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GO-GAIA (Gaia Online) Homepage 2004

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Gaia Postcard with Go-Gaia printed on it.

2004 (MMIV) was Gaia's Second year and its First anniversary.

During this year notable changes happened on Gaia: a number of server moves and maintenance's caused (what is still known as) Sushi Errors, in the month of August a server migration was completed by the entire Gaia Staff between the hours of 10pm August 12th, and 11am. During that time the Avatar and Inventory server were down and Sushi Errors were springing up; a Developer named kaia9 informed Gaians to avoid going into the art arena, doing trades and vending.

As noted in the announcement called 'Growing Pains'; there were two days worth of problems with network equipment due to the server migration. Within this announcement, Lanzer informs Gaians that "The end of the alpha testing phase should come within the next two months, right before we introduce the battle system."

While the announcement of a battle system brought excitement, the battle system itself took four years to release: October 23, 2008. So after this year, speaking of the battle systems' release date became a running gag among Gaians.


With an increase of members and new servers it was becoming apparent that the cost for up keeping the service and site development had increased significantly. In order for Gaia to be able to keep a free service for all users, it was necessary to display banner ads to help offload the costs of maintaining and developing the site. On October 1st, it was announced that for a period of thirty days starting from the day Gaia received a donation, those who donated would receive no banner advertisements.


When the release date for the Donation Items was coming up, an announcement informed Gaians of their delay, this was because the AVATAR System 2.0 was being incorporated into the system, and the items within the letters were dependent on this new system. With the release of the Donation/Monthly items (Staff of the Angels/Demonic Pitchfork) that became the first two items that showed off the "Pose" feature. In addition to the new system, clothing was being edited to work with the new poses.

Trivia

  • The 2004 banner displayed artwork that was also used for a postcard that was handed out at conventions.
  • The hamster creature "Moobie" was moved from the corner and placed in a slim promo banner.
  • This year marked Gaia's first April event and also a prototype Blue Magical Giftbox.
  • In the April month, Go-Gaia was officially renamed to Gaia Online.
  • The Donation/Monthly that were Animal Pajamas (Bear Pajamas/Monkey Pajamas), were the first items to have two options available. This spurred from Gaian feedback on how the Pajamas made them look fat.

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Featured Announcements 2004

January

  • January 02 - Happy New Year from Gaia Online
  • January 09 - Donation Errors on January 6 - January 8
  • January 18 - Avatars are back, and so is Gambino
  • January 19 - Paypal error corrected for Jan 17 - Jan 19 donations
  • January 22 - SCAM: Go-gaia Beta DO NOT SIGN UP HERE
  • January 23 - January Item Update!
  • January 25 - January Donation Items Released 2004

February

  • February 04 - Feburary 4th donation problem fixed
  • February 09 - Apology for downtime
  • February 14 - Valentines Day - Barton gets a new store :)
  • February 17 - Gaia First Year Anniversary.
  • February 19 - Gaia Ball IS CLOSED
  • February 20 - Concerning Trading/Trades
  • February 21 - Donation issues Feb 14 - Feb 20
  • February 24 - February Donation Item Released!
  • February 28 - Avatar voting introduced

March

  • March 02 - Graphics server currently under repair
  • March 03 - A note about Gambino's Letter
  • March 03 - Database maintenance tonight
  • March 06 - Store Item Update
  • March 07 - Concerning R0x0rBilly and Punk Items....
  • March 07 - Short emergency maintenance
  • March 09 - More emergency repair and maintenance today
  • March 10 - Sorry for the Critical Errors
  • March 12 - Server maintenance tonight at 2am
  • March 14 - Server maintenance again at 3:30am, PST
  • March 14 - Trouble with www.go-gaia.com
  • March 15 - Donation problem resolved
  • March 15 - Sever down for maintenance at 3:00am
  • March 16 - Donation problems fixed again
  • March 18 - Rollback from 9:00pm to 7:30pm
  • March 18 - Possible downtime at 3:00am PST
  • March 18 - Short downtime at 9:00am PST
  • March 21 - Server downtime at 3:30am
  • March 26 - March Donation Item Released ^w^!!
  • March 30 - Donation letter error ^^
  • March 30 - Donation problem corrected

April

  • April 01 - Concerning Black Faces...PLUS, How to Remove them.
  • April 11 - Easter event begins 9am PST on Easter Sunday
  • April 20 - Gaia Online switching to gaiaonline.com
  • April 22 - Mail services was down, please re-submit feedback messages
  • April 25 - April Donation Item Released ^_^
  • April 28 - April Items Update ^^
  • April 30 - Gaia is changing its URL to gaiaonline.com

May

  • May 03 - Server outage today
  • May 04 - Avatars now working again
  • May 09 - Avatar server down
  • May 12 - Vending System Now Online
  • May 13 - Sneak Peak of New Town
  • May 15 - New Town: Durem Update
  • May 17 - SuperStar Helmet fixed
  • May 20 - Dürem Salon now open ^^
  • May 21 - Rare Items Update
  • May 21 - Sellback value of items has been updated
  • May 21 - Rare Items Updated
  • May 23 - A note to all Opera users
  • May 25 - May Donation Item Released :)
  • May 27 - New feature on donation item
  • May 31 - Thank you for coming to Fanime! ^^

June

  • June 06 - System maintenance for 1 hour
  • June 09 - Archiving system now active
  • June 10 - Durem Salon FAQ
  • June 16 - System downtime and site renewal
  • June 21 - Server Maintenance Tonight at 3:00am PST
  • June 22 - Apologies for today's downtime.
  • June 23 - Items/Hairstyles Update
  • June 24 - June Donation Item Released ^ooo^
  • June 26 - New layout is here! Please restart your browser.
  • June 29 - Testing load balancer


July

  • July 03 - Gaia Social event at Anime Expo 2004
  • July 07 - Gaia Online Staffs Would Never Ask For Passwords
  • July 07 - Gaia Store is now open
  • July 20 - Database bugs and rollback of user accounts.
  • July 20 - Hairstyles and Items Update ^www^ (7/19)
  • July 21 - Hipster Shades Fixed
  • July 22 - Gaia Guild Network released
  • July 23 - Gaia Friendslist is now active!
  • July 25 - July Donation item released :]]]!!!
  • July 26 - Concerning Kitsune Mask Donation Item
  • July 26 - Concerning Site Lag and Connection Errors

August

  • August 10 - July Donation Item Issues resolved
  • August 11 - System Downtime on Thursday Night, August 12th
  • August 13 - Server migration complete
  • August 16 - Growing pains
  • August 20 - Items Update 8/20 ^__^
  • August 23 - Regarding Banner ads on Gaia
  • August 24 - August Donation Item Released!
  • August 25 - Green Sparkly on Golden Laurels Fixed
  • August 27 - First GAIA Olympic Event Coming Soon...
  • August 28 - Hold Yer Horses, GAIA OLYMPICS ARE COMING

September

  • September 02 - GAIA FISHING PREVIEW
  • September 03 - Site downtime today at 11:00am PST
  • September 03 - Regarding items lost due to trading
  • September 07 - An incremental "roll forward" occurred.
  • September 22 - Items Update! ^^ (9/22)
  • September 24 - Gaia Journals are here!
  • September 24 - September Donation Item Released!
  • September 28 - Thread Subscription & Subnavigation

October

  • October 11 - No banner ads for donators ^^
  • October 20 - GST :: Gaia Standard Time
  • October 26 - Delay for donation item
  • October 26 - AVATAR System 2.0 In Public Testing
  • October 27 - October Donation Item Released!
  • October 27 - Halloween Items Update!!
  • October 29 - Password Retrieval System
  • October 29 - HALLOWEEN/GINO's BDAY BASH HAS BEGUN!
  • October 30 - Important Notice about Jack and Trick or Treating

November

  • November 01 - Halloween Trick or Treating has been extended!
  • November 01 - Regarding the Halloween Event and Site Problems
  • November 13 - Gaia Redirect.php To Help Protect Against Scams
  • November 17 - Item Recovery Claims for Sep 02 Rollback
  • November 19 - GAIA Fishing!!!
  • November 19 - Regarding Fishing and Site Status
  • November 23 - Items Update (11/23)
  • November 24 - Banning Due To Recent Fishing Store Glitch
  • November 25 - November Donation Items Released!
  • November 30 - Fishing errors resolved; lost fish granted.

December

  • December 04 - Marketplace 2.0 Released!
  • December 08 - Fishing errors resolved; lost fish granted.
  • December 10 - Concerning Hair items/wig exploit
  • December 11 - Gift Wrapping feature is back
  • December 17 - Winter Holiday Items Update!! (12/17)
  • December 24 - Gaia Christmas Caroling Event Is Here!
  • December 25 - A GAIA Xmas story starts noon on Xmas day!
  • December 26 - December Donation Item Released!
  • December 28 - FISHING EXCHANGE IS OPEN

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