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Community focus once again
Been very busy lately and part of it involves doing some research about Gaia. It's funny that I'm doing research on my own site, but it is because I've been with Gaia all this time, that I'm so deep in knowing how everything works that it's difficult for me to "un-learn" the site and see what Gaia is like for someone who know nothing about it.

For the past few years we've constantly been building new stuff for Gaians as every new feature is something fun to do outside of the community, and by now we have about 30 different games or features that keeps Gaians entertained. The problem is that for new users, we're looking at a website with 30+ features, and no where do we clearly point to where everyone is doing.

Clearly Gaia is a community, so we'll start making some changes to clearly state this is how we started and the best part about Gaia is all about meeting new people and hanging out.

While this focus is great for new users, for all exsiting Gaians the good news is that we're going to bring more forum community features once again. It's been a while since we worked on the forum, as the past few years we've been busy with database and backend work for the community forum to stop it from crashing under the weight of almost a million posts a day. Guild will also go through it's final stages of backend changes so that it'll share the same features as the main forums.

These changes are a long time coming, and I hope that it'll answer to a lot of the enhancement requests from Gaians and bring more fun to the forum community. Stay tuned for more details!

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Community Member

Wed May 20, 2009 @ 10:06pm

I remember when I started Gaia, I only had my friend's recommendation to go on and nothing else. I got my account on a whim. This will be very good, if you can somehow state what the site is all about for new people. Will help increase population.

Community Member

Wed May 20, 2009 @ 10:08pm

That must have been an interesting experience to look at Gaia that way. Good luck with all of the changes.

Community Member

Wed May 20, 2009 @ 10:15pm

I barely remeber how I first got my account.

I believe it was just some site that I stumbled upon and, seeing that it might be fun, decided to sign up.
I'm glad I did actully. Now I'm on Gaia pretty much every day.

I'm an addict. And I love it.

Site Moderator

Wed May 20, 2009 @ 10:19pm

Yes Forum + Guild updates = heart

I hope they come at least for this year. 3nodding

Vanishing Into
Community Member

Wed May 20, 2009 @ 10:33pm

It feels like such a long time since I made my account. And it's been a bit more than a year...

Community Member

Wed May 20, 2009 @ 10:50pm

awesome. mrgreen

Parakeets In Love
Community Member

Wed May 20, 2009 @ 11:06pm


Community Member

Wed May 20, 2009 @ 11:11pm

cant get gaia out of your head i see

Community Member

Thu May 21, 2009 @ 12:23am

thank you very much these upgrade have been long awaited and will be much appreciated biggrin

Community Member

Thu May 21, 2009 @ 12:34am

Nice Nice..

Simply Angle
Site Moderator

Thu May 21, 2009 @ 01:16am

This will be interesting to see what happens but I do look forward toward the guilds getting more of an update. :3

Community Member

Thu May 21, 2009 @ 01:51am

Okay, that will be great.

Lucky Capsule Vendor
Community Member

Thu May 21, 2009 @ 02:55am

This is great news! "Hanging out" is my favorite part of Gaia.
Not to mention, an overhaul on forum descriptions and rules would be nice *winkwink*

Synchronised Mosher
Community Member

Thu May 21, 2009 @ 02:55am

Sounds really good. biggrin

Community Member

Thu May 21, 2009 @ 03:29am

I'm so loving Gaia right now! heart

~The Medieval Architect~
Community Member

Thu May 21, 2009 @ 03:34am

Thank you so much! <3 I can't wait. :]

Srintella Tiagara
Community Member

Thu May 21, 2009 @ 03:51am

While I didn't come to gaia for that reason. I find myself enjoying gaia for that reason.

I think you don't have to worry about the new users of gaia. It will soon become clear to them what gaia is.

We all came to gaia for one reason or another.

Community Member

Thu May 21, 2009 @ 04:57am

guild updates to bring them in line with the regular forums? that's fantastic! thanks!

France Hopper
Community Member

Thu May 21, 2009 @ 11:51am

I think it's a good idea you're researching and planning on making changes that will make it easier for new users to understand what Gaia is. When I joined in '07, I had no idea what Gaia was about as the homepage had so little information. If it wasn't for the new user quest that was running back then, I probably would've had no idea where to start.
Now, Gaia's grown what I think to be a significant amount since I've first signed up. Considering I myself get lost in some of the new features on occasion, it must be rather hard figuring out where to start now. I thought the logon as guest option that was available for a while was a great way to show off the site and it's too bad there were too many problems with, which caused the feature to be removed.

Thanks for the updates, Lanzer smile

Sand Dancer Shaka
Community Member

Thu May 21, 2009 @ 12:35pm

Woot!!! New community stuff!!!

It's true that Gaia is a little bewildering for new people, refocusing sounds like a goos plan to ensure that new folk aren't put off by the huge array of cool things available to them.

Thanks for the comic update (I love them) hope Liam gets together with Sam!!!

village midget
Community Member

Thu May 21, 2009 @ 02:52pm

congratulations on a very awesome site, i'm amazed it is so bug-free given how many users there are and how many changes are frequently made... it runs very smoothly and it's really a lot of fun so thanks smile

Community Member

Thu May 21, 2009 @ 08:29pm

Yeah, I remember when I was new I had no idea how things worked and was rather lost. For all the new users it must be even worse with all the cool stuff around.
Poor Newbies gonk
And I'd lovve for the forum to be worked on, I love it the way it is, but it can always be just a little bit better, or so they say xd
Thanks for all the hard work, it's highly appreciated :3

Judgemaster Ruecian
Community Member

Fri May 22, 2009 @ 12:17am

I'm excitedly awaiting the ability to PM all Guild members easily, not only will it increase guild activity, but it'll help get those that are no longer interested in the Guild, to leave, so we captains don't have to chase down and root out users one by one, I understand it'll all take quite a bit of time, but it'll be worth the wait!

Community Member

Fri May 22, 2009 @ 01:54am

Yay, enhancement. Every Gaian loves enhancement. biggrin

And for the McSourpusses out there, you suck. >|

Reiko Yamamoto
Community Member

Fri May 22, 2009 @ 02:52am


iStudent Matsuri
Community Member

Fri May 22, 2009 @ 08:10pm

F U C K YOU LANDER......@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

Shard Alice
Community Member

Sat May 23, 2009 @ 12:57am

Hi redface i'm your number one fan! i hope you got my pm about the promageddon!

Kung Poo
Community Member

Sun May 24, 2009 @ 08:09am

Just pointing this out, there seems to be a scam page that pop ups every time you go to this entry.

Community Member

Mon May 25, 2009 @ 08:47pm

Boosting the forums/guilds will be nice! 3nodding Poor guilds are so old they even have the old old forum layout still. (actually journals need some layout update aswell sweatdrop They also have the old layout)

I hope you ready my comments/suggestions at last ATA. It was exactly about this (aquarium+guilds) mrgreen

Community Member

Tue May 26, 2009 @ 02:12am


Community Member

Wed May 27, 2009 @ 07:21am

how come there's a lot of things that don't work but every weekend there's a new Evolving items or cash shop update?
I feel like the only thing that matters to gaia now is how fat our wallets are.
and it makes me sad.

please, take the focus off of us and listen to us please, I know that that's what certain forums are for, but not everyone goes there or even knows about them, I hope that you can make this place more like a community because it's direction as of now disappoints me.


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Lord ExpIicit
Community Member

Wed May 27, 2009 @ 11:55pm

Lanzer someone changed my name to Lord ape When It's supposed to be Lord Rape and when I tried to change it back I was told it was too similar to someone elses name. Please help D:

Community Member

Sat May 30, 2009 @ 01:15pm

well, so far you are doing an absolutely perfect job. congrats. (^_^)

-The Fire Priestess-
Community Member

Sun May 31, 2009 @ 03:41am

I know this is a bit off topic, but Lanzer are joo okay? D:
I think this guy named fear bot took over your account... >~>"
Did you get it back...?

Click me.
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Community Member

Sun May 31, 2009 @ 06:00pm


Reading this makes me want to start a community project. A big one.

*ideas are formulating*

How does it feel to be the figurehead for such a huge enterprise? You're like, the Steve Jobs of the forum world. rofl heart

Community Member

Tue Jun 02, 2009 @ 04:54pm


top homosexual
Community Member

Thu Jun 04, 2009 @ 08:59pm

My account started after I saw an ad in a manga magazine.

Community Member

Fri Jun 05, 2009 @ 04:54am

this site is amazing!!!!

Community Member

Fri Jun 05, 2009 @ 05:56am

Drinking Coca-Cola???

Gaia is great and yeah its overwhelming iam an oldie on gaia and sometimes i dont even knwo some stuffs O.O keep working on that AND!!!...


Have u guys noticed the increase of diffrent languages O_O

Well turn the cap and pm me that code please<3

Rengetsu Chan
Community Member

Fri Jun 05, 2009 @ 08:01am

I joined Gaia late 2003 (almost 2004) because of a recomendation from my "guild leader" on neopets xD; she was quitting for this new website "go-gaia." At that time I was looking for something fun and interactive that could keep me hooked. You really cant play neopets for long periods of time without getting bored.

When I came to Gaia I fell in love with the cute, anime-styled avatars and the different hair/facial customization. I spend quite a few hours looking through the shops before it was time for bed. The next day I discovered the forums. =] The Breedable/Changing pets sub-forum is where I ended up first. There were so many threads to chose from! So many different pets of different styles and feeding/growing systems..
Quite awhile later I backed up into the mini shop forum and found tons of adorable art (cup cakes, fruit drinks, kittens) offered for small sums of gold ^ ^
I felt like there was no end to all the different things to do- and find! =]
throughout my Gaian experience I have slowly traveled through the different forums, focusing on each for long periods of time.

Now, years later- I'm busy with college and work, and I don't have the hours that I once had to surf through the forums =] but I find myself still collecting different fun items for my avie and coming up with new outfits in my spare time ^ ^;
Gaia feel's so homey xD because I sort of grew up with it, and Gaia grew up with me too. =]

Anyway I think maybe you guys could brainstorm ideas to help get the better threads to be easier to find (by using the thumbs up/down system?) possibly creating a more user friendly thread searching system (maybe with an option on how to organize the results "highest rated, lowest rated, newest")
but keep all of this as a side feature! So the regular thread system (bumping up topics) would still be in place- as the main forum veiw. =3

We all love you =D and all of Gaia's employees, your hard work and tired hands are what keeps this place here for all of us! =] This really is like a world of it's own, that's why we're called Gaians. ^____^

(edit: Also I can't wait to see what new features are added to the forums! =] I used to get SO excided when there were new announcements and hints of new features, or item updates. ^ ^ Even now, I look forward to the evolving item reports every week =] It's alot of fun to see the new items and features- it's like a present! haha! ^ ^ )

Anyone can lie, it's telling the truth that is a skill.
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Community Member

Fri Jun 05, 2009 @ 03:45pm

GOOD biggrin

Community Member

Sat Jun 06, 2009 @ 08:29am

please help me get out one of my bump forums so us gaians canreach the goal of 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bumps. lanzer, if we cant do it thenwho is going to, so please lanzer the creatore, can u spread my thread. cry confused rolleyes lol

Community Member

Sat Jun 06, 2009 @ 08:31am

i will also increase our population.

Community Member

Sun Jun 07, 2009 @ 03:53am

Good luck, Lanzer!

I'm completly comfident you can do it all!

After all, you did start up the best online website of all time, right?

Give me book recommendations or draw me with books? emotion_kirakira

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Lion Drop
Community Member

Mon Jun 15, 2009 @ 12:45am

.........Lanzer whee *faints*

i3 a c o n
Community Member

Mon Jun 15, 2009 @ 04:44am

You rock Lanzer. ^_^
Why don't you ask a friend to start gaia and tell you about how hard/easy it is to navigate around? Just don't tell them anything and see how they get along.

Estefania Jericho
Community Member

Tue Jun 16, 2009 @ 01:24am

HEY Idiot, it's me, your EX-number 1 fan. I hope someone takes legal actions against you. You lie, nobody thrust you anymore. You are a liar who had worn a mask all of these years, a mask to hide how selfish and greedy are you in reallity. Enjoy your dirty money, but give me my honest 30 USD back. I spent that money in order to support your site, why? because you fooled me, you and your workmates acted like everyone desserves the same trait, the same privileges, for donators and not donators. But inside of you, you only cared about money and not the user as you said. You are a liar, a coward who has been wearing a mask to hide yourself. Why? why did you fooled us all? Does it felt funny? you created the perfect economy and now, with this "free gaia cash from sponsors" thing you have shown your real evil way. You are not a good person, you are a criminal.

Community Member

Tue Jun 16, 2009 @ 06:03pm

the free gaia cash is kinda false, seeing that you need to spend money to get them
so can you please stop saying that it is free?

cloudy atmosphere
Community Member

Sun Jun 21, 2009 @ 05:13pm

forum and guild updates would be AWESOME whee

Community Member

Mon Jun 22, 2009 @ 02:32am


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