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January Edit

02 Happy New Year from Gaia OnlineEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Happy New Year from Gaia Online - lanzer Fri Jan 02, 2004 8:06 pm

Posted: Fri Jan 02, 2004 5:06 pm archive.org

Happy New Year everyone!!! Hope everyone enjoyed their holidays and wishing you a fun and exciting year to come.

Starting this year Gaia Online's focus is to provide the fastest and smoothest service for everyone. It'll start with 4 more servers to be added in Janurary and more coding to rid of the critical errors.

At the same time, construction work had begun in Gambino and the casino will open when everything is complete.

Community features are also in the works. Recruited consultants had been at work in bringing us additional features that are also slated for later this month. They'll appear most likely after the server upgrades.

Meanwhile, a new item update is also coming. Stay tuned for there will be lots to come for the year 2004! icon_blaugh.gif

09 Donation Errors on January 6 - January 8Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Donation Errors on January 6 - January 8 - lanzer Fri Jan 09, 2004 9:16 am

Posted: Fri Jan 09, 2004 6:16 am archive.org

Due to a problem with the new web server, the donations that were made between January 6th until January 8th did not have the thank you letter sent to the donator's accounts. The problem had been fixed and all the thank you letters had been sent to the respective donators.

We apologize for the inconvenience, if anyone is still having trouble with missing letters please contact us through our feedback form at:

http://www.go-gaia.com/feedback.php

Thank you for everyone's contribution to Gaia Online. icon_3nodding.gif

18 Avatars are back, and so is GambinoEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Avatars are back, and so is Gambino - lanzer Sun Jan 18, 2004 2:08 am

Posted: Sat Jan 17, 2004 11:08 pm archive.org

Apologies for the outage. When the power went down it was bad news for all the servers as Linux servers really hate to be turned off without a proper shutdown.

The problem with the login screen when accessing the Gambino server is now fixed also. The Ian server will be back up later tonight.

Much more work needs to be done to have the new database server in place. Hopefully it can be placed on-line before tomorrow morning. Stay tuned!

19 Paypal error corrected for Jan 17 - Jan 19 donationsEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Paypal error corrected for Jan 17 - Jan 19 donations - lanzer Mon Jan 19, 2004 5:24 pm

Posted: Mon Jan 19, 2004 2:24 pm archive.org

There had been a problem caused by the new web server and donations made throughout the 17th till the 19th had not been granted to our donators. The problem has just been fixed and all missing thank you letters have been sent to their respective donators.

Sorry for the inconvenience. icon_sweatdrop.gif

22 SCAM: Go-gaia Beta DO NOT SIGN UP HEREEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement SCAM: Go-gaia Beta DO NOT SIGN UP HERE - VO Thu Jan 22, 2004 5:20 pm

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2004 2:20 pm archive.org

Dear Users,

If you receive a notice about a go-gaia beta, do not sign up there. This is, in fact, a scam designed to trick users into giving out their UserID and Passwords.

When we do go to beta, it will be announced here in the announcements forum, or on our main page at www.go-gaia.com

Please take all steps necessary to keep your UserIDs and Passwords safe.

23 January Item Update!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement January Item Update! - Ling Fri Jan 23, 2004 6:15 pm

Posted: Fri Jan 23, 2004 3:15 pm archive.org

Dear users,

We have just added the first big store item update for 2004! They can be found in all three item stores. We hope you like them. ^__^

Gung hay fat choy to all! icon_whee.gif

'*sets off firecrackers*

25 January Donation Items Released 2004Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement January Donation Items Released - lanzer Sun Jan 25, 2004 7:52 am

Posted: Sun Jan 25, 2004 4:52 am archive.org

Hello Everyone:

This January's donations items are the Emo Bag and Chain Wallet. These mark the beginning of many accessories that will accent everyone's look.


Enjoy! icon_whee.gif

February Edit

04 Feburary 4th donation problem fixedEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Feburary 4th donation problem fixed - lanzer Wed Feb 04, 2004 5:45 am

Posted: Wed Feb 04, 2004 2:45 am archive.org

There had been a bug in the donation system and users who donated on Feburary 4th did not receive their donation items automatically.

The problem had been fixed and all the thank you letters had been sent to the donators. Apologie for the delay. icon_sweatdrop.gif

Thank you everyone for your contributions. With your donations we are able to add yet another web server this month. The new server will be installed and running by 4am tonight. icon_whee.gif

09 Apology for downtimeEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Apology for downtime - lanzer Mon Feb 09, 2004 12:11 am

Posted: Sun Feb 08, 2004 9:11 pm archive.org

Today our database server ran out of disk space due to additional hard disk usage caused by the new replication system.

Effort will be spent tonight to increase monitoring of those systems and prevent any such events from happening in the future.

Apologies for the invonvenience. icon_sweatdrop.gif

Sinscerely, -Lanzer

14 Valentines Day - Barton gets a new store :)Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Valentines Day - Barton gets a new store :) - L0cke Sat Feb 14, 2004 1:05 pm

Posted: Sat Feb 14, 2004 2:49 am archive.org

To celebrate Valentines Day, a new store was added to Barton Town that features some nice, sentimental gifts for the holiday ^O^ The store will remain active after Valentines, and will be updated with new items in future updates. A customizable engraving option which will allow you to personalize jewelry store item descriptions should be ready within the day ^^

Happy Valentines Day everyone, take care and best wishes~!!! ^ww^

-L0cke


@W@ Back to top Offline View users profile Send private message Start a trade


Lanzer Posted: Sat Feb 14, 2004 9:51 am

The Barton Jewlery store is now ready to engrave your jewlery items with personalized messages.

Once inside the jewlery store, you will only find your unequipped jewelery items listed. Simply click on the item to engrave it with a personalized message. icon_whee.gif

Happy Valentine's!


Lanzer Posted: Sat Feb 14, 2004 10:05 am

I'm adding an option to not include your name in the engraving. It'll take a couple of minutes to finish.

17 Gaia First Year AnniversaryEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia First Year Anniversary - lanzer Tue Feb 17, 2004 11:45 pm

Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2004 8:45 pm archive.org

Hello everyone, tomorrow, Feburary 18 mark the first year since Gaia Online's grand opening. icon_blaugh.gif

To celebrate the event, there will be a Gaia Anniversary ball held tomorrow in the Gambino Mansion at 12:00pm, PST.

Be sure to drop by and say hi to all the admins, staff members, as well as Gambino himself! We'll see you there! icon_whee.gif

19 Gaia Ball IS CLOSEDEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Ball IS CLOSED - VO Thu Feb 19, 2004 3:23 pm

20 Concerning Trading/TradesEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Concerning Trading/Trades - VO Fri Feb 20, 2004 6:34 pm

21 Donation issues Feb 14 - Feb 20Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Donation issues Feb 14 - Feb 20 - lanzer Sat Feb 21, 2004 5:55 am

24 February Donation Item Released!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement February Donation Item Released! - VO Tue Feb 24, 2004 3:32 am

28 Avatar voting is here!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Avatar voting is here! - lanzer Sat Feb 28, 2004 5:01 am

March Edit

02 Graphics server currently under repairEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Graphics server currently under repair - lanzer Tue Mar 02, 2004 2:26 pm

03 A note about Gambino's LetterEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement A note about Gambino's Letter - lanzer Wed Mar 03, 2004 7:20 am

03 Database maintenance tonightEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Database maintenance tonight - lanzer Wed Mar 03, 2004 9:23 pm

06 Store Item Update!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Store Item Update! - VO Sat Mar 06, 2004 11:19 pm

07 Concerning R0x0rBilly and Punk Items...Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Concerning R0x0rBilly and Punk Items... - VO Sun Mar 07, 2004 12:32 am

07 Short emergency maintenanceEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Short emergency maintenance - lanzer Sun Mar 07, 2004 9:17 am

09 More emergency repair and maintenance todayEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement More emergency repair and maintenance today - lanzer Tue Mar 09, 2004 10:13 pm

10 Sorry for the Critical ErrorsEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Sorry for the Critical Errors - lanzer Wed Mar 10, 2004 1:53 am

12 Server maintenance tonight at 2amEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Server maintenance tonight at 2am - lanzer Fri Mar 12, 2004 2:01 am

14 Server maintenance again at 3:30am, PSTEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Server maintenance again at 3:30am, PST - lanzer Sun Mar 14, 2004 12:07 pm

14 Trouble with www.go-gaia.comEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Trouble with www.go-gaia.com - lanzer Sun Mar 14, 2004 12:25 pm

15 Donation problem resolvedEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Donation problem resolved - lanzer Mon Mar 15, 2004 8:22 am

15 Server down for maintenance at 3:00amEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Server down for maintenance at 3:00am - lanzer Mon Mar 15, 2004 8:37 pm

16 Donation problems fixed again.Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Donation problems fixed again. - lanzer Tue Mar 16, 2004 6:05 am

18 Rollback from 9:00pm to 7:30pmEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Rollback from 9:00pm to 7:30pm - lanzer Thu Mar 18, 2004 1:05 am

18 Possible downtime at 3:00am PSTEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Possible downtime at 3:00am PST - lanzer Thu Mar 18, 2004 1:56 am

18 Short downtime at 9:00am PSTEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Short downtime at 9:00am PST - lanzer Thu Mar 18, 2004 11:50 am

21 Server downtime at 3:30amEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Server downtime at 3:30am - lanzer Sun Mar 21, 2004 6:22 am

26 March Donation Item Released ^w^!!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement March Donation Item Released ^w^!! - L0cke Fri Mar 26, 2004 12:24 am

30 Donation letter error ^^Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Donation letter error ^^ - L0cke Tue Mar 30, 2004 8:57 am

30 Donation problem correctedEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Donation problem corrected - lanzer Tue Mar 30, 2004 5:56 pm

April Edit

01 Concerning Black Faces...PLUS, How to Remove them.Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Concerning Black Faces...PLUS, How to Remove them. - VO Thu Apr 01, 2004 8:54 pm

11 Easter event begins 9am PST on Easter SundayEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Easter event begins 9am PST on Easter Sunday - lanzer Sun Apr 11, 2004 1:10 am

20 Gaia Online switching to gaiaonline.comEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Online switching to gaiaonline.com - lanzer Tue Apr 20, 2004 8:56 pm

22 Mail services was down, please re-submit feedback messagesEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Mail services was down, please re-submit feedback messages - lanzer Thu Apr 22, 2004 6:00 am

25 April Donation Item Released ^_^Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement April Donation Item Released ^_^ - L0cke Sun Apr 25, 2004 7:48 am

28 April Items Update ^^Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement April Items Update ^^ - L0cke Wed Apr 28, 2004 2:11 pm

30 Gaia is changing its URL to gaiaonline.comEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia is changing its URL to gaiaonline.com - lanzer Fri Apr 30, 2004 7:35 pm

May Edit

03 Server outage todayEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Server outage today - lanzer Mon May 03, 2004 11:20 pm

04 Avatars now working againEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Avatars now working again - lanzer Tue May 04, 2004 7:44 pm

09 Avatar server downEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Avatar server down - lanzer Sun May 09, 2004 7:37 am

12 Vending System Now OnlineEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Vending System Now Online - Arwen Wed May 12, 2004 5:11 pm

13 Sneak Peak of New TownEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Sneak Peak of New Town - Arwen Thu May 13, 2004 10:32 pm

15 New Town: Durem UpdateEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New Town: Durem Update - L0cke Sat May 15, 2004 6:22 pm

17 SuperStar Helmet fixedEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement SuperStar Helmet fixed - VO Mon May 17, 2004 12:29 pm

20 Dürem Salon now open ^^Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Dürem Salon now open ^^ - Ling Thu May 20, 2004 5:00 am

21 Rare Items UpdateEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Rare Items Update - L0cke Fri May 21, 2004 3:08 pm

21 Sellback value of items has been updatedEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Sellback value of items has been updated - L0cke Fri May 21, 2004 11:00 pm

All items will now sellback to the stores for 50% of their original price now. We are currently updating the prices of rare items now ^^ Thank you for your patience and stay tuned for the new updates icon_smile.gif

-L0cke

21 Rare Items UpdatedEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Rare Items Updated - L0cke Fri May 21, 2004 11:37 pm

23 A note to all Opera usersEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement A note to all Opera users - lanzer Sun May 23, 2004 4:48 am

25 May Donation Item Released :)Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement May Donation Item Released :) - L0cke Tue May 25, 2004 4:17 am

27 New feature on donation itemEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New feature on donation item - lanzer Thu May 27, 2004 3:14 am

31 Thank you for coming to Fanime! ^^Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Thank you for coming to Fanime! ^^ - Ling Mon May 31, 2004 9:17 pm

June Edit

06 System maintenance for 1 hourEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement System maintenance for 1 hour - lanzer Sun Jun 06, 2004 4:45 am

09 Archiving system now activeEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Archiving system now active - lanzer Wed Jun 09, 2004 6:43 am

10 Durem Salon FAQEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Durem Salon FAQ - Arwen Thu Jun 10, 2004 9:44 pm

16 System downtime and site renewalEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement System downtime and site renewal - lanzer Wed Jun 16, 2004 8:58 pm

21 Server Maintenance Tonight at 3:00am PSTEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Server Maintenance Tonight at 3:00am PST - lanzer Mon Jun 21, 2004 9:54 am

Gaia will be down for maintenance on June 22, 3:00am PST. Services should resume at around 4:00am, PST.

Thank you for your attention.

22 Apologies for today's downtime.Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Apologies for today's downtime. - lanzer Tue Jun 22, 2004 9:55 pm

The database had to go through an optimization this morning. The process started at 1:00am but unfortunately due to the large size of the database the process was not finished until 6:45pm in the afternoon.

As a next step to improve on performance, the many services within Gaia will have their own database servers so future maintenance will only affect one area of the site at one time and will not cause a downtime of more than a few hours.

Though such optimization should not be necessary until another 6 months later. Thank you for your patience, and we'll continue to work hard to improve on the speed and performance of Gaia Online.

23 Items/Hairstyles UpdateEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Items/Hairstyles Update - Ling Wed Jun 23, 2004 2:22 pm

Hi guys,

Two new clothing sets and two new hairstyles have been added to the salon. Enjoy!

24 June Donation Item Released ^ooo^Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement June Donation Item Released ^ooo^ - L0cke Thu Jun 24, 2004 3:02 am

Hey Everyone

The donation item for June has just been released and in rememberance of the angelic halo released as the first donation item exactly one year ago, we are happy to announce the counterpart item Devil Horns! The alternate item is a beautiful Glowing Angelic Pendant thats a wonderful gift for that special someone or for yourself if you like something pretty ^__^

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We hope you enjoy the new items and thank you all for your wonderful support over this past year of donation items and forum craziness :]

Best wishes, take care, and be on the lookout for many new features coming soon at Gaia ^ww^

-L0cke

P.S. For those who don't know how to get this month's donation item, you can get one by donating here.

20 New layout is here! Please restart your browser.Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New layout is here! Please restart your browser. - lanzer Sun Jun 20, 2004 7:02 am

Hello everyone, Gaia Online now has a new look and feel. To make sure that all the new graphics are loaded properly, please exit your web browser and login again.

This new look is aimed to provide everyone with more features and a more functional layout. Some graphics are still being enhanced and there will be more changes made for better navigation.

All comments and feedback are welcome, please write to us in the Questions and Feedback forum. Thank you.



  • Icon announceAnnouncement New layout is here! Please restart your browser. - lanzer Sat Jun 26, 2004 11:04 am

We've just changed the layout of the forum index, please restart your browser or perform a hard refresh (Ctrl-F5) to see the changes.

29 Now testing load balancerEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Now testing load balancer - lanzer Tue Jun 29, 2004 6:40 am

For better performance, and in order to keep a consistant URL for all the forum pages around the site, we've installed a load balancer yesterday and we're in the process of testing it throughout this week.

All forum pages will be directed to "cluster.gaiaonline.com" and will remain that way until the load balancer is determined to be bug free. We will then switch that name over to "www.gaiaonline.com".

So please don't update your bookmarks yet, and after tomorrow you can change your bookmarks or links to "www.gaiaonline.com" for accessing all the forum pages.

July Edit

03 Gaia Social event at Anime Expo 2004Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Social event at Anime Expo 2004 - lanzer Sat Jul 03, 2004 6:02 pm

To everyone attending Anime Expo 2004:

There will be a Gaia Social on Sunday, 11:00am.

It'll be held at the courtyard between Hilton and the convention center. If you exit the convention center from Exhibition Hall B (dealer's room), make a left and that's where the social is held. All the admins will be there and anyone is welcome to ask questions or to hang out. For those who are at AX, hope to see you there!

07 Gaia Online Staffs Would Never Ask For PasswordsEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Online Staffs Would Never Ask For Passwords - Arwen Wed Jul 07, 2004 12:39 am

This is a reminder to all users of Gaia Online that Administrators, Moderators, and Dedicated Moderators would never ask for your password. We do not send Private Messages or E-mail asking for account related questions such as your passwords.

The Gaia Online e-mail ends with the following: @anihq.com

Please remember at Gaia Online, we try our best to protect your account, but the best protection can only start with a strong password. Please consider the following when choosing your password:

- Never use a "simple password" like your birthday, your dog's name, etc.
- Use both number and letters in any combination
- The longer the password, the better
- Change your password often
- Avoid using your password at Gaia Online on any other webpage
- Do not share your password with anyone, that includes friends or families
- Do not share accounts

If you have recieved an e-mail or a private message from a user asking for your password, impersonating a Gaia Online Staff, giving you gold/rare item in exchange for your password. Please forward the message to a Moderator as soon as possible. And just ignore the PM or email from the person.

If you have any further questions please feel free to PM any ONLINE Moderators.



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Online Staffs Would Never Ask For Passwords - Arwen Wed Jul 07, 2004 12:47 am

Don't Loan Any Of Your Items

Also, don't lend/loan your items to users you barely know. For example: A user posts or PMs you asking if I can see those Angelic Minis for a second so I can take a screenshot or something along the line like; Can I borrow those for a moment!? I will give you my password so I wouldn't run away with them.

That will result in an item scam and you end up losing your item. So please don't loan items to users you just met in 2 days or 2 months. Once your item is loaned its gone. Gaia Online is not responsible for loss or stolen items. Please protect your items and gold!

Don't loan anything to anyone at all. If a user refuses to stop bothering you about the item or you just want to report it to a Moderator. You are free to do so annonymously ^_^

EDIT: For more information, check out Dri's thread XD

http://cluster.gaiaonline.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2853097

07 Gaia Store is now openEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Store is now open - lanzer Wed Jul 07, 2004 4:48 pm

You can now get your own Gaia T-shirt and posters that were sold at Fanime and Anime Expo! Just click on the Gaia Store link on the bottom of the page to visit the store, or click on the link below.

Check out the Gaia Store

16 Database bugs and rollback of user accounts.Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Database bugs and rollback of user accounts. - lanzer Fri Jul 16, 2004 6:51 pm

Gaia online had moved to a new database handling system on the 14th so we can scale up and meet the demands of our growing community. Unfortunately, even after testing, the new database system still had bugs which caused some severe damage to the many user's accounts.

Most of the major bugs had been fixed, however the only way to restore the thousands of damaged accounts is to perform a rollback.

As of this morning, everyone's account had been rolled back to their original state as of July 14th, 2:30pm.

We are terribly sorry for the inconvenience that this might have caused.



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Database bugs and rollback of user accounts. - lanzer Sat Jul 17, 2004 8:58 am

For those who had lost items or gold, please note the following:

Donation items - All donation items lost during the rollback period will be automatically recovered

Store items - Gold will be recovered to users who bought items from the stores during the rollback period through automatic scripting also. Due to the large number of transactions being made, we cannot gaurantee that everyone's gold will be fully recovered.

Items traded - Please contact the owner of the item and trade again if you have lost a traded item.

Thank you for your attention.



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Database bugs and rollback of user accounts. - lanzer Tue Jul 20, 2004 1:59 am

As of 10:30pm today, all user gold that were spent at the stores and salon had been recovered. All mail donation items had been restored also.

If you had received a donation item during the rollback period but have not yet received your item, please write to us again through the feedback form. We'll respond to your problem ASAP.

20 Hairstyles and Items Update ^www^ (7/19)Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Hairstyles and Items Update ^www^ (7/19) - Ling Tue Jul 20, 2004 2:14 am

Hi everyone! ^^

Once again, we have updated with two new hairstyles in the Durem salon and two new sets of clothing in the clothing stores.

Check them out! We hope you like them! ^O^

21 Hipster Shades FixedEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Hipster Shades Fixed - VO Wed Jul 21, 2004 11:50 am

Dear Users,

The Hipster shades problem has been fixed. Apparently, some files were uploaded to the wrong place but now it's all good to go.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

22 Gaia Guild Network releasedEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Guild Network released - DARKNRGY Thu Jul 22, 2004 5:53 am

The Gaia Guild Network has been released! You can now create, maintain, and moderate your own forums.

To get to the Gaia Guild Network, visit Barton, and click on the bottom left building.

Please be sure and read the FAQ to get the most out of the Gaia Guild Network.

Enjoy!

14 Gaia Friendslist is now active!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Friendslist is now active! - kaia9 Wed Jul 14, 2004 11:49 pm

the gaia friendslist is ready!.

the friendslist is a way to integrate a lot of the features current and upcoming throughout the site. through the friendslist you have two lists, one list of your "friends" and a list of "ignored". these lists will follow you through the site.

you can access your friendslist from your profile (the first nav button in the top banner). details about the navigation within the friendslist is as follows:

Friends
from when you first get there, you have the ability to add friends by username (or user ID, if you know that) from the form on the top right hand side of the page. just type in the username and click "Add to Friends". when you add someone to your friendslist, they will be notified with an avatar bubble the next time they refresh a page, which will take them directly to their "approvals" page. they then have the option of approving your request, or denying it.

Ignored
the ignore list works the same way for adding users to it, by username or user ID, but with one major difference. adding someone to your ignorelist is automatic, without authorization required.

Approvals
the approval list is basically what it sounds like. it's a list of people who have requested you on their friendslist, and you have the options to approve or deny them. if you approve them, you are added immediately to their list. after the approval, you will get a confirmation that everything happened correctly, and you will have a link to add the person(s) that you just approved to your friendslist. (if they are not already there). if you deny the request, the request is removed from the system. if someone repeadly asks to be on your friendslist, and you don't want to hear from them anymore, add them to your ignore list.

Pending
is your outgoing requests that have not been approved yet. from this list, you have the option of reminding people that you sent the request, or removing the request. you can only send one reminder every 24 hours. when you remind them, it sends them a PM telling them about the request. if you remove a request from your pending list, they will

no longer see the request.

Search
you can search for any user, by just about any string. to perform a search for a specific user, type the username. if you are unsure of the username, you can use a wildcard (*) for searching. for example, to find all users with 'John' at the beginning of their username, you would search for 'john*'. the search is not case sensitive. from the results, you can pick who you were looking for, and add them to your friends list, or ignore list.

through your friendslist, you can quickly see which of your friends are online, link to their stores, PM them, and see their profiles, with more options to be added soon. the friendslist has it's own settings... in your user's profile, you can set the Always show my Email Address, Hide your online status, & Allow Private Messages setting have the option of only friends.

Allow Private Messages

is a new option in your profile. the way it works is that if you set it to "No" you will no longer receive any PM's from anyone (other than the Gaia staff & moderators). by default, it is set to "yes" for all current users. if you set it to "only friends" you will only get PMs from people on your friendslist.

forum tie-in
the friendslist also gets into the forums. any users that are on your friendslist will have their name highlighted in blue, and any people on your ignore list will have their name grayed out, and their avatar "ghosted".

mail tie-in

a new option will become active once you start your friendslist, but in the mail system. when starting a new message, you have the option of send to friendslist. clicking this button, will put "friends@gaia" in the username field. this will then send the message that you compose to *everyone* on your friendslist. you can also send to multiple users on your friendslist, by typing in their names, seperated by commas. this will only work for users who are *currently* on your friendslist, and will not work for users who are not.

profile tie-in
if you view any user's profile, there is a new field that has been added. if the user that you are looking at is currently on your friendslist, then it will say so, and if not, you will see the same Add to Friends and Add to Ignored buttons that are found within the friendslist.


due to the nature of the friendslist, and how much it reacts with the rest of the site, at this time, there is a limit of 100 users on your friendslist. during testing, large friendslists degraded the site, and caused very slow load times. there may be a purchasable or questable upgrade to this in the future, but at this time, it is a fixed limit. also, friendslist groups have been suggested as a add-on feature, but will not be implimented due to the same limitations.


new design
along with the friendslist, you may see some minor changes around the site, mainly... the smiley buttons. hope you enjoy!



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Friendslist is now active! - kaia9 Fri Jul 23, 2004 3:54 pm


friendslist update

the friendslist was relying on the $HTTP_REFERER variable to process requests. due to user-side limitations such as personal firewalls & anti virus software, using this varaible reliably became a cause for concern. there were a somewhat large number of users who's security software was impeding them from using the friendslist at all, though they could use the entirety of gaia.

so, i made the appropriate changes. unfortunatly a few of the automated functions (Move from Friends to Ignored & Move from Ignored to Friends had to be disabled, because they required the user to click on customized links, and not form submit buttons, which would have passed normal form variables.

the friendslist should now be working in its entirety, with a re-worked new feature for accepting friendslist requests: you now have two options for accepting. Accept Request and Accept & Add. they work for one user request at a time, and work as the buttons suggest they do.

if anyone continues to have any problems, please let us know via the sticky that will be in Questions & Feedback.

25 July Donation item released :]]]!!!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement July Donation item released :]]]!!! - L0cke Sun Jul 25, 2004 8:28 pm

Hey Everyone ^^~!

Julys donation items have finally been released ^_^ This month features a sleek Steel-plated Ninja Band thats just perfect for any crazy forum adventure aaand a neat Kitsune Mask~! This mask is great for cosplay, anime fans or anyone whos going for a unique look ^w^!

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Have a great time with the new items and thank you all for your support in keeping Gaia a wonderful place for all of us to hang out online ^___^


Best wishes, take care, and be ready for Gaia Fishing coming soon

-L0cke

P.S. For those who don't know how to get this month's donation item, you can get one by donating here. donate

26 Concerning Kitsune Mask Donation ItemEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Concerning Kitsune Mask Donation Item - VO Mon Jul 26, 2004 2:30 pm

UPDATE

The problem has now been fixed and you can now get 4 different variations for the Kitsune Mask as well as 3 variations for the Ninja Headband.

Enjoy!

Dear Users,

There is currently a glitch with the item that we are working to figure out. If you are seeing strange variations, please don't be alarmed.

In the end, you will be able to wear it on your head AS WELL as over your face.

When we figure out what's causing the errors, we will announce it in this post.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

26 Concerning Site Lag and Connection ErrorsEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Concerning Site Lag and Connection Errors - VO Mon Jul 26, 2004 5:06 pm

Dear Users,

We are currently debugging a new database system which will allow for a smoother and faster Gaia in the future.

During this time, we are experiencing connection errors associated with the install of the new system.

These problems are not caused by the introduction of the friendslist or the guild system, nor have the introduction of these features delayed the fixes on the database system.

Please be assured that we are working as fast and as hard as possible to remedy these problems in a timely fashion.

As a full fix date cannot be pinpointed until we determine the exact nature of the problems, we will let you know as soon as the problems are fixed in the announcements.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

August Edit

10 July Donation Item Issues resolvedEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement July Donation Item Issues resolved - lanzer Tue Aug 10, 2004 11:42 pm

Apologies for the long wait, but we've just finished restoring the lost donation items for our July donators. If you're still having any missing missing donation letters, please write to us again through the feedback form.

Feedback Form

Thank you for your support.

11 System Downtime on Thursday Night, August 12thEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement System Downtime on Thursday Night, August 12th - lanzer Wed Aug 11, 2004 12:47 pm

To improve the speed for Gaia Online, we need to add a couple of servers every month to keep up with the demand for traffic. This Thursday Gaia will be moving to a bigger Internet Service Provider so we can have have more servers online.

On August 12th from 10PM, PST to 3AM, Gaia will be down as we move all the servers to the new provider.

After the move, we will be able to install even more servers and handle more users during the busiest hours.

Meanwhile, database enhancements are still being worked on. Once we're done with that the site will be even faster. Stay tuned!

13 server migration completeEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement server migration complete - kaia9 Fri Aug 13, 2004 7:08 pm

as you can see by the site being online, the migration to the new intrernet service provider (isp) went through successfully. the move was completed by the entire gaia staff, between the hours of 10pm august 12th, and 11am today.

avatar server: all servers apprear to have survived the move, with the execption of the avatar server, which is operational, but not currently delivering the avatar images. this is being worked on, and will be resolved as soon as possible.

for the time being, the inventory page is not operational due to the problems with the avatar server. please do not attempt make changes to your avatar, and please do not post repeat threads in questions & feedback concerning the lack of avatar images throughout the site. check this announcement for updates concerning the issue.

sushi errors: the only other major errors that are currently outstanding are some stray 'sushi errors' in the art arena, and trades and vend. for the moment, please do not attempt to use these parts of the site.


on a positive note, the move to the new isp provides a much stronger internet connection, better connections to the database servers from the webservers, better power, and most importantly... room to grow.

thank you to everyone for their patience during this transition.

16 Growing painsEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Growing pains - lanzer Mon Aug 16, 2004 10:24 pm

For the past two days, Gaia has been experiencing problems with our network equipment due to the server migration. We sincerely apologize for the outages due to the equipment failures. We understand that it is fustrating to have service interruptions and bugs and we're doing all that we can to debug all the existing problems that were reported.

Please note that this past month's instability issues were not caused by the addition of new features. All of the problems were actually caused by the implementation or changes of a new Gaia network that will allow us to serve more users without a decrease in quality of service.

Though there were bugs during these system changes and migration, almost all the bugs and quirks had been worked out at this point. Without these changes, Gaia will not be able to grow, and the critical errors will only get worse. Now with the new system in place. Once the database has been optimized, site expansion will be smooth and connection errors will be kept to a minimum, if not, an issue of the past.

We thank you for your patience during all the changes and migration. As we get closer to the closing of the alpha testing phase, Gaia will be much more solid and bug free. The end of the alpha testing phase should come within the next two months, right before we introduce the battle system. Please stay tuned for more news and features to come.

20 Items Update 8/20 ^__^Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Items Update 8/20 ^__^ - Ling Fri Aug 20, 2004 11:50 pm

Hello everyone ^O^

We've added new clothes for this month to most of the stores.

Check them out and we hope you will enjoy them!

23 Regarding Banner ads on GaiaEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Regarding Banner ads on Gaia - lanzer Mon Aug 23, 2004 7:14 pm

Last week, Gaia Online finished its move to a new provider with a faster and better quality uplink. Just last week, we had added six more web and database servers for the new features as well as for the ability to handle more traffic.

At this moment, the cost for upkeeping the service and site development has increased signicifcantly. In order for us to be able to keep Gaia a free service for all users, it is now necessary for us to display banner ads to help offload the costs of maintaining and developing the site.

A while back, we introduced a number of banner ads for testing. After receiving extensive feedback from users, we made changes to the placement of these ads to be as unobtrusive as possible. We hope the result will please everyone and we will continue to listen to everyone's comments and suggestions.

Thanks for helping to keep Gaia a free service!

24 August Donation Item Released!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement August Donation Item Released! - VO Tue Aug 24, 2004 10:00 pm

Dear Users,

The August donation item has been released! This month, we celebrate the Olympics with a Grecian theme by presenting you with two options: A Golden Crown of Laurels and Winged Anklets.

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We hope you enjoy these items and thanks for helping to keep GAIA Online a free service to all!

Take care and best wishes.

-VO

P.S. For those who don't know how to get this month's donation item, you can get one by donating here. donate

25 Green Sparkly on Golden Laurels FixedEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Green Sparkly on Golden Laurels Fixed - VO Wed Aug 25, 2004 3:50 pm

Dear Users,

Just fixed the green error on the sparkles for the Golden Laurels. Just resave your avatar to fix it.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

27 First GAIA Olympic Event Coming Soon...Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement First GAIA Olympic Event Coming Soon... - VO Fri Aug 27, 2004 4:47 am

Dear Users,

'**Update. The opening of Gambino's Mansion will be delayed until tomorrow due to problems with Gaia's servers today. We will announce the new time as soon as possible. **

On Friday, August 27th at 6:00pm PST, Gambino's Mansion will be open for all to enter to discuss the upcoming event.

Be sure to join in the fun, show your town spirit by cheering on your favorite NPC's, watch them compete, and get cool prizes in the process!

Hope you see you all there!

28 Hold Yer Horses, GAIA OLYMPICS ARE COMINGEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Hold Yer Horses, GAIA OLYMPICS ARE COMING - [NPC] Gambino's Memorial Sat Aug 28, 2004 1:37 am

Those LOUSY Admins... What do I pay them for?! BWAHAHAAAHAA Well, anyway, I got them working to the bone on MY LATEST EVENT... YES, the FIRST GAIA OLYMPIC RACE!

Stay tuned and I'll keep ya posted whilst I continue to flog every single one of them until they get the event rolling.



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Hold Yer Horses, GAIA OLYMPICS ARE COMING - [NPC] Gambino's Memorial Sat Aug 28, 2004 4:55 pm

Blaargh, the weather has not cooperated and the race has been postponed. Damn the Gaian Gods... I AM LOSING PROFIT EVERY MINUTE!

The race will begin Sunday morning, BE THERE BWHAHHAHHA!



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Hold Yer Horses, GAIA OLYMPICS ARE COMING - [NPC] Gambino's Memorial Sun Aug 29, 2004 4:33 pm

I got so excited with the start of the race today, that I forgot to tell you all about it here...

Welcome to the 1st Gaia Olympic Race! THE RACE HAS BEGUN!

To follow along with the race, just watch the maps, and read all my witty commentary HERE! BWHAHHAHHA!

September Edit

02 GAIA FISHING PREVIEWEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement GAIA FISHING PREVIEW - VO Thu Sep 02, 2004 4:20 pm

Dear Users,

We've just uploaded a small preview for GAIA Fishing!

You can view it HERE.

We are currently very far into its development and hope to release it within the month. We'll keep you posted as we get closer to launching it.

Enjoy!

03 Site downtime today at 11:00am PSTEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Site downtime today at 11:00am PST - lanzer Fri Sep 03, 2004 1:13 pm

Today Gaia will be upgrading its database software to enhance its performance and rid of lag time between posts.

At around 11:00am Gaia will be down for about 30 minutes while the upgrade takes place. Service should resume at 11:30am, PST.

Thank you for your attention.

03 Regarding items lost due to tradingEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Regarding items lost due to trading - lanzer Fri Sep 03, 2004 10:15 pm

Hello everyone:

There's been some unfortunate issues with trading and how items went missing after trades are completed or cancelled. For those who had encountered this problem, please reply to the thread below:

Report your problem here.

There's no need to include any details, just reply to the thread and let us know the time in which the items were lost and that's all we would need.

We'll try our best to revive any lost items. Thank you for your patience.

22 Items Update! ^^ (9/22)Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Items Update! ^^ (9/22) - Ling Wed Sep 22, 2004 7:16 pm

Hi everyone!

We've updated the stores with new item sets. Go check them out! We hope you like them.

We've also added two new hairstyles to the salon in Durem. Enjoy!

24 Gaia Journals are here!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Journals are here! - kaia9 Fri Sep 24, 2004 6:23 pm

Accessible through your profile page, or... http://www.gaiaonline.com/journal/

What are Gaia Journals?
Gaia Journals are designed for you to have your very own personal space on Gaia to write out your thoughts. Your Gaia Journal is your space, so you choose what it looks like, who can read it, and who can comment on whatever you decide to share. You can have a journal just for you and your friends to read and comment in, a public space that the entire Gaia community can view and respond to, or you could even use your Gaia Journal to keep a private diary all for yourself, that no one else can read. You could even replace your LiveJournal, Xanga, or other weblog with your Gaia Journal. It's all up to you!

What do I need to know to get around Gaia Journals?
A good place to start is with the Journal Listing button. Clicking this will take you to a list of all the journals made by other Gaians. All journal lists are given in order from most to least active, so those most recently updated will be right at the top. No need to hunt around to see if someone's updated! To read a journal, just click on its title. If you'd like to view several journals at once, mark the boxes next to them and hit the 'view marked journals' button to read them all on one easy page.

Since there will be lots of journals, you might want to sort them into a form that's a bit easier for you to find things. For starters, Gaia Journal already works along with your Friendslist! All your friend's journals are in a nice list you can see by clicking on the friendslist link. So if you're not using your Friendslist yet, now's a good time to start!

If you come across a journal you'd like to keep track of while browsing Gaia Journal, you can just click the 'subscribe' button at the top of that journal. Then when you come back later, just go to Journal Listing and click on 'subscriptions'. There you'll have a list of all the journals you've subscribed to. Don't worry about subscribing, because if you change your mind later, you can always edit your subscriptions later. Now you know how to find and keep track of other Gaian's journals so you can begin to read and comment in them.

Ready to get started with your very own Gaia Journal? Then click here to create your very own Gaia Journal.

If you'd like to read on with all the details, get more info from JournalBuilder!

24 September Donation Item Released!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement September Donation Item Released! - VO Fri Sep 24, 2004 7:49 pm

Dear Users,

The September donation item has been released! This month, we have dual purpose bani hair clips and goti ear muffs in anticipation of the winter season.

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We hope you enjoy these items and thanks for helping to keep GAIA Online a free service to all!

Take care and best wishes.

-VO

P.S. For those who don't know how to get this month's donation item, you can get one by donating here.

28 Thread Subscription & SubnavigationEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Thread Subscription & Subnavigation - kaia9 Tue Sep 28, 2004 9:17 pm

Thanks to all those who have waited with Gaia for this long without the ability to subscribe to threads that you want to follow. Your day has come.

Thread Subscription!
This allows you to Subscribe to threads that you are taking part in, and list them all in one place to make it easier to see if they have gotten updated. Tired of browsing through pages and pages of threads, only to find out that the thread you wanted to see hasn't even been updated? Be tired no more.


Subnavigation - has been changed slightly in a few places, and should work a bit better. thread subscription will show in all forum-like places, and the profile / journal / friendslist *should* show in said areas.

( oh. and memberlist finally got it's look & feel updated! yay! )

October Edit

11 No banner ads for donators ^^Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement No banner ads for donators ^^ - Ling Mon Oct 11, 2004 9:48 pm

Hi everyone,

We'd like to show our appreciation for all donators.

Effective tomorrow onward, you will not see banner advertisements on GAIA Online for a period of thirty days starting from the day we receive your donation. ^^

Thank you again for the support!

20 GST :: Gaia Standard TimeEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement GST :: Gaia Standard Time - kaia9 Wed Oct 20, 2004 8:24 pm

starting today, Gaia will be showing you a whole new look for the Gaia World.

Darkness

well, dusk, dawn, and night - to be exact. and... just so that you don't have to be online at midnight pacific standard time just to see what it looks like at night, we're instituting GST or... Gaia Standard Time.

GST works like this: there are two gaia days to each day in RealLifeTM. it will be midnight on gaia at 12:00am (PST) and 12:00pm (PST). if you connect to gaia from another timezone, you will still see GST based on PST.

GST gives Gaia more of a real-world feel, and in the very near future, as we add features to the site, there will be many features that interact with the GST system. For now, enjoy the new look, and...

...you'll see why really soon...



  • Icon announceAnnouncement GST :: Gaia Standard Time - kaia9 Thu Oct 21, 2004 2:48 pm

due to a minor bug in the code, the nighttime and dusk/dawn maps did not load properly on the site until just now. i apologize for the error. enjoy the new maps... finally.



  • Icon announceAnnouncement GST :: Gaia Standard Time - kaia9 Thu Oct 21, 2004 3:14 pm

OMG. Halloween! what the?

'*evil grin*

26 Delay for donation itemEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Delay for donation item - lanzer Tue Oct 26, 2004 2:01 am

Hello everyone:

We're currently working hard in getting the new avatar system up and running, and because this month's donation item will use some of the new features of the new avatar system, we could not release the item until the new system is ready. Sorry for the delay.

The new avatar system is almost complete. Please expect the donation item to be available by tomorrow morning. Thank you for your patience.



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Delay for donation item - kaia9 Tue Oct 26, 2004 2:00 pm

first off, thank you to everyone for your patience.

gaia avatar system 2.0 is online!

a few quick notes about the changes:

  • when clicking on your profile link you will be directed not to your inventory, but to a static page so that you don't have to load your inventory every time you need to go to something else in your profile like your journal or friendslist.
  • the profile page has changed slightly, now with two options. View My Inventory which will take you to a page with *all* your inventory, and Customize Me which will take you to what you normally see when you go to your profile. this is where you customize your avatar.
  • when customizing your avatar, you now have the option of "posing" your avatar. there is a button just below the avatar preview where you can change your hand position. thes hand positions will come into play very soon... but, i'll let V0 tell you about that later on today.

for now, enjoy the new avatar system which should work alot better than the old system, but as with any new system, we are working out the slight bugs in the system for the first week or so.

ALL questions or problems about the new avatar system should be reported to the Questions & Feedback Subforum: Avatar 2.0 Q&F.

26 AVATAR System 2.0 In Public TestingEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement AVATAR System 2.0 In Public Testing - VO Tue Oct 26, 2004 5:54 pm

Dear Users,

After 3 months of blood,sweat, and tears, we are now opening up the new Avatar system for all users to test.

For this release, we've made a few changes to the current profile page layout.

Going to the profile page will take you to an informational page with the following 2 links: (Note: This info page is temporary and will be updated with more useful links in the near future)

1) View My Inventory

This page is where you can view your entire inventory, equippable and non-equippable items. If you want to screencap your inventory, this is the place to do it. By clicking on a particular thumbnail, you can get the item description for that item, as well as the option to equip it.

2) Customize Me

This page is where you can customize your Avatar. Since this is the sole purpose for being on this page, please be aware that the only items shown are the ones that you can wear. And, since a user can have a massive inventory, please allow the page to finish loading before attempting to make changes to your avatar.

Above the "save changes" buttons, you'll notice a "choose pose" button. Clicking on that will give you the option to change your Avatar's arm positions. Avatar armposes are meant to allow user's to equip specific items in their hands and therefore, should be treated as such.

What does Avatar System 2.0 mean for Gaia Users?

Aside from graphical and rendering glitches(which are still being worked on) , you'll find that the sheer combinations of items is much more massive. No longer are users confined to equipping one item into one slot. And on top of that, this system will allow users more possibilities in terms of customizing their avatars by holding new items with the new arm positions.

As with all products in testing, please bear with us and help us debug the system. Avatar 2.0 is far more complex than the original version, and we're working as hard as we can to iron out all of the kinks in a timely fashion.

ALL questions or problems about the new avatar system should be reported to the Questions & Feedback Subforum: Avatar 2.0 Q&F.

Thank you for your understanding, your patience, and your support!

We hope you enjoy it!

VO

27 October Donation Item Released!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement October Donation Item Released! - VO Wed Oct 27, 2004 1:22 am

Dear Users,

The October donation item has been released! This month, we are proud to announce our first ever hand held item on Gaia! The Staff of Angels and the Demonic Pitchfork are just the precursors to what we have in store for you in the future.

User Image

We hope you enjoy these items and thanks for helping to keep GAIA Online a free service to all!

Take care and best wishes.

-VO

P.S. For those who don't know how to get this month's donation item, you can get one by donating here.

27 Halloween Items Update!!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Halloween Items Update!! - Ling Wed Oct 27, 2004 11:42 pm

Hi everybody!

It's time to bring out the candy and put on those crazy costumes!!

If you look around the shops of GAIA some stores will be selling the new Halloween items so sure to dress up your avatar for Halloween so we can all enjoy this weekend together~! ^wwww^

29 Password Retrieval SystemEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Password Retrieval System - Jakobo Fri Oct 29, 2004 8:21 am

If you've logged in to Gaia, you have have noticed instead of being wisked into your account, you were prompted with a screen asking for some additional information. And so, that brings us to our next big announcement:

Introducing the new Password Retrieval System

The Password Retrieval System is designed to make it possible for a user to get their Gaia password even during times when email is unreliable. For the longest time, we have had to put password retrieval as "disabled" for hotmail users. Under the new system, any Gaian will be able to get a password reset by identifying themselves to the system.

The system will ask users for two security queestions. These questions, when used with your email and your username, can be used to identify yourself to the Gaia Online system. In order to help secure accounts from unwanted hacking, we have broken the questions into two tiers. The first question is a more difficult and lesser known item, while the second question is a bit more common knowledge. However, by combining these with username and email, we are able to provide a web-based interface for users to fix their accounts.

However, it doesn't stop there! If you remember from before, a change in email would lock the account, rendering it unusable. This has now been changed as well. Now, changing your email will not lock your account. However, your email in the system will not update until you confirm your account at your new email address. As an added bonus, if you mistype your email in your profile, you can go back in and change it!

Finally, the full system is backwards compatible with existing accounts. Security questions are part of the new user registration process, and are also presented to all users when they log in for the first time (as of about 4 am this morning). If a user has not filled out their security questions, the old "Forgot my Password" will take over.

Quick Questions:

Can I change my security questions / answers?
The short answer is no. This is because to allow someone to change their security questions and answers would allow someone who gets in to your account to compromise your account further. Whenever any changes are made to your account, an email notification is sent to the account owner.

I told someone my security question / answer! Is this bad?
It's not the end of the world, but you should be careful about divulging this sort of information. It is highly unlikely that any user on Gaia is going to ask for your email, your mother's maiden name, and your favorite restaurant all at once. If you believe a user is attempting to get your Security Answers, do report them to an online moderator.

What do I do if I'm already locked out?
If you are already locked out of your account (and cannot create the security questions), the system will default back to the email version of password retrieval. This helps ensure all pending activations and account problems can still be resolved.

29 HALLOWEEN/GINO's BDAY BASH HAS BEGUN!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement HALLOWEEN/GINO's BDAY BASH HAS BEGUN! - [NPC] Gambino's Memorial Fri Oct 29, 2004 1:54 pm

HO HO HO.... Johnny K. Gambino here!

I hereby am cordially inviting everyone in GAIA to come to my Halloween Bash on Saturday, 10/30/04 starting at 12pm PST (12am GST).

So be there or be square!

HO HO HO!!!!

ENTER THE PARTY

30 Important Notice about Jack and Trick or TreatingEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Important Notice about Jack and Trick or Treating - VO Sat Oct 30, 2004 5:47 pm

As we all know, when Jack comes into town, he brings Halloween with him.

Jack hates the broad daylight... so don't be alarmed if he doesn't show up during the broad daylight hours on Gaia.

And when Jack goes, he takes the spirit of Halloween with him(meaning, the shops stop giving candy). But don't worry, he'll be back again when it starts to get dark again. He'll here throughout the weekend until Monday morning to give you your fill of candies and treats.

Take care and Happy Halloween!

November Edit

01 Halloween Trick or Treating has been extended!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Halloween Trick or Treating has been extended! - kaia9 Mon Nov 01, 2004 2:23 pm

the event is NOT over. trick or treating has been extended until midnight (12am PST :: 12am GST(2)) for your enjoyment. trick or treating info can be found here:

http://www.gaiaonline.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4275171.

get dressed up, go to the stores to get your candy and then find jack to claim your prize!

quick FAQ:

Q: the candy isn't in my inventory. why?
A: the candy is not a tradable item. to keep track of which ones that you've picked, check your profile page.

Q: where is jack?
A: jack moves around frequently, on one of the 7 maps. you have to find him to claim your prize.

Q: i got a grab bag, opened it, and tried on the item, but it gives me a red X. what happened?
A: there is a small bug with some of the jack 2k4 items, and it is being resolved as i make this post. if you have a problem, unequip the item, or equip something else, and you'll get your avatar back. it should be working soon.

01 Regarding the Halloween Event and Site ProblemsEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Regarding the Halloween Event and Site Problems - VO Mon Nov 01, 2004 6:59 pm

Dear Users,

Over the past day, I've seen various positive/negative feedback regarding the Halloween Event and site problems. I'd like to address these issues with hopes to give you a better understanding of the situation as well as alleviate any frustrations you may have.

Regarding the Halloween Event:

The Halloween Event was perhaps our most ambitious one time event we've ever tackled on the site. It was our hope to immerse our users in a fun storyline that would relate well to Halloween. We expected there to be a large turnout to our site and we did set up specific hardware to address our estimates, but we did not anticipate the actual turnout that showed up on Halloween day.

Believe you me that we were all amazed that we broke another event record with almost 20 thousand users on at all times during the event.

It was because of this that the event forum slowed to a crawl, and broke a few of our scripts for the Halloween event. During the whole event, we were all working hard to get the game back up and running, and to fix all of the problems involved. The reason users didn't see "admins online" is because we were working in the background to fix all of the system crashes, roleplaying as labtechs, or working on more artwork for the event.

In terms of the trick or treating, we wanted to limit the time of day that Jack would appear because 1) it makes sense in the context of the day/night system and 2) because we wanted to encourage users to participate in the zombie event as well. However, because of the site crawl during this period, we have opted to extend Trick or Treating for another day.

In the end, with the Halloween event, we wanted any user who just wanted to drop in for a little bit would be able to get one item. Of course, any user who would spend more time would be able to get more. Yes, this does reward a user who spends more time on the site, but doesn't that make sense? We really do empathize with our users' frustrations with the event. But please rest assured that we have been trying our best to address these problems. And it is equally frustrating that we cannot accomodate everyone's needs.

Issues such as server crashes and load problems heavily rest upon our hardware constraints. And while we'd like to add more hardware to make things run even more smoothly, we are limited in our funding. A site like GAIA requires A LOT to maintain and we are very grateful of our donators who keep the site up and running and expanding.

Regarding Current Site Problems:

We are working as hard as we can to get everything back up and running. Please rest assured we will keep you posted when we fix specific issues.

With the introduction of Avatar System 2.0, as well as upcoming features like fishing, etc... our system has become a lot more complex and we expect to have other issues that may arise. But please rest assured that we are working our hardest to get all of the bugs out in a timely fashion.

I hope that clears things up for you, and everyone here at GAIA would like to thank you for your patience and support!

Take care!

VO & the GAIA Staff

13 Gaia Redirect.php To Help Protect Against ScamsEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Redirect.php To Help Protect Against Scams - Jakobo Sat Nov 13, 2004 12:31 am

A new internal feature is being rolled out tonight, where all URLs will have the following format:

http://www.gaiaonline.com/forum/redirect.php?r=your_url_here

This is part of an ongoing effort to increase user awareness regarding scams on sites that are outside of the Gaia Online web site.

When a user is redirected to a site outside of Gaia Online, they will be provided some basic information, along with a link to follow to the web site itself. Please, always remember that an external web site will NOT ask for your Gaian Username and Password. Rest assured, anything Gaia Online does will be on the www.gaiaonline.com web site, the same site you are using right now.

Please remember, don't share your Gaia Password or your Gaia Security Answers with people and help us help you protect your account!



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Redirect.php To Help Protect Against Scams - Jakobo Sat Nov 13, 2004 6:54 am

For those who are having trouble with tinyURL, shortURL, or the URL trimming web site of choice, we have made a fundamental change to the way signatures can be stored.

In your signatures, URL tags will not count towards your total signature limit. This means you are able to use the full Gaia URL in your signature, without any penalty for length or limiting of your signature. We hope this helps everyone who has had issues with redirects, Gaia, and short URL services.



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Redirect.php To Help Protect Against Scams - Jakobo Sat Nov 13, 2004 3:18 pm

In a continuing effort to avoid direct impact on a gaia user's experience, we have redesigned the redirect to provide basic frame functionality. Instead of an entire redirect page, we will instead be loading a Gaia style notice into the top frame with an option to close the frame on request.

We hope that the redirect will continue to protect Gaians in the future, will still allowing URL linking to images and off-site pages.

Thank you everyone for being so patient while we rewrite URL functionality for Gaia.

17 Item Recovery Claims for Sep 02 RollbackEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Item Recovery Claims for Sep 02 Rollback - Jakobo Wed Nov 17, 2004 5:28 am

On September 02, 2004, there were several reports of lost items as the result of a serious glitch in the site's bank code, as reported by Lanzer. Since then, the administrative staff has been working on developing a system that would allow users to recover items from this reset. We know and understand some items were lost during this process, and therefore have developed a system for recovery.

http://www.gaiaonline.com/forum/item_recovery.php
Gaia Online Item Recovery Claim Form

Before you click the above URL though, it is really important that you understand how this process is going to work. Failing to read this may result in you submitting an invalid claim, which will be ignored by the system!

Upon loading the above URL, you are presented with a list of items. These items are the result of comparing your Sep 01 inventory to your current inventory. Therefore, this list contains only items that were in your inventory before, but are not now.

For this claim, you will be able to select 6 items from the list to submit as a "claim". This process does not automatically restore your items. Instead, it logs your activity and the items you have selected into our database. We will be using an external (private) script to process the claims. This script will verify the item(s) in question are lost, and if so, will return them to your inventory. Items we can confirm have been traded, sold in marketplace, or sold in store will not be returned.


Frequently Asked Questions

Why only 6 items?
The process for restoring and checking an inventory is a very database intensive process. To have a system parse through over 1.3 million accounts would render Gaia Online pretty unusable. Additionally, the claim limit will encourage users not to attempt to claim their entire inventory just to see if they can get additional items. The time spent verifying false claims could be better spent verifying valid ones. While we do understand some users may have lost more than 6 items in this incident, we encourage users to reclaim their most valuable lost items.

Why isn't my ____ listed?
The data you are looking at in the claim form is your inventory from September 1, minus anything currently in your inventory. For some users, this will result in a rather large list. An item may not be listed for several reasons. The most likely is that the item either currently is in your inventory, or the item came into the user's possession after the snapshot date.

Why only 2 weeks?
We feel that two weeks is more than adequate time for users to submit their claims for their items. Given the average user logs on at least once a week, we hope that this message, plus system messages, and user support will help spread this information to all Gaians who were affected by this rollback.

What happens after I submit my claim?
Non-Technical - The system will on a regular basis process user claims and notify the user of the results via PM when it processes your claim. This process can take a while due to the large volume of claims. Technical - An internal script will be processing the submitted claims and performing the work of our General Moderators, the same people who investigate hackings and scammings on the site. The script will compare your item against your old and new inventories, check all relevant transaction logs on Gaia, and then (if everything checks out okay) will return the item into your account and send you a PM to notify you of the recovery.

Why such an automated process?
Given the size of Aerion's thread in QnF, it would take someone working an 8 hour shift over 211 days to process every missing item report in that thread. We are hopping this system proves effective enough to perhaps reuse in different ways. The automated system uses every bit of data on Gaia, performing an analysis that would take a Green Moderator several times longer. Therefore, a program of some sort was the only feasible answer.



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Item Recovery Claims for Sep 02 Rollback - Jakobo Wed Nov 17, 2004 7:35 am

As if recovering items from September 2 wasn't good enough...

Item recovery for this rollback will also support the incremental "roll forward" that occured on September 7, 2004.

That's two, two, two rollbacks in one. This should also address most of everyone's rollback issues. In case you accidentally already submmitted your claim, we have cleared the claim table. This of course, means you need to resubmit your claim if you already did the first time.

Thanks everyone for being patient with us all this while

19 GAIA Fishing!!!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement GAIA Fishing!!! - B5 Fri Nov 19, 2004 6:44 pm

Ready to kick some serious Bass!

GAIA is getting back to nature to enjoy the primal thrill and struggle of avatar versus fish in the first mini game available on GAIA Online. Test your skills in fishing for the rarest fishes in the world of GAIA. Become a top fisherman by purchasing upgraded fishing poles and master the battles you?ll have to endure to capture creatures that will deem valuable to GAIA markets. As you progress, discover hidden secrets that may lead you to ancient monsters that have spawned fish tales for years.

To begin, make sure to have Flash Player 7 installed and then buy a fishing rod and some bait at the Bass'ken Lake Fishing Store. Once you have those, locate a good fishing spot on the map and start FISHING!

Click here for more in depth game instructions and FAQs.

Thanks for making this possible for everyone to enjoy and have fun in the world of GAIA.

-B5

19 Regarding Fishing and Site StatusEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Regarding Fishing and Site Status - VO Fri Nov 19, 2004 7:56 pm

Dear Users,

As you already know, we've just launched fishing. Please keep in mind that there will be bugs associated with launching a game of this magnitude.

For now, we must remind you to be aware that, due to the traffic of the site, you may lose the catches due to errors associated with the flash module connection to our database. We are working very hard to iron out the last remaining bugs so please be patient with us.

However, if you have some extra gold to burn and you want to play, please use the cheapest bait as to minimize the gold lost from any bugs or glitches.

Thank you for your patience!

P.S.

A couple of tips for fishing-

1) If you find that fishing is too hard for Gambino or Durem, you should practice more in Bass'ken Lake. By the time you've mastered Bass'ken, then you'll find the more difficult fishing spots to be easier.

2) Know when to use what kind of bait. If you're just starting out, try to use the cheap bait. Better bait will give you more of a chance at the really rare fishes over time. Better bait does NOT guarantee that you'll only get rare fish. It just raises the chances of you finding them. And if you did find them, you'll have be be skilled enough to actually reel them in successfully. By that same notion, there is still a chance for you to get rare fish by using the cheap bait, just not as much chance as when using the better bait(and that's why expensive bait costs more).

3) Master the basic rod if you can. The basic rod is cheap for a reason. Once you've mastered it, using the other rods will only make your performance better. I know people who can get fishes in Durem using the basic rod.

4) Be patient, mastering fishing takes time. Start easy, and work your way up slowly. No one will be a pro overnight.

5) Gaia Fishing is not a get-rich-quick game. If you play with the cheapest bait with a standard rod, you'll be making money steadily so long as you exit each game you play with a full bucket(18 fish). The better you get, the harder fish you catch, and the more gold you'll earn. It's as simple as that.

23 Items Update (11/23)Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Items Update (11/23) - VO Tue Nov 23, 2004 6:30 pm

Dear Users,

We've just updated the stores with new item sets. We hope you enjoy them. Thanks for your support and Happy Thanksgiving!


'**Note: The 4 sets of items in the update are listed on the main index page.

24 Banning Due To Recent Fishing Store GlitchEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Banning Due To Recent Fishing Store Glitch - lanzer Wed Nov 24, 2004 9:08 am

Recently, there's been an unfortunate event. With the release of Gaia fishing, the fishing store had a glitch which allowed a user to gain a very large amount of gold from typing in false data. If no action was taken, the extra gold that was flooded into the economy would make the prices of items sky rocket and ruin Gaia's economy.

As part of Gaia's rules and regulations, anyone who hacked or cheated in any way will be permanently banned from Gaia Online. This includes the cheaters, themselves, and any accounts that received gold from the cheaters in a one way trade. Questionable trades are also being investigated at the moment.

This incident had unfortunately took a lot of engineering time away and, as a result, certain updates might need to be postponed because of it. Cheating hurts the development of Gaia. It also hurt fellow members by ruining the Gaian economy. We urge all users to please consider the consequences before trying out a glitch or any way to cheat on Gaia.

25 November Donation Items Released!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement November Donation Items Released! - Ling Thu Nov 25, 2004 2:49 am

Hi everyone,

The November donation items are here! This month, donators get a choice of either a plush BTK (Bit Too Kewl) hat or a slick Ice Gauntlet. ^__^

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We hope you like the items and thank you for supporting GAIA Online!

If you don't know how to make a donation to GAIA to receive these items, you can learn how to here.

Take care and enjoy yourselves over this Thanksgiving weekend!

December Edit

04 Marketplace 2.0 is released!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Marketplace 2.0 is released! - DARKNRGY Sat Dec 04, 2004 10:20 am

While the marketplace has been down, I've been doing some feature enhancements that I think you may enjoy. As we all know, new features are prone to bugs and this has caused a lot of heartache in the past. I'd like to give as much warning as possible this time around that this latest release might have bugs which can cause you to lose items, and generally just have a bad time. I've created a special account, MsTransaction specifically for reporting bugs. Please use this resource instead of creating new threads in Q&F. We have discovered that tracking multiple threads in Q&F is not efficient, and this is our solution.

On the other hand, there are some new things I'd like to briefly cover.

You can now fully customize your storefront with BB Code, including putting links, images, smilies, anything you want.

Keeping track of bids is easier now. You now have a Watch list, which will keep track of stuff you have bid on, even if someone outbids you. You can look at your watch list by clicking on the Watch link in your store.

Marketplace now supports game items (like fish =]). You can sell game items in any quantity you wish.

You can also now take a look at your store log. It will show you the last 100 events that happened in your store, including what you put up for sale, who's bidding, and any other event that takes place in your store.

When viewing the log, you can also click on the vend id (left column), which will take you to the entire bid history for a particular item.

In addition to the new functionality, the layout has changed as well. When bidding/buying items, you are automatically taken to the owner's store. This lets you immediately see who you are buying from, along with their custom storefront. I wanted to make it feel more like you're entering someone's special space, and getting to see everything they have to offer.

I encourage users to create threads in the old Marketplace Forum and link to those threads from inside their new storefronts. This will allow ongoing discussion associated with your store =]. In a lot of ways, these new feature enhancements may allow users to merge their existing exchange threads and the convinience of the Marketplace.

The new Marketplace can be found at http://www.gaiaonline.com/vend/vend.php

30 Fishing errors resolved; lost fish granted.Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Fishing errors resolved; lost fish granted. - kaia9 Tue Nov 30, 2004 10:49 pm

we sincerely apologize for all of the errors that were found in the fishing game since it's launch. most, if not all of the problems with the game have been ironed out, and the game should run alot smoother, with less errors.

for those who have experienced problems (such as the game giving you an error when you tried to save, and losing all the fish in your bucket), any fish that you lost were recorded, and at this time, have been granted into your inventory. again, we sincerely apologize for the issues that arose.

we hope that users will continue to enjoy the fishing game, and bear with us while we fix any issues. if you do happen to have any issues, report those issues in the questions & feedback forum.

for the sake of fairness to all users: if you find a bug in the game or on the site that for whatever reason gives you an unfair advantage, and you choose to exploit that bug, you will be banned from gaia for violating the terms of service. if that bug generates gold or items, and you choose to share that gold or items with other users, each and every one of those users will also be banned for your indescretion. word to the wise: if you see a bug, report it to a moderator.



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Fishing errors resolved; lost fish granted. - kaia9 Thu Dec 02, 2004 9:58 pm

there was yet another build of the fishing game released today, which has one major difference from the old version: the game will close the window when it is done saving.

there were a large number of users who were hitting refresh after their game was finished (and saved) which allowed them to play again, for free, without using any bait. this is an example of exploiting bugs. no requests for fish caught while doing this will be honored.



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Fishing errors resolved; lost fish granted. - kaia9 Wed Dec 08, 2004 5:30 pm

Please also remember that attempting to load the fishing game in *any* other fashion other than clicking on the fishing links in the maps (such as changing the url or loading into an external player) is also a bannable offence, and should not be done.

if you have a problem with the game loading (after you click on the bait, but the flash module itself does not load) please refresh that page (refreshing before the game starts is okay) which should load the game. if you still have problems after a single refresh, please email gameadmin @ gaiaonline.com with your error.

10 Concerning Hair items/wig exploitEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Concerning Hair items/wig exploit - DARKNRGY Fri Dec 10, 2004 7:58 am

This is a bug. Please do not attempt to equip/sell/trade/vend or anything else with these hair items. This issue will be addressed tommorow (12/10) as soon as we get a chance. Any further exploitation in this glitch will only make fixing it more difficult and could result in item loss if exploitation results in gained gold or items.

Thank you for your cooperation.

11 Gift Wrapping feature is backEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gift Wrapping feature is back - lanzer Sat Dec 11, 2004 7:18 am

Hello everyone:

The gift wrapping feature is back! Visit any item store in Gaia, click on your item and select the option to wrap item. It cost 10gold to wrap an item, and you can include a message with your gift.

Jewlery engraving is also fixed. It's a great way to deliver a message to that sepcial someone.

17 Winter Holiday Items Update!! (12/17)Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Winter Holiday Items Update!! (12/17) - Ling Fri Dec 17, 2004 7:12 pm

Hi everyone!

Get bundled up this holiday season with our new selection of warm and fuzzy clothes. Check them out in all the stores!

And be sure to check back during the week of Christmas for some fun GAIA events!

20 Gaia Christmas Caroling Event Is Here!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Christmas Caroling Event Is Here! - lanzer Mon Dec 20, 2004 11:00 pm

Hello everyone, hope most of you are done with final exams. For the holiday season Gaia is having a Christmas Caroling Event where you can sing to the NPC and receive prizes in return!

The event will last from tonight till Christmas Eve. Have fun collecting your prizes and Merry Christmas!



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Christmas Caroling Event Is Here! - lanzer Fri Dec 24, 2004 11:29 pm

For those who are wondering how to carol, here is a link to the Caroling FAQ.

Also, the caroling event had been extended till Christmas Day, so everyone who spent time with the family will have more chances to collect on this year's items.

Have fun!

25 A GAIA Xmas story starts noon on Xmas day!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement A GAIA Xmas story starts noon on Xmas day! - VO Sat Dec 25, 2004 3:35 am

Dear Users,

Today at noon, we will be starting the GAIA Xmas story event. This is an event made just for the users. Since you've already gotten your fill of gifts from carolling, there won't be any items given out here. We still hope you'll come by and join in the Holiday Spirit! Gambino will be making his return with a special holiday story created just for you!

Merry Xmas and Happy Holidays!

~Gaia Staff



  • Icon announceAnnouncement A GAIA Xmas story starts noon on Xmas day! - VO Sat Dec 25, 2004 2:13 pm

Update:

To clear up the confusion about this event. We will be posting up parts of the story every 45 minutes from noon until 4:15. During this time, we invite you to hang out, carol, get kissed, maybe even help cheer on Gambino. Enjoy! It all starts very soon!



  • Icon announceAnnouncement A GAIA Xmas story starts noon on Xmas day! - VO Sat Dec 25, 2004 2:21 pm

A couple more things...

- Kissing will continue until New Years
- The story will be linked through the GAIA Xmas banner on the main page
- The story will end today, but will be available for everyone to see afterwards
- Carolling ends at midnight tonight
- Thanks for all the support!


  • Icon announceAnnouncement A GAIA Xmas story starts noon on Xmas day! - VO Sat Dec 25, 2004 2:37 pm

Lastly and most importantly...

Last night, the parts of the story was leaked by accident due to a bug. For those of you who have seen it, please refrain from spoiling the story for other users. We've worked very hard to set all of this up and we hope you will help preserve the story for all GAIA users. Thanks for your understanding and Happy Holidays!

26 December Donation Item Released!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement December Donation Item Released! - VO Sun Dec 26, 2004 3:23 am

Hi everyone,

The December donation items are here! This month, donators get a choice of either a plush OMFG (Oddly Mischievous, Freaky & Grim) hat or a very cool Fire Gauntlet. ^__^

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We hope you like the items and thank you for supporting GAIA Online!

If you don't know how to make a donation to GAIA to receive these items, you can learn how to here.

We hope you enjoyed the Christmas events and hope you get to spend some time with your loved ones this Holiday season! Take care and best wishes!

28 FISHING EXCHANGE IS OPENEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement FISHING EXCHANGE IS OPEN - VO Tue Dec 28, 2004 8:57 pm

Dear Users,

We have just added the FISH EXCHANGE in the Fishing Store. If you've caught a lot of fish and have been saving them up, here's your chance to trade them in for cool items. Talk to Old Man Logan in the fishing store and, if you've got enough fish for an exchange, he'll let you know.

Enjoy!

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