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Gaia Online Homepage (Dec) 2005

2005 (MMV) was Gaia's Third year and its Second anniversary.

During this year notable changes happened on Gaia: mostly involving the Housing system and Gaia Mini-Games; due to these features being new and Flash based, botters began to take advantage of its vulnerabilities. This was very prominent in the month of May, when Lanzer announced that the use of any decompiled flash clients, tools to increase profits, or tools to monitor network traffic are all considered as cheating. The use of any of these tools will result in immediate banning to all accounts related to the user. Any users found breaking the TOS within Gaia Fishing or any of the Gaia Chat games would immediately lose access to all Gaia games for a day, and further reports will result in banning.

Despite the warnings and crackdowns, the botting and scripting continued, disrupting game play for other Gaians and causing Admins to take drastic measures such as a rollback due to gold exploits. On May 7th there had been a bug which allowed users to earn gold at a very fast rate. A lot of botters had taken that opportunity to run bots and scripts to obtain a lot of gold. As a result, the botters had a lot of gold to buy rare items and donation items at very high prices. Though the problem had been fixed and those who cheated were punished, there was talk of a 4 day rollback; this became the solution after the initial checking of the damage, and according to the Admins there had been more than 80 million gold created due to the bug exploit, with hundreds of accounts accumulating more than 20,000 gold. There was simply too many accounts to be reversed by hand.

The rollback took longer to perform than expected. Items from the Marketplace or items that were traded, were returned to the original owners; compensation was given: Regular users were given 1700g, while New users were given 500 to 1700g depending on when they signed in.

Trivia

  • This year marks the first "I Am..." pose. This means a Gaian can become the item they own, this happened on September 25 with the Hard Shell Pack.
  • When the Exchange feature was implemented, it was possible to turn junk pieces and flowers into wearable or holdable items. The only way to gather these pieces was to buy a Bug Catching Net from The Ole Fishing Hole and a Garden Shovel from Barton Flowershoppe, though eventually these became obsolete as the feature of gathering was improved upon over time.

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Featured Announcements 2005

January

  • January 03 - For those who received 2004 donation letters on January 1st
  • January 11 - System Maintenance from 2AM - 4AM, PST
  • January 21 - Report System, Mod Structure, PM System Overhaul!
  • January 23 - Items Update! (1/23)
  • January 25 - January 2005 Donation Item Released!
  • January 29 - ADMINS WILL NEVER CONTACT YOU VIA AIM/CHAT

February

  • February 01 - January Fishing Contest Winners Deadline Extended
  • February 02 - GAIA HOMES Preview
  • February 03 - Disruptive large scheme based posts not allowed.
  • February 10 - Introducing "Going Postal!"
  • February 13 - Trading bug fix
  • February 14 - Gaia Valentine Event Update
  • February 15 - GAIA Hangouts!
  • February 18 - GAIA Second Anniversary Ball this Friday, February 18th
  • February 19 - Von Helson Mansion Sabotaged!
  • February 21 - Items Update (2/21)
  • February 24 - February Donation Item Released!
  • February 28 - GAIA Homes Progress Update

March

  • March 03 - Gaia Homes are here!
  • March 04 - Fixed an issue that was preventing house saves.
  • March 22 - Post search/post history fixed.
  • March 23 - Private Messaging disabled until 7AM, PST.
  • March 24 - Introducing Shadow Forums
  • March 24 - Items Update (3/24)
  • March 25 - March Donation Item Released!
  • March 25 - GAIA EASTER Event on Sunday, March 27th

April

  • April 05 - Site Maintenance at 12:00pm - 12:30pm, PST
  • April 10 - Gaia Online at Anime Boston!
  • April 21 - Regarding donation problems
  • April 23 - Items Update(4/23)
  • April 24 - April Donation Item Released!
  • April 27 - Paypal Donation problems resolved
  • April 28 - Gaia Fishing 1.5

May

  • May 03 - Hacking, decompiling Gaia flash games will result in banning.
  • May 03 - Rules of conduct in Gaia Fishing and Gaia Chat
  • May 04 - Missing posts
  • May 11 - Gaia Online at Fanime and Project A-Kon 16!
  • May 13 - Recent gold exploit and possible rollback
  • May 13 - Rollback Information
  • May 14 - Rollback almost complete
  • May 18 - Donation problems due to rollback
  • May 19 - Items Update(5/19)
  • May 24 - May Donation Item Released!
  • May 27 - Gaia Fanime Panel on May 28, at 2:00PM

June

  • June 02 - Gaia A-Kon Panel @ Fri Jun 3, 5:00 PM -- Houston B (CC-3)
  • June 07 - New Feature! Gaia Downloads!
  • June 08 - Slight downtime during 1 to 3pm, PST
  • June 09 - Forum Posts -Under Migration-
  • June 10 - GAIA Casino is released!
  • June 16 - Gaia Maintenance Notice
  • June 17 - Introducing the New Forum Code
  • June 24 - June Donation Items Released!
  • June 29 - Gaia Panel at Anime Expo 2005


July

  • July 12 - Missing PayPal Sealed Envelopes
  • July 16 - Introducing the Optional Word Filter Feature
  • July 19 - Introducing the Inventory Organizer (Formally)
  • July 20 - Forum downtime tonight from 12AM - 1AM, PST
  • July 20 - Items Update! (7/20)
  • July 26 - July Donation Item Released!
  • July 29 - New Feature: Gaia User Ads

August

  • August 05 - GAIA Storyline Update Tonight
  • August 13 - New signature rules on Gaia
  • August 14 - Gaia at Otakon 2005
  • August 25 - August Donation Item Released!

September

  • September 01 - Guild System is going down for maintenance [updated]
  • September 03 - Gaia Towns Alpha Testing had begun
  • September 06 - Gold glitch and system downtime
  • September 09 - Avatar saving is back
  • September 14 - Gaia Town Pre-release
  • September 16 - Gaia Guild Network 2.0 BETA released
  • September 16 - Post Types Released
  • September 20 - Item Update September 2005
  • September 22 - Missing avatars will be restored
  • September 25 - September Donation Items Released!

October

  • October 11 - Pre-Release: Enhanced User Profiles!
  • October 11 - GAIA Storyline Update Tonight!
  • October 14 - Concerning naked avatars and old or buggy avatars
  • October 20 - Gaia Towns will be disabled till next week
  • October 23 - October Donation Item Released!
  • October 24 - Gaia downtime today
  • October 25 - GAIA Towns Official Release Information
  • October 27 - Upcoming GAIA Event Info...
  • October 28 - Halloween Item Update!!!
  • October 28 - Pre-Halloween Party in Gambino's Mansion
  • October 28 - GRUNNY INVASION
  • October 30 - Grunny event ended at 6PM Pacific, 9PM Eastern
  • October 31 - Trick or Treating Info
  • October 31 - ZOMBIE INFO *please read if you're a zombie*
  • October 31 - New Halloween Themed Wallpapers are now up!

November

  • November 07 - GAIA Storyline Update today...
  • November 08 - New Halloween Themed Wallpapers are now up!
  • November 08 - Gaia Ads Now Available in Per-Day Blocks...
  • November 12 - Donation problems would be resolved soon
  • November 14 - New town map neighborhoods added ^^
  • November 21 - New Feature: Avatar Arena
  • November 22 - November Donation Item Released!
  • November 23 - Official Release of Profiles
  • November 28 - Avatar Arena Voting Begins
  • November 28 - Monthly Collectible purchase by Phone Now Possible
  • November 30 - GAIA Storyline Update Starts Today at 3pm PST!

December

  • December 02 - Gaia Exchange is here!
  • December 06 - December Item Update @W@~~!!!!
  • December 12 - KiKi Kitty and Grunny Plushies have arrived!
  • December 13 - Planned Downtime (Wed Dec 14th @ 5PM Pacific Time)
  • December 20 - Regarding Donation problems
  • December 20 - New Site Layout Announcement
  • December 23 - Gold granting on posts disabled for now
  • December 23 - Xmas Event Schedule
  • December 24 - December Donation Item Released!
  • December 27 - Donation reporting system fixed
  • December 27 - Small Storyline Update Today
  • December 28 - New Feature: Housing Arena
  • December 29 - New Year's Event

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