There.com Flash Update

In January 2021, Microsoft discontinued security updates and support for Adobe Flash Player. The 3-D virtual world There is a Flash-based game. Microsoft released an update containing a kill switch for Flash resulting in the loss of several game features in There. To enjoy full gameplay in There, a member can download Flash 10.1 and the missing game features will return to normal. The user must understand the security risks involved with the continued use of Adobe Flash.

What are the game features that no longer work in There with the loss of Flash?

  • Action Bar
  • Card Tables
  • Change Me
  • Communicator
  • Compass
  • Fun Finder
  • Message Notifications
  • Accepting Therebucks Confirmation
  • Accepting Items Confirmation
  • Change Layout Confirmation
  • Clear Layout Confirmation
  • Coin Outcome Display
  • Dice Outcome Display
  • Event Notification
  • Instant Messaging
  • Shortcut Bar
  • Teleport Screen
  • Trade Window
  • Volume Controls

How can I get the Flash features to work again in There?

Microsoft’s update removed Flash from the user’s system. Thereians will need to reinstall Flash in order to gain access to all of the game features in the virtual world. Members will need to understand the security risks involved with using Flash now that Microsoft no longer offers security updates and support. Flash version 10.1 is the suggested replacement. The recommended version 10.1 is an older version of Flash that is compatible with all of the game features in There and does not include the kill switch update. It is recommended to run the Adobe Flash uninstaller prior to installing Flash 10.1.

How do I uninstall old versions of Flash on my computer?

There is a possibility that old versions of Flash may still be on your computer even after Microsoft’s update to remove Flash. It is important to remove any trace of other versions of Flash from your computer prior to installing Flash 10.1.

How do I uninstall Flash 10.1 on my computer?

  • Stop any running programs which use Flash, including Internet Explorer.
  • Use Firefox or Chrome to Download and run the Flash Uninstaller
  • Follow the uninstaller instructions
  • Reboot your computer

How do I install Flash 10.1 on my computer?

  • Stop any running programs which use Flash, including Internet Explorer
  • Use Firefox or Chrome to Download and run the Flash 10.1 Installer
  • Follow the installer instructions
  • Reboot your computer
  • Log into There and enjoy all of the Flash-based game features

Please report any technical bugs or segmentation violations to Staff by emailing Feedback@thereinc.com. Include your Avatar name, description of the issue and attach any crashdump files to your email.

Issues With PayPal Auction Purchases

UPDATE 8/5/22 – PayPal Auction purchases are working again. If you run into any issues, please report technical difficulties to Feedback@thereinc.com.

ANNOUNCEMENT – There.com members are currently unable to purchase Auction items using PayPal. Our Engineers are working with PayPal to determine the solution. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to have PayPal purchases back online soon. Thanks for your patience and understanding while we work to get it resolved.

What happens when I try to use the PayPal option to make an Auction purchase?

When a member clicks the PayPal button it takes them to the pop-up PayPal login as expected. The next pop-up window should be the item transaction page where the member agrees to the exact amount of the purchase. Currently, members are being taken directly to their dashboard page or to a PayPal error page.

Can I send There money directly from my PayPal account to buy the Auction item?

NO, please do not send money directly to our company. Our system is not currently set up to process direct payments of Auction items from members. For example, if you try to send a payment to Feedback@thereinc.com we will not receive it because we do not have a PayPal account set up with that email address.

Oops, I sent a direct payment to a There email address. How can I get my money back?

There.com is unable to refund payments sent to an email address that is not hooked up to a PayPal account. You’ll need to contact PayPal directly and have them reverse the payment. Go to your PayPal Resolution Center. Click View next to the dispute you want to escalate. Click Escalate to PayPal at the bottom of the page. Add any relevant information for escalating the dispute and click Submit.

How long will it take to get fixed?

At this point in time, we do not know how long it will take to get fixed. We are at the mercy of PayPal and they don’t make it easy for Developers to get help in these types of situations. If you want to help, contact PayPal and tell them you are unable to purchase There.com (Makena Technologies) Auction items. We are thinking the more help tickets that are opened on this issue the faster they might get to fixing it for us.

I really want to purchase this Auction item, what can I do?

Use the Therebucks option to make the purchase. If the Designer has the PayPal option only, unfortunately their items cannot be purchased at this time.

Can I still buy Therebucks with PayPal?

YES! Therebucks purchases are working correctly. You can purchase Therebucks with the alternative payment system Stripe.

Will my monthly Premium Membership payment still deduct from Paypal?

YES! Memberships processed through PayPal are still working as they should.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns about PayPal transactions contact our Staff at Feedback@thereinc.com.

Farewell Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Society of There established a one-of-a-kind Botanical Garden Neighborhood in the Virtual World There.com representing the majority of flora and fauna created by Designers. Charlie__BST and Susanszy restored and maintained the lush and beautiful Botanical Gardens Neighborhood for many years for all Thereians to enjoy. The master gardeners have been able to extend the life of the garden over the years through generous donations. The unique Botanical Gardens have reached the end of life.

Many of the individual types of flora and fauna in the Botanical Gardens were created by Designers who no longer participate in the Developer Program and have not recently relisted their items in Auctions. As a tribute to the Botanical Society of There, you’ll find the View Decor link for each garden type planted in the Botanical Gardens listed below. View Decor shows a catalog of each type of flora and fauna used in each individual garden.

BST Mangrove Swamp – View Decor

BST Ash & Beech Forest – View Decor

BST Christmas Trees – View Decor

BST Desert – View Decor

BST Enchanted Woods – View Decor

BST Evergreens – View Decor

BST Farming – View Decor

BST Forest – View Decor

BST Greenhouse – View Decor

BST Lighthouse – View Decor

BST Manor Charlie’s Home – View Decor

BST Maple Trees – View Decor

BST Mediterranean – View Decor

BST Oak Forest – View Decor

BST Plaza – View Decor

BST Rock Garden – View Decor

BST Rose Garden – View Decor

BST Therehenge – View Decor

BST Vineyard – View Decor

BST Windmill – View Decor

BST Water’s Edge – View Decor

Dave’s Australian Forest – View Decor

BST Water Garden – View Decor

Botanical Gardens Neighborhood – View Decor

View the Botanical Gardens photo album on Facebook.

ThereCon Returns From the Great Beyond

ThereCon returns to the Virtual World There.com June 25th through July 1st. Celebrate science-fiction, the future and all things out of this world with your host Francis_7.

We are searching the great beyond for sci-fi Event Hosts to schedule fun activities during the seven-day event. Use the keywords ThereCon or TCon to schedule your out of this world activity. Hosts are welcome to schedule events in the Therriote Hotel Convention Center at Mircale Pictures Studios, at the open-hosting There Spacehood or at any of the sci-fi FunZones located on the mysterious island of Tyr.

There Designers are encouraged to create sci-fi clothing and decorations for TCon. Past Designers are welcome to relist any science-fiction or outer space costumes, props and decorations in the Auctions.

ThereCon special events are being scheduled on the Activities Page daily. More will be added as we get closer to the event. Preview the scheduled events and sign up ahead of time.

Stay tuned to the There blog for more information about ThereCon!

Last Week of Camp-A-Palooza

Camp Logo by Zayden

Travel to the last campsite tonight for the Camp-A-Palooza event in the virtual world There.com. Grab your camping gear and your best buddy and head out on the trail with the Bay Area Boat System’s head to camp event starting at Monday night 7:00 pm PDT. If you miss out on tonight’s hike to camp, you can visit the Camp-A-Palooza headquarters and access the teleport to camp at anytime during the week.

Camp Councilor KatesHappy leading the way to camp. Photo credit Pyrena_Zosime

Earn badges, prizes and a new reputation at Camp-A-Palooza. Pitch your tent, park your RV, hike the mountain trails, sing camp songs, tell spooky stories around the campfire and find the elusive BIGFOOT. Your guideline is your adventurous spirit so bring and build whatever you like. Track your earned Camp-A-Palooza badges here.

Check out the camping quests and find fun at your own leisurely pace. There’s lots of fun events coming up during the last week of camp. Don’t miss out on Camp 007 Twist and Shout buggy maze, Wake n’ Bake Camp a daily activity, Camp Roundabout Gin, Camp Bike Night Bacio Style, Camp Cards, Kate’s Kampfire Stories and Songs, Thereywood Squares Camp Edition and the CCR Camp Race. These fun camp activities and more can be found on the Activities Page. Use the keyword camp.

Club WOW will hosting the Camp-A-Palooza closing party with special guest DJ XCAL and Cindy83 pumping the jams to keep you dancing all night. Sign up for the camp blow out party Saturday, April 23rd at 7:00 pm PDT.

Club WOW Opening Night. Photo Credit B_A_B_S

Annual Club Fair in There

2022 Club Fair January 9th – 22nd

Join a club online and make new friends in the virtual world There.com. From now till January 22nd, visit the annual Club Fair to browse teams, leagues, Neighborhood groups and social clubs looking for new recruits. Check out the different clubs on display at the annual community-wide event and sign up for scheduled club events.

To join a club in the virtual world There, create your very own avatar here. Once you’re logged onto There, teleport over to the Club Fair at the There Fairgrounds. Travel the walkways around the Fairgrounds and visit the different types of clubs There has to offer. You’ll find signs, brochures and information on each club. Check the individual booths for upcoming Club Fair events where you can meet and interact with other club members.

If you are the leader of a club in There and would like to participate in the Club Fair, read the 2022 Club Fair Registration article to find out how you can join the annual event.

2022 Club Fair Registration

Do you have a Club in There that you would like to advertise to new members? Get help promoting your group at the annual Club Fair happening at the There Fairgrounds January 9th through the 22nd.

Head over to the There Fairgrounds and pick out a Development Lot to set up your Club booth. There are several Lot sizes to choose from. Join the There Fairgrounds Development group in order to rent a Development Lot for the Club Fair.

Have fun decorating a temporary clubhouse that highlights your unique crew of members. Don’t forget to leave a sign or brochure at your booth so that interested newcomers can locate a link to your Club. Schedule and hold events from your booth during the Club Fair and invite current club members to to network with new members.

We’ll see you at the Club Fair in the virtual world There from January 9th to the 22nd!

There Developer Program Updates

ANNOUNCEMENT- There.com has updated their Virtual World Developer Submission Guidelines and created new Peer Review Guidelines and rules. The Developer Program updates for Designers and Product Peer Reviewers are effective immediately. Please review an outline of the summary of changes to the Developer Program documents below.

Developer Submission Guidelines

  1. Updated list of inappropriate content added.
  2. Minimum coverage requirements clarified.
  3. Copyright infringement clarified.
  4. Links to copyright infringement, fair use and parody resources added.
  5. NEW Rule – Designer required to now cancel a submission item if it has five (5) negative reviews.
  6. NEW Rule – Designer is not allowed to review their own product submission with Alt Avatars.
  7. Updated Developer Program violation outcome.
  8. Peer Review resource links added.
  9. Developer Frequently Asked Questions added.

Peer Review Guidelines

The Peer Review System help article was updated with newly created Peer Review Guidelines.

  1. Peer Review System rules instated.
  2. Review requirements clarified.
  3. Product Review education added.
  4. Review types clarified.
  5. NEW canned comment reesponses added for use in Peer Reviews.
  6. Peer Review System violation outcomes added.

Peer Review FAQS Added

Texture Theft Policy Update

  1. Outline of offenses updated.
  2. Complaint policy updated.
  3. Complaint process updated.

Product Review Submission Listings Page Updated

  1. Peer Review System rules posted.
  2. Links added to Submission Guidelines & Peer Review Guidelines.

Individual Product Submission Page Updated

  1. How to review a product education added.
  2. Handy summary of Submission Guidelines shown.
  3. Peer Review resource links added.

The There.com team appreciates our community taking the time to read the new and updated Developer Program documents. We ask our There Developers and Peer Reviewers to get familiarized with the most current and up-to-date Product Submission Guidelines and Peer Review Guidelines. Please note the addition of rules for Developers to follow in the Peer Review System.

Flash Update News – There.com

Important Notice for Users of the Virtual World There.com

FLASH NEWS – As previously announced, Microsoft’s removal of Adobe Flash in Edge and Internet Explorer at the end of December 2020 will have a significant impact on gameplay in the virtual world There.com. Engineering Staff has been hard at work prepping and testing for the removal of Flash from the There client.

Microsoft has issued an update titled Update for Removal of Adobe Flash Player. This Windows 10 update will have negative consequences on virtual world gameplay in There. Applying this update will remove Adobe Flash Player from the user’s Windows device. Once this happens the user will not being able to use multiple features of the virtual world game There.

**Please note, disabling Microsoft updates can put your system at risk from malware and cybercriminals. Windows 10 patches help repair bugs and close security loopholes.

If you have already installed the Flash Removal Update and want to continue playing in the virtual world There, you can either reset your computer to an earlier system restore point or you can reinstall your Windows operating system. Refer to Microsoft’s article for more information.

Entering into 2021, the online community of There.com can expect a bumpy ride as our virtual world transitions through Microsoft’s demise of Adobe Flash. Thereians are strongly encouraged to report bugs to Engineering Staff. Please email Feedback@thereinc.com with your Avatar name and a detailed description of your user experience if you are having issues with gameplay.

Flash Fix For Virtual World There

ANNOUNCEMENT: On December 31, 2020 Microsoft will remove the ability to run Adobe Flash in Edge and Internet Explorer. The Virtual World platform There.com will be affected by the removal of Flash.

Flash currently runs several key controls in There like the MessageBar, ChangeMe, the Compass and all of the card games. With the removal of Flash, an Avatar may not be able to use the features mentioned or be able to answer Instant Messages or accept a teleport summons.

The Engineering Staff at There is currently working on an alternative that will allow users to continue playing one of the oldest virtual world platforms despite Microsoft discontinuing Flash. In the new year, Flash will stop working in browsers, but most likely will continue working in-game. The main problem will be with the 2-D web pages. Currently, our Engineers are considering this issue a bug and will most likely be able to create a fix for it.

With so much uncertainty in the real world at this point in time, the Thereian community can look forward to playing There in 2021 and beyond. Moving forward in the new year, users are encouraged to contact Customer Service via email at Feedback@thereinc.com to report any technical issues or bugs related to the removal of Flash.