere thank you for all of the hard work. Sometimes my router gets messed up and it takes me a small eternity to get it working and THAT is enough to send my day into a tail spin. I can’t even imagine the stress over there. (but then again, you all are much more savvy, hm..) πŸ™‚

  53. #85 by jonathan5k2006 on 2011.08.11 - 2:23 am

    Jonathan5k2006 is now home πŸ™‚ please add me :))))

  54. #86 by Amoux on 2011.08.11 - 2:00 am

    I’ll miss the saved places, as some had been shared with me that I doubt I’d be able to either find or ever get to, but to have There back is more than good enough for me. πŸ™‚

  55. #87 by Dave on 2011.08.11 - 1:18 am

    The legacy password reset doesn’t work, and when I created my avatar I clicked next and nothing seemed to happen. No asking for my password. Then I refereshed the webpage and my avatar name was filled in the log-in to there central thing. I tried logging in to thereim and it didn’t work.

    • #88 by Dave on 2011.08.11 - 1:57 am

      Wait, it worked with Internet Explorer I belive. And the avatar creation worked too.
      So when are we getting our stuff back?

  56. #89 by kazenoai on 2011.08.11 - 12:24 am

    also the “Improve lost password handling slightly” is a sucess since my sister can get her invite without a secret answer but with her ‘legacy email’
    I feel that we should be getting our inventory soon.

  57. #90 by joseph on 2011.08.11 - 12:23 am

    Michael wilson i beg of you please bring back the locations if possible i was a BIG time adventurer and found so many coooll places and i will NEVER be able to find them again but if we cant play there and have them then dont have them and srry for the bad grammar its early here πŸ™‚

  58. #91 by kazenoai on 2011.08.11 - 12:22 am

    ok the firefox issue has been fixed slightly. i can now access the secret question page but cannot seem to view people currently in Groups. I believe the language filter has been resolved too.

    • #92 by Tre_Ghost on 2011.08.11 - 9:03 am

      Cause nobody is in any groups. Group names were reserved he said for old owners to reclaim them, but due to some people not returning, empty groups, and groups full of non active people they will have to be filled up manually. So any group you were part of, if it’s reclaimed you will have to rejoin.

      • #93 by GaryBob on 2011.08.11 - 9:48 am

        Actually that’s not the problem. People have created new groups already and people are signing up for them. Firefox has always had a problem showing the member list on the group pages (among other issues).

  59. #94 by Here in there on 2011.08.10 - 11:43 pm

    Haha MW wont yooouu be in trouble for being on yownow?? They banned be for talking about there to much, oh well, great work. Your amazing!

  60. #95 by _Overscore on 2011.08.10 - 11:11 pm

    Mac client soon I hope

  61. #96 by Sniperbait on 2011.08.10 - 10:53 pm

    Very happily logged into THERE a few moments ago!!! A blank screen still, but it finally at least let me and my wife in. If you know me or want to add me my name is Sniperbait. thanks and have a great one!!! Am glad this is starting to work, was thinking maybe my avie was no more lol

    • #97 by shanghei on 2011.08.11 - 10:03 am

      hey sniper, click on thereIM then “change me” at the bottom and your avie will appear, nothing shows but the buddy list unless you are in change me, in an IM or one of the other functions… i was the same way… it was like… oh maaaaaayunnnn…. a blank screen… 😦

      • #98 by Sniperbait on 2011.08.11 - 5:08 pm

        lol thanks, I changed from blank screen to noob outfit :O to well another at least better noob outift. lol then another person I knew added me and we were able to chat. Was funny, for had had Meriki and such so long that we joked of the noobs and those who created a new avie just to bug folks would look like this. Theres a youTube video of this one avie chasing this lady around all over there trying to get a kiss from everyone. Made us think of that. Feel free to add me if you like. “Sniperbait”

  62. #99 by dave trempe on 2011.08.10 - 9:08 pm

    hi so is there going bee up in a few week or longer a mouth or 2 or longer then that i think we all could know that i know we can not hold you to that
    thanks for your time dave

    • #100 by H1r3dAssas1n on 2011.08.11 - 4:24 am

      Please go back to spelling class.

      • #101 by MrScrooge on 2011.08.11 - 7:20 am

        Oh boy, someone who spells their ID with numbers giving out spelling advice. Maybe Dave doesn’t know English well? Man, I can’t wait to shoot some of you smart asses when There reopens.

      • #102 by rayzorsharp22 on 2011.08.11 - 8:26 am

        YOO add me up on IM bruh.. get at ya boi.. just got in yesterday πŸ˜€

    • #103 by Lynn on 2011.08.11 - 6:35 am

      ty maybe you can help me with this i have a good friend trying to get his account back but has forgotten his password i see he can get it back by just his email address he used to create the account hes sent this in yesterday and again this morning but still nothing in his emial will it take longer seeing he dident have it set up for secret question and answer

  63. #104 by Lynn on 2011.08.10 - 9:07 pm

    any idea how long it takes to get a new password by just sending in the email address ? and has anyone got there inventory back yet ?

    • #105 by Michael Wilson on 2011.08.10 - 9:09 pm

      We haven’t started restoring inventories yet. Please see various posts on this topic.

      Haven’t I seen you around YowNow? Won’t you get in trouble for being here?

      • #106 by Lynn on 2011.08.11 - 5:03 am

        yes i have been around yownow and if i get in trouble then so be it there was my first home and i have alot invested in it besides last time i heard it was still a free country πŸ™‚ so think i can be where i want to be .

      • #107 by Michael Wilson on 2011.08.11 - 5:18 am

        Of course you’re welcome here. I was just surprised, that’s all.

        Maybe they’ve loosened up there a little. I hope so. It’s going to be hard to hold the YowNow Winter Games with only 2 members.

      • #108 by AgapeLove on 2011.08.11 - 7:37 am

        I just got thrown out of Burger King because I was spotted in Wendys a month ago ! 😦 Rofl

  64. #109 by Eatings on 2011.08.10 - 8:11 pm

    Everyone should just think of it this way.
    You can Buggy, Hoverboard, Hoverbike, Hoverboat to find all your places, and maybe it’ll skill you up some more!

    Add Eatings on IM!

    • #110 by Tre_Ghost on 2011.08.10 - 8:54 pm

      None of those will get you to the space station lol

      • #111 by Eatings on 2011.08.10 - 11:46 pm

        Maybe a hoverpack then? πŸ˜€ I forgot a Hover pack. ‘doh!

      • #112 by RichinFlorida on 2011.08.11 - 3:58 am

        i wonder if it will still exist. i think it was someones neighboorhood.

  65. #113 by Simone on 2011.08.10 - 7:36 pm

    I can not wait to be able to drive my buggy again. My places being gone is sad but hey I found them once I can find them again exploring was one of the best things about There !!!!!

  66. #114 by Jo_Bleaux on 2011.08.10 - 7:35 pm

    I neglected to mention that There support is aware of this connection issue and their response was cordial, informative, and timely πŸ™‚

    But I’m still unable to connect. WAAAAAAAAH!

    Ahem. So I’m impatient. Can you blame me for being eager? πŸ˜€

  67. #115 by IndyLou on 2011.08.10 - 7:25 pm

    Thank you MW and team! I successfully re-activated my main account day before yesterday. I need some help please. I see where others have successfully re-activated multiple accounts they own. I am trying to re-activate one of my mule accounts. I did the self-invite for the mule account. Got the email invitation. Clicked the link “Create your new avatar”. On web page, I click “Create Avatar”, make the clothing selections, enter the avatar name. I get the message that it is a legacy avatar, but when I click next, I get the create a name window again stating : Sorry, that one’s taken. Wanna play the Name Game? Any help please?

  68. #116 by Pantherskicker_8 on 2011.08.10 - 7:11 pm

    Hey Mr Wilson, when I try and do the forgot my password and provide my email and avatar, I get an error that says ” The information provided was not valid. Please provide a valid Avatar Name and Email address.” I’m not sure if that’s an issue or you are still working the kinks out. It says that when I click the secret password and mail me new password

    • #117 by Turtle_jr on 2011.08.11 - 4:03 pm

      Mine is saying the same thing. Please help someone! πŸ™‚

  69. #118 by Jo_Bleaux on 2011.08.10 - 7:00 pm

    I would be happy just to get a successful connection. Thus far, I only get “Unable to look up server address. Please check the connection and try again.” Details: HTTP connection to port 0 for timeout reached, canceling connection

    • #119 by jose buentes on 2011.08.11 - 8:04 pm

      jo_bleaux , your problem is that you have to goand right click on the thereIM icon on yur desktop and go to proerties and delete under taget the -a XXXXXX and add what it says to add on the invation page in your email that sdhould fix your problem gl man

      • #120 by Jo_Bleaux on 2011.08.17 - 1:18 pm

        Actually, that wasn’t the problem. But thanks for trying to help πŸ™‚

  70. #121 by XNecroscopeX on 2011.08.10 - 6:58 pm

    Thanks for the update!

  71. #122 by Superjuice on 2011.08.10 - 6:51 pm

    Take your time MW. All the time you need to perfect the resurrection of There2!

  72. #123 by sn3aky on 2011.08.10 - 6:42 pm

    Feels good to be back in

    Love seeing my ole Avi!

    And my profile page has my
    Member since
    February 8, 2003

    Nothing screams salty like the ole beta days!

    When can I start paying?

    I am using your service of ThereIM and would like to pay 10 or whatever the rate a month is ASAP.

    Thank you again MW.

    • #124 by Camel on 2011.08.11 - 8:15 am

      I’m afraid us old timers won’t be charged for our lifetime beta memberships. I, personally, intend to pay for my alt to help offset the cost of the service.

  73. #125 by Aeslin on 2011.08.10 - 6:42 pm

    I just tried out There IM and it seemed perfect to me. Thanks Mimi for accepting a stranger πŸ˜‰

    • #126 by mimi06 on 2011.08.11 - 10:25 am

      your very welcome.. pleasure to meet you. Do hope you find all your quest friends πŸ™‚

  74. #127 by David H on 2011.08.10 - 6:38 pm

    Just wondering when the ‘3D World’ will be available?
    I’m guessing the answer is ‘When is it’ but just thought I would ask, couldn’t find a lot of references to is anywhere including faq’s (or maybe I wasn’t looking hard enough?).

    Thanks, great job by the way, VERY excited to be able to log in to ThereIM.

    • #128 by Camel on 2011.08.11 - 8:11 am

      I’m getting the impression that they’re not entirely sure how much work will be required to get the 3D world working in the cloud, since I haven’t heard any estimate. Remember, they estimated a 4 week window to get ThereIM up, and it took 9 weeks before they even invited the first guinea pigs – they may just be playing it safe by not getting everyone’s hopes up, or they might just not know. Consider that There was built by hundreds of engineers over the course of years; they’ve now got 2.5 (admittedly very senior) engineers modifying the system to work in an environment it wasn’t designed for, so this isn’t going to happen over night.

      We know from screenshots that MW posted months ago that, while connected in to the Amazon VPN, the 3D world is working. Judging by how long it took to get ThereIM working without the VPN, I would say that it’s pretty unlikely we’ll see the 3D experience within a month of whenever they start working on it (which I’m under the impression they’re not doing at this time, as they’re still focusing on migrating data).

      My suggestion is to look forward to the little bits of progress, such as getting your clothes back. πŸ™‚

  75. #129 by Andrew Harris on 2011.08.10 - 6:27 pm

    Can someone resend me the invitation email? I lost mine due to a idiot move of mine. I do have the ThereIM client installed.
    (facebook is down so I cannot look to see if someone posted there)

  76. #130 by Femme Fatale on 2011.08.10 - 6:22 pm

    Woohoo!! I’ve succesfully Reactivated three of my old avatars. A little overwhelming but tons of joy.

  77. #131 by zorgdorg on 2011.08.10 - 6:04 pm

    zorgdorg is back into thereIM W00t W00t

  78. #132 by CpnBob on 2011.08.10 - 5:37 pm

    Awww …
    We need the saved favorite places to locate the spot we dropped lots in hoods, so we may restore lots to where they were. Also buildings or other items that require a certain spot to stand to drop things. Thanks!

    • #133 by Greenie on 2011.08.10 - 6:27 pm

      Oh geez… it will be like before they fixed the THERE Quakes! The hills kept spewing my belongings all over the place!

      Oh so many wonders Lost…

      Some places can ONLY be reached via Favorite Places. You have my vote for making Saved Places one of the priorities.

      • #134 by joseph on 2011.08.11 - 12:27 am

        yea i agree cpnbob we need the favorite places they were to cool to let go

  79. #135 by Jerry on 2011.08.10 - 5:20 pm

    Where do we send an error like this? No need to publish it I just wanted to get it to you. It is probably prevalent but here it is anyway:

    HTTP connection to port 52311 failed: connection timed out (for /login/avatarlogin?avdoid=0&avname=Jerry88&password=********&loginoverride=0&noinstantiate=1&clientname=ThereIM&clientversion=im-2.0.9240r00) for authDoid 1, host, service “login”, command “avatarlogin”, query “avdoid=0&avname=Jerry88&password=********&loginoverride=0&noinstantiate=1&clientname=ThereIM&clientversion=im-2.0.9240r00”

    • #136 by thereusere on 2011.08.10 - 5:46 pm

      re-read the email… you need to change the shortcut to the new address!

  80. #137 by anonification on 2011.08.10 - 5:17 pm

    Hehe, so I just logged into ThereIM successfully! It was pretty shweet even though I didn’t know anyone. I still was able to see my avi, and it reformatted my profile to say that I joined May 6, 2006! Which is kind of cool. I was literally 13 when I joined There! What an amazing journey! I can’t wait to reconnect with some old Thereians. πŸ™‚ It’s going to be fun to see who still plays once the buddy lists are restored.

  81. #138 by martin71 on 2011.08.10 - 5:07 pm

    its great to be back in thereIM thank you MW its all running smooth for me but my avi sure needs a sun tan rofl

    thank you so much you guys


  82. #139 by thereusere on 2011.08.10 - 5:04 pm

    Just a note for those who get a Seg Violation and then can never log back in… try a reboot of your machine – worked for me!
    See ya in there!

    • #140 by AgapeLove on 2011.08.11 - 7:45 am

      I got my first “Seg violation” this morning . It was actually a good experience! Just like old times! There is back!

  83. #141 by Francis_7 on 2011.08.10 - 4:52 pm

    Very sad about the favorite locations. I am going to have to work out where all my clue locations for various quests were located at, among other things. Shame about all those unusual locations we had saved over the years for tours and such. Any chance we could have vehicle access turned on everywhere for a week or two? It would help with some of the more unusual locations. Sounds like great progress is being made though! It will be so cool to see the cloud filled skies of There once again! Keep up the amazing work!

    • #142 by Michael Wilson on 2011.08.10 - 5:44 pm

      Well, we’ll see. Maybe there’s a way to restore them.

      • #143 by Skyefire on 2011.08.10 - 7:16 pm

        I would really really really love to have those back. Not going to complain if we can’t, but I will definitely miss them.

      • #144 by justagreatguy on 2011.08.10 - 7:24 pm

        I have been a Member since March 17 2004 and proud of it, just missed the beta.
        Us old timers have some cool favorites of places that were saved and can’t be replaced and you can only get to that spot if you have it saved.
        I will miss these places as I was looking forward to seeing them again. But if this is the way it has to be to play There then it will have to be ok as long as I get to play. I will miss these places but I won’t complain! I want to thank all of you for all the hard work to make this happen.
        BIG THANKS!!!

      • #145 by Francis_7 on 2011.08.10 - 8:39 pm

        That would be fantastic! Thank you for looking into it!

      • #146 by Basya on 2011.08.11 - 12:46 am

        I do hope you will be able to restore “Favorite Places”! As Francis said, there were many places — such as Egypt in the tomb and many other places that were accessible only thru saved places.

        However, I will enjoy flying and driving about to find many other places to be saved! Am looking forward to it!

        Thanks again for all you and your crew for all you have been doing to restore our beloved world back to us!

        Cya in There,


      • #147 by Esky on 2011.08.11 - 3:03 am

        Yeah, I’m the same… I’ll really miss all my saved places, but if they can’t be restored… well yeah, I guess I’ll have a lot of exploring to redo.

        I hope you do find a way to bring them back and appreciate the effort.

      • #148 by phasedenergy on 2011.08.11 - 8:03 am

        I`m just itching to get back “on the invisible wall” in egypt lol

      • #149 by Celtic on 2011.08.11 - 9:09 am

        I’d love to have my favorite places restored too if it’s possible. If not, I’ll make do but there were a lot of good times in specific places, and a lot of places that I would bebop to hang out at, would be really tough to relocate exactly..

      • #150 by Jonathan on 2011.08.11 - 9:32 am

        Seems like this is some sort of e-petition, so i’ll jump on the band-wagon, and agree, it would be nice to have them back!

    • #151 by martin71 on 2011.08.11 - 9:35 am

      when we do get back home i hope to see more videos you created francis they was awsome..


  84. #152 by Charlene Durbin on 2011.08.10 - 4:24 pm

    YAY!!! I was able to change my password and log into ThereIM smoothly. Thank goodness I still use the same email address. Thanx for making it possible. Go Team Phoenix!! My avie’s name is Yupimagrl. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  85. #153 by Kelayna Hilton on 2011.08.10 - 4:17 pm

    Just keep swimming swimming

  86. #154 by softNdark on 2011.08.10 - 4:10 pm

    If you didn’t restore ONE more thing you have given your customers more back INCLUDING personal UPDATES than I have ever seen before.

    Ooooooh Yeah !!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so F *ing Happy…. “I could jump up and click my heels”
    And …well for me that’s saying A Lot…. so I better try and calm myself down and rest my hands cause I am so ready.

    I will enjoy flying all over the World and finding “my old places.” Oooohhh now I wish I had bought those “Black Bat Wings” I use to borrow from that car lot under the bridge. Man I looked “Hot” dressed in all Black, Flying all over hummmmm.

    Thanks A Million TBucks

  87. #155 by coolnet on 2011.08.10 - 4:05 pm

    thank you for the update.

  88. #156 by Sassybeme There on 2011.08.10 - 3:48 pm

    I think, wonderful, new start is the way to go. A lot of the links we got from skilling were broken as it was. As well as some permissions to places I save had changed. I seen skills are slowly adding on the profile. I like doing over skills. I’d probably miss the season events as I had them lined up different levels to each year they went on. Many of the beta aged members had a harder time with leveling. Might be nice to have every one go at the same speed. Many may not agree with me πŸ™‚

    No rush getting There open when school starts next week. Must have bugs fixed and all. If you could possibly squeeze in hair in your to do list………I’ll be happy to wear noob clothes…. for a while πŸ˜€

    Gotta say, much impressed. Y’all are rockin!

  89. #157 by martin71 on 2011.08.10 - 3:46 pm

    right i have done what i need to do but now it wont let me make a new avatar i went through the invite i got but no joy?



    • #158 by Sniperbait on 2011.08.10 - 4:48 pm

      Hey Martin, how you been? i recall making a car for you lol

      • #159 by martin71 on 2011.08.11 - 12:35 am

        oooo hello you mean the tuv that i had for only a week before it closed lol

    • #160 by shanghei on 2011.08.11 - 6:56 am

      YAY !!!! martin !!! sent a buddy request… hugs !!!!

      • #161 by martin71 on 2011.08.11 - 9:30 am

        i got you sweety lol πŸ™‚ and sniper when he gets on lol

  90. #162 by Sniperbait on 2011.08.10 - 3:37 pm

    Am glad to see many are getting on successfully, but sadly mine is not working. Even had a buddy of mine try it on his pc to see if it had to do with me buying a new computer. As stated before, when got invite, of course did step number 3 etc… and went to create the avatar on main page. It stated password was incorrect even though it was not changed by me and I had everything wrote down in a notebook at home. So did the change password thing and it stated it had been changed. Try to create new avatar even now and this is what happens: “”””” Please provide your Avatar name and email address. If you have previously chosen a secret question and answer, you may use it to set your new password. If you have not chosen a secret question and answer, or have forgotten it, you may have a new password mailed to you.

    The information provided was not valid. Please provide a valid Avatar Name and Email address. “”””””””””””””””””” It does not see me as exisiting?

    I had done it first by my secret question which didn’t have anything special to it, and so am still in the dark. As for trying on The THERE IM part even on friends pc who is successfully in THERE IM now, it stated server not found for that avatar name. So in the end, it does not recognize my screen name, my email or anything anymore. Screen name is Sniperbait and don’t laugh to hard, loved to paintball. Thanks for helping to get this resolved and to the future fun of paintballing in “Hurricane Beach Hood” and “Mtns Shadow Cove Hood”. Let the games soon begin lol

    On a side note, once THERE does reopen the hoods and such, all are invited to join us in our former games.

    • #163 by Sniperbait on 2011.08.10 - 3:39 pm

      on a side note, this is same stuff it has said from even when invitations were sent out, except that at first recognized as a legit legacy avatar account.

  91. #164 by Brandyn Rlp There on 2011.08.10 - 3:36 pm

    Thank you for keeping us updated MW!

  92. #165 by Raymond Scheffer on 2011.08.10 - 3:32 pm

    Sounds good to me

  93. #166 by Taelos Katran on 2011.08.10 - 3:31 pm

    Sounds good. Can you fix the language filter so my name does not show up as ***los? Pretty please? With sugar on top?

  94. #167 by xMelodyChasex on 2011.08.10 - 3:24 pm

    I’m available to adopt an Incinerated avie’s doggie as opposed to letting the poor things wander around and pick thru trash πŸ˜€

    • #168 by vexity on 2011.08.10 - 4:30 pm

      me too, but i want a tick free one πŸ˜‰

    • #169 by qweasdzxc979 on 2011.08.10 - 6:03 pm

      OH MY GOD I forgot about my dog…

      • #170 by Puddlefish on 2011.08.11 - 4:19 am

        No kidding! Phred is not even going to remember who I am! heel heel heel heel heel

      • #171 by phasedenergy on 2011.08.11 - 8:02 am

        just imagine all those doggies running freely with no one to stoop and scoop…..There will be a bit darker for the first few days…lol

      • #172 by jimony on 2011.08.11 - 12:47 pm

        I look forward to seeing my dog again, this is true, but I am sorry to say I can’t remember the poor things name.
        I hope he don’t bite me, he hasn’t been around people for so long, he may have went feral.

  95. #173 by mycrosopht on 2011.08.10 - 3:21 pm

    I’ll never get back into the plug again…. LOL

  96. #174 by qweasdzxc979 on 2011.08.10 - 3:19 pm

    One word.
    ok acutally three words
    and four more words explaining the three words
    Oh god, I can’t stop.

    Great work, however.

  97. #175 by Cory on 2011.08.10 - 3:18 pm

    Aww MW. Now alot of us can’t go into the drain in the ocean =[ (or will it be unplugged again?)

  98. #176 by SnackPack on 2011.08.10 - 3:17 pm

    Wait so the you can get your old password with just your email now?

  99. #177 by Seg_Vio on 2011.08.10 - 3:16 pm

    Ordo ab chao! The ball is rolling smoothly!

  100. #178 by hatindakid12 on 2011.08.10 - 3:12 pm

    Ok.. good news yes. But i havent used the email i made for my account in a long time since i was on there.com. I switched all my important stuff over to my one main email that i use perminately… and i cant remember the email. i clicked the invite button the other day and got the invite to join but i couldnt cuz i dont remember my secret answer 😦

    • #179 by Mollie Duvall H. (@sunshinefacemd) on 2011.08.10 - 5:56 pm

      You should only need to remember your user name and password…not the email you originally used.

      • #180 by Deanna on 2011.08.11 - 6:47 am

        yeah i have the same issue i don’t even remember the old e-mail i used to have. i have a new e-mail and now we have to remember the e-mail to log into the world? i’m just confused, like i remember the username and password. but i just don’t remember my old e-mail.

      • #181 by hatindakid12 on 2011.08.11 - 7:44 am

        Yea the reason why im doin the secret answer way is because i forgot my pw.. i changed it shortly b4 there closed. and i cant remember wat to. :/

  101. #182 by Aaron on 2011.08.10 - 3:06 pm

    Good news.

  102. #183 by Mark B. (Cowbellwalken) on 2011.08.10 - 3:06 pm

    Thanks for the update; I actually think the idea of exploring everything again and having to rediscover is definitely not a bad thing. Appreciate all the hard work!

  103. #184 by Camel on 2011.08.10 - 3:05 pm

    I think that restoring avatar notes and, more importantly, interaction history should be relatively high on the list of things to do. I don’t care much about saved places; it’ll actually be nice to start fresh there – I was a pack rat when it came to that, never deleted anything, just buried them in deeper and deeper folders.

    • #185 by justagreatguy on 2011.08.10 - 7:01 pm

      I was kind of looking forward to go to the places I saved that I don’t know how to get to. But if it’s something I have to loose to play There i’m all for it,
      Delete away and just let me play!

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