Habbo Helpers Q&A
Today marked a big day, as the entire Habbo Helpers program took its first trying steps outside the walls of the test Hotels! In order to make 100% sure that everything worked when put together the way it’s supposed to be (keep in mind that the test Hotels had been subjected to only bits and pieces), the team decided to do a “pre-release” one day early in Habbo.com.
Good news is… this launch has so far been going really great, which means that the rest of the Hotels will likely follow this Thursday!
In other words: Habbo Helpers is nearly 100% done, and unless you’re in .COM, your wait is almost over: tomorrow is the day – yay!
Until then, I thought we’d look at the answers to some of your questions about Habbo Helpers. I chose the ones that hadn’t already been answered in some way or another, and sent them to the Project Manager (who is a very happy man today!) – here’s what he had to say!
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Agente00J – Will Habbo Helpers have a special badge?
A: There is no special badge, though of course you will get Habbo Helper skill badges as you work your way through the Helper’s path and earn Achievements.
Ibex – Will there be a max number of Habbo Helpers for each Hotel? And how many ‘stages/levels’ will there be?
A: There won’t be a max limit, no, because we want to give as many Habbos a chance to help others as possible. In the beginning there might very well be too many, but the amount of Helpers will likely stabilize as the initial curiosity wears off, and only those that truly want to help out will remain. And yes, we will be adding new levels to the Helper’s path (and new paths to the Talent tree!) over the next months and years, so basically, the Talent tree will continue to grow and grow… and grow!
Anders – Will there be a possibility to choose what theme the help request is about? Like: Theme>Wired. Online wired specialists will get a message and will be able to help.
A: We have been considering that possibility, but in the beginning there will be no specialization. However, we might do it later on, once we figure out how to make sure there is always “generic” Helpers available.
Habbies.nl – How will you guys handle quality control, i.e. how to make sure that the Habbo Helpers, who are representing Habbo, are the best of the best?
A: We are not really looking for the best of the best. We are looking for a way to give Habbos that really want to help, the chance to do so. Then over time, the ones that get a steady stream of recommendations are going to stand out. Of course, really offensive Helpers that clearly abuse the system, can and should be reported and banned if necessary.
-Star-Girl- – Something that hasn’t been mentioned in the Habbo Helpers reports is, do you as a habbo, need to become a friend to help, like with Habbo Guides, or does the helping process go through the IM-chat even if you’re not a friend to the one who needs help?
A: This is a new type of Helper tool with a built-in private chat. It works until either side closes the help session, and you do not need to become friends to help.
Financier – How will you handle users who create clones and continue to make false help requests either just to kick their helper or rate them down / get them kicked from the programme or rate themselves up?
A: The kind of trolling you’re referring to is likely to wear down pretty quickly, especially when they realize that we are not looking at using the “I would not recommend this Helper” to kick anyone out. We are focusing on the positive recommendations, who are the Star Helpers that get lots of positive recommendations? Of course those Stars will also have some negative feed-back, but we’re looking at the the ratio of negative to positive recommendations, plus handled cases, and I don’t think a few trolls are going to break that. For the positive grinding, I think that if there are 1000 Helpers online, it’s not really likely that you can recommend your friend or clone more than once or twice a day.
amigux – For being a Habbo Helper is it required to participate in any particular group or be made in the campaign as the Monster Plant, or activity in a given time?
A: No, not in the way that you’re describing. However, there are multiple levels of requirements on the Talent path that you have to fulfil before you can become a Habbo Helper, and experienced users will likely become Helpers more quickly, simply because they know Habbo so well.
cutealexjosh – So what happens if you finish your progress as a Helper?
A: When you become a Helper, you will have reached the level cap. However, we will release new levels later, so watch out! There will be new skills to unlock and new requirements to fulfill… the fun never stops!
Nicklas – One thing that a lot of people has been wanting to know, is exactly how much previous bans on your Habbo account will have to say in wether or not you can become a part of the first group of helpers. We’ve all heard the standard answers like “not that much” and “everyone will have the chance”. but what exactly does that mean? – X from Habbo.no
A: We will give everyone a fair chance to try out, but if you abuse your chance and your Helper powers, Moderators are likely to give you a penalty, which in turn will match the severity of your abuse.
aola – hello this is zenith-habbo.fr, web radio, our question is: will there be Help Center Rooms specially created?
A: Not in the beginning, but we are looking into giving higher level Helpers the ability to create Helper groups. However, this is still an idea on a concept level.
DJ-Will17 – The texts of the Helpers of the tool are translated for each language of every hotel?
A: The tool will be translated to every Hotel’s local language! However, if you’re asking whether there is some kind auto-translator that would translate a question asked in a different language to your own, then no. Though that kind of translator would be pretty cool. :)
Alexsander Gabriel Lima De Araújo Fontes – How long must a Habbo Helper stay in online in the Hotel per day? Is it the same as for Habbo Guides? (Original: Quanto Tempo o Habbo Ajudante, Tem que Fica Online Por Dia no Hotel, Caso Ele Seja um Habbo Guia Do Mesmo?)
A: You can set yourself on or off-duty whenever you feel like it. There is no online time limitation at all!
Htech – Will really senior helpers with lot’s of acceleration’s and years of experience controlled by staff have really really basic ban tools ?
A: No. But we might be looking into creating an extra high level (so you would have to have e.g. a lot of recommendations and handled cases) where you could perhaps moderate a room with the abilities to mute, kick and room ban others. However, it might be that it’s still too powerful. We’ll have to wait and see how the system evolves.
grosserchef – What other Talents will there be apart from the “Helper” Talent?
A: The really cool thing about having released Helpers as the first path in the Talent tree, is that we now have the platform to build other Talents a little more easily. Paths for other core Habbo activities, like trading, decorating, hosting, each one with its own skills and abilities attached. However, these will still be big projects in and of themselves, so you might have to wait a while for your favourite path to arrive.
Linn (yeah, that’s me.. ;) - Will Habbo Helpers have the ability to enter locked rooms?
A: Helpers can access locked rooms only if they are requested by someone inside that room.
Please note: A few questions may have been cut short or otherwise altered to better fit the size and purpose of this Q&A!