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A Open Letter To Lanzer And The New Administration
Dear Lanzer and the New Folks Who Are Actually Old Folks But Who's Counting:

Happy New Year. I've read your announcements with some degree of hope that Gaia will indeed regain its focus and become somewhat coherent (if not relevant) again.

To that end, I have a list of 3 4 things I'd like to see happen. I tried to keep it to three (let the number of your counting be three and all that rot), but I just couldn't whittle it down further. Sorry, I tried.

Please note that zOMG is NOT one of the items on my list. As much as I was an avid (read: addicted) player, I understand that ship has sailed. As much as I adored the game and the people I met in it, I knew it was not making money, and never would. And as much as I spent countless hours in it, my life has changed to where even if it did come back, I just don't have that kind of time anymore. So while yes, I miss it, I'm letting it lie.


Moving on to the things that are achievable and that will bring Gaia back to being, well, Gaia again:

1. Update all those shiny new features that were pretty much abandoned the minute the shiny newness wore off.

Aquariums, Alchemy, GoFusion....Fishing, Jigsaw, Homes....and did I mention Aquariums? All of these things were THE NEXT NEW WONDERFUL THING on Gaia, they were updated regularly for oh, six months, and then they were dropped like a hot turd.

When's the last time GoFusion had an update? I've got nearly 1000 heart charms and who knows how many of the others. Why weren't Snowflake Charms handed out this holiday?

Why isn't there at least one new Jigsaw puzzle picture available weekly? Heck, you probably have enough to do a new one daily. You're not leveraging all that artwork you already paid for nearly well enough.

And Aquariums....I understand that it's on an old version of flash and barely compiles. But you have a community here, one that still looks for fish and pimps their tanks. It's completely irrelevant given the company-sponsored inflation, but it could be made relevant again pretty straightforwardly.

(Oh, and let's not forget about journals.)

2. Give us avatar items that work with...well, avatars and everything.

I'll explain this one with an anecdote. Earlier in December, I was trying to make a winter avatar. For what I had in mind, I needed a sweater, leggings, and boots. Do you have any idea how hard it was to find any of those that weren't part of a set of arms/set of legs/something inappropriately sexy which would cause one's nether regions to damn near freeze off in the snow?

No, I don't want "sexy arms", I want arms covered in a sweater where I can hold my Kiki. Or a cup of cocoa. Or the eggnog from years past. I don't want legs that look like they're sliding out from under me - I want a pair of boots to go on my avatar's feet.

Gaia's avatar system was always fun because WE get to choose how to put things together. Right now the trend is towards stuff that's prepackaged with only one way to use it, which is why so many avatars look the same. BO-RING.

3. Tone down the sex.

Ok, look, I know the site is aimed (theoretically) at 13 - 18 year olds, and I'm not so far removed from that age group that I've forgotten that most folks of that age are generally walking bags of carbonated hormones. (Ok, maybe I am. But I digress.)

Because of that, you don't NEED endless supplies of nekkedidity to keep them interested. Their hormones are doing most of the job for you.

Please note that I'm not asking for NO skin. I eagerly used the cleavage option from Secret Retreat so I could use strapless items on my avatar without them looking, well, flat. But a little goes a long way, and it seems we've got way more than a little coming out of the screens of your artists.

Besides, one of the things that keeps sex, well, sexy, is mystery. Forbiddenness. As my real life spousal unit says, "One nude, artfully draped, is sexy. 100 n***s lined up for tuna salad at lunch is not." The endless line of nude or mostly nude avatars is a lunch line.

4. "Announcements we have heard on high, tell us to go out and buy."

This is the one you can implement RIGHT NOW. I wish you would.

I do not need 6+ announcements per day advertising your latest addition to the cash shop. I heard you the first time. I wasn't interested then and I'm not interested now.

At this point they're not announcements; they're SPAM. And when I have a free moment I keep meaning to figure out a way to block cash shop spam.

I'm not saying NEVER, I'm saying TONE IT DOWN. Once per day per item is more than enough. I'll even give you a second if the sale or whatever is ending in under an hour. But NO MORE.

And your cash sales? Aren't anymore. They're continual. This is the new price of Gaia Cash. Everyone knows that. Why? Because you run them continually and you spam them continually. (And sorry, I'm still not giving you any real life money I can spend on anything else. It's been 5 years since you screwed me out of Christmas and I have not forgiven you. See my journal entries from then for the whole story.)

In short: CUT IT OUT. Gaia will be a nicer place for it.


Of course there's more. This is me, after all, and I'm nothing if not verbose. But let's start with some doable stuff, and maybe I'll ask for the impossible stuff next year.

I don't know if anyone is even reading this anymore, and I doubt anyone in any kind of position to do anything is. But as long as this feature is here I'm going to take advantage of it when I need to. And I need to right now, because as much as this site makes me grit my teeth, I don't think it's quite dead yet.

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