Someone new…

Yesterday, the World got a new Avatar – First2012. Unlike everyone else, this was NOT a resurrected Avatar, but a genuine newbie, who’d never been in There before.

Of course, since they were the first new Avatar, they had a few problems, such as having a mysterious place called “CC Metro” on their Favorites list. But they were quickly worked out.

Actually, “First2012” was SamSyn, testing the new member path. As promised, we’ve started testing it, and are making extra sure everything works perfectly.

We’re also working on the Help System, and Bruce is looking into using something called “SOLR” to index it for search. SOLR wasn’t available in 2001 (or, even 2005), and is an open-source, industrial strength search engine, and making Help searchable with be good for everyone.

(I hope one day to ditch our home-grown search and replace it with SOLR)

That’s all!

P.S. Oh, just because I KNOW we’ll get these questions:

Q. Since There is open for new members now, can banned members create a new account and log in?
A. No. When we banned you, we asked you, as a person, politely, to refrain from using our service. If you try and get around that request by creating alt(s), then that’s trespassing.

Q. Since There is open for new members, can banned member create a new account, log in, and you’ll never know about it?
A. Yes, we will eventually, and result would be that your entire household could be banned. And other bad things will happen.

Q. If I’m a banned member, when you catch me, I get a refund, right?
A. No, you don’t.

Q. If I’m a banned member, when you catch me, I get to give all my virtual goods to my friends before you ban me, right?
A. No, you don’t.

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  1. #1 by Tyler aka Tbonz on 2012.05.30 - 5:46 pm

    Hi Mr.Wilson I know very well that you do not intend on letting in legacy account holders under the age of 18 in for a long time. Please allow me this, I started when i was what 13 i believe and i got my cousin into There.com I met a lot of really nice people and I agree immaturity is a problem in many avatar games as a replacement I went to WoW a few months before closing because of a mishap with my parents money. I am now 16 years of age and have my own income. Do you think the age will be dropped/decreased gradually until you reach your desired age? You would be surprised how many times i have tried to claim my avatar and hold myself back to avoid a ban(end of the world) xD. Thank you sir for reading this little tell and I hope to hear a response if you wouldn’t mind.

    Sincerely, Tyler Hudson

  2. #2 by arbatas on 2012.05.21 - 12:12 pm

    Sheesh no wonder why we don’t get many new comers, people like this one:

    Seller’s comments about this item
    Cheaper than the shop – Many items going fast from migrated avatars. Most items are one only take it or leave it price. Some items may be rare due to the “(unknown)” πŸ™‚ factor. Some Items may be relisted for lower prices if not sold in this first round or never relisted again due to the extreme low market value and no longer being worth the gamble of paying the relisting fee. See something you want? don’t delay purchase. Listen Folks! Let’s face it, There’s economy has blown away in the wind. The no longer able to profit, no longer able to sell Tbucks factors have caused There’s economy to flunk. Many have lost interest in trying to sell. Without the ability to profit outside income people won’t buy new items to play with and loose interest. There’s economy can’t be only sellers it needs buyers too. Right now There seems to have a one sided philosophy, a take all give none mentality designed to trap tbucks. Search HighFlier for more bargains. HighFlier here over and out for now. Good Luck and you’ll need it.

    Make it hard and not promising when writing this in auction or anywhere esle, I wonder why hes still around if its that bad. I don’t know, I like it here. So what! there is no cash out for real cash, sheesh its a fun world to be in and surely you can’t get rich from it. I like seeing virtual money stay in a virtual world.

  3. #3 by Dana on 2012.05.03 - 10:57 pm

    I just joined in last night.. and I’m very disappointed.. WHERE ARE YOU PEOPLE??!!

  4. #4 by Will on 2012.05.03 - 7:14 am

    Hey Michael, I think decreasing the subscription price to $5 would be much more efficient as, well, 5 years ago There would be swarming with eager avies, Zona probably holding 60-100 of them, I am the only one there at the moment.
    I hardly see people around!

  5. #5 by Kevin Hammett (Kevman95) on 2012.05.02 - 6:19 pm

    The World is open everyone, go hop on. πŸ™‚

    (I wont be.)

  6. #6 by James on 2012.05.01 - 12:27 pm

    I think it would be good to have a subscribe button or something similiar on There.com’s homepage. Anyone interested can subscribe and get alerted when There.com opens to the public.

    I imagine There.com gets a fair amount of hits, many of which could be of interest then disappointment.

  7. #7 by okalnix on 2012.05.01 - 8:42 am

    Queensday April 30 event on dune valley buggy place.
    So I share with you this great queensday with a graphical
    representation.
    Have fun to watch it.

    Thank for the open info that you chare.
    Thanks

  8. #8 by Innie on 2012.04.30 - 8:39 pm

    I have a friend I want to invite, that wants to join. Problem is, she is on a Mac. Do we have a rough estimate as to when a Mac version might be out?

  9. #9 by GreenAngel on 2012.04.30 - 8:25 am

    The big question here now, is when is There going to be open for new comers? I have friends already lined to joined

  10. #10 by Tigress27 on 2012.04.29 - 12:59 pm

    Tired of waiting of it to open. Enough already. Moving onto to better avatar programs.

  11. #12 by martin71a on 2012.04.29 - 12:24 pm

    hi there could i swap my funzone for a ground one as the one up in the sky im having problems with when i take rocks out they start flashing but im in the middle of the zone so they should not be flashing at all to stop them flashing i have to move the camira view up to drop them and most times i have to trick drop them so i would like to change to a ground funzone please

    • #13 by martin71a on 2012.05.02 - 9:39 pm

      they are still flashin when i put them down i tryed again after the update still no joy i would like to swap funzone`s please

  12. #14 by Hugsie on 2012.04.27 - 6:54 am

    I’m more curious about when the OS X client will be up and running for us to use or perhaps try out for beta testing?
    Also i take it with noobs coming intio world now they aren’t freebie trial accounts or anything. They are going to have to pony up $10 to login? Gonna be hard to sell this to newbies with out some sort of sample. Perhpa Youtube video showing off the popular destinations and activities. Though I’m bored to tears when i login.. hopefully the newbies will bring in that fresh noob sent? Lol

    • #15 by Sassybeme There on 2012.04.27 - 8:44 pm

      You mean like the video on the There.com welcome page? Think they got that covered. Want it longer?

      Now if you pay 10 bucks to go into a fun house room of balls. Does some one stand there and tell you how to have fun with the balls? Or do you just figure out how you want to play with those balls that is fun for you?
      When I go in THERE, I do just what pleases me. Just as I do in any other virtual world. Cause that is how I roll.
      If your not able to know how to play with balls, your just not going to have fun with them any where. No matter how much you pay for it. ‘shrugs

      Now some one may take the time to come up with a smart remark to this post, or may not. Either way, I bet they had fun thinking of one. πŸ˜€

  13. #16 by martin71a on 2012.04.27 - 6:34 am

    hi all

    mmm it maybe nothing but when i take things out from my invantory its still saying its not out but it is like books and buggys , tuv`s ect??

    • #17 by mimi06 on 2012.04.27 - 9:56 am

      Hi martin. Your not alone with this issue. They are working on it. For more info try http://www.thumdar.com πŸ™‚

      • #18 by martin71a on 2012.04.28 - 12:09 am

        hi mimi it looks like its sorted now thx..:)

  14. #19 by Kevin Hammett (Kevman95) on 2012.04.26 - 11:48 am

    All this talk of banned members, you must be very paranoid.

    • #20 by Hugsie on 2012.04.27 - 6:58 am

      good point! Just ignore them Michael. Stop giving them more attention on this blog. They are apparently pushing your buttons trying to get a rise out of you like any pest.. or griefer.. tries to do. So like any pest just ignore them and they will pester someone else.

  15. #22 by Jamie on 2012.04.26 - 10:22 am

    awesome news!! cant wait until it opens up (the boyfriend is itching to get on so we can both play and do some questing!) Off topic, the past couple days, me and other people in the game have noticed several major glitches..such as listing auctions but they’re not showing up & yet, the money to list the auction was deducted, buying poker chips for games and the chips not showing up as of hours later, inventory constantly saying it’s being used (like a bike or PAZ) and when it gets retrieved, it either says it cant retrieve it or it does and a minute later, its “in use” again.when it really isnt lol Not sure whats going on, but Im hoping that someone will shine some light on this kinda stuff. πŸ™‚ Thanks M.!!

    • #23 by mimi06 on 2012.04.27 - 2:43 am

      hey Jamie. Lots are having same issues. Staff is aware and working on the problem. Alot of discussion over at Thumdar about it. Check there if you haven’t. πŸ™‚ http://www.thumdar.com

  16. #24 by maverickfred on 2012.04.25 - 7:35 pm

    great news we need new blood it gets lonly in there at some times off the day lol thanks mw . noobies are all wayes welcome in my hood . and i well be on the walkway helping .

  17. #25 by Kontumnam on 2012.04.25 - 6:29 pm

    Great News, maybe it will put some Life in There!

    • #26 by Hugsie on 2012.04.27 - 6:59 am

      i hope so since after the paywall came online, there.com seems so DEAD. No one i know comes on anymore, old farts like me don’t play.

      • #27 by mimi06 on 2012.04.27 - 11:14 am

        lol, @ Old Farts! I be one of those. Many I knew haven’t returned yet either, BUT I explored and found alot for us Old Farts to do πŸ™‚ In fact I even joined a hood. (first time ever, since 2006). And I am having more fun this time then first. Hope you find something to make you happy too πŸ™‚

  18. #28 by 12mandy on 2012.04.25 - 6:27 pm

    thanks for update michael,

  19. #29 by Daniel Rechia on 2012.04.25 - 4:53 pm

    MW being bad with banned member! xD
    Can’t wait to go in There again! Just waiting for november *_*

  20. #30 by Punkster OfThere on 2012.04.25 - 4:07 pm

    Thank you for the update!

  21. #31 by Phil Reinsmith on 2012.04.25 - 12:37 pm

    Woohoo….So happy to hear of the testing for New Members. So ready to start helping new people become Thereians.

  22. #32 by ImageMaker on 2012.04.25 - 12:30 pm

    Woo hoo! Soon, soon, a new generation to whom to explain things like bubble traps, force fields, avie cannons, avie sacrifices, etc. And new avatars will get voice at spawning now, right? Easier to talk than type, when you have a lot of explaining to do… πŸ˜‰

  23. #33 by okalnix on 2012.04.25 - 11:41 am

    so we get soon second2012 to.
    Good work guy’s first new member are made ))
    Thank you for the update

  24. #34 by Mercuria on 2012.04.25 - 9:20 am

    I’m so happy to read that a new member was created! This is great news, thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  25. #35 by Christy Clendenen on 2012.04.25 - 9:10 am

    Great news!

  26. #36 by Dihtri Draws on 2012.04.25 - 8:33 am

    I believe you are talking about “FirstAvatar2012” πŸ™‚

  27. #38 by Dana on 2012.04.25 - 7:24 am

    umm.. there.com isn’t open for new members yet, is it? … -confused-

    • #39 by mimi06 on 2012.04.25 - 11:22 am

      Not yet Dana. That was a test avie πŸ™‚

    • #40 by ImageMaker on 2012.04.25 - 12:30 pm

      Not yet, but creating a new avatar as a test is a step toward that goal.

  28. #41 by Francis_7 on 2012.04.25 - 6:13 am

    Awesome news! I am uber excited by this most promising of developments!

  29. #42 by Jordan on 2012.04.25 - 6:08 am

    Yay! πŸ™‚ Glad new members system is working (Going to be in need of that lol πŸ˜› )

    • #43 by Hugsie on 2012.04.27 - 7:02 am

      i wouldn’t say it’s working. It works but it dosen’t work as it should considering the huge changes that have taken place, and the context has changed a lot so most of the things newbies will see or have will not make sense. Like the CC Metro favorite place.

  30. #44 by arbatas on 2012.04.25 - 5:58 am

    Thank you for the new up! Woot looking forward to seeing new comers.. Um where are the new comers landing? I would love to spend some time there welcoming them. HUGS to MW & Samsyn

    • #45 by coolnet on 2012.04.25 - 7:38 am

      They will be landing at the Welcome Walkway.

  31. #46 by arbatas on 2012.04.25 - 5:57 am

    Great! Looking forward to seeing new comers!!! Thanks so much MW and Samsyn… Its well worth the wait. HUGS

  32. #47 by Yozh VisualDelights on 2012.04.25 - 5:46 am

    Thank you very much for the great news about the new member entrance!
    And of course a very welcome to the wonderful virtual community There, any new There member!
    Cheerio There Phoenix team and all great Thereians, have a Wonderful Day! ‘tu ‘bow of respect
    Yozh

  33. #48 by coolnet on 2012.04.25 - 5:44 am

    Thanks for the update. Welcome First2012 to There.com! πŸ™‚

    • #49 by Hugsie on 2012.04.27 - 7:03 am

      it’s not a real newbie.. it’s just samsyn testing it. Even a real newbie would think of a better name than that! lol

  34. #51 by mimi06 on 2012.04.25 - 5:41 am

    awsome news! hoppe he was greeted with a smile πŸ™‚ lol..

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