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Hello!!! Due to it being a bit of a grey area, I wanted to clarify if it is okay to seek pets for trade that have specific Petpet Lab exclusive petpets attached? They’re zapped & so they cannot be removed to sell for a profit. There’s also no guarantee that you can ever zap a specific petpet yourself, since there are thousands of possibilities when you zap your petpet so the odds are not in your favor. I would love to have a Picnic or Jelly colored petpet myself. I asked around, and no one is quite sure your stance on the matter. Please clear this up for us!~~fleurare

Go ahead! But use caution. Remember: if you remove a zapped petpet, it will revert back to its original colour and/or species*

From Neopian Times, Issue 880. JN Editorial ID: 20339


Hello, I'm wondering if there has been any updates or progress with getting the That's Not Rubbish avatar working again? It seems it's still not being awarded to users. ~~xcrimsondemonbloodx

Sorry, none at all! No updates expected in the near future either. On the other hand, there has been progress with the Grumpy Old King, with new probability values decided for all the prizes that haven’t come out through that daily yet. The next step is to actually implement the new values, and we’ll let you know when that happens.

From Neopian Times, Issue 880. JN Editorial ID: 20338


Hi TNT! hands out Halloween candy So I've noticed that a lot of the new pet colors (like Oil Paint and Steampunk) have come out in pets that are not as popular as say Shoyrus and Kacheeks which are supposed to be the most popular of ALL pets. As a Shoyru and Uni fan, I'm wondering why popular pets are not some of the first among your new releases. Is there a reason for the order in which you release the new pet colors?~~noblenat20

Nope, none at all! Once we get the results from the poll, we usually release a few pets in the newly added colours soon after (whichever ones have their pet days next). After that, it’s just a matter of picking two colours from all of the colours that are remaining for each pet. In some cases, the choice may be constrained by all the other art work the team has left to finish. However, when that isn’t the case, there’s no other criteria used to select the colours. Oh, except for requests to the editorial! :)

From Neopian Times, Issue 880. JN Editorial ID: 20337


Hi! The steampunk blumaroos seem to be having some issues with their emotions... the mouth just won't stop changing expressions! Can this be fixed? Thanks! :)~~knightwriter2010

Thanks for bringing this to our notice, we’ll let the right people know.

From Neopian Times, Issue 880. JN Editorial ID: 20336


Hi TNT, hope you're all doing well. I was about to buy Cropped Auburn Locks from the NC Mall this weekend, when I noticed it was gone. I never saw an expiry date on it. Any reason for why it was removed all of a sudden?~~specioid

Oh that is so strange. I went ahead and put this back in the mall for you.

From Neopian Times, Issue 880. JN Editorial ID: 20335


So I see that someone figured out how to code a userlookup so that it looks like your pets are ucs (or whatever you want them to look like) and they change the name that shows up. They are sharing it with everyone on the pound chat and saying it's not against the rules. But I feel like it is or at least it should be. Cause if you can just use CSS to make your pet how you want then what's the point of the rest of us working hard to achieve that goal the regular way? What if the person who owns the pet Tina is so proud of their pet and now they see other people falsely owning 'Tina' and they are upset cause their pet is unique and now lots of people own Tina? I feel like it gives and unfair advantage and full of lies~~_sissiy_sis_369

Well, we didn't have a rule about this before, but we just made one for it now - Coding a user lookup to make your pets look different from what they actually are, or to change their names, is against the rules. Doing so can get you in trouble.

From Neopian Times, Issue 879. JN Editorial ID: 20331


Recently you've released new colors for the Jowlard, Nupie, and Mundo. However, the unpainted versions of these petpets have not been assigned a base color, so they cannot even be painted at the Petpet Puddle! Can you please fix it so these previously unpaintable pets can at least be colored to the newly released colors? :3~~howdareyoufreezeme1

Oh dear! Yes, a colleague will look into this next week.

From Neopian Times, Issue 879. JN Editorial ID: 20330


Would you guys consider removing the account age restrictions on adoptions? It's really frustrating to wait 4 months to move some pets around. If the answer is no, can you add some perspective on why these restrictions were put into place?~~silly_mistake

We cannot remove the account age restrictions on adoptions, as they were put in place to prevent scamming. I'm not going to go into details about this one, because I don't want to give unscrupulous minds any new ideas they may not have had until now!

From Neopian Times, Issue 879. JN Editorial ID: 20329


Good evening! hands a Bogie Berry in a cute little Halloween gift box It's freshly picked! ;D My question is in regard to the new Spooky Food items on the news. It would seem the Poison Apples and Rotting Veggies Salad have not been activated. Is there any chance they'll be activated soon? There are also other much older Spooky Food items that still haven't been activated yet, such as the Deadly Apple Pie, Elderly Apple, Forgotten Apple, Ghost Meepmallows, Refreshing Barrel Water, Spectral Cinnamon Rolls, and Sponge Apple. What gives? Do you hate us Spooky Food lovers? ;-;~~the_mausoleum

Boo, you're right about all of those items! Spooky Food lovers can now rejoice as all of the items here have now been made active.

From Neopian Times, Issue 879. JN Editorial ID: 20328


Oops! Usukicon Y20 Goodie Bag has not been retired yet, even though this year's 'Con has already happened and the new Usukicon Y21 Bag has been released. Could you fix that? Thanks.

Yes this has since been retired :)

From Neopian Times, Issue 878. JN Editorial ID: 20327


There was one question from a restocker about Stackpath… something like ‘hello there, we need to talk’. If you can find that, please show it to Devon along with this answer here and ask him whether it looks okay. Once he’s approved of it, you can publish this one.

While Stackpath has been incredibly helpful with blocking malicious activity on the site, we are aware that innocent users have also been getting caught up in its net. Accordingly, we have been working with support to look into specific user requests and help them resume normal activity on the site. Just today we made additional modifications to minimize inconvenience to honest players. If you are still facing problems using the site normally, write to support and someone will look into it.

From Neopian Times, Issue 878. JN Editorial ID: 20326


Is there any chance we could get more plushies of the Food Club pirates? Some were released years back but there's still a lot of pirates that don't have plushies yet! I think many of us would appreciate a Gooblah plushie or a Stuff-a-Roo plushie!

Shiver me timbers, are we really short on Food Club plushies?! I’ll alert me Cap’n immediately!

From Neopian Times, Issue 878. JN Editorial ID: 20325


Hello! Is the Pet Spotlight is on hiatus? It looks like hasn't been updated for a while.

Nobody’s forgotten, work has already begun here!

From Neopian Times, Issue 878. JN Editorial ID: 20324


Hey TNT, I had this idea some time ago and want to know your opinion on it. What do you think about discontinuing a neopet species? There are some neopets that aren't popular at all, and most people tend to evade them, so why not just retire them? o:

Oh my goodness :O. We would never. All Neopet species are made equally and perfectly as they are. To get rid of one would just be ... well unspeakable....

From Neopian Times, Issue 878. JN Editorial ID: 20323


Hi Jade, could you please add some front/top hair restricts for our new Corn on the Cob Costume? For example I'd love Chia's hair removed when wearing it. Thank you :3

Gotcha Donny's on it! Just a few snips here and there and done.

From Neopian Times, Issue 878. JN Editorial ID: 20322


Hi TNT!! *hands out snickerdoodles* Recently, I was looking at past winners of the caption contest and noticed something. No one really seems to get exactly what a caption is. The dictionary definition says: a title or explanation for a picture or illustration. Yet that is not what is submitted, the entries are basically conversations as shown by people putting Grundo: words being said, etc. I'm just curious as to why, after all these years, this has not been cleared up.

Well sure dictionaries are very concise in their definitions, but if you haven't noticed Neopia has it's own set of unconventional ways. So caption contest is whatever you interpret to be funny or clever. So no it doesn't have to be so strict it's whatever you like and whatever everyone votes to be the best!

From Neopian Times, Issue 878. JN Editorial ID: 20321


Uni Breadsticks is classified as type "none" instead of "Food" like it should be, so it doesn't show up in my SDB when I search for Food. Please fix! Thanks! ^^

You got it! These breadsticks are now stocking at the Bakery.

From Neopian Times, Issue 877. JN Editorial ID: 20320


For those of us who are less talented in art but would like to contribute to the Art Gallery, could we possibly have one competition where we deliberately submit bad art and the worst of the worst gets chosen?

I relate to this so much. I am also not an artist either so I understand. And after discussing with kikocat who runs art gallery she is totally down and excited for this. So please submit entries up to 48 hrs before october 1st and the images chosen will be featured in the October 1st edition of the Art Gallery.

From Neopian Times, Issue 877. JN Editorial ID: 20319


Any chance we can get some in the NC mall and maybe a sale on them? I am running super low and they really help me get gallery items I need. Please and thank you.

The question was about gbmcs and yes of course they come every month silly. They should be on sale sometime very soon either next week or the one after.

From Neopian Times, Issue 877. JN Editorial ID: 20318


When will the Random Contest be judged?

The committee is grinding away looking through all the entries we had over 250 submissions so they want to make sure they look through them all to finalize the winners. And may i just say as someone who has seen the entries, the caliber of work submitted was truly grand! So once winners are chosen we will then post the winners on the random contest. From there it will go into production, we will write everything up for our artists and it will take a few weeks working/improving the designs along with placing them on all 55 pets.

From Neopian Times, Issue 877. JN Editorial ID: 20317


Hey TNT How come a pet won 1st place customization spotlight two weeks in a row ?? I thought you're automatically disallowed to enter for 1 or 2 months once you win a Trophy !! I know because I won a few of those myself and I couldn't enter my pet in the next round.

This was a glitch not purposeful. The rule still stands. So sorry about the confusion.

From Neopian Times, Issue 877. JN Editorial ID: 20316


Hi! I was wondering if you could let us know when the Premium sale is ending?

Yes, the premium sale will be going on through the end of September, and will end October 1st at noon. So be sure to renew or sign up today!

From Neopian Times, Issue 877. JN Editorial ID: 20315


Hi. Thank you for bringing back the Random Contest! I have a question: Am I supposed to design a themed capsule and the 5-6 items plus the bonus that go with it? Or am I supposed to design 1 item or 1 capsule? Thanks.

So you can submit your ideas for a capsule or the items themselves. You can do both as well. You can submit one entry with all ideas combined if you like. But the committee may just choose one of the many items you designed.

From Neopian Times, Issue 876. JN Editorial ID: 20307


Usukicon was on Tuesday and there was no release of a goodie bag or any new usukis!? What is going on, what is a con without merch? I'm just panicking, not angry but I was definitely looking forward to some new usuki dolls. Any ETA on their arrival?

Our apologies on that we had one art asset missing therefore we couldn't release until it was ready. But it did go out the next day so you should be able to find it now.

From Neopian Times, Issue 876. JN Editorial ID: 20306


I love the new Sunset Glow Filter! If you make any similar items in the future (and I really hope you do!), would you pretty please consider zoning some as a background item instead of foreground? As a foreground it tones down pets and other items I'd prefer to stand out. Partial color filters would also be a dream come true! I've been using Hook Line and Bait Garland as a makeshift color filter for years, but finding ways to hide the boat is troublesome.

Sure will do for next time!

From Neopian Times, Issue 876. JN Editorial ID: 20305


Hi! There are still users waiting for word about TNTs decision regarding the Zapped! Perk. Can you provide any updates to us yet about zapping our petpets lab ray exclusive colors? Thanks!

This was going to go into our intro for this week, but since you asked - After careful evaluation, the team has decided that making the requested changes to the perk is much too problematic. There is nothing further that we can do at this point, and we apologize for the unfortunate turn of events.

From Neopian Times, Issue 876. JN Editorial ID: 20304


Dear Editor, In an editorial in 2015 (issue 669 to be exact), you indicated that you would look into retroactively granting the Site Spotlight avatar to previous winners, since we can only win that Spotlight once per account. Is there a chance you could move this forward? I’ve taken a note to ask again in another 4 years but hopefully that won’t be necessary… hehe. I will take advantage of this to tell you that you guys are doing great work with what seems to be a small but mighty team. I realize that our demands are ceaseless and span the gamut from enormous and impossible to annoying absolute minutiae that a fraction of the population cares about (such as this request). You guys always respond with patience and understanding in the face of nonstop demands. So, THANK YOU for all you do. We are grateful, though we do not always show it.

This is very high up on our fabled list right now, and you can expect to see it happen pretty soon.

From Neopian Times, Issue 876. JN Editorial ID: 20303


The steampunk blumaroos seem to be going through a lot in life, the expressions keep changing on their own. It is quite funny but can you please fix it so that they look like the rest of the blummies.

Ahahahaha… Oh, ahem. Yes, of course we will get this fixed!

From Neopian Times, Issue 876. JN Editorial ID: 20302


Hello! I saw that you replied an answer regarding the latest NC collectible, the Spirit of Slumbers Collectors Cloak, and I saw that you fixed the white back not only on aishas as was requested: you did it on all the species. The issue now is that Moehog, Poogle and Quiggle haves an extra detail of the design that needs to be fixed: They have an heart beating and that's belong to The Three Collectors Cloak, a very similar cloak that is really popular, but not to the Spirit of Slumbers :P Hope you can fix this. Thank you!

Yoinks...I have put in a request to change this. Thank you for letting me know.

From Neopian Times, Issue 875. JN Editorial ID: 20301


Hi! *hand a big bowl of chocolate ice cream with cherries on top* Thank you TNT for working so hard on changing the Neopet's world from Flash to HTML! Speaking of HTML, I would like to make something for my pets web page, but I know nothing about HTML. Are there programs I can use to help me make those pages (like, I place the things I want in a "Word" style page, then access to the code, copy it and place it on my pet's page)? Are there any bases I can use? Or do I have to learn everything? Thanks!

We actually have a guide on the basics of html! Obviously we encourage to use other resources as well if you really wanna trick out your pages but we've got the basics covered for you right here!

From Neopian Times, Issue 875. JN Editorial ID: 20300


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