The site creator is Tess, who takes care of the artistic direction of the website, including drawing and managing the adoptables and the website and forum designs. Nick is the admin who creates the code that powers Chicken Smoothie.
I'm sorry, but probably not. Running a site of this size keeps me too busy to take in requests for custom pets. If I were to make a special pet for every member for example, I'd have to draw over 70,000 pets. Custom pets are generally reserved for staff - to reward them for the hard work they do for Chicken Smoothie.
You should be able to use the site correctly with any modern web browser. This includes Internet Explorer 7 and later, Firefox 3, or modern versions of Safari. If you are using the ancient Internet Explorer 6 you will be unable to add items to your pets, you are encouraged to upgrade to a more recent version by using Windows Update, or switch to Firefox instead, it's faster and safer.
Our admins are both university students with other jobs and a social life. Sometimes real-life just gets in the way. We're also from New Zealand so we're on a completely different time-zone to many of you.
If you haven't had a reply in over 2 weeks, it may mean your question was already answered somewhere on the site and we didn't bother to repeat it for you. Don't under-estimate the importance of reading all the FAQs and information on adoptable pages before mailing us.
If you think that your question could be answered by other players, please ask it in the forum. You'll get an answer more quickly and other people will learn the answer too.
If you need private help from our staff members, the best way is to submit a help request here: Get Help Page.
If you really need to contact us by email, you can email us at email@example.com instead. It will take longer to get a reply if you contact us through this email address, as it is checked by fewer staff members. Please use the get help page if you can!
Tess originally learned HTML and CSS, then built the website using her coding knowledge in the HTML-editor Dreamweaver. The latest version of Dreamweaver is called Dreamweaver CS5 and can be found here. If you understand HTML, you can write your website using any free text editor instead, such as the excellent Notepad++. You can find some tutorials on HTML and other web technologies at w3schools.
Our current site was designed by Tess (using Photoshop), Nick wrote the code that powers the website behind the scenes using PHP.
Making adoptable pets is a bit complicated, but there are websites that make it easy to create your own growing pets. Check out myadopts.com and squiby.net. If you are very confident in HTML and know a little bit of PHP, you can try our more advanced growing pet tutorial for PHP.