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Big Rarity Update - read for details!

Postby Tess » Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:22 pm

We've just made a BIG update to our rarity system which will affect the rarity labels on most pets.
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How rarity works:
We calculate rarity scores for each pet by measuring how many are owned by active accounts. If a particular pet exists on almost all accounts then we'd consider that pretty common. If only a few users own it, then it's pretty rare. We group pets of similar rarity values into a label such as "Very Common" or "Rare".

Update: Improvements to the spread of rarity labels:
Over the years, pets have slowly bunched up into 4 main rarity categories: common, uncommon, rare, and very rare. With just a few labels in use, it's extra hard to tell the difference between pets. For example, all uncommons look equal in rarity, but some uncommons are closer to the border of becoming "rare", while others are closer to the border of being considered "common".

We have now made changes to help give pets a more even spread across all 7 rarity labels. This makes small rarity differences easier to see, as the range of "high" vs "low" within each label is smaller. In order to improve the spread, pets that were at the borderlines of each category have moved up or down. There are now fewer pets bunched up in the middle of the rarity range. We didn't change their rarities to do this, we just made it easier to see the actual differences in rarity by adjusting how the labels are applied to a range of rarity values.

Update: Adjustments for inactive users
We've just done a big recount of our active users to get a more accurate estimate of pet rarity. We don't count inactive users as their pets aren't available for current users to trade/collect. This recount will push some older pets up in rarity, and some newer pets down in rarity.

Update: Adjustments for Dec 18th re-release
Last year we re-released a bunch of old rare+ pets in our Dec 18th giveaway. This has a small effect, causing those re-released pets to decrease in rarity.

Effects of the update:
All these adjustments will have different effects on different pets. There will be a lot of shuffling, with some appearing to go up in rarity and some appearing to go down. It will take some time to get used to all the changes, but in the long term it should make trading a bit easier, and we hope you will enjoy the more accurate information given by the updated rarity labels.

Don't forget everyone's pets were affected equally, so your pet collection isn't worth more or less than it was before!
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Re: Big Rarity Update - read for details!

Postby ZΕL » Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:32 pm

    Oh my GOSH I am shook
    I just got a hoard chick from the Pound and was like "Why is this omg so common, it was common. Did the monthly update drop this by two rarities?"
    Checked the forum and that explains everything, pffft.
    Time to explore every single pet.

    This was much, much needed, people were askking about all those uncommons a lot.
    I'm really happy to see so many updates lately!

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Re: Big Rarity Update - read for details!

Postby Regina » Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:33 pm

what an amazing update!! Thank you!!
this is going to make things so much easier <3
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Re: Big Rarity Update - read for details!

Postby Twan Kuyper » Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:33 pm

Yay! Love the update! Thank you!!! My 2010 uncommon foxen are now rare! Woo!! Sorry lil hyped :D :lol:
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Re: Big Rarity Update - read for details!

Postby lonelymoonlight » Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:34 pm

okay THIS is epic, ive been waiting for something like this for a while!!
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Re: Big Rarity Update - read for details!

Postby Ꭺlina » Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:37 pm

literally so many of my uncommons turned rare, thanks to this update :D

But really, it’s great that the rarities got updated, now they are way more transparent and it makes trading much easier!
Thank you for doing this great update!

Edit: oh my gosh, even the GWJ and all non dogs turned omgsr! That’s incredible!
Plus some more store pets turned omgsr, I am glad I traded for them when they were still very rare.
I am also glad to see the mountain zebra turned back to omgsr!
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Re: Big Rarity Update - read for details!

Postby WarriorcatKitty » Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:38 pm

I was JUST thinking about that! XD It seemed like i could never find Very commons, when they should be, well... very common XD. I LOVE THIS update! Also is this why the website was down a few seconds ago XD.
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Re: Big Rarity Update - read for details!

Postby AislingNyht » Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:41 pm

I do remember seeing the post about the changed color of the very common label and going to look at it on my pets, but being hard pressed to actually find a very common. This should be helpful for trading, as well as just some well-needed maintenance and clean up of the system :)
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Re: Big Rarity Update - read for details!

Postby 12th » Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:42 pm

    Ah I absolutely love this update! I was being to suspect why CS was offline. This will definitely make trading much more easier, although I am a bit bummed about some of my uncommon pets turning VC. This'll definitely help in the long run and make a much more cleaner trading system!
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Re: Big Rarity Update - read for details!

Postby         irisidium » Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:53 pm

    This is such a cool update, thank you guys so much!!
    So many monthlies turning uncommon was a big source of questions. I really think this is going to greatly improve the trading landscape, and I can't wait to learn all the new rarities (:
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