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Dave
Response to #NoNeoNFTs by TNT
  • Posted by Dave
  • Posted on October 11, 2021, 8:40 pm NST

Earlier this evening, TNT posted a response to this weekend's blackout and #NoNeoNFTs protest.

Most notably, TNT is apologizing for the disaster that the Neopets Metaverse project has been so far, including the actions and behaviors of the Metaverse team. In addition, it's been announced that Petra is no longer in an official community management role for Neopets, and is instead working on other "critical tasks" within JumpStart.

Disappointingly, there is no indication whatsoever that the Metaverse project will be canceled. We at Jellyneo believe the best course of action is to cancel the project outright. If that is not feasible, then we believe the second best option would be to retract the roadmap presented and cancel the planned NFT version of Neopia.

We believe cancellation is the way to go, because at this point, the Neopets Metaverse has tarnished the Neopets name and soured many Neopians' opinions on JumpStart as the "stewards" of the Neopets brand. We have seen countless expressions of disappointment across Neopia and social media for this project. And now, as you'll read in the statement below, JumpStart employees will be getting involved due to the incompetence of the Metaverse team, taking valuable resources that could have been spent on Neopets.com instead. If JumpStart is so stretched that the Neopets community manager has been re-assigned already, what tasks will fall by the wayside now that the Metaverse is getting professional moderation help by JumpStart?

As a reminder, this is the second failed attempt to bring cryptocollectibles to Neopets, and we're tired of it. (Read about the first failed attempt in our Neopets CryptoQuest guide.)

Here's the message in full:

Hi everyone,

We would like to apologize to the Neopets community, our community of advocates, and our newfound supporters. As we embark on the exploration of a new frontier through the release of Neopets NFTs, it is important that we at JumpStart remain mindful of the impact such a massive change can have on a fanbase that has been as dedicated as you all have been, for as long as you all have been. Recently, our communication has fallen well short of showing that we have that awareness, and the result has been communication or content that many considered to be disrespectful at best. We are deeply sorry about that.

As the stewards of a brand that is beloved by thousands of people, it is our duty to cultivate an environment that is as welcoming and inclusive as we can manage to make it. We have significant improvements to make on this front as it pertains to our NFT partnerships, so we would like to take this opportunity to clarify a few points:

- Neopets.com is not going away, nor is it being replaced by the Neopets Metaverse. As stated in a previous announcement, our involvement in the NFT project is happening independent of the support we provide to the Neopets site and will not interfere with our development plans.

- Cherrypicks, Moonvault, Raydium, and Solana are our NFT partners who work separately from the Neopets Team (TNT) who support the Neopets.com site.

- Please know that our partner's social media accounts are managed independently and do not reflect the views of The Neopets Team (TNT) or JumpStart Games. To help ensure an experience that better aligns with our product's values, we will be assisting with management of these in the future.

-The Neopets Metaverse Discord has been the subject of much controversy on the site due to the content allowed on the channel by a third party. In the near future, JumpStart will be present and assisting with moderation.

- Many of you have wondered about where staff from TNT have been during this turbulent time, in particular, TNT Petrichor. Petra has moved away from Community Management and is now assisting the company with other critical tasks, hence their absence. Our apologies for not being able to announce this sooner. Don't worry, Petra is still with JumpStart and may even pop in from time to time to say hi! As for the rest of the team, we are working on finding ways to engage with you all more frequently and clearly while being mindful of our obligations to partners.

- After consideration, we have decided to allow NFT related entries into the Beauty Contest.

Please know we remain dedicated to improving the Neopets site and will have more site conversions, updates, and new features for you soon. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

The TNT Team

As always, we will continue to watch and report the latest news on the Neopets Metaverse right here on Jellyneo.
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Zelda
Eyrie Day Roundup
  • Posted by Zelda
  • Posted on October 11, 2021, 4:38 pm NST

To celebrate Eyrie Day yesterday, you can now bring the ocean to the skies:


Water

And to round out the recent Neoquest II-themed releases, you can now cosplay as Talinia, just in time for Halloween!


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Dave
TNT to Allow #NoNeoNFTs Beauty Contest Entries
  • Posted by Dave
  • Posted on October 11, 2021, 3:07 pm NST

For the past week, a number of Beauty Contest entries in support of #NoNeoNFTs were being rejected by TNT due to NFTs being too "controversial."

Luckily, TNT has reversed this stance and entries that support the #NoNeoNFTs protest will be accepted into the weekly contest (assuming they follow all the other rules):


You can find that message here on the Art board.

Any entries submitted (and accepted) will appear in the next round, which begins Friday, October 15th. If you had your entry rejected, it's encouraged for you to re-submit it to it can be reviewed again.
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Dave
Thank You
  • Posted by Dave
  • Posted on October 11, 2021, 10:47 am NST

UPDATE: See TNT's response here.



It's been quite a weekend.

All of us here at Jellyneo would like to say one thing: thank you.

Thank you for the outpouring of support we saw from all Neopians who came together to say #NoNeoNFTs with us. Our blackout was only initially planned as a splash page across Jellyneo, but y'all took it to the next level and we loved to see it. 💚

In particular, we'd like to give a shout out to the following Neopets fan communities that joined in to say #NoNeoNFTs with us:

Dress to Impress
Neopian Times Writers' Forum
/r/Neopets
Neostalgia Podcast
Pet Simmer Julie
Magnetismo Times
Royalneo
Sketched Neo
The Daily Neopets
Lost and Pound
Metaneo
S2BookWorld
Castleneo
NeoMerch
Neostocks.info
Neofood.club
The Old Battledome
Omneo
Truth: it is what it is

And that's only what we came across this past weekend! The list above represents a massive chunk (if not all) of the Neopets community—the only thing you might find as much consensus on is about bringing Key Quest back!

What's Next?
With a fresh week upon us, we will continue to press Neopets to cancel the Metaverse project and say #NoNeoNFTs. We'll also continue to call out the Neopets Metaverse team for their unprofessional behaviors that continue to drag the Neopets brand down. (We know there will be more!) We encourage you all to keep sending your feedback to Neopets, whether it be on social media or the Neoboards.

Our landing page, jellyneo.net/nfts, will remain online for the foreseeable future, and you can always get there by clicking the banner at the top of most Jellyneo pages.

We will continue to update the page above with new developments, along with sharing those updates right here on the front page of Jellyneo.

Thank you again to everyone who took a stand this weekend—now go feed your Neopets.



🚨 WARNING 🚨: Due to unprecedented demand for our free adoptable NFTopets (blockchain and crypto free!) we need to take extreme measures. Over 140,000 NFTopets have been "minted" so far, and unfortunately our NFTopets server is going out of business. We're pulling a Neopets CryptoQuest, as it were! All NFTopets will be deleted on October 31, 2021. Sorry! If you have one you particularly like, make sure to "right click and save as"—which you can do for free to keep your NFTopet forever.

In the meantime, make sure to mint one and slap it on your lookup or in your shop!

Didn't get an NFTopet? Never fear, you can "mint" yours at jellyneo.net/nfts:

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Dave
Neopets Metaverse Team Calls Neopians a Bunch of "Hateoooors"
  • Posted by Dave
  • Posted on October 10, 2021, 10:11 am NST

UPDATE, 4:45 PM NST: An apology has been posted by the Neopets Metaverse team. In it, they apologize for their earlier tweet that used "imagery generally known by net users to be hateful."

Kudos to that. But notably absent was an apology for calling the Neopets community dumb and in need of education.

(As of writing, there also hasn't been any apologies for the other scandals from their team, which you can read about at jellyneo.net/nfts.)



UPDATE, 11:30 AM NST: The tweet below has been deleted! The sentiment by the Neopets Metaverse team, sadly, has not.

You can read the full Twitter thread on the WayBackMachine—the internet does not forget!

Turns out the internet does forget, as the WayBackMachine link above was somehow removed. Never fear, you can read the original here on Jellyneo (1.6 MB screenshot).



A Twitter thread (17 individual tweets) posted this morning to the @NeopetsMeta Twitter feed is attempting to educate all of the "hateoooors" who do not understand NFTs.


Pictured: Us Neopians

We won't mince words here: this sort of trash is downright patronizing and is taking the Neopets brand straight into the rubbish dump. It alienates the existing user base by belittling us—we know exactly what NFTs are, and we don't want them. This is not how you build support for a project facing uphill adversity.

One of the continuing themes we've seen in the Neopets Metaverse community is that all of us Neopians are just "dumb haters" that don't understand NFTs and how NFTs will save the Neopets brand. The official tweet above from the Neopets Metaverse team reinforces these ideas. Here's a sampling of what the NFT community thinks about Neopets users from the Neopets Metaverse Discord community:










... Yes, we are a "culprit," and we're proud to be doing it!



UPDATE: Moderator J0hn (who works for the Neopets Metaverse team), had some sassy remarks for Jellyneo's very own Herdy after it was pointed out that the tweet above wasn't building any bridges:


Very professional, J0hn! When another Neopian asked for answers on the roadmap (read about the roadmap here), the sass came back out again:




Are you a hateoooor that needs education? Let us know in the comments? (Also let us know how closely you resemble that portrait of the Neopian NFT hateoooor!)

And if you haven't already, read all about the Neopets Metaverse project at jellyneo.net/nfts. You'll see even more unnerving history about this project, along with several ways you can voice your opinion to Neopets and JumpStart! (We even have adoptable "NFTopets" that you can generate for free—no blockchain involved!)
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