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Mara no longer has a pound.

Discussion in 'Virtual Pets' started by Joshua-, Jul 5, 2012.

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    I'm sure most of you know it was taken down due to pets being disowned that weren't theirs. After looking into this more I might've actually figured out how to do it, I'm unsure right now. (I can't actually test it....) Many people thought it was hacking, which was poor judgement, it's definitely a glitch within the coding itself. The reason I say this is simply because only pets were targeted, and some of the pets being disowned, the owners hadn't logged on for a while.

    That being said one of the managers (higher than admin) has supposedly said that the pound may be closed indefinitely. I don't have access to screencapping this information as I no longer have adult forum access, which is most likely where this was posted. If it's indeed closed indefinitely, it's a real issue. Not just in the sense that players can no longer disown pets, but it just further confirms my beliefs that Ian will only be recycling code he has lying around and fixing server issues when they occur.

    Anyways I just thought VPL should know, let the discussion commence.
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    Thanks for updating us. I'm surprised they removed it though, perhaps its down for a recode?

    That could be true somewhat. @Joshua-
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    When I read the title "Mara no longer has a pound" I read it as "Mara lost a pound" , ex. losing weight. o____o

    Oh dear.
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    @Neon - to fit in to that little black dress.
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    Was there anything posted in the forums/news about it? Ian doesn't visit here anymore. I haven't seen him on MSN in a while either, so hopefully a staff member can let us know.
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    Shaggybear said it on the help forums. Nothing has really been said on the adult forum apart from people want the pound back.
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    Can you quote what Shaggybear said? It's a strange move to remove the pound though. But, it could be very buggy, so Ian took it down for a recode or something? If users want, they could use the pet trading system, right?
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    but where will all the abandoned pets go ヽ(´□`。)ノ
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    Shaggybear said "The pound may stay closed forever" here http://www.marapets.com/topics.php?id=2377400&fid=31&myposts=1729

    Some people say it was a glitch and others say it was a hacker. I was online at the time. I don't know for sure, but my guess is that it was a hacker because only the best named and best statted pets were getting put in the pound, but not all of them. When people claimed the pets from the pound they were being pounded again or jumping from one person to another. When people were posting on the forums that their pets hadn't been taken, the next minute one was taken. It's like they were reading the forums. I'm not pretending to know much about coding though, it could be that. I just think that a hacker was more likely.
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    Well it wasn't a hacker, it was a glitch, just not a random one. Someone found something in the coding that allowed them to disown pets without logging onto that persons account. One of the accounts hadn't been logged onto for a very long time, and if that's not enough proof, because it could be buggy as all hell. (I don't know) Why wouldn't they of moved onto something more devious? Why only pets, if they were on the persons account? You could do so much more damage, yeah? Imagine dumping 1000's of items in the pot of gold, deleting them, trading for nothing, putting up for auction at absurdly low prices. Doing something like this would take staff ages to fix.
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    You could be right Joshua.
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    I could of sworn Marapets was more secured than that. That's a real bad bug to have.
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    I don't recall the exact age Ian started mara at, but he was pretty young. Over the years I've found multiple duping methods which is why I worked with staff on an unofficial basis, so something like this wouldn't be far fetched to say the least. I would guarantee there're more flaws in the coding still, but it's been a while since I've been able to confirm anything substantial.
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    He was about 14 or 15. The last major issue Mara had was Infamous made those cookie grabbers.
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    The pound is back open:
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