Habborator About the site

Introduction & Crew

Habborator is online since october 30, 2006. Founded by Luuc(az), it's now run by an international crew. Our members are, from Finland, Star-Fighter, from the UK Zatley, cjames and Joe, LEGOLAS-KLARA from Sweden, JOLE from Germany, Flamed from Canada, Thantos from Belgium and from the Netherlands Laurensh1, Emmerrrrrrr and Luucaz. What are these people about ? Here’s some bits, including their registration number here, which shows they have been around before we even had crew:

cjames cjames (UK, most known from Habio.co.uk) is way too busy to do anything, most of the time. He has persistance, else he couldn’t have build what he did before. And plans, together with our LEGOLAS-KLARA. That’s our two PHP coders.

Emmerrrrrrr Emmerrrrrrr (Netherlands, #8, 7xr) left her first message on Dutch msgboard in 2006, and has been commenting ever since (she has a way with words, and is able to push things forward through persistence), understanding our urge to do things differently. Since a while she’s thinking along with us. And that’s just, sensible girl.

Flamed Flamed (Canada, Flamed905 there) is from Canada. We found him underground when we dug our basement and he just grabbed a seat and never left. He’s most know for serving the drinks, but do not underestimate the ideas of our youngest crew member :p.

JOLE JOLE (Germany, #11) has been lending a hand from start, even if being involved elsewhere for a long while. Initianator of new ideas, strong believer in and maintaining our archive, but posting news, and badge finds a lot too. No need to explain anything to him, he exactly knew what this site was about, what to do, what was needed, you don’t hear him much, he has things going, work to do (Employee of the month anyone ?).

Laurensh1 Laurensh1 (Netherlands, #28) is everywhere and knows everything. Research and (the most complete) newsreports are his main things. If we are complete, that’s his work. If we miss stuff, he already alerted us multiple ways (and it will be done, not enough hours in a day). Got our Dutch portal to be official, even.

LEGOLAS-KLARA LEGOLAS-KLARA (from Sweden, #59) could be considered a full sitemanager or something. It was kinda accidental (nobody but him in control of the site), but he managed and showed to be able to do about anything, nobody noticed others being away as he covered them. Our furniture specialist, also, it seems (details matter, and he got you covered, near to 1500 items of small furniture in a convenient .zipfile, thank him).

Star-Fighter Star-Fighter (Finland, #6) is our brainss. Analyzes, but foremost admires Sulakes’ creation. When people get wild in their head, he comes up with a common sense, trustful opinion (in crew). When habbo’s complain, he explains (msgboard). You can trust him, like we do, his opinion matters, and he adds some great ideas to the lot. Our most skilled graphics guy too, btw.

Thatos Thantos is our guy from Belgium. Throws his ideas around wildly, added quite some bits to our archive already. Not seen the last of him, at all..

Zatley Zatley (UK, #49) was our first man in pilot hotel, and he’s online there a lot. He doesn’t miss much there, though tends to think he doesn't do enough on Habborator. That’s not seeing his own enthusiasm, eager to add his bits adds to a pleasant ‘work environment’, great guy to be around, and his bits show through all over the place. Great reporter, also on worldwide matters.

Luucaz Luucaz (just Luuc in real life, NL, #1) can be pointed to for starting it all. As such, apologies. There’s no end to it really, great fun exploring the tiniest of details. He admits at being to old for Habbo, but like Star, he’s an admirer, and sees the hotel as a great platform to design things for. Foremost, it has to look and feel good. He also admits his Habbo looks are very similar to real life looks…

Magnea Big thanks go out to former crew members Gal-I-Hagen (from Norway, #4), Jordy (aka katie.pricejorda, #9) from UK, Chiaki91 (#26) from Germany and Inuendo (#19) from Australia. And Magnea (Sweden, #30). Magne really got into it and managed a lot in his time. He’s still around, just not as active as before.

A “Habborator” ?! Could be a habbo-orator (orator = public speaker), could well be a hab-borator (boring orator)… we tend to the latter. Habborator foremost has lots of things lacking that other sites do have, like rare values, competitions, radio and all that. We do have some original or at least pretty complete articles and overviews. We also tend to collect a lot of stuff useful for other fansites, which we try to make available.

Our mission is to collect all information concerning Habbo Hotel worldwide (as far as Sulake has made and wants it to be known) and present it in a pleasing way. If you’re interested in what’s planned or have ideas on what should be presented here, here’s our schedule.

Habborator started as a one-man Dutch fansite, which had current look of our msgboard as the overall template. The site wasn't much of a success, but after creating the overviews of the Hallways the idea of doing things modular (each section its own look and feel, functioning in itself) stuck (being easier to update/debug, but mostly more challenging/fun to create). While rebuilding Luucaz found himself mostly talking on international fora, so changed language. The small community that evolved eventually led to more crew getting involved over 2007.

Not hard to see, all imagery is done by Sulake, and everything else is based on their creation. Logically copyright is all theirs; this website is not owned, nor operated by Sulake, so they’re not to blame for anything displayed here.

As such, it wouldn’t be fair to claim possesssion on anything here, though loads of fansites take their screenshot integrity way too serious. In general, take what you need (and save yourself some hassle and check out the download page). We just don’t enjoy you copying full project pages, we put a lot of effort in most of them.

*Update* Do take that last line seriously, please. Take them screenshots, badge images, whatever. But there is a point where Sulake property gets accompanied by our creation. We provide content in an original way and don’t like that being copied. More on the matter over here.

Credits

We’re using loads of ideas and foremost scripts by people brighter than us. Most importantly, our msgboard, also the engine behind the newspage, is made by an American friend, Marc ten Bosch, brilliant coder (of an übersimple, powerful tool with just the right amount of options) - massive thanks! An attempt to list and thank all other coders who’s work we use here:

  • An essential and small javascript to hide/show things by ‘mmmbeer’ (no page);
  • Fast rollovers without preload (everywhere), best CSS trick ever, by pixy;
  • The whatever:hover fix is by Peter Nederlof;
  • Draggable, resizable, minimizable, maximizable (and more) windows (frontpage) run on the Prototype Window Class by Sébastien Gruhier.
  • ‘Position: fixed’ script (badges screen) by Andrew Clover;
  • ‘Sortable table’ (alt codes) by WebFX;
  • Image gallery (hotel views, badges) by Jeremy Keith;
  • Image viewer/slideshow “Lightbox”, version 2 (hotel history, screenshot dump, infobuzz article) by Lokesh Dhakar;
  • Draggable elements (links page) by Aaron Boodman (script is here);
  • ‘DOM Collapse’ (this page) by Christian Heilmann;
  • Need an upload facility for your site ? You should consider File thingie by Andreas Haugstrup Pedersen - a rather complete file manager running in background here (one file only !);
  • Email encoding by Dan Benjamin;
  • ‘Tabified’ pages (stacking guide, tips, fact sheets, infobuzz) by Dynamic Drive;
  • Also from Dynamic Drive, the combo-box content selector (fact sheets);
  • And the tooltips using an image originate there too (no image being used there, but the script allows for it);
  • Last item from Dynamic Drive, the scroller on download page.

Web standards & Accessibility

We originally aimed for XHTML 1.0 Strict compliance, just to be on the safe side, but the übercute PWC semi-windows, tying our pages together, made us switch to XHTML 1.0 transitional. Our CSS does not validate either due to use of propietary values (gotta love the IE scrollbars, and more…), but content and looks are pretty much separated, CSS is used to do the visual part. You probably need a recent browser to see it all errorfree, everything is tested and working in IE6, IE7, latest Firefox and Opera, on a Windows PC, that is. You’ll need javascript turned on, else you won’t see much as intended, we’re afraid. Accessibility, not so sure. With no CSS everything should be easily readable, but lots gets shown only by use of javascript.

Conclusion, we admit having made a mess. But it’s a nice mess, and we know about standards, so when you look inside, not all is bad.

Contact

Questions, suggestions, please leave those at our small messageboard. Something else on your mind, something to contribute, an alternative is the email button below. Please check our FAQ to see if your question is answered there, though.

Note that questions about how we accomplished things ((x)html, css, javascript etc.) are only answered when posted on the msgboard. We’re fully willing to help you, just do not want to do it twice or more ;).