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Update on Yesterday's Database Issues
  • Posted by Dave
  • Posted on April 1, 2022, 7:30 am NST

HURRY: Voting will end tonight at 8:00 PM NST! Make sure you get your vote in before then!

Good morning all! After yesterday's "database malfunction" on Neopets, we've had the opportunity to chat with TNT about the incident, and we've learned some startling news that we've been cleared to share.

Unfortunately, to ensure that the database holding Neopet information remains stable into the future, one species of Neopet will need to be eliminated from Neopia. We've learned that having 55 different species was ultimately what caused yesterday's fiasco, and reducing that to 54 will help with stability and prevent any repeats of yesterday's glitches.

Here's a few reasons we were given for removing a species:

  • Database performance will improve with one less species to account for.
  • Everything related to that species will be removed from Neopia, including items and images.
  • As a result, server space will be freed up after all of the related content is removed. (And bonus, more items will have a chance at restocking in official shops.)
  • One fewer pet day celebrated each year means more art resources can be spent on the remaining species. (One less new colour combo and one less species-specific outfit.)

Now, what happens once a species is chosen for elimination?

After we have selected a species, we will begin removing items, images and content related to that species. As a final step, we will provide anyone who currently owns that species the opportunity to access the Premium Species Change Perk (regardless of subscription status). All owners will have the opportunity to change the selected species to another Neopet species of their choice. (If a new species isn't selected by a final deadline, we will convert the Neopet into another random species).

So, in short: content related to the chosen species will be removed, and then all owners of that species will be given the opportunity to select a new species for their Neopet. (And if not selected, it'll be randomly morphed.)

Since learning this news, we at Jellyneo have been feverishly working all night long to get together a quick poll—we are hoping to give you all a voice in determining which species is removed from Neopia!

We've set up a mini-site, available at jellyneo.net/eliminate where you can submit one vote for the species you wouldn't mind leaving Neopia. After you vote, you'll also be able to see the up-to-minute results.

The vote closes at the end of the day today, so make sure you submit your vote now!!

And let us know which species you voted for in the comments!
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There are 133 comments below. Add yours!

galifan, April 1, 2022 7:44 AM NST
What a splendid prank.
june_scarlet - JN Staff, April 1, 2022 7:44 AM NST
Being a part of JN staff, I didn't sleep well last night. Helping with UI testing, of course, but also struggling with the decision. In the end I chose Tonu, to save some of my other beloved but less popular species. I just... I can't imagine ever having a reason to draw a Tonu.
jen_aside, April 1, 2022 7:45 AM NST

Poor Vandagyre, I have a relative who loves owls
squirrely520, April 1, 2022 7:50 AM NST
I chose Ruki, but then I looked at the date.
thecrazyoo, April 1, 2022 7:55 AM NST
Good, let's get rid of Draiks!
biediep, April 1, 2022 8:00 AM NST
*Squint* Hmmmm-hmmmmm.
tpandai, April 1, 2022 8:02 AM NST
Thinking about choosing kiko or lutari and get rid of a whole part of the map! That should free up lots of space!!
onelittlespark, April 1, 2022 8:03 AM NST
Vandagyre entered Neopia later than most species and I don't have any nostalgic memories attached to this specific pet.
jcdiva7, April 1, 2022 8:04 AM NST
I said techos can GO!...great April Fools Joke!
werwolf_6, April 1, 2022 8:06 AM NST
I votred for nimmo - I don`t like its body-speach - so I would not miss it. Whenever the game nimmo pond is nice...
0o0slytherinpride0o0, April 1, 2022 8:11 AM NST
Hah, love it. Curious if you had anything else planned before yesterday though.

Also very interested to see the results, there's so much hate for Ogrins on the boards!
claytonskitten, April 1, 2022 8:14 AM NST
Bye Nimmo! You're the poorman's Techo.
Great work, JN staff! *claps*
masterdeals, April 1, 2022 8:19 AM NST
Such a prank Jellyneo, but you didn't get me!
stracer, April 1, 2022 8:29 AM NST
I'm a bit sad Vandagyres are that high on the list, I think they're adorable
insane000illusions, April 1, 2022 8:36 AM NST
Kiko- go ahead and try and steal from me when you don't exist any more
apophis324, April 1, 2022 8:42 AM NST
If this helped, Vandagyre away! Last in is first out. You are the weakest link, you do not pass start, do not get 200 neopoints, goodbye.

Happy Fay of Dools!
beingniceisfree, April 1, 2022 8:44 AM NST
Ya got me thru almost half of the article!

purplebin, April 1, 2022 8:44 AM NST
Great job, JN!
Not only is it funny, but really well put together.
neocoladude, April 1, 2022 8:45 AM NST
Silly JS, you already uploaded the April Fools' Prank! No need to go in for extra credit! xD

...Oh wait, this isn't a joke. Wow...erm...I'd imagine Vandagyres would be the least consequential removal, but Ogrins have like who-knows-how-many years of lore that will suddenly be in a very odd historical place...but...wow.

Still, that's...concerning. Here I thought these were errors involved with NC UCs being imminent...
kyrette, April 1, 2022 8:48 AM NST
What, this isn't the April fool's joke?! Wha-? God why
kyrette, April 1, 2022 8:49 AM NST
Okay but who were the 0,7% that voted for Kyriis?! honestly this makes me beyond upset tbh
solsticesprite, April 1, 2022 8:51 AM NST
Dirty disgusting shoyru. We must get rid of them!

The non family friendly things that they do with red rubber clown noses is finally coming out. Now is the time to get rid of them and any mention of them in the neoschools. Our baby painted pets must be protected otherwise they will start hanging around bakeries that make custard pies!
ducky - JN Staff, April 1, 2022 8:53 AM NST
I voted blumaroo! They are icky.

chiagal88, April 1, 2022 9:01 AM NST
Iswear to glob if they eliminate vandas after how hard i worked to get my furby....
nobody, April 1, 2022 9:09 AM NST
nobody, April 1, 2022 9:14 AM NST
I knew it was coming but I'm still so sad to see ogrins are disliked. How can you hate a zebra tiger? Have you even ever looked at how cool a rainbow ogrin or baby ogrin or zombie ogrin or robot ogrin?
scraggles, April 1, 2022 9:25 AM NST
Wow JN staff, you had me worried I actually grabbed my laptop to log on to make sure...Vandagyre has got to go, sorry Not sorry Happy 4/1
shad0wofadoubt, April 1, 2022 9:25 AM NST
Nothing of value would be lost if they erased Nimmos from the site. There shouldn't be two frog species and Quiggles are the superior frog anyway
dave - JN Staff, April 1, 2022 9:27 AM NST
I voted for Acaras--because Aishas deserve to be first in the Neopets alphabet!
sam_bow1, April 1, 2022 9:30 AM NST
Too funny!!
sam_bow1, April 1, 2022 9:32 AM NST
Sorry, I voted for Chias.
dusk, April 1, 2022 9:32 AM NST
I have like...5 Kikos, lol. xD

I voted for Quiggle; I really can't stand them in general. UC art was fine, but now they're just untrustworthy. I can barely draw one anyway.
phantommermaidqueen, April 1, 2022 9:35 AM NST
I am beyond glad that this is just a mean prank. I'd be very sad to lose my vandagyres or ogrins.

Chias are the most untrustworthy pet.
shakespeareofborg, April 1, 2022 9:37 AM NST
Last in, first out!!
gorplady, April 1, 2022 9:39 AM NST
Ogrin, in honor of Donna! (It's her least favorite pet!)
rylon - JN Staff, April 1, 2022 9:40 AM NST
Down with Kacheeks!!
jessalynn, April 1, 2022 9:50 AM NST
werwolf_6, April 1, 2022 9:50 AM NST
We all have different species and there around lots of Items, NCs - play games aso. Okay, if you loose a pet, you geht anothr one of your choice, but what happens with all the clothes, weapons, items etc. that go with the pet - will we get then new ones - will we geht back the NCs or new for the new pet? Whatever we vote and whatever they will choose, what are the follows of the decision???? - costs for Training also - anyone might lose an expensive pet and worked years for it and spent much NPs or NCs - what comes back?
iloveeevee, April 1, 2022 9:50 AM NST
I was scared there for a second lmaooo
nobody, April 1, 2022 9:55 AM NST
I would have 100% voted for chias except that would be cruel to deprive people of premium custom access. Nimmo would be my third choice after jubjub and kiko. I voted jub because they serve no purpose and the only cool ones are mutant and zombie, the latter of which I have but would be willing to sacrifice.
onewinginthefire, April 1, 2022 9:55 AM NST
What is with the Vandagyre hate hahaha
jen_aside, April 1, 2022 9:56 AM NST
All y'all saying last in first out, have you never worked in grocery 😨🤢
nobody, April 1, 2022 9:57 AM NST
And before someone asks why I have a pet I loathe: Brains. Its brains are leaking out its bloody skull. A neopet has never been more metal.
werwolf_6, April 1, 2022 9:57 AM NST
what will happen here, if - perhaps - the pet-spezies of the No.1 in the battledome range will go - or the favourite pet of one of the multi-milliardaires here? What will Neo do than?
dave - JN Staff, April 1, 2022 10:03 AM NST
I too, am quite surprised at the apparent dislike of Vandagyres!

I thought for sure Ogrins would be #1....
quailbat - JN Staff, April 1, 2022 10:06 AM NST
Chias get to stay because of alllll of the fruit/veggie options. Kikos on the other hand, little thieves have got to go!
lasergu, April 1, 2022 10:12 AM NST
After careful evaluation, had to go for the Tuskaninny, sorry. They just don't really have much going for them.
faellie_ridiculous, April 1, 2022 10:17 AM NST
Is it weird that I find this oddly plausible?

I vote Lutari and they can get rid of that abandoned island while they are at it! Just so boring...
winterland, April 1, 2022 10:25 AM NST
Bye bye usuls and every content related to them
1jediboy, April 1, 2022 10:26 AM NST

What’s going to happen to the prominent characters whose species gets deleted?

If Tonus are deleted, what will happen to General Dacon? Will his art simply be retconned or will there be a formal lore-explanation?

Did you guys get clearance to reveal this?
chesu - JN Staff, April 1, 2022 10:27 AM NST
Weird, so I'm not the only one who dislikes Ogrins? I can understand the Vandagyre thing, though... I like them, I really do, but their body shape is kinda boring. They were clearly designed with paper doll clothes in mind, so have the easiest, most generic shape possible.
jweb, April 1, 2022 10:27 AM NST
i_love_latin - JN Staff, April 1, 2022 10:28 AM NST
Finally woke up for the day...we all stayed up so late to make this happen! zzzzzz

Anyway, I've voted for Yurbles. They're okay, but I just don't love them, you know? The only real loss would be the Altadorian janitor...I hope he gets a nice morphing potion from TNT.
topaz644, April 1, 2022 10:30 AM NST

Not at all. I STILL believe it.

Bye Bye Buzz.
nashie363comesback, April 1, 2022 10:30 AM NST
Very funny.
1jediboy, April 1, 2022 10:34 AM NST
(So many people saying Vandagyre)

mavegibson, April 1, 2022 10:43 AM NST
What's with all the Vandagyre hate? That's my favorite pet! You people...

I really struggled between Ogrin and Bori. These are both pets I honestly can't even stand to look at. But in the end, I realized that the Ogrin is just a slight bit more awful than the Bori. At least the Bori has a cute face, even if their body is hideous. Ogrins are awful from top to tail.
asiamommi, April 1, 2022 10:47 AM NST
Surprised Kiko ranks so high on the chopping block.
jen_aside, April 1, 2022 10:50 AM NST
I mean if we're going for minimal disruption, Krawks won the Wooden Spoon award, get rid of em 🤣

(j/k I voted Shoyru out of spite)
[but Jubs are the creepiest]
serpentshrine, April 1, 2022 10:51 AM NST
I voted for Aisha, though I know it is a lost cause. Goodbye vandagyre!
dave - JN Staff, April 1, 2022 10:57 AM NST
@asiamommi: It's because of all those times Team Kiko Lake has stolen items right outta inventories!
savtalinda, April 1, 2022 11:07 AM NST
Ha ha .. I thought it might be a "date related" prank ... but just in case it had some validity I voted to eliminate Vandagyre because I was helping a neofriend who had one, and they seemed nearly impossible to customize. Apparently I am not alone in not mourning their loss.
lightsideoftheshadow, April 1, 2022 11:27 AM NST
Tuskaninnys have no redeeming qualities and I'd like to see Little Timmy be escorted out.
oboeflute4 - JN Staff, April 1, 2022 11:28 AM NST
Skeith is the obvious choice here
bonju, April 1, 2022 11:31 AM NST
Zafaras are so forgotten and underwhelming everyone forgot about them even in this voting
topaz644, April 1, 2022 11:33 AM NST
Weren't Vandas made to have a 'V' pet and stop the whining about there not being one? For that reason they have to stay. lol
1jediboy, April 1, 2022 11:40 AM NST
@Bonju - THAT’S MY OTHER BABY!!!!!
wallythorp, April 1, 2022 11:43 AM NST
April Fools!
dietercoke, April 1, 2022 11:43 AM NST
I was gonna put my favorite pet (Ixi) to go along but I had to choose Vanda lol it just felt like the right choice
kahran042, April 1, 2022 11:54 AM NST

That being said, this is a joke, right? April Fool's and all.
sailorcc, April 1, 2022 12:21 PM NST
Sorry not sorry Chias byeee
jere, April 1, 2022 12:24 PM NST
I chose Techo!
I know this is a wonderful JOKE but had it been real there would be a faction that would be upset if their favourite neopet was eliminated.
Good one JN, you had me going for about 5 seconds!
petpupplet56, April 1, 2022 12:25 PM NST
I voted for Gnorbus. They’re the worst..
meepydom, April 1, 2022 12:27 PM NST
I wouldn't miss Chias. If only this wasn't an April Fool's prank!
premium17, April 1, 2022 12:31 PM NST
Ha Ha
terragainsborough, April 1, 2022 12:31 PM NST
Everyone voting for vandagyre… have you forgotten we need a V pet??
recklesse, April 1, 2022 12:34 PM NST
I really can’t decide.
Do I vote out the Blumaroo because I find them creepy?
Or do I go for the Vandagyre on the principle of last in, first out?
josie, April 1, 2022 12:40 PM NST
Out with Buzz!

Happy April Fools
biediep, April 1, 2022 12:40 PM NST
How did Draik make it so high up in the list?!?!
Anyone who voted for Vandagyre, I hope you stub your little toe!!
recklesse, April 1, 2022 12:44 PM NST
Also @I_love_latin, Paws off my Yurbles!!
deedee, April 1, 2022 12:47 PM NST
bennyw, April 1, 2022 12:55 PM NST
Aww poor Vandagyres
ducksbreath, April 1, 2022 1:06 PM NST
If they remove Moehogs I won't have any neopets....
dave - JN Staff, April 1, 2022 1:14 PM NST
@biediep: Draiks are the 13th most hated Neopet, apparently.
twistedlittledreamer, April 1, 2022 1:19 PM NST
I voted for Grundos, I love my Vandagyre, then I looked at the date, good job, lol
jessalynn, April 1, 2022 1:23 PM NST
@oboeflute4: THANK YOU!!! I'm not the only one here!
hufflescuff - JN Staff, April 1, 2022 1:24 PM NST
I voted Jetsams myself. They just look awkward and way too smug.
jessalynn, April 1, 2022 1:32 PM NST
I'm curious, will TNT announce this on the News Features/boards? If so, how would they do it?
marebear439, April 1, 2022 1:36 PM NST
I voted for the Buzz. Never have cared for them.
fiore_9_45, April 1, 2022 1:37 PM NST
Jellyneo team! Thank you so much for your dedication, hard work, creativity, and for igniting this wonderfully-entertaining comment thread. I am thoroughly enjoying this.

I voted for Moehogs, those can go.

But if Lutaris and Lutari Island were disappeared from Neopets, I would be so sad. If Aishas were removed, I would have to leave Neopia entirely
inkpot, April 1, 2022 1:54 PM NST
Toni are ugly and have the bald head of Hey Arnold’s grandpa.

However I understand why so many ppl picked Vanda. They’re the newest and thus the least attached to species…
maggma99, April 1, 2022 1:57 PM NST
I picked Draiks not just because I think they're horrendously boring, but also because I wanna see the community fall apart at the loss of the most popular pet species. It'd be fun to watch.
dadylman, April 1, 2022 2:04 PM NST
I was so upset Omg
pasqui - JN Staff, April 1, 2022 2:18 PM NST
Nimmos need to go. Quiggles are the superior frogs.
1jediboy, April 1, 2022 2:21 PM NST
@inkpot - THAT'S MY GRANDPA!!!
housie, April 1, 2022 2:24 PM NST
I thought this was legit, thanks for the lols JN. Voted Ogrin without any hesitation
pikachu315111, April 1, 2022 2:39 PM NST
Well, if we do things alphabetically, then a "K" Neopet would be up on the chopping block. So the choices are:

* Kacheek
* Kau
* Kiko
* Koi
* Korbat
* Kougra
* Krawk
* Kyrii

Checking through all Neopian Character that are their species, and how often the species is used as a background character, I think the obvious choice is the Koi.

The Book of Ages only lists 12 notable Koi characters, 7 of any importance. These characters can easily be turned to another species, likely either a Flotsam, Jetsam, or a Maraquan Neopet:

* Fanciful Fauna Shopkeeper: Doesn't really matter what species they are.
* Karpoh: Flotsam
* King Kelpbeard: Maraquan Kau I think would work.
* Koi Ghost: Flotsam, or just remove them entirely.
* Koi Warrior: Jetsam, or just remove them entirely.
* Tonie Plessix: A big Maraquan Neopet like Chomby, Elephante, or Skeith.
* Turo Rafels: Probably just easier to never bring him back as he was only in the first Altador Cup. But if they do ever bring him back, Maraquan Moehog of Yurble maybe?

It's not a surprise there aren't that many Koi characters due to their physiology, unlike Flotsam and Jetsams they can't really use their hind fins as feet so they're generally stuck in the water (or magically floating in the air). And when you have a shark Neopet as an option, a fish one seems pretty lacking. And for those who would miss the Koi, maybe make the Maraquan Flotsam look like a Koi (that way you can also keep all the Koi characters, just make them into Maraquan Flotsam).
windish, April 1, 2022 3:07 PM NST
Bye, Chias!
Great prank JN !
jennypurr - JN Staff, April 1, 2022 3:40 PM NST
I can't believe more people haven't voted Peophin. The shape is just wrong and none of the customisations really work.
petpupplet56, April 1, 2022 3:41 PM NST
Even if I don’t really like Gnorbus, I don’t know why everyone wants the Vandagyre to leave. I own one of those.
beyondelsewhere, April 1, 2022 3:45 PM NST
Ouch. Those poor Vandas!!
ifloatupwards, April 1, 2022 3:54 PM NST
I feel personally attacked by the fact Vandas are at the top to go. They are my fav.! You're breakin' mah heart! LOL
dave - JN Staff, April 1, 2022 3:59 PM NST
@petpupplet56: Think of it this way... free species change perk!
picturescrazy, April 1, 2022 4:07 PM NST
Down with the Mynci
thecrazyoo, April 1, 2022 4:14 PM NST
I picked draiks for the very same reason. Come on guys, if we're going to get rid of an entire species, I want to see Neopia BURN!

Did I go too far? Sorry
anomally, April 1, 2022 4:24 PM NST
I don't know why, but Vandagyre being on the top of the list just reminds me of that Robot Chicken crossover skit between Saved by the Bell and Saw. Like if we REALLY had to get rid of something...
alex, April 1, 2022 5:00 PM NST
People don't like Buzz? Is it the empty eyes? I put contacts on both of my Buzz so I can make an emotional connection with them.
thaliel, April 1, 2022 5:06 PM NST
neopets:civil war
jimidork, April 1, 2022 5:25 PM NST
Ok, whoever voted Korbat, I will hunt you down!
sprite_83_4, April 1, 2022 5:33 PM NST
goodbye tuskaninnys, u were always the worst
mariquita225, April 1, 2022 5:43 PM NST
Woo-Hoo! Korbats are at the bottom of the list at 0.1%. Good thing, I have 6 of them.
cloudypoogle - JN Staff, April 1, 2022 5:47 PM NST
As long as my beloved poogles get to stay, every other species is free to be eliminated!
maxgarou, April 1, 2022 5:53 PM NST
I love owl, was shocked to see Vandagyre was on the lead, tho I really don't like it (not so owl-ish).
Were this real I'd love to see Kiko, Chia or Jubjub walk the plank.
minidriver, April 1, 2022 7:10 PM NST
My first pet is an Ogrin and my latest is a Vandegyre, so having both of them at the top of the list leaves me
alli_draggy, April 1, 2022 7:15 PM NST
Vandagyres can't even wear all of the good wearables. They go.
daydreaming_with_you, April 1, 2022 7:21 PM NST
Bye Buzz!! I'm sorry, but I've never found your existence to be necessary.
rydenlover, April 1, 2022 7:31 PM NST
The Blumaroos have had it too good for too long!
twocue, April 1, 2022 7:33 PM NST
Koi... its just a fish rofl X'D
cheyennet2, April 1, 2022 7:39 PM NST
The only thing unbelievable about all of this is that JN sat down with JS and that they were transparent with you.
pikachu315111, April 1, 2022 7:51 PM NST
@ mariquita225:
That either means there's not that many who dislike Korbats... or most everyone has forgotten they exist (or a mixture of both).

By the way: 9 MINUTES LEFT!
pikachu315111, April 1, 2022 7:52 PM NST
pikachu315111, April 1, 2022 7:53 PM NST
7 is a lucky number... except for one Neopet in 7 minutes!
cabbil_bane, April 1, 2022 7:53 PM NST
Great April Fool ... would hate to actually lose my disco Vandagyre - which is currently top of the poll! Voted to get rid of the Buzz ... as it is the only insecty type.
pikachu315111, April 1, 2022 7:54 PM NST
Why is 6 afraid of 7? Cause there's 6 minutes left! Wait that doesn't make sense.
pikachu315111, April 1, 2022 7:55 PM NST
I would have something witty for 5 minutes left but I started late and wasn't able to begin on 10.
pikachu315111, April 1, 2022 7:56 PM NST
4 forever minutes for whatever poor soul is about to be forgotten.
pikachu315111, April 1, 2022 7:57 PM NST
3 minutes will we're free!
pikachu315111, April 1, 2022 7:58 PM NST
2 to touchdown.
frenchmaiid, April 1, 2022 7:59 PM NST
Ogrin for me. haha

What a great site prank! Thanks JN Staff!
pikachu315111, April 1, 2022 7:59 PM NST
T-MINUS 60 seconds! 59, 58, 57, 56, 55...
pikachu315111, April 1, 2022 8:00 PM NST
1jediboy, April 1, 2022 8:16 PM NST
*plays auld lang syne on the trumpet*

Should Auld acquaintance be left out and miss the fun today!
Should Auld acquaintance be left out, on April Fools’ Day!

It’s April Fools’ Day, silly-face! It’s April Fools’ Day!

Let’s take a cup of laughter yet for April Fools’ Day!

Happy April Fools’ Day everybody! 🥳🥸🙃🧡

(P.S. there’s an “Every Holiday at Once” edition of the Neopian Times out today!)
wolfgirl1826, April 1, 2022 8:30 PM NST
When does my aisha get her clothes back? The lupes continue to make fun of her.

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