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The Neopian Times Editorial is a (usually) weekly column hosted by The Neopets Team that answers questions direct from Neopians. Unfortunately, these Q&A's are not easily searched on the Neopets site, so we've created our own searchable database. Convenient for looking up past answers!

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BC contestants can post on a board with our BC link in our signature, and we can only create a boards that advertise our BC entry in Art, Spotlight, and Premium. But I have seen users create boards with their BC link in their signatures outside of Art, Spotlight, and Premium. These boards are offering SSW searches for quests and offering a VWN or UC neopet up for adoption with their BC link in the original post. I feel like this is a Quid Pro Quo and violates the spirit of the rules. Is this allowed? Will I need to buy premium or put an UC UFA if I want to win BC gold? ~~ere173

HI, You are right, you can only create a board with the sole intent of advertising on the Art, Spotlight and Premium Boards. On those boards you can talk about your entry in any part of your post, NeoHTML, main body of the board, subject line, and of course in your NeoSig.

Now outside of those boards, you can only have a link in your NeoSig, nothing in the subject line, NeoHTML or body of the message discussing your BC link or entry. That includes on the Avatar board!!

Those boards (trading pets or offering quest help) are fine as long as they keep the BC link in their NeoSig only and do not discuss it any other part of their posts and are actually trading or giving out help.

If you see posts outside of the Art, Spotlight or Premium boards that link to or discuss their BC entry anywhere but in the NeoSig please report the boards so we can get them removed and keep things fair!

From Neopian Times, Issue 909. JN Editorial ID: 20555


I was wondering if we could have a Mutant Vandagyre for Mutant day next month.

This is something we are considering so...i guess we will see when the day comes...

From Neopian Times, Issue 909. JN Editorial ID: 20554


Hello! There are currently two items with the name Yooyuball Cake Pops, one of them is from last year's Altador Cup, and one is from this year. Could the one from this year please be renamed to something slightly different?~~ lucky3005pig

You're right we have gone ahead and changed the newer one to classic yooyuball cake pops.

From Neopian Times, Issue 909. JN Editorial ID: 20553


Hey TNT! I know you guys have been really busy with the mobile beta, site events and everything else that's going on, but can we expect a new round of the Random Contest still this summer? Having at least one edition of it per year would be really helpful for us Avatar Collectors! Thank you~~acara_575

Yes we are hoping to do a contest soon, not sure exactly when but we really want to do another one!

From Neopian Times, Issue 909. JN Editorial ID: 20552


Hi! There was recently a Daily Puzzle question that stated: "What board can you NOT create a post on with the sole purpose of advertising your BC entry?" The correct answer was, "Avatar Board." Why is this the case? Earning a trophy in the BC gets you an avatar, so it's at least somewhat related. Or, does this just mean that you can't make a board solely for that purpose? There's been so much back and forth over what is and isn't allowed in BC advertising. It would be really helpful if there was a complete guide containing the rules to prevent confusion. Thanks. ~~redturtlegirl12345

Right, you cannot make a board strictly for advertising your entry on the Avatar Board. However, you can have a BC Link in your NeoSig and chat on the Avatar Board.

So let's do this:

Boards specifically made to bring attention to your BC entry can be made on the Art Board, Spotlight Board or Premium Boards ONLY.

Your Neosig, with a link to your BC entry, can be posted on any board as long as you contribute to the conversation. Now, since the Quest board does not really have conversations that bring up questions about having the link there, let's get this out there. You are welcome to keep your Neosig while helping with quests on the quest board (meaning as long as you are providing links to members who ask for help).

To answer the next question about the quest boards that you might be thinking, you do not have to have been a long time poster on the quest boards to post there even with our BC link. To make it fair to everyone, anyone who is willing to help, can help!

One more thing, please keep your advertising outside the Art, Spotlight and Premium boards in your Neosig, this means nothing in the body of your message and nothing in the NeoHTML.

Kikocat is working with some others to get a list of rules up, although right now there isn't a timeline for that. Hopefully this helps in the meantime!

From Neopian Times, Issue 908. JN Editorial ID: 20551


Hi TNT! So I was lent a few pets over the past week or so to obtain avatars by this really cool person. She has a whole page dedicated to her pet lends, but no buttons to link back. As I love a reason to design, I thought I'd create one for her. But before I do, I figure I'd better check in with you guys. Would this be considered a "tip" and therefor be against the rules? Please remove my username.

Hello! That sounds like a great gift. It would not be viewed as a tip so you would be fine!

From Neopian Times, Issue 908. JN Editorial ID: 20550


Is there an obvious link somewhere to get back to the classic site for games?? ~~thtmnbhndthecrtn

Sure, just click on your Pet's Portrait in the upper left corner and near the bottom of the menu that comes up you will see View Classic Site. Just click that and you will be back on the classic version of Neopets and be able to play!

From Neopian Times, Issue 908. JN Editorial ID: 20549


Daily Puzzle: July, 19th: Question: Which of the following species does NOT have the ability to be painted Steampunk? Answer: Poogle Is this is a hint for September 19th? (Loses hope for Pastel..) ~~nicole_xbill

As a fellow Poogle lover, I wish that was true! However, that question was not a hint that a Steampunk Poogle is coming. Sorry to disappoint you though. Guess we all just have to wait until September to find out what the new colour will be.

From Neopian Times, Issue 908. JN Editorial ID: 20548


Hi TNT!! My younger sister plays Neopets and enjoys your site! I recently moved in with her and was wondering if I’m still able to play my games and dailies when using her laptop? I wasn’t sure what your rules are for this. ~~kristytempy

Of course you can both continue playing! We know a lot of our members do share an IP or even a computer with family members who also play. Just continue to play the same way you always have. :)

From Neopian Times, Issue 908. JN Editorial ID: 20547


Hi! Is there a better place to send suggestions, other than spamming the editorial? Thanks! ~~redturtlegirl12345

You are welcome to send suggestions to the Editorial or you can post them on the Ideas and Suggestions board (http://www.neopets.com/neoboards/boardlist.phtml?board=2), our monitoring staff does collect suggestions while they watch over the site. They then send these suggestions in at the end of the day, so either way would work. :)

From Neopian Times, Issue 908. JN Editorial ID: 20546


Hi TNT! I was wondering if it's possible to get some new prizes for Trudy's Surprise again? In the beginning, we would get new prizes every few weeks/months. At the moment, we have received the same few prizes for a year now and it would be nice to get some new neat items for playing :) Thank you so much!~~simplicita

Yes you're totally right, we are working on a new prize pool as we speak and hope to have that release next month!

From Neopian Times, Issue 907. JN Editorial ID: 20545


Hi. Unfortunately I’ve seen a ton of errors in the storytelling contest lately. For example in a recent week two famous Aishas were referred to as Grundos and made it in. This week we’re led to believe Finneus doesn’t understand the numbering system of his own archive. I’m hoping better attention can be given to the accuracy of the writing. It makes me question if all entries are read before a winner is selected for storytelling or even poetry. Considering the time it takes to work on some of these entries it would be comforting to know they were at least read. If they were the editors favorites fine, but I hope everyone is getting a fair chance and I hope better attention can be paid to inaccuracies like the ones I described. Thank you. Also if clarification can be given as to the best time to submit for those contests it would be great!~~sixlets1

Hello sixlets1, first of all I want to assure you that all Storytelling submissions are read before any winners are chosen. You are absolutely right about that Aisha-Grundo slip-up, but please keep in mind that these are stories with different sections added each day by different authors. This can make it difficult for both writers and the editor to keep track of the characters and settings (especially with new stories every week!), so errors are bound to happen. If you notice any mistakes please feel free to reach out to tnt_aesop so they can be fixed. As for accuracy, that is a more complex issue. The Story Telling contest is not canon, so writers are given more flexibility with characters and storylines. Also, keep in mind that writing can be interpreted in different ways. For example, you thought the most recent story made it seem like Finneus did not understand the numbering system of his own archive. However, the section I believe you are referring to "He was looking for a certain book, but wasn't having much luck. "It's these stupid numbers that they use nowadays. Makes finding a book on a certain subject a lot harder," he muttered, as he continued to scan book titles." had a very different meaning for me. I read this section as Finneus, who strikes me as an old-fashioned kind of Neopet, expressing frustration over a new numbering system, which would make sense for his character. I hope this has helped clear up some of your concerns! As for the best time to submit, my advice would be to submit new story sections the night before they are put up. Storytelling can be updated pretty early in the morning depending on how busy we are, so submitting them the night before is always a safe bet!

From Neopian Times, Issue 907. JN Editorial ID: 20544


Hey there! I wanted to inquire about new merchandise offerings. Are there any details you are able to share regarding Neopets merchandise in the future? I'm honestly quite excited to invest in some new Neopets merchandise! I know there are a lot of moving parts and it isn't as easy as 1-2-3, but I couldn't help but ask! Thank you all for your dedication to this brand, it means the world to me.~~jennsjoe

We have a lot of upcoming exciting things coming very soon! One of them is our collaboration with geekify! So keep an eye out for something with them. We have some other secret projects in the works as well but we don't want to jinx it with anything too specific, but know there are a lot of exciting things happening!

From Neopian Times, Issue 907. JN Editorial ID: 20543


Hi! Just wanted to bring to your attention that the ACXV trophies are still reflecting last year's podium placements (1st, 2nd, & 3rd place are showing for Terror Mountain, Virtupets, & Maraqua instead of Kiko Lake, Meridell, & Brightvale). I'm looking forward to celebrating Brightvale's first podium finish with the trophy update. Thank you!

Our apologies, this has been fixed.

From Neopian Times, Issue 907. JN Editorial ID: 20542


I just bought some 13th Birthday Diamond Wish Candles from the mall and I was lucky enough to get the Shimmering Diamond Wings that I really wanted. I ran right off to put them on my pet Amarica, who is a wraith draik, and it didn't remove her wraith draik wings. She looks ridiculous and she is rather embarrassed to be seen in public right now. Could you please help a girl out and fix this please. Thank you, nihanni & Amarica

You're totally right, we have gone ahead and fixed this, it may just take some time to sync.

From Neopian Times, Issue 907. JN Editorial ID: 20541


I know that earning NPs on sides is against the rules. I was wondering, though, if I post an item in the Trading Post thats worth more than 2 million, and someone neomails an offer and requests that I put it in the Auction House, can I then send the item to my side account, add the other person and set the auction to neofriend only? I have several neofriends on my main account, but not on any of my sides. I was just wondering, if this issue ever arises, if this is an option. Thank you! - brittaniebrown

Although that sounds like an interesting solution to a NeoFriend only auction, it would break the rules against selling items from side accounts so sadly the answer would be no that wouldn't be allowed.

From Neopian Times, Issue 907. JN Editorial ID: 20540


Hi! I recently got back into Neopets after a long hiatus but I've been playing off and on since I was a kid. My 5 year stepdaughter has been developing an interest in playing but as she would be using my laptop I'd be concerned that it would be viewed as cheating even though it would be her account. Since I already long on and do dailies on this account. How do we get around it? *hands cookies and skips off* ~~bored_girl2

Hi, that is fantastic she is developing an interest in the site. Both of you playing from the same computer/IP would be fine. There are many families who do play Neopets and we do understand that. :)

From Neopian Times, Issue 907. JN Editorial ID: 20539


Hi! TNT, I have 5 accounts and I need more space can I make another account ??? ~~clari_hikari

No, sorry! The limit is one main account and four side accounts.

From Neopian Times, Issue 907. JN Editorial ID: 20538


Hi! Thank you for doing everything that youguys do for neopets! :) I was wondering if there was a comprehensive guide/list of things that you can and can't do with a second neopets account. For example, I know that you can own a neohome on both accounts, but that you can only purchase furniture for your neohomes with neopoints that are from your main account (as in, side accounts can't be used to make more money). I've seen some questions answered around the site, but I haven't been able to find a page that has most/all rules concerning owning a side account. Thank you again for all that you guys do, and have a great day! :) ~~54321bvcxz

The most basic and simple way to think about this is, if an activity rewards Neopoints or Items then it generally can only be done on your main account. All NP and items must come from your main account. So if you needed an item on a side for customization, you would buy the item on your main and then send it to the side. If the side needed NP for the lodge, you would send the points there.

From Neopian Times, Issue 907. JN Editorial ID: 20537


The "Team Shenkuu Wrist Bands" don't show up on half my pets (Uni, Peophin, Pteri). They seem to show fine on the others (Grarrl, Flotsam, Bori). Is there an issue with the art or rendering for this item?~~yuysister01

Sure, Donny will fix those up. May take some time to sync.

Aesop Answers

Hello everyone! I just wanted to let you know that one of your fellow users will be starting a "series spotlight" project. the_reporter plans on interviewing other users who have submitted series to the Neopian Times. This is a great opportunity to highlight the series category, a section of the NT which can often be overlooked, and allow users a glimpse into the writing process of their favourite authors! Any NT authors that would like to have their series featured (or users who would just like to recommend a series to be featured) can reach out to the_reporter via Neomail!

From Neopian Times, Issue 906. JN Editorial ID: 20536


Hi TNT! The Sneaking Neggnapper Collectible is such an adorable (yes!) customization item but it doesn't work as intended on most backgrounds :(( It's usually either just floating off of the ground or being covered up by the higher foreground item (or worse, both!) I (and many others) would really like to utilize this negg guy in my(our) customs. Is there a chance we can get it moved a little lower? Thanks in advance!

Yes, we are working on fixing this now, should take a cool minute to sync.

From Neopian Times, Issue 906. JN Editorial ID: 20535


Hi there! I've been a decently active member for almost 16 years and I just want to say thank you to the team for all the work that you guys do! I love coming here and being able to take a break from being an adult and have a good time. I grew up with you guys and seeing everything you do to keep the site going and growing is phenomenal! It's what keeps me coming back!

Aw so good to hear!

From Neopian Times, Issue 906. JN Editorial ID: 20534


Hello! Could someone please fix the spelling for Illusen in a Snow Globe? I collect Snowglobes and all are spelled as one word. Thank You, Thank You

you got it!

From Neopian Times, Issue 906. JN Editorial ID: 20533


I've been playing Neopets for about 15 years and I just wanted to say THANK YOU! The games have always grabbed my interest. I felt that same magic when I started Island Builders! The art and writing are top notch. The Darkest Faerie and Wand of Wishing were my favorite childhood games, and I had been eagerly awaiting the next Neopets game to have that same adventurous spark. This means so much to me - thank you TNT for your hard work!

So glad you're enjoying!

From Neopian Times, Issue 906. JN Editorial ID: 20532


First of all, thank you TNT for such a fun Altador Cup! I know it takes hard work every year to put on. The prizes are all really cute and I have enjoyed playing and spending my points. *Hands out Yooyu shaped cookies with extra frosting* The 'Meepits Pulling Wires' is adorable, and I'm thrilled it's a wearable. Question though. Could we please get a bug fix on the 'Doodle Board' please? My Ixi would love to wear it, but there are unexpected friends, a blue Aisha and red Blumaroo behind her. Please and thank you. It's a cute item! :)

Yes, this has been fixed!

From Neopian Times, Issue 906. JN Editorial ID: 20531


Hey TNT! I have some shares that I bought some months/years ago on a side account, which I used as a temporary main while my actual main account got frozen and I was waiting for you guys to return it. My question is, is it okay to sell them and transfer the nps to my main? Or that counts as earning nps from a side account and I could get frozen from that? My common sense says that since I bought them while that account was my main it should be okay for me to wait until they're on green and sell whenever I want, but I want to make sure by asking you first. Please remove my username, thanks ~~Name Removed

Hi, Yes, you can sell your stocks on your old main and send the profits to your new main as part of the changing mains process. It wouldn’t count as earning points on a side account, since technically you were using that as your main at the time the stocks were bought.

You should sell the stocks and send the points to your new main at the same time as you are moving anything else to your new main so don’t wait but you could always keep using that as your main until you are able to sell them off and then move everything together.

From Neopian Times, Issue 906. JN Editorial ID: 20530


Hello there. Now, I know it has been against the rules for the longest time to post photos of yourself for the sake of internet safety. But my question is, what about just photos of your hands? My reason for the curiosity is that I've recently started a petpage called "Today I learned..." and I would like to add a section specifically for arts and crafts. In many instances, it will be easiest to show step by step photos rather than trying to describe it all in words. It would be only my hands (No rings, tattoos or fancy nails to give away identity) Am I allowed to post photos with only my hands? ~~sirhal

Hi, sounds like a fun section and that would be allowed especially since you are taking the precautions of not having anything identifiable in the image.

From Neopian Times, Issue 906. JN Editorial ID: 20529


I'd like to know what the stance is about resubmitting the same story after getting a "Please try again next week" neomail. I mean, is it okay to continue trying with the same story for a couple more weeks? I don't want the editor to think, "Oh no, this guy again" after seeing a resubmission!

Please do! I implore you to resubmit your stories again after receiving a please try again next week email (this goes for articles and comics as well). The Neopian Times has been getting tons of entries the past few months, which is AWESOME! However, this means there are lots of talented writers whose stories get passed over because we already have a surplus of superb entries. I noticed a few different questions about the Times, so here are some quick tips on submitting:

-Pay attention to the Neopian Calendar! Entries that are relevant to a recent Petday or ongoing Neopian event are more likely to get in.

-Wait until the Times comes out before resubmitting. If you receive a try again next week email on a Tuesday or Wednesday, please wait until the next edition of the Times is released before resubmitting.

-After being rejected, take some time to analyze your piece and revise it before resubmitting. Even the most creative stories can sometimes be rejected because they are full of glaring grammar or syntax errors. Priority goes to the authors who take the time to polish their writing. That being said, I understand English is not everyone's first language, so I won't be too strict. What really matters is that I see that you have been putting in the effort to improve your submissions!

-When submitting comics, please remember the maximum image width we allow is 470 pixels. I feel bad rejecting hilarious comics because they are just too wide! If you do receive a too wide neomail, feel free to resubmit it as soon as it has been resized.

Good luck!

From Neopian Times, Issue 905. JN Editorial ID: 20528


Hey there! I wanted to check something: in previous years, Neopian Times questions and fixes were sent via neomail to the account nt_editor. I just wanted to see if this was still the right method, or if there's a different way to contact you outside of the Editorial for more minor or specific questions?~~twillieblossom

I'm really glad you asked! I recently tried going through the nt_editor neomail but it was very very very backed up. I also realized I had already responded to many of those questions or concerns in the editor neomail through either Support Messages or the Editorial section, so it was difficult to keep track of which concerns I had and hadn't addressed. So instead, you can send any NT related questions or fixes to me tnt_aesop!

From Neopian Times, Issue 905. JN Editorial ID: 20527


Hi guys! I just wanted to thank you for all of your hard work with the Times. Keep up the great work! Thanks for always enthusiastically supporting these collab issues! It means a lot. =) ~~parody_ham

Of course! Even though they can be a lot of work to put together, the collab editions of the NT have definitely been the most rewarding. I honestly think Neopian Literature might be one of my favourite issues of all time. I adored reading through all of the wildly creative articles, stories, and comics you all came up with using the books of Neopia as inspiration!

From Neopian Times, Issue 905. JN Editorial ID: 20526


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