Gaia Online used to be a fun online hangout with a nifty avatar system, but it's turning into a clone of Neopets
slowly. The site releases a lot more merchandise and cash shop items than avatar clothing and site features now. There are 3 donation items ("monthly collectibles") each month instead of- 2 forcing people to buy one more envelope. The layout has been revamped to a weird, unprofessional looking one with a lot of blank space (and less pink, presumably to appeal to more people). There's far too much unfair bannings and far too little moderators (trolls can get away with anything and cheaters can get people banned as they please by sending them botted gold).