I saw a nice Neopian on the Avatar Chat looking to be lent 600k for the Adam avatar and I lent it to her. She also had a friend of hers lend her some Neopoints. Therefore, she had two people lending her Neopoints for the avatar. I thought I was doing a nice favor, but after I lent her the Neopoints someone came on the boards and wrote, "I do believe this is item pooling and you just broke the rules." Can you clear this up for me? This was the first time I had heard of item pooling. Can you explain to me if this is item pooling, and explain what item pooling actually is? I really thought that I was being nice; I had no clue that what I was doing could be against the rules. I'm scared now. Please explain to me; I don't want to be frozen. :( ~saphirathedragon1988
Item pooling is when multiple people pool together their resources (NP or items) in order to purchase something or attain a particular goal (like getting the Adam avatar). While it was very kind of you to help another Neopian, yes, we do have rules against pooling resources for avatars like that (but not because of nice people like you, though). :) Just like in the real world, there are nice, decent people and then there are others who would take advantage of your kindness. Luckily it sounds like the person you helped was an honest one, but unfortunately (like the poster said) we've had to make rules against lending due to some selfish Neopians who prey on the kindness of others by taking items and NP lent to them in good faith and running off with what they've gotten. In order to protect honest Neopians from scammers we've decided not to allow item / NP pooling for avatars, as we previously had a big problem with people using item / NP pooling for avatars as an opportunity to scam. Also keep in mind that you are not allowed to lend anything to another user with the expectation of getting back anything besides exactly what you lent.
It's all fun and games until someone does something they shouldn't in the pool. D: