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Neopian Times Editorial Database

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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Hi! You guys do an absolutely amazing job and I really appreciate all the work and effort that goes into making this site a fun place to be! I was just wondering if there would be a Share the Love Challenge, for the sweetheart grams this year? Thanks so much!

Of course. If you purchase all the grams you will receive a bonus next week :)

From Neopian Times, Issue 891. JN Editorial ID: 20421

Thank you for the Fringed Heart Valentine Goodie Bag - very cute! However, the description currently reads "This was released to celebrate Valentines Day Y21" but we are in Y22. Can this be fixed? Thanks!~~havittaa

oops, surely you got it dude.

From Neopian Times, Issue 891. JN Editorial ID: 20420

Hi! When playing scorchy slots, at some point, the volcano erupts and I get this message: "It's raining Neopoints, you pick up as many as you can carry!" Now I KNOW for a fact that I can carry millions of neopoints, so what is up with that?? ~~mysteryshadow

Hi! Remember they are very hot when they come out of the erupting volcano so you might not have as good of hold on them as you think you do to be able to keep them. :)

From Neopian Times, Issue 891. JN Editorial ID: 20419

Hi TNT! Thanks so much for everything you do to keep Neopets fun! I am wondering, when are we going to see new Neopet species enter? For me, one of the funniest parts about Neopets is the pets themselves. I think it would be so fun to have several more species join Neopets in 2020! ~~ __scribblerofdreams

Hello! You never know. Although adding a new species does mean they would not be able to wear the wearables that were out before they existed (unless they were updated), so that can cause some frustrations with new pets being added. But again, you never know when something new could be added so I'd say watch the news for all updates (not just about new pets but everything going on.)

From Neopian Times, Issue 891. JN Editorial ID: 20418

Hello, I've been a member of Neopets for quite some time and will be celebrating 17 years this month! One thing that has always confused me is the long, complex list of rules for Side Accounts. While there are fan sites that have organized them somewhat, it seems a bit silly that we have to go off-site or dig through editorials in order to see what's allowed and what isn't. Is it possible to have some sort of official Side Account rule list posted somewhere on the site? Thanks!~~skip949

Congratulations on celebrating 17 years with us.

I doubt we could put everything not allowed to be done on side accounts in a comprehensive list (since something would always be left off or a member would come up with a what if situation), so in the most basic sense, you cannot use side accounts for anything that would grant you Neopoints or Items.

Here are some things you can do on a side account:

Enter the Beauty Contest (yes you didn't use to be able to but no prizes are given now)

Have more pets (Send items and points from your main to your side to feed your pets)

Chat on the boards (but remember anything you do on your side can affect your main so don't post anything on a side account that you would not on your main account)

Adopting pets from the pound (again the points needed would have to come from your main)

Have a NeoHome

Buy and spent NC (except on cookies)

Have a Lab Ray

You may joins guilds but you cannot enter their contests, if they have any for prizes (unless non-tangible prizes like graphics)

Have a Gallery

Collect the Freebie Newbie Pack and free starting NC (or free NC gifts from the NC Mall)

Faerie Quests (no you can't use cookies) but since they are given randomly, you have no control over getting one or not but the items needed have to be bought and sent from your main account

This is not a complete list but these are the main things you can do on a side account. If you get stuck on if something is allowed on a side or not, just investigate if you will get points or items from the activity, if you will, then you can’t do them on a side (unless specifically stated that you can). Hope that helps!

From Neopian Times, Issue 891. JN Editorial ID: 20417

I just want to say thank you very much for the new items in the Pretty in Pink Sweetheart Gram! They are gorgeous and I love them all so much, especially the new earrings. I've been waiting for years for beautiful heart earrings and the Lollipop Heart Earrings are everything I've ever wanted. Thank you, TNT! :D Can't wait to see the other Valentine's items. :)~~the_darkest_sage

Aww yay so glad you liked it <3

From Neopian Times, Issue 890. JN Editorial ID: 20416

Funny glitch with the Lovely Lilac Wig, seems to flash through every neopet wearing the wig. Makes for a funny animation but I'd love it fixed!~~falliiing

Hi there, yeah we saw the issue on Blums and we have fixed this now. If there are any other pets you are seeing this on please let us know.

From Neopian Times, Issue 890. JN Editorial ID: 20415

What happened today? The descriptions under the Neopies choices are switched. I chose the description (the Soup Faerie Stamp) not the picture. How are you going to award these? My choice is definitely the Soup Faerie Stamp.~~whiteowl7

Our apologies on that it seems the images were switched. We've gone ahead and kept the text/descriptions the same but now with the correct image.

From Neopian Times, Issue 890. JN Editorial ID: 20414

Thank you for the pretty new Marble Zafara (I was hoping for Stealthy but maybe next year *hint hint*) and the brand new outfit. There's just one problem: the Proper Zafara Wig does not remove the Zafara's natural hair and they look a little awkward together. I bet Donny could fix this in a jiffy! ;)~~ vali1987

Oops our mistake. Donny has gone ahead and snipped it so it's perfect now.

From Neopian Times, Issue 890. JN Editorial ID: 20413

Recently, I've seen some custom petlookup layouts and coding snippets that cover the gender on a pet's lookup, usually to replace it with "Other" to allow for more accurate pet representations of users or other characterizations. However, I wasn't sure if that's actually allowed, given that it is covering up information on a pet's lookup. Is that okay, as long as it isn't used to deceive anyone, of course? *hands Hissi cake* ~~alli_draggy

Right, as long as you are not covering it up in an attempt to scam or trick anyone than a change like that would be fine. However, if you are trading the pet, please remove that so no one has to wonder about the gender of the pet they are about to adopt. Just make sure to not cover up the actual pet image or any of the other stats. Thankssss for the Hissi Cake. :)

From Neopian Times, Issue 890. JN Editorial ID: 20412

Is TNT aware of pet shuffles in the PC? There seems to be a lot of drama surrounding it. Recently impostor accounts and people trying to scam others out of their pets. Also I find the rules a bit much. People who enter in and don't fully understand the are pressured to accept under offers for their pets or become a pariah of the PC. Trading as a whole seems to be getting out of hand lately, especially regarding unconverted neopets.

Yes, we have seen those boards. If you suspect someone of harassment/scamming please let us know right away by submitting an abuse report.

BTW: creating an account to pose as another user is considered scamming and will be dealt with accordingly. This means that account and any linked to it will be frozen! In other words, if someone creates/uses an account to impersonate another user and attempts to scam, that account and their other accounts will be frozen. Just because a “side” is used to scam does not leave the other accounts free. So don't post anything on your side that you would not post on your main!!

If someone is being bullied for not accepting an offer for their pet (or any reason) please report that user and allow the monitors to look into the situation. As hard as it is, we do ask you to not "return" the bullying as this can jeopardize your account (which we wouldn't want to see), so please just report and move on. The monitors will handle the situation!

From Neopian Times, Issue 890. JN Editorial ID: 20411

*passes out cookies & almond milk* I just wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH to Jade + the NC Team + all of TNT for paying attention to us asking for new baby/maraquan/mutant clothes - the new items have been amazing & my weird morphed pets feel loved! The Maraquan White Beaded Gown is GORGEOUS! THANK YOU SO MUCH & keep up the great work !~~spukl1

aww this made my day. I'm really trying to give you all some good stuff. This year I really want to do better for the ncc, deliver better art with fewer mistakes! That's my goal anyways...let's see how it goes XD

From Neopian Times, Issue 889. JN Editorial ID: 20410

Hello. The Harfell Mince Pie is misspelled, it should be written like this : Harffel Mince Pie.~~darkobsession

Guess it's a spell fix day! Donny is done...

From Neopian Times, Issue 889. JN Editorial ID: 20409

Hi. I have a small thing for Donny: The item name "Aurrick vs Claymaker Stamp" is currently misspelled. It is currently spelled "Clamymaker." ~~_brainchild_

Wow how embarrassing...Donny has fixed this while shaking his head..

From Neopian Times, Issue 889. JN Editorial ID: 20408

Rule #6 on the Boards is "Personal information is personal" and it goes a little something like this: "To ensure everyone stays safe in Neopia, no one may share information that can be used to personally identify themselves or others. This may include a photo, full name, address, phone number, email address, or other contact information. Do not provide ways to contact you off of Neopets.com, like social networking profiles or sharing instant messenger usernames." My question is, can I have my Neopets user name in the bio section of my off-Neo social media accounts? So my IRL friends know I play and can add me as a friend? Or do you look down upon that as a violation of this rule, even though it's off-site? Thanks in advance if this one makes it into the Editorial. :)~~haic0re

That would be entirely up to you, we don't have any rules against linking to Neopets from external sites, just please don't give those site names out on Neopets.

From Neopian Times, Issue 889. JN Editorial ID: 20407

Hello, thank you for all of your hard work. I am always impressed by how well the site is maintained even being as old as it is. :) *gives cookie* Just so you guys know on the bottom of the "News" Page - this http://www.neopets.com/nf.phtml There is a "Daily Dare" section that says Daily Dare is back and also a "Contests and Spotlights" section that is still showing Caption Contest 1396. If these are not going to be updated I don't think anyone will miss them much if they poofed. You don't have to reply to me, it's just something that bugs me when I see the news each day. Sorry I am not trying to be a complainer!~~jordyvaughn

Yeah...it bothers us too, sometimes when we try to update these the whole site breaks...it's really strange, so that's why we try not to touch them. But we will if we can...just beware you asked for this....XD

From Neopian Times, Issue 889. JN Editorial ID: 20406

Okay, I'm really confused about last weeks answer regarding changing gender via the lab ray scientist battles on side accounts... you said to transfer the pet to our main and battle there, but the lab ray scientist is an exclusive challenger for accounts with the lab ray- so if you only have the lab ray on your sides that obviously isn't an option. In that case, can we battle him on sides? Especially if we lose the battle and receive absolutely no NPs or items, just a gender change? It would be really unfair if we couldn't take full advantage of the lab ray we paid good Neopoints for just because we have it on our side, especially if we make sure not to earn anything from the battle!~~loba_negra

Sorry about the misunderstanding, you are correct. The Lab Ray Scientist can only become a challenger if you have a Lab Ray on that account so yes, if you only had a Lab Ray on a side account then you would be able to battle the Scientist on that account. (Only the Lab Ray Scientist though.)

From Neopian Times, Issue 889. JN Editorial ID: 20405

I just wanted to say I think the art gallery's bad art day was so fun to look at, is there any possibility maybe this could be an annual thing for the art gallery?

Such a fantastic idea!! That could be a lot of fun. Other themed days might be great as well, so if you have any ideas please post them on the Art Board or send in here so we can consider them. Please keep in mind, they would not interfere with special themed days (for pet days for example) and would need to be on days that right now are considered to be “Random Days”. Check the Art Gallery schedule that is posted on the Art Board to see when Random Days are.

Also, watch for user created Beauty Contest themes, they are a great way to get involved. The next one, is starting February 21-28 called the Great Royal Ball. These are not run by staff, but always seem to be well received so check out the Art Board for more information about that. There is a board regarding this which includes when the entries should be submitted and everything else you need to know. If you’re new to the BC, this might be a good way to get involved.

From Neopian Times, Issue 889. JN Editorial ID: 20404

Hey, TNT. In the latest Editorial, you said that we could NM our Neofriends our BC links, but last time I heard, we could NOT do it because "not everyone has 100 Neofriends to Neomail their entries to". Now I'm confused on what the rule is, aside from not NMing people who aren't NFs. Are we allowed to NM our NFs BC entries or not? – krabbox

No, not everyone has 100 Neofriends, but you can Neomail your Neofriends as long as they agree to getting your BC spam Neomails, if they do not approve they can report the spam and you will receive a message asking you not to send unsolicited Neomails about the Beauty Contest. So please keep that in mind and only Neomail friends you have spoken to about the BC before and you know are alright getting those kinds of Neomails.

From Neopian Times, Issue 889. JN Editorial ID: 20403

I've recently been working on collaborating with a friend on a few NT submissions, but a few days ago he was frozen for his own protection! While we're waiting to hear back from support, what should we do? If we go ahead and submit our entries now will he get credit when he gets unfrozen? Should I wait for him to get unfrozen before submitting anything? I want to make sure he's able to get properly credited on his eventual return.~~1337_masta

Great question. You can submit now even though your friend is frozen (make sure to include their name in the comments so they will get credit). What will happen is that a note will be made on their account to contact the NT Editor when they are unfrozen. Once they are unfrozen, they would just need to send in a ticket to be given the credit for the collaboration. So yes, go ahead and enter even though they are frozen. Hopefully they will be unfrozen quickly.

From Neopian Times, Issue 889. JN Editorial ID: 20402

Hi Jade! Is the nt_editor account still the best way to contact you regarding missing NT trophies or publications? Or should we file a ticket and have the support team deal with those issues? I noticed my trophy count did not increase with the collab comic for the holiday issue, and one of my old comics is glitched where it doesn’t show up when you search my username. Thanks!

Hello!! To clear this up, collaborators trophies have to be manually added after each NT comes out, so those are usually added early the next week. If you have not received the trophy please send in a ticket and include the URL to your submission. Just a side note, if you are doing a collaboration with someone please make sure to include their name or names in the comments so they can get credit.

From Neopian Times, Issue 888. JN Editorial ID: 20401

A lot of users in the art community would like to revisit allowing Neopets users to open up commissions for their art and receive Neopoints or items as payment. I think we can agree anything off site or real life currency related shouldn't be allowed and can be reported. And the community would have to understand the consequences of possible scams and take our own precautions. I don't think TNT should have to be stressed with policing commissions and there could be a disclaimer on the Art board explaining this risk. Allowing commissions would be a great way to get the art community bustling and more involved with each other and also non-artists or HTML savvy people. It also encourages people to begin drawing or picking up HTML and to keep improving! Not to mention there would be even more great Neopets art on petpages, userlookups, and descriptions. It also gives a way for those of us who aren't that great at restocking to work for our Neopoints and reach our goals.

This has been discussed in previous editorials, however we would not be able to allow members to do commissions for Neopets Intellectual Property. You are welcome to do Art Trades with one another but you would not be able to charge Neopoints, real life money or items for those images.

From Neopian Times, Issue 888. JN Editorial ID: 20400

Hi! Does NC still expire? The NC shopping rules page states that, "Neocash will expire after one year and that upon expiration you will be given a Neocash Item of equal or greater value." However some players have noticed that unused NC no longer seems to expire. It'd be lovely if you could check in on this & let us know if things have changed.

They would be correct, NC no longer expires. Oops, that should probably be updated. We'll find someone who can check into that for us. Sorry about the confusion.

From Neopian Times, Issue 888. JN Editorial ID: 20399

I've noticed that my Vandagyre can't wear a lot of the older NC clothes. Is there a reason for this? Practically half of my closet is useless apart from backgrounds :( ~~krisdaniel

As you know, the Vandagyre came out in November 2015 to celebrate our 15th birthday but sadly that means a lot of wearables from before then would not be able to be worn by them.

From Neopian Times, Issue 888. JN Editorial ID: 20398

So in the last editorial you said images need to come from neopets.com OR a public image server site. Does this mean I can upload a picture of my neopet customized a certain way to a website like Imgur and use that image in my article? Just wanted this clarified for future entries I have in mind. Thank you! - _clows_cool_pets

Yes you got it!

From Neopian Times, Issue 888. JN Editorial ID: 20397

My BC entry was deleted for posting it on an outside site, I, and some friends, are wondering - though - if sending the link via neomail, or posting the link on our User Lookup is fine, or it's against the rules too. Thank you in advance!~~martia_elior

Hi, sorry to hear your entry was removed, however posting a link on your User Lookup or sending to your Neofriends is fine. However, please do not send to people who are not your Neofriends since that could be viewed as spam.

From Neopian Times, Issue 888. JN Editorial ID: 20396

Hi TNT, please can you clarify a couple of rules regarding side accounts. 1) If we only have the lab ray on our side account and want to battle the Lab Ray Scientist JUST to change the gender of our pet, are we allowed to? Assuming we make zero attempt to win the battle and withdraw from the battle as soon as the gender is changed (so no prizes). 2) If we only have the lab ray on our side account, are we allowed to use the lab ray cookies? 3) Is 2 player battling allowed on side accounts, assuming all weapons and faerie abilities are funded from our main account? Thanks :)

Hi, 1) No, you cannot use the battledome on side accounts; this is because there are prizes given out for winning. If you want to use the battledome to change the gender of a pet, it would be best to transfer the pet to your main, fight there and once you have gotten the change, move your pet back to your side account. 2) Yes, if you only have the lab ray on your side account, then you would be able to use the lab ray cookies on that account. However, if you ever get the lab ray on your main account, you would then only be able to use the cookies on that account. 3) Since you do not receive any points or items from 2 player battles that would be fine but just keep funding these from your main.

From Neopian Times, Issue 888. JN Editorial ID: 20395

Why can’t I put a picture for the beauty contest~~black_black5

There are many reasons why you could be having an issue entering. The image could be in the wrong file format (.gif or .jpg file.) Also, make sure that your file is under 75Mbs and the filename is all in lower case letters. If that still doesn't work, try using a different browser. And if you are still stuck, you can head to the Art Board and ask for help there. There are always Beauty Contest regulars around to lend a hand.

From Neopian Times, Issue 888. JN Editorial ID: 20394

Hello, my friend and I are new to Neopets and we wanted to participate in a project involving my side account, but we didn't know if it would be allowed. I would like to have 6 cross-painted Magma pets on my side for display purposes, but I can't get into the magma pool. My friend just found out his magma pool time and he would like to give me Magma painted pets for the side. The thing is, he doesn't earn many neopoints because of a busy schedual. So we were wondering if it's ok for me to buy the morphing potions on my main account, send it to him so he can create the pets, paint them Magam, and then he transfers them to my side account? No neopoints or items would be earned on the side, so we figured it would be ok, but we wanted to ask just in case it is against the rules.

Sorry but we'd prefer that people earn their own way. The best way for you to do this would be to find your Magma Pool time and then paint or morph your pets and take them to the pool yourself.

From Neopian Times, Issue 887. JN Editorial ID: 20393

Can you guys please fix the Daily Puzzle? It's been neglected for a while now (same question and answer) and it's not a good look.~~havittaa

You should start seeing new puzzles daily. Enjoy! :)

From Neopian Times, Issue 887. JN Editorial ID: 20392

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