Welcome to the laboratory! You being present at this page either means that, A) you have given up your soul to a shady cult leader and volunteered to participate in a social experiment, or B) you're one of my numerous stalkers, poking around my pets' pages. Whichever you are, make yourself at home. Feel free to browse using the navigation at the very top of the page once you have finished staring at the background.

If you are a volunteer, I have sent you a mail with a link to this page in order to fill a certain form. You have either finished sending me the said form, or are being rebellious and exploring the rest of this page first. That's great too! I'd love feedback and suggestions to improve this page, or the experiments in general. CLICK HERE to mail me with feedback, comments and suggestions.

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WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS??

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WHAT'S GOING ON?


You, my friend, have been specifically chosen to help carry out a social experiment!

A few weeks ago, an irritating individual came along making weird boards on the PC, inviting people to his cult. That person is me, Kyuubi, and this very page is the cult homepage - The Social Experiment!

The aim of this experiment: to find out whether a person's active Neopet affects how others percieve/treat them.

HOW WILL THIS EXPERIMENT WORK?


Being a social experiment, this experiment will be carried out on the Neoboards. The board we'll be focusing on the most is the Pound Chat, or the PC. This is because on the PC, people there in general care the most about a pet's 'worth as opposed to other boards. Thus, The PC is the best place for this experiment, which is based solely on the active pet!


WHY SET UP A CULT??

I'm used to being ignored on the boards - specifically, the PC - whenever none of my fronds have boards up for me to spam furiously and frivolously. Well, maybe ignored isn't the best word, but I just can't help but sense some discrimination when I post on random people's boards. Unless I've made some remarkable joke, I feel invisible. And I'll admit, I'm not very popular. being popular on neopets is quite controversial but w/e lol

So, one day I changed my gender from female to male (boom, surprise everybody) on a whim and went posting around like that. And, wow. I noticed that, in general, people actually took me more seriously as a male than when I had my gender set to female. Heck, even I found myself looking at my posts and feeling more srs-like. Eventually I concluded that it was the dark blue font on the male setting, that seemed like a more 'serious' color than the female setting's light pink. And I do prefer blue over pink, to be honest. I'm staying male, if you were wondering.

Just. Look at this.

SO WHAT DO I DO?? WHAT ELSE DO YOU WANT FROM ME?? THIS SOUNDS REALLY HARD!


THIS IS HARD. THIS IS SCIENCE.

But seriously; I don't think it's too difficult. Basically, you need two accounts that have a very similar outward appearance when you post. Not exactly the same, because that would look very suspicious! But just similar enough, so that no factors besides the active pet change how people acknowledge you.

Observe this diagram. All the factors that I have decided can alter the way others perceive you, are within red boxes and have been labelled.


1 username. What if my username was 'wolf' instead of 'x_wolves'? You'd still be staring at it in awe, I reckon.
2 avatar. Some avatars are just prettier than others, and if somebody really dislikes the avatar you're using because they find it ugly, they may even treat you accordingly! People using the default Neopets avatar are often viewed as newbies, or people who are rarely online and aren't as knowledgeable in Neopetting ways. Also, most avatar collectors covet retired, rare or expensive avatars, and judge you based on that.
3 NeoTitle. I've come to a conclusion that NeoTitles don't really affect how people see you. Why? I rarely acknowledge NeoTitles myself! I never seem to notice them at all. So, forget about those.
4 account age. Now account age is rather important. Several people have told me how they had been ignored as poor, young Newbies. Accounts aged 60-70 months and above seem to own a kind of superiority over the younger ones - possibly because they seem like they've been playing forever. It makes sense, as these accounts are officially recognized are Neo-senior citizens. Sometimes I wish I still had unfrozen proof that I've been on this site for over ten years!
5 gender. Gender, too, is important. I can't help but feel that I'm taken more seriously in general with my gender set to male. I hypothesized it has something to do with the fact that the male setting has a bold, dark blue color, while the female setting is a light shade of pink, which is sometimes even difficult to see. My favorite color is blue.
6 active pet mugshot. The star of the show. The whole aim of this experiment is to see if the PC treats people with certain active pets better than those with other pets - specifically, 'high-tiered' pets and 'low-tiered' pets, for a lack of better explanation. I assume that someone with an unconverted draik active will get a better reception than someone with a badly-named basic quiggle, if they posted on the same board (and both of them are reasonably polite in their messages, and all their variables are similar). But I could be wrong about the existence of his bias! To find out the truth, that's where you volunteers come in.
7 pet name. In trading terms, a pet's name adds a lot to his/her value. If two people have red xweetoks as their actives, one of the xwees 'very well named' and the other 'very badly named', would they get the same reception when posting on a random board?
8 font/siggy. Some people out there would really detest your size 20 yellow harrington font because it's sO HARD TO READ, and may show their annoyance when acknowledging you (if they do). Putting a song lyric or a quote from a movie in your siggy may attract fans of said songs/movies, as well as some bias - they'd be a little more friendly to you, a fellow fan. Putting your name - or alias, or your iguana's name or whatever - in your siggy may also trigger some reaction from others. The name might be the same as theirs, or maybe their iguana's name. Wow. Even a good joke or a bunch of pretty symbols (♛, ღ, ♚) in your siggy can alter the way people see you! Eep!

If you have been sent this link, you probably have agreed to do a tiny bit of work! It's not that hard, if you read these instructions thoroughly.

(Of course, there's a lot of text to go through, and if you're having trouble understanding I won't hold it against you at all. Really! Whether it's a language barrier or something else, mail me if you'd like me to (hopefully) explain things better. You should also mail me if you'd like to drop out of the program completely - there's no pressure to participate at all.)

STEP ONE

You're totally sure you want to help out in this experiment! Yay! First off, you need TWO accounts with SIMILAR ACCOUNT AGES.

Observe.


These two frivolous volunteers have the same account age! Their account ages don't have to be exactly the same for them to be experiment partners - a difference of one or two months doesn't matter. Anyway, this lovely pair have fulfilled the first requirement; having similar account ages!

You can either USE ANY TWO OF YOUR OWN ACCOUNTS, OR you GET A PARTNER FROM THE VOLUNTEER LIST. The volunteer list is split into two: sorted by account age and sorted by username. I suggest you go to by account age first, to find someone near your age. ;3

Make sure the two accounts involved in your experiment have similar account ages!

STEP TWO

Okay, so now you have a potential experiment partner! Or maybe it's just your own side accounts that happened to be created around the same time as each other... like me... sigh.

Anyway, I'd like you to look at the two volunteers again. Specifically, examine their usernames.

Neither of their usernames are super remarkable - as in, I don't think anyone's gonna go up and tell either of them, "Wow, I love your username!!" because I highly doubt there's a TV show or manga out there called x_wolves or kyubah. Even if there is, I doubt many people know of it.

That means that their usernames will probably not affect how people perceive and respond to them. They've fulfilled the second requirement!

However, if your username is a common real word/name (such as 'cat', 'tree', 'bob', or 'catherine'), a popular company or something like that ('disney', 'a', '123'), you should either find an experiment buddy/side account that has an equally attention-grabbing username or use a side account that doesn't have such a username, so that it will be easier to find yourself a match! ^w^

STEP THREE

Similar account ages, check. Similar usernames, check. Wow, could these two young volunteers be soulmates?? Let's find out!

As I've explained in the Breakdown, gender can affect the results of the experiment. So... let's get these two volunteers to have the same gender!

So now gender won't be a factor to worry about, as they're the same.

STEP FOUR

Now things get a little more serious. The two volunteers must have similar avatars to decrease the likelihood of being treated differently based on their avatars. But they can't be too similar, either, or else you'll look suspicious. You will, after all, be posting on the same board not long after the other!

This can get a little tricky, finding avatars that match but don't match with each other, especially if you're using a side with a low avatar count. I suggest you both stick to clickable avatars - they're used quite commonly, and are easy to get. I've made a few pairs of matching avatars for you and your experiment buddy/yourself to use! Click the avatar image to go to the page where you will receive it, if you have yet to do so. (All except for Pteri - Darigan and Kougra - Baby.)

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If you're feeling confident in your disguise skills, you can try out your own matches! Of course, beware: if your avatars seem much too similar, you might be caught in the middle of your experiment...!

The above example shows how two avatars can look too similar. The Baby Buzz avatar and the Baby Kougra both use the pre-conversion artwork, and they're both babies. It seems a little fishy. You don't want to be seen as fishy when trying to sneak around and conduct experiments on the general public. Avoid using matches like that!



Now these two volunteers are beginning to look unremarkably similar - perfect!

STEP FIVE

This is going well! Now to do something about those siggies. Those two volunteers probably love their siggies, but for the sake of this experiment, they'll have to change for a little while!







Here is the list of volunteers, listed by account age. When carrying out an experiment, it is rather vital that the accounts you and your partner are using for the experiment are similar.
I mean, think about it. In my opinion, at least, someone who posts on a random board with a 100-month-old account may probably get a better reception than someone who posts with their newbie account on the same board. Considering the fact that neither of them are trolling of course! Haha

I'm aware of the fact that account ages are constantly increasing, all at different days of the month. I don't have time to update them all, so this list will become increasingly accurate. However, a one or two month age difference between accounts shouldn't affect test results too much which is why, in my opinion, you can continue to depend on this list to find a buddy with an account age similar to yours!

Again again, this experiment focuses on the effect of your active pet alone!

Acara

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Aisha

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Blumaroo

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Here is a list of most of the volunteers for the social experiment.
Why is username important, too? Well, if your username is cat, you'd be sure to attract more attention than someone with the username 873yr83rh93r. (Both examples are lovely choices of username!) Again, to increase the accuracy of test results, you're encouraged to pick a buddy that has a username similar to yours!
This mostly applies to people with common real word usernames (such as 'cat', 'tree', 'restaurant' or 'magic'), common real name usernames ('bob', 'catherine', 'emily'), popular trademarks/companies ('disney', 'zelda', 'digimon') or just usernames that are bound to attract attention ('a', '123', '_'). Again again, this experiment focuses on the effect of your active pet alone!

8-Bit

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Alien

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Baby

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