Celebrating the new pet slot!

So traffic has quadrupled around here since the release of the new pet slot! The team is working around the clock to try and provide you with more awesome pets to adopt and fill your slots. Many pets are getting adopted within minutes or even seconds of being posted to the site, even pets that would normally languish for ages!

Since there are a couple hundred of you for every one of us working on the site, it means that there will be plenty of adopted pets that haven’t yet been updated. We understand that can be frustrating to see, but in order to keep up with the volume of adoptions, we need your help in reporting which pets have been adopted. You can do this by using the form in the sidebar, OR by emailing us directly at lost@quiggle.org.

Thanks for all your support and patience! Now back to the grindstone for me!

What is a stuck pet?

A stuck pet is a pet that CANNOT be found when surfing in the pound, no matter how many times you refresh. Whether a pet gets stuck or not seems to depend on the first few letters of its name. Certain strings show up in the pound, while others do not. This means that a stuck pet remains stuck whether it’s painted, morphed, adopted and repounded, etc.

They can only be found by someone knowing they’re in there (or finding a link to them, say on a search engine), or by manually trying names that fit the stuck pattern until you find one. The vast majority of the pets on this site were originally found via the manual method, aka the trial and error guessing.

This also means if you see a cool pet while surfing in the pound, it is NOT stuck, even if it doesn’t get adopted immediately. All pets that show up while surfing in the pound will eventually be adopted, even when it has a terrible name, but stuck pets will only be adopted if someone finds out their name and looks them up.

While we appreciate your urge to help, we DO NOT list pets that don’t get stuck, as by the time we get your messages they’re all already adopted. They don’t need our help to get adopted. Please don’t send us your pound surfs!

A bunch of new faces!

So we have three wonderful new faces to add our staff team (okay one of them has been on the team for months now, but I totally forgot to update!)

Huge warm welcome to Kim, Kait, and Jose!

Kim has been a longtime staff member of PetTP, but since it’s still broken, we figured we’d make use of her over here instead!

Kait is also staff over with our good friends at Jellyneo!

Jose is officially our first ever male staff member! Congratulations on breaking that glass ceiling Jose! It’s a momentous day!

For a full updated list of current staff be sure to check the sidebar on the main part of the Lost and Pound!

Looking for a skill-free way to help us?

The number one thing EVERYONE can do is tell us the name of adopted pets you see while browsing around the site.  There are thousands of you and only a handful of us, and we simply cannot keep up with you guys!

For all of you who spend time browsing through looking for names or pets of the right age, or whatever, you’re clicking through tons of pets already, why not just copy and paste the names of the adopted into the form on the sidebar (send us a list of all of them, or in batches, rather than sending one form message per pet!) or emailed directly to lost AT quiggle.org 🙂

It’s easy, and it’s a MASSIVE help to us!

IP Banning

UPDATE:  We have now been contacted, and it looks like we may soon be unbanned!  Thanks to the support staff! We appreciate it! (Neopia.com.br has also gotten a reply!)

For the last couple of months (since some time around the AC this year) Neopets has been on and off IP banning various officially certified fansites. Included in this bunch have been the Lost and Pound, PetTP, Dress To Impress, and the Brazilian/Portuguese Neopia.com.br

DTI’s issues appear to have been resolved, at least for the meantime, but the rest of us are still affected, and see no end in sight!

We don’t know whether they are intentionally blocking us, or blocking us because they’ve mistaken us for cheating programs, which none of us are!  Either way they have not replied to tickets, emails, or FB messages from any of us fansite owners.  As a certified fansite owner, we have no way to contact anyone who actually works behind the scenes and may be able to quickly fix settings.

Since the end of July, it would appear that both PetTP and the Lost and Pound have been permanently IP banned, as it seems not a single attempt to contact the servers has worked throughout the last couple of weeks.

On PetTP this means that no one can even add a new pet, and all confirmed listings are broken, as all these features require PetTP contact and confirm information on the pets’ lookups!

On the Lost and Pound this just means that our grunt work is even more grunt filled than ever, but thankfully we can still continue to run the site, unlike PetTP.

After many months of dealing with this mess, we feel it’s time to come public with the information, and hope that you guys can help spread the word.  Perhaps the word will finally get back to the people at Jumpstart HQ, and we can be whitelisted.  (If anyone from Jumpstart/Neopets gets this and wants to contact us, lost at quiggle.org and neopia at outlook.com!!!)

Legend

An astute observer noticed that we had all the codes next to names, but no longer have a legend, thanks to all the old posts having been cleared.  Here is the legend of codes by pets’ names!

BD = Battledome, generally this means that hit points, strength and defense must be in the numbered ranges (20+ per stat) meaning a minimum HSD of 60.

SBD = Semi-battledome stats, usually this means quite high stats in some of the HSD, but often labbed, and therefore rather uneven (most often the defense has negligible stats, but it can apply to other missing stats)

IQ = intelligence points over 50

RW = Real word (can be a foreign rw or English)

RN = Real name (including last names)

Y1, Y2, Y3, Y4 = The year  the pet was born in.

Trophy = Fairly self explanatory.   This pet has a trophy, most commonly Beauty Contest, but also occasionally pet spotlight and PPL (petpet protection league) trophies

If I missed any, please comment and let me know so I can add it in!

PetTP

Many of you now know about PetTP our sister site, which I run as well as the Lost and Pound.  Also a certified fansite, PetTP is dedicating to trading and adopting pets.  It can be a useful tool in the PC toolbelt, particularly when you take advantage of the advanced features (link found at the bottom of any PetTP page)

After you’ve adopted a pet from the Lost and Pound and had it turn into a fabulous new colour, why not try listing the pet up for adoption, or up for trade through PetTP?  (Just be sure to put something on your pet’s lookup indicating it is up for trade or adoption, or it will be remove on suspicion of trolling!)

We’re back!

Alright, that was one crazy day, all just to fix this little blog, but the Lost and Pound is back and functional again!  Expect more posts from me soon!  Sadly we no longer have the older posts, but I can post anew!