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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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What a splendid prank.
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.
BOO TONU IS THE BEST
Poor Vandagyre, I have a relative who loves owls
I chose Ruki, but then I looked at the date.
Good, let's get rid of Draiks!
Thinking about choosing kiko or lutari and get rid of a whole part of the map! That should free up lots of space!!
Vandagyre entered Neopia later than most species and I don't have any nostalgic memories attached to this specific pet.
I votred for nimmo - I don`t like its body-speach - so I would not miss it. Whenever the game nimmo pond is nice...
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!
Bye Nimmo! You're the poorman's Techo.
Great work, JN staff! *claps*
Such a prank Jellyneo, but you didn't get me!
I'm a bit sad Vandagyres are that high on the list, I think they're adorable
Kiko- go ahead and try and steal from me when you don't exist any more
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!
Ya got me thru almost half of the article!
Great job, JN!
Not only is it funny, but really well put together.
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...
What, this isn't the April fool's joke?! Wha-? God why
Okay but who were the 0,7% that voted for Kyriis?!
honestly this makes me beyond upset tbh
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!
I voted blumaroo! They are icky.
ALSO I SHALL HAUNT ANYONE WHO HAS VOTED FOR VANDAS.
Iswear to glob if they eliminate vandas after how hard i worked to get my furby....
April 1, 2022 9:09 AM NST
KIKO GET RID OF KIKO
LEAVE THE BEAROWLS ALONE
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?
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
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
I voted for Acaras--because Aishas deserve to be first in the Neopets alphabet!
Sorry, I voted for Chias.
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.
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.
Ogrin, in honor of Donna! (It's her least favorite pet!)
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?
I was scared there for a second lmaooo
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.
What is with the Vandagyre hate hahaha
All y'all saying last in first out, have you never worked in grocery 😨🤢
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.
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?
I too, am quite surprised at the apparent dislike of Vandagyres!
I thought for sure Ogrins would be #1....
Chias get to stay because of alllll of the fruit/veggie options. Kikos on the other hand, little thieves have got to go!
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.
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...
Bye bye usuls and every content related to them
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?
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.
April 1, 2022 10:27 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.
Not at all. I STILL believe it.
Bye Bye Buzz.
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.
Surprised Kiko ranks so high on the chopping block.
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]
I voted for Aisha, though I know it is a lost cause. Goodbye vandagyre!
@asiamommi: It's because of all those times Team Kiko Lake has stolen items right outta inventories!
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.
Tuskaninnys have no redeeming qualities and I'd like to see Little Timmy be escorted out.
Skeith is the obvious choice here
April 1, 2022 11:31 AM NST
Zafaras are so forgotten and underwhelming everyone forgot about them even in this voting
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
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
That being said, this is a joke, right? April Fool's and all.
Sorry not sorry Chias byeee
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!
I voted for Gnorbus. They’re the worst..
I wouldn't miss Chias. If only this wasn't an April Fool's prank!
Everyone voting for vandagyre… have you forgotten we need a V pet??
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?
April 1, 2022 12:40 PM NST
Out with Buzz!
Happy April Fools
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!!
Also @I_love_latin, Paws off my Yurbles!!
April 1, 2022 12:47 PM NST
April 1, 2022 12:55 PM NST
Aww poor Vandagyres
If they remove Moehogs I won't have any neopets....
@biediep: Draiks are the 13th most hated Neopet, apparently.
I voted for Grundos, I love my Vandagyre, then I looked at the date, good job, lol
@oboeflute4: THANK YOU!!! I'm not the only one here!
I voted Jetsams myself. They just look awkward and way too smug.
I'm curious, will TNT announce this on the News Features/boards? If so, how would they do it?
I voted for the Buzz. Never have cared for them.
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
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…
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.
Nimmos need to go. Quiggles are the superior frogs.
April 1, 2022 2:24 PM NST
I thought this was legit, thanks for the lols JN. Voted Ogrin without any hesitation
Well, if we do things alphabetically, then a "K" Neopet would be up on the chopping block. So the choices are:
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).
Great prank JN !
I can't believe more people haven't voted Peophin. The shape is just wrong and none of the customisations really work.
Even if I don’t really like Gnorbus, I don’t know why everyone wants the Vandagyre to leave. I own one of those.
Ouch. Those poor Vandas!!
I feel personally attacked by the fact Vandas are at the top to go. They are my fav.! You're breakin' mah heart! LOL
@petpupplet56: Think of it this way... free species change perk!
Down with the Mynci
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
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...
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.
Ok, whoever voted Korbat, I will hunt you down!
goodbye tuskaninnys, u were always the worst
Woo-Hoo! Korbats are at the bottom of the list at 0.1%. Good thing, I have 6 of them.
As long as my beloved poogles get to stay, every other species is free to be eliminated!
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.
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
Vandagyres can't even wear all of the good wearables. They go.
Bye Buzz!! I'm sorry, but I've never found your existence to be necessary.
The Blumaroos have had it too good for too long!
April 1, 2022 7:33 PM NST
Koi... its just a fish rofl X'D
The only thing unbelievable about all of this is that JN sat down with JS and that they were transparent with you.
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!
8 MINUTES TILL 8!
7 is a lucky number... except for one Neopet in 7 minutes!
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.
Why is 6 afraid of 7? Cause there's 6 minutes left! Wait that doesn't make sense.
I would have something witty for 5 minutes left but I started late and wasn't able to begin on 10.
4 forever minutes for whatever poor soul is about to be forgotten.
3 minutes will we're free!
2 to touchdown.
Ogrin for me. haha
What a great site prank! Thanks JN Staff!
T-MINUS 60 seconds! 59, 58, 57, 56, 55...
*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!)
When does my aisha get her clothes back? The lupes continue to make fun of her.
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