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This community was set up by Mel to provide another place for Neocolours-related discussion by forum members. The community is currently maintained by Jazzy.

Once you have joined, please post here to let the whole group know who you are.


The only requirement for joining is that you've posted at Neocolours before. To join, you should click the "join community" button, and then either post on my journal saying who you are at the forums and that you want to join the_nc. If I don't know who you are from your LJ's username and you don't tell me, I won't add you. If you're not a member, your posts will show up as screened, so there are advantages to joining ;)

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If you have any problems with the_nc, please let me know on my journal. Posting on a thread here that something's not working often doesn't get the message back to me.
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Site security [ Tuesday,
February 28th, 2012
-- 23:21pm

Hi all,

There has been some sort of security problem with Neocolours, and we're taking the site down for a bit to deal with it. The main site has now been cleaned and reuploaded, and the forums should be back tomorrow (it is 11pm here right now and I've got uni at 9 tomorrow). I apologise for the inconvenience. The forum database has not been compromised and all your login information is safe. We will be resubmitting the site to Google to get a clean bill of health as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience!
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Malicious Website? [ Tuesday,
February 28th, 2012
-- 11:07am

[ mood | confused ]

I went to post today and got a warning from Firefox about Neocolours being a "Reported Attack Page!" in angry red.

It directed me to this page:

Notably saying:
Of the 4 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 3 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 2012-02-28, and the last time suspicious content was found on this site was on 2012-02-28.

Malicious software includes 3 trojan(s), 2 scripting exploit(s), 1 exploit(s). Successful infection resulted in an average of 9 new process(es) on the target machine.

I'm very confused as to what might be going on there, any ideas? Is there any legitimacy in these claims, are they fixable, and is it something I should be worried about?

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Anyone still here? [ Sunday,
January 22nd, 2012
-- 0:15am

Neocolours is down.  Sending out an sos...
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*taps* is this thing on? [ Saturday,
October 18th, 2008
-- 22:02pm

[ mood | curious ]

So I feel really odd making a post here when I'm not really SURE if something is up... but I asked Joey, and she had the same problem, so I figured it wouldn't hurt to ask.

I haven't been able to post to NC all day. Every time I post a reply, it loads a blank page and my post doesn't go through. Likewise, I haven't actually seen any new posts since I got home from work today (around 3 PM NST - it's now 8 PM NST and nothing new). I mean, I know it's a Friday Saturday and SOME of you have lives... but really xD

I thought I'd just, uh, post here to see if anyone else was having an issue, or if anyone knows what's wrong?

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Happy Birthday, Neocolours! [ Sunday,
August 17th, 2008
-- 2:19am

[ mood | excited ]

I don't know if many of you still check this group, or the forum itself, but August 17th is the forum's birthday!

I even made a sappy post in chit chat about it.

I love you guys :)

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Site URL problems now fixed :-) [ Sunday,
June 1st, 2008
-- 13:28pm

Hi guys - just to let you know that www.neocolours.me.uk is back up and running as the URL for the site, and barring any major disasters everything will be shiny. There's an update on the forum itself, but because everyone will have been logged out because of the URL change (back), I thought best to post here too.
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Neocolours Site URL issues [ Sunday,
March 30th, 2008
-- 21:58pm

Please read the following announcement about the Neocolours site URL:
In short, some people have been finding that neocolours.me.uk doesn't work. If this is the case for you, in the meantime, please use neocolours.eu; this is explained better on the thread, so if you're curious about why, try there :)
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Database-driven sections of the site [ Thursday,
November 29th, 2007
-- 20:51pm

All database-driven sections of the site are currently down because our hosts' database server is down. I'm not sure how long this is likely to last for; I'll let you know if I hear anything.
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Ruuu? [ Thursday,
October 18th, 2007
-- 10:06am

[ mood | curious ]

General Error
SQL ERROR [ mysqli ]

Access denied for user 'ncphpbb'@'server213-171-218-164.livedns.org.uk' (using password: YES) [1045]

An sql error occurred while fetching this page. Please contact an administrator if this problem persists.

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downtime over [ Friday,
September 21st, 2007
-- 18:31pm

NC is back up and working at the usual address :)
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Bored without NC? [ Thursday,
September 20th, 2007
-- 19:27pm

[ mood | geeky ]

If you're already bored and missing NC, remember my offer: Play 3kingdoms! Download Portal or use another client of your choice (e.g., zmud, tinyfugue, cmud for Vista users). 3k is a text game, like an interactive book, but with more numbers. I usually describe it as a very large chat room where you walk about killing monsters.

If you want to play, I have a bit more info in my LJ, and am happy to ramble at length. Contact me in-game as Dyanara, Kaindell, or Chaostrophy; Enriana, under that name, can also hook you up. Or talk to me on MSN; I'm angharadty at gmail. Just make sure I know who you are.

(I'm posting here partly to avoid boredom right now; Derek's setting up my new monitor, which has issues, so I can't be on 3k until that's fixed. =( But I'll be online later tonight, assuming this ever gets put together properly.)

edit: Well, back to my old monitor for now. New monitor is a piece of crap. By the way, never buy a 22" LCD. 20" and 24" are fine, but 22" is crap. Who the hell designed this system.


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NeoCash [ Thursday,
September 20th, 2007
-- 20:08pm

Well, seems like Neopets has found a way to randomly award NeoCash to people unwilling to pay for it. Which is a good thing, really.

(And will allow mostly everyone to get NC Mall clothes.)


On other news, I HATE HATE HATE Igloo Garage Sale. BTY is 1875 and I can't get past 1400. And I'm not *that* bad at the game.

Damn you, Vinarok. Damn you.
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Site downtime [ Thursday,
September 20th, 2007
-- 23:33pm

This is a repost of the original post on Neocolours. I'm going to be disabling comments on this post, but feel free to make new posts in this comm while the site's down for actual discussion.


On Thursday 20th September, from midnight my time (4pm NST or Pacific time on Thursday, 7pm Eastern time), I currently plan to take the site down for up to three days. This is in order to move the site to a new hosting company, with Miguel rather than with Kamil.

This post is fairly long, but it's important you do read it before then, because of a few changes which will affect all forum members.

Before it happens:
None of the static pages on this site are going to be updated, as they've all already been copied to the new hosts. However, pets can still be added to the database, news posts can be made, and you can still rate pets. Up until the point when the forum is officially taken down on Thursday, any changes made will be stored and transferred to the new hosts.

You may want to save copies of any private messages or posts which you really want to keep. While we are going to do a full transfer of all posts, users and private messages, and the test migration has been completed without problems, we can't guarantee that it will be completely successful.

Finally, you must ensure that you have a working email address attached to your Neocolours account. If you're not sure, go and check in your profile. There's a very good reason for this, which will be explained later in this post.

While it's happening, Thursday 20th, Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd:
For the duration of the transfer, plus potentially Sunday 23rd, the site will be down. Instead, you can go on the LiveJournal community (http://community.livejournal.com/the_nc/), or the Neocolours chatroom, which is an IRC chat. Using an IRC client, connect to irc.blitzed.org, then join #neocolours. An alternative is to go to this page, entering your Neocolours username in the nick section, and #neocolours in the chan section. If the downtime extends beyond the weekend, I'll open up the temporary forum again, but otherwise, LJ and IRC are the only alternatives which will be functional.

I've talked to Jessi and I believe she plans to suspend Werewolf for the three days, restarting on Sunday 23rd - she can decide exactly how she plans to do this with the people playing.

Also, don't ask me or any of the mods on MSN how the move's going - the mods won't know, and I'll be busy actually doing it. If I'm in the IRC channel, you can ask for updates, but otherwise, assume it's going okay but that it'll go faster if I don't have to talk about it :) If anything goes wrong, such as having to extend the downtime, there will be a post on the LiveJournal community. There will also be a post there once the site's up again.

After the transfer:
Most of the site will remain exactly as it is now. There are, however, going to be three more significant changes regarding the site URL, the forums, and how the hosting is paid for.

Firstly, the URL. If anyone is still using the kamil.slashcity.com URL to access the site, it will no longer work. You will need to make sure you're using www.neocolours.me.uk instead. Additionally, if you put in neocolours.me.uk after the weekend and are redirected to a site in the format domain.co.uk/nc/, don't panic, that's still Neocolours. We are trying to avoid this and make the site always show up as neocolours.me.uk, but it might be that neocolours.me.uk functions as a redirect temporarily.

As for the forums - as part of the transfer, we will be upgrading to phpBB version 3. They need to be upgraded because official security support for phpBB version 2 will not continue indefinitely.

For the most part, phpBB3 is very similar to phpBB2, with additional features. The forums will keep the same structure and the same admins and mods, plus existing accounts, usergroups, posts and private messages should all be available. However, the version we are going to upgrade to, while stable, is an early version, and so certain mods are not available. For a short period after the upgrade, there will be no link on the site to the NC chatroom, no quick reply mod, and no topic titles on the index. Don't ask me to add them - I have to wait until they are properly released alongside a final version of phpBB3, and will be adding them then.

This is also why you must have a working email address on your account (I hope I'm making this clear :P). As part of the upgrade, the phpBB2 user table will be transferred into phpBB3. However, passwords cannot be transferred, and all users must request a new password to be able to log in. If you don't have a working email, you will not be able to request a password, and will consequently be locked out of your account. Ty and I will be able to change emails for people after the move, but we will not be happy about it, and are also likely not to get round to it very quickly, because we will be busy reconfiguring the forums. I also happen to be moving to university on the Sunday of that weekend - my priority at that time will not be sorting out email addresses for people who haven't bothered to do it themselves.

And finally, regarding how the hosting is paid for - for about a year and a half now, the site has been hosted entirely by Kamil, but it's not really fair to her to be hosting the site as it's grown quite a bit since then. Instead, we will be moving to a host for which we will now be responsible for our share of the hosting bill. I can't afford to host the site myself, so the options available to me as a result are either to place adverts on the site, or to ask for voluntary donations. I have decided to go with the latter, so once the site is fully functioning on the new hosts (I'm not going to charge people for downtime!) I am going to be asking for donations to cover the hosting. Currently, this is estimated to be approximately $200 for the next year, although if the forum database grows significantly in that time, we will need to pay more.

If there are any updates, I'll be adding them to this post. There will be a new post once the site's fully working again.

Sooo.... [ Tuesday,
May 8th, 2007
-- 10:43am

Stupid me, I decided to finally re-register my account on the forum... during the e-mail downtime. As such, my validation e-mail never came. I've tried mailing the e-mail Jazzy has listed on the site, as well as the admin@ the site e-mail, but no dice on a response from either one so far. Does anyone have any other suggestions? (Short of making a new account -- which I would prefer to not do unless I absolutely have to.) Or rather, is there a way to make the forum resend my validation mail?

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New Layout [ Thursday,
April 26th, 2007
-- 22:00pm

2 cent to you US colonists! ;)

My Views

New layout:

+ New bottom and top bar are more designed
+ Neofriends sidebar
- Use of clothing, finally
- Even more flash ads that don't get blocked (or is that just me?)

- No sidebar (the Qaslan one was great for fake lettering)
- Redraws of pets especially the Grey ones
- Even more image heavy so bad for our slower connections

Oh god!

Just check various accounts.

My pets are OK except my Plushie Poogle:

can be changed to

Grey Gelert can be changed from


and both my Jelly and Ghost Poogles have weird eyebrow things?!

And what the hell happened to the Krawk?!


I other news, to host all the various images to help us, I offer my website. I have created a directory and opened up uploads.

Please add new pet designs, themes and anything else you find
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Sooo... [ Saturday,
March 24th, 2007
-- 17:42pm

The forum is not loading for me, but I have no idea why. Stupid German laptop and it's stupid German errors. Anyone else having this issue or do you think it's something on my end. Nothing else is doing this...
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So, is Subeta not loading properly for anyone else? [ Saturday,
March 24th, 2007
-- 10:37am

So, is Subeta not loading properly for anyone else, or is it just me?

Who broke the Internet, anyway?
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Where are we? [ Friday,
March 23rd, 2007
-- 21:27pm

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And Jassy Said, Let There be Forum! [ Sunday,
February 11th, 2007
-- 17:52pm

[ mood | impressed ]


Well, what're you waiting for?

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Subeta: reborn and spectrum potion restock [ Sunday,
February 11th, 2007
-- 0:17am

[ mood | Whee! ]

*waves frantically at Token Shop*

Go! GO!!

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