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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.

Last Week of Camp-A-Palooza

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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

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.

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.

Updates to Guidelines & Introduction of New Policies

ANNOUNCEMENT- There.com has updated their Virtual World Developer Submission Guidelines and added a new Offensive Item Policy and Harassment Resolution Outline. The Developer Program updates and addition of behavior guidelines are effective immediately. We have outlined and summarized the changes below. We strongly encourage you to read the articles in their entirety so that you can get a good understanding of the changes we’ve made to the There service.

The Terms of Service (TOS) agreement has remained the same. The copyright year and company contact information has been updated. We’ve added helpful and relative article links to the bottom of the TOS.

The following updates have been made to the Developer Submission Guidelines:

  1. Update to the Inappropriate Material paragraph.
  2. “No group attacks” and “No racist, homophobic, sexist, xenophobic, etc. materials are permitted” have been added to the Inappropriate Material’s list.
  3. Virtual items depicting the U.S. Confederate flag and other signs of oppression will no longer be accepted into the There Developer Program.
  4. The list of Designer objects deemed inappropriate has been updated.
  5. Cannabis and references to blood and gore are now permitted that There is an adult Virtual World with an age limit of 18+. (No minors are allowed to use our service.)
  6. The 3rd Offence Developer warning has been updated.

Here is a summary of the Offensive Item Policy:

  1. Any U.S. Confederate flag virtual object currently in-world will no longer be allowed to be listed in the Auctions. Any U.S. Confederate flag object must stay within the boundaries of a private Real Estate Zone owned by the holder of the virtual item.
  2. Members cannot use language/clothing/props/vehicles/documents/signs/activity flags in any new member landing area, any There-owned Zone or privately held member-owned Zone that are considered to be racist, homophobic, sexist, xenophobic, etc. towards any individual or group.
  3. Members will no longer be allowed to list “boycott (insert blank)” or “protest (insert blank)” props/clothing/vehicles/decorations in the Auctions.
  4. Members cannot hold/wear/drive “boycott” or “protest” virtual items in any There-owned Zone or private member-owned Zone. Members can wear these items in their own private Real Estate Zones or out in the wide-open spaces in There.
  5. Members can hold/wear/drive “protest” or “boycott” virtual items at a distance of 100 meters away from outside of a There-owned Zone or private member-owned Zone.
  6. Commitment to tolerance and equality in There statement.

Here is a summary of the Harassment Resolution Outline:

  1. Commitment to tolerance and equality in There statement.
  2. Clear outline of bad behavior and the steps Staff will take to enforce the Terms of Service.
  3. Three strikes you’re out policy. It includes two warnings and results in a hardware ban on the third offense.
  4. Clear steps to report harassment to There Staff.
  5. List of links to helpful resources.

We understand the updates to our current Developer Submission Guidelines and the addition of two new articles requires some lengthy reading. Our company appreciates you taking the time to read the documents and familiarize yourself with the most current and up-to-date behavior guidelines in the Virtual World There. We have created these updates and new additions with the intent to provide a safe environment with equal opportunity and rights for ALL Thereians.

Questions, comments and feedback can be emailed to There Staff at Feedback@thereinc.com.

HELPFUL RESOURCES
Terms of Service (TOS)
Customer Service & Enforcement of the TOS
Terms of Service: Religious, Political & Controversial Issues and the Role of Customer Service
Terms of Service: Harassment Resolution Outline
Terms of Service: Offensive Items Policy
Behavior Guidelines
Developer Submission Guidelines
What To Do About Griefers

Upcoming Changes to There Documentation

ANNOUNCEMENT: Next week There.com will be updating our Terms of Service and Developer Submission Guidelines. We will be adding a policy for offensive items in There-Owned Zones as well as a Harassment Resolution Outline. The updates to our documentation will go into effect immediately upon the date of release. We will make another announcement when the updates have been posted. We appreciate your cooperation with the changes to our service.

2020 Winter There Games

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Photo Credit: Zayden

There Winter Games (TWG) is a huge 10-day series of competitive events in There that run from February 21st through March 1st. Everyone is invited to play in this fun and friendly competition. Participants earn points for their team, and the team with the most points at the end takes home the gold medal! Events happen at all hours of the day and range from vehicle races to card games to quests and so much more. Whatever your interests are, you’re likely to find activities to enjoy.

There Winter Games Schedule

Thursday, February 20th
Opening Ceremonies
Start Time: 6:00 PM PST

Friday, February 21st – Sunday, March 1st
10-Day Competitive There Games Events

Monday, March 2nd
Closing Ceremonies
Start Time: 6:30 PM PST

Everyone is invited to play and is already part of a team. The color of your name tag will tell you which team you’re on. There are 16 name tag colors. If you aren’t quite sure where you belong, it’s easy to find out. Just head over to the Winter Games Welcome Center and use the handy name tag sign. When you click the sign’s action tag, it will tell you what color your name tag is and also give you a link to join your team! This is a great way to meet people and make new friends.

Halloween Decorating Contest

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Halloween is a hauntingly  good time of year in the virtual world There.com. Our Designers have endless ghoulish imaginations and have created spooky and grisly virtual items for our community to decorate with during the Halloween season. If you are planning on building a haunted house, outdoor bloodbath, creepy cemetery or a scary scene, we’d like to invite you to enter your Zone in the 2019 Halloween Decorating Contest for the chance to win a spooktacular gift. If  you are interested in participating in the contest, please read the guidelines. The deadline to submit your Haunted House is October 23rd. 

Search the Auctions for hundreds of decorative Halloween items. With so many scary virtual goods to choose from, your haunted house will be a scream!

 

 

Therebucks Payment Processing Options

Therebucks are the currency used in the Virtual World There. The conversion rate between Therebucks and US dollars is 1,800T = US $1.00. Therebucks can be used to buy virtual goods like clothing, cars and dream homes in the There Shop and from Designers in the Auctions. They can be purchased on the Buy More Therebucks page on There Central.

There.com offers two payment processing options for Thereians to purchase Therebucks. The minimum purchase is $5 and the maximum purchase is $150.

1) STRIPE a debit or credit card payment processor.
2) PayPal an electronic online payment system.

To purchase Therebucks using the Stripe platform…

Go to the Buy More Therebucks page.
Enter the US dollar amount you would like to purchase.
Click the Buy Now button.
Click the payment processor logo on the right. (Non-PayPal logo)
At the next page, click the same logo again.
The Stripe There.com Payment Portal will appear.
Enter your Email.
Enter your debit or credit card number.
Enter the MM/YY and CVC.
Click on the Pay US dollar amount.

To purchase Therebucks using the PayPal platform…

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Go to the Buy More Therebucks page.
Enter the US dollar amount you would like to purchase.
Click the Buy Now button.
Click the PayPal logo on the left.
The PayPal Portal will appear.
Enter your information to process the payment.

Please note it will take up to 10-15 minutes for your Therebucks purchase to be reflected in your balance. You can check your Therebucks balance in your Transaction History.

**There.com is currently experiencing issues with processing PayPal transactions as of 10/4/19. We are working with PayPal to resolve the situation. We expect PayPal services to be back up and running very soon. In the meantime, please use Stripe as a payment service alternative for purchasing Therebucks. If you need to contact There Staff regarding PayPal issues, please send your avatar name and information to Feedback@thereinc.com.

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A BABS December to Remember

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The Bay Area Boat System (BABS) Club is happy to present a December to Remember in the virtual world There. The group is holding special holiday hoverboat events December 3rd through the 31st to celebrate the winter season.

Sign up for the first BABS Sleigh Ride of the season with your host KatesHappy. Sip hot cocoa and go dashing through the snow on a one horse open sleigh with your friends. Look for BABS holiday weekend activities planned for the upcoming Outpost of the Month: Faith Bay Town & BABS Outpost operated by Circuit_Rider. Santa will be coming to town and spreading his jolly cheer in There. BABS has five holiday flotillas planned during a December to Remember. Ring in the New Year with friends during the last BABS event of 2018.

Dec 3 Frosty Mug Flotilla

Dec 10 BABS KatesHappy’s Sleigh Ride

Dec 17 BABS Ho-Ho-Hoverboat

Dec 24 BABS Polar Express: PJs & Trains

The BABS group supports a network of large landing towers and outposts throughout There. The towers allow big groups of guided hoverboat tours to easily island hop from one location to the next. B.A.B.S.throws regular events and everyone is invited. You can pilot your own hoverboat or relax and enjoy the scenic view from the passenger seat.

Shop the Auctions for a special BABS hoverboat sleigh.