I have one very simple question for you...
HOW LONG HAVE YOU GOT? :muahaha:
Text-only alternatives for Flash interfaces.
For 56k users, AND people on mobile devices. I don't think this needs justifying.
Remove terms like "kids" from the T&C and anywhere else on the site where "users" would do just as well.
Just because we're not the majority doesn't mean we should feel like we're not welcome here.
Re-revamped T&C while we're at it.
There are so many "unwritten rules" (or, more often, "written-once-and-very-vaguely-in-an-editorial rules") on the site that it's getting ridiculous. I'm not saying the "spirit" of the rules shouldn't still be adhered to, but I'd like TNT to lay out what we can
do, what we can't
do, and the underlying principles that would let us make future judgement calls on our own. Sometimes it seems like even the moderators are confused.
More information, all the time.
The Official Neopets message board is a good start, but it's hardly ever used, and the Twitter account is practically dead. I'd like to see more communication from TNT, about everything important. Patch notes when petpage code or suchlike gets updated so we don't have to figure out for ourselves what's going on. Quick "we know what's going on, it's a problem with the _________ on ________ page, but it probably won't be fixed today" updates about ongoing glitches. Twitter alerts when there's less than 24 hours left to finish a plot or game tournament. Suggestion tickets replied to not only with "thanks" but with either "already thinking about it", "not possible now but it's something we'd like to do in future", "we'll consider it but it's not what we have in mind", or "not on our agenda at the moment, sorry" -- and maybe even a one-sentence note as to why.
Separate "locked for protection" from "frozen for misbehaviour" and tell the latter group of users EXACTLY what they did from the get-go.
At the moment, accounts that have been locked down because a scammer got them look like frozen accounts, which adds unnecessary terror to the whole experience (as if the whole thing wasn't scary enough). Even if the mechanism is the same, I think there's a case for separating them. Also, TNT should put the exact quote/action/strange incident a user was frozen for ON the screen you see when you try to log into a frozen account -- it'd cut down on back-and-forth with the support team.
A search box that actually works.
So apparently a Bit of Barbed Wire either doesn't exist or is too rare to view. The search box returns a meagre handful of the items available for a given string IF YOU'RE LUCKY. If not, nothing at all.
Return Site Spotlight.
Neopia has so much knowledge, innovation and talent wrapped up in its petpages. That creativity and initiative needs to be celebrated, not forgotten about.
Coming Soon actually being updated every six months or so.
Or axe it completely if that's not possible. At the moment all it's doing is confusing the newbies.
A full-scale repair job to canon.
Neopia has been around for more than a decade, and its canon as a world is still very
patchy. What exactly do we celebrate in the Month of Celebrating? There are at least four different answers with onsite supporting evidence. What exactly IS the ruling hierarchy of the planet (would a Faerie defer to, say, King Altador, or vice versa? What about TNT?) How does a pet wear a background? Where do disappearing books go and how does anyone have a library? How do Koi move on land? Not to mention a bunch of items based on concepts
that don't canonically exist. I'd like to see Neopia's unique culture established properly, with some backstory and mythology to match. (Heck, Petpet Park is currently making a better job of that than we are.)
Make Ice Bori gettable and Lutari transferrable.
It's been what, three years since Neopets Mobile went dark and something like seven since the Ice Bori toolbar offer? I think that's enough. I know people like to feel special, but especially in the case of the Ice Bori, keeping something away from users forever
because they missed a comparatively short window of time is a principle that should apply to plot trophies, not pets.
Make an official system that links side accounts to main accounts.
Running side accounts as a pure honour system sort of
works, but really, it's a sticky-taped-together compromise at best. I'd like an official linking system, with marked side accounts blocked
from accessing NP- and item-earning activities. If they can block internationalites from US sponsor areas, can't they keep side accounts out of contests and Flash games?
Overall better signposting, especially on items.
Neopia has too many things kept pointlessly secret, like what potions do. It really isn't helpful, especially when you unexpectedly land up with your Plushie Aisha turning into a Brown Kiko. At the very least, items that alter your Neopet's species or colour should say so in BIG LETTERS.
Higher character limits on the Neoboards.
They could still be even higher with a Neoboard Pen if TNT so desired, but 400/500 is just plain silly. You can barely say ANYTHING in four hundred characters.
Informative filter trips.
"The word that was blocked was _______. This was blocked because you should not be using Neomail/the Neoboards to post [description of general category of bad thing]. If you think this word should not have been blocked, submit THIS form."
Proper channels for reporting off-site rulebreaking, with spaces to fill in URLs and email addresses.
And some evidence of associated smackdowns happening. This could be as simple as TNT asking, say, YouTube to come down hard on Neopoint scam videos. At the moment it seems that if an ordinary user complains, neither Youtube nor Twitter's management want to know.
Artists taking greater account of Neopets' species.
Not only when designing new colour/species combinations -- I do like the way some colours, like Woodland, are designed with the pet's species very much in mind, and I'd like to see that applied across the board -- but when creating things like game NPCs and clothing. A pet that stands on four
paws should not have only two
Make New Features the first page users are bounced to when they log in.
No more excuse for not reading the news!
When the economy is such that TNT can afford more moderators, establish a proper "Miscellaneous Discussion" Neoboard.
At the moment, we officially have no such thing and unofficially have about eighteen. It'd have to have the heck moderated out of it, but there's no reason why it couldn't
work. Of course the normal rules about no romance/no politics/no religion etc. would be enforced.
Sort out the stuck pets.
Apparently even entirely overhauling the Pound didn't fix 'em, poor blighters.
Some kind of use for Intelligence.
One that doesn't involve having enough money for expensive weaponry, or HIDEOUSLY expensive books required for a trophy.
Revival of the Neocam.
Just for giggles.
I may be back, mwahahahaha.