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Re: Larkspurlane's art thread

Posted: 27 Sep 2019 02:12 am
by Larkspurlane
I think your analysis is fairly spot on. I learned all of this from poking around the boards and reddit, but to add some info you might not have, they were apparently acquired by another company -- Jumpstart -- from Viacom circa 2014. I understand that a large amount of members of the TNT we used to know got laid off shortly after. Content production plummeted & the horrid gitchy-ass site began to limp towards its death as poor JS was not equipped to deal with the spaghetti code they inherited. (idk, frankly, calling it spaghetti code is an insult to spaghetti; it's more like...poo.)

Now the team seems to consist of 2 overwhelmed people with appalling grammar (seriously, the copy is just PAINFUL to read). And a small but more-or-less efficient support team trying to keep up with various site issues & unfreezing as many users as ask in a vain effort to keep the clicks on the site coming. Guesstimates for the active userbase range from 5k to 10k max. (the active user counter that used to be on the front page was removed long ago)

As for what could be done to save it, the current discourse revolves around going mobile. They are in the process of converting the whole site to html5 right now 'cause Flash support ends in Jan 2020. Do you know how much flash content is on this site? Jesus Christ. I feel bad for the JS peeps.

Now if only they'd listen to users waving their credit cards at them asking for an unconvert PB in the NC mall, they'd have a juicy-ass revenue stream...

Re: Larkspurlane's art thread

Posted: 27 Sep 2019 01:01 pm
by Madge
Imagine if they did that: brought out an "unconvert PB" that let you unconvert LITERALLY EVERYTHING that had a converted form (you want a UC green mynci? sure.). That'd be so cool.

I don't know what you'd do to not have the UC traders feel like they got ripped off though. Maybe have the PBUCs should have orange spots or something so they're still badass but not perfect.

5k-10k users? Cray. I remember when multiple make a wish kids went there.

I used to be on the neopets reddit - the second mod - but then the first mod (who is no longer there) removed me for no apparent reason and I stopped posting. I think that was probably what stopped me using neopets, actually!

Re: Larkspurlane's art thread

Posted: 01 Oct 2019 01:56 pm
by Jazzy
Ah, so beautiful! It cheers me up that people are still making Neo art.

Re: Larkspurlane's art thread

Posted: 03 Oct 2019 12:36 pm
by Usul_Princess
Larkspurlane wrote:
27 Sep 2019 02:12 am


Now if only they'd listen to users waving their credit cards at them asking for an unconvert PB in the NC mall, they'd have a juicy-ass revenue stream...

Still waitin' on it 12 years later! :D