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   Oct-22-18 chessforum (replies) <MrMelad> Thanks for the constructive suggestions. We'll take a look at adopting them.
   Oct-16-18 Kibitzer's Café (replies) <HeMateMe: [..] I haven't renewed my premium yet on this terrific chess site because the Russian Super finals are not yet here. I just assumed no one really cared. Yet, the database is the key feature of this site.> Point well made. We are working on adding more ...
   Oct-16-18 Kenneth S Rogoff (replies) <Free Speech: I've already spilled the beans about <Zanzibar> being allowed to post at <> and you're not going to put that cat back in the bag by denying it> That assertion is patently false.
   Oct-16-18 43rd Chess Olympiad (2018) (replies) Can anyone confirm how many games are missing from the Open and/or Women's sections for this Olympiad? The vast majority (for both sections) should already be in the databaseóexcept for some forfeits which had zero moves, or perhaps a few stubs which had a very small number ...
   Oct-15-18 OhioChessFan chessforum (replies) <OhioChessFan: What "<any>" member did I besmirch?> A blind man could see it with a cane...
   Oct-12-18 Susan Freeman chessforum (replies) <Tabanus: Hi Susan, at Biographer Bistro (kibitz #18688), only two days before Daniel passed away, he posted that <Sargon hasn't done much work lately as he's involved in other matters, and we're working on training others to fill in, and I've been handling a lot of ...
   Oct-10-18 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies) We have reviewed the logs, and everything seems to be in order.. Congratulations to <4tmac> who finished with 12,353 c$ and wins one year free membership. Also congratulations to the qualifying runner ups: (2) Chnebelgrind 10,819 (3) morfishine 9,779 (4) moronovich ...
   Oct-01-18 I Saric vs Caruana, 2018 (replies) Fabiano Caruana, who will be challenging defending World Champion Magnus Carlsen for the chess crown in November 2018, has an ELO rating of 2827—approximately 138 points higher than Ivan Saric's 2689. I thought it might be interesting to see if Caruana can win with the ...
   Sep-30-18 Adams vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2018 (replies) <MissScarlett: <Matt.7. Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged; and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam ...
   Sep-28-18 43rd Chess Olympiad (Women) (2018) (replies) 43rd Chess Olympiad Women's division games are now up.
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  Dr Winston OBoogie: <Richard Taylor: By the way Dr O'Boogie mentioned 'Dad's Army' en passant. Classic program like many in Britain and the US (and other) in those good old days...>

You need to check out Blackadder, Richard. I think it's been voted our 2nd greatest situation comedy ever after only fools and horses. Different humour of course but for me Blackadder was just pure sarcastic piss taking genius. I wish I was one hundredth as witty as Edmund Blackadder :)

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  Check It Out: It's about time for a Carlsen vs Caruana WC page. Just think of all the traffic it will drive to the site! Think of all the heated discussions, friendly banter, GOAT disagreement, and numbers - the endless percentages, decimals, and stats - the groveling masses are waiting for this like a crazy yet patient mob outside a Wal-Mart on black Friday morning. Give us what we neeeeeeeeeed!
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  Count Wedgemore: <CIO> Now that is what I'd call a compelling argument.
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  OhioChessFan: Count, compelling for or against?
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  Check It Out: If I complain that the monday puzzle of the day has been the same one three weeks running do I get a cute /sarcastic youtube from Sargon?
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  morfishine: Yes, we need the 2018 WC page activated. It starts in 18 days!
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  MrMelad: <Sargon> Thanks for the answer. But still those tournaments are missing from the homepage?

Here are two suggestions:

1. Show on the homescreen page links to important upcoming tournaments with participant list. This is how I used to know that a tournament is starting and I could follow my favorite players.

2. Update tournament results in real-time (hours at most after games finish).

Following those two relatively simple suggestions will usually keep me from wandering to other websites.

Thanks again and have a good day

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  Count Wedgemore: <OCF: for or against?>

LOL. Well, FOR of course! <Endless percentages, decimals, and stats -> This sounds like fun, doesn't it? Heia Magnus!

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  diceman: <Check It Out:

Think of all the heated discussions, friendly banter, GOAT disagreement, and numbers - the endless percentages, decimals, and stats - the groveling masses are waiting for this like a crazy yet patient mob outside a Wal-Mart on black Friday morning.>

I just want to know when the first game starts. :)

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  diceman: <Richard Taylor:

Well re politic and being politic, take a leaf out of New Zealand's Prime Minister, a woman, Jacinda Adern>

<Daniel in his dealing with me (not much) seemed not the kind of bigot - often ill-educated and naive or they are simply inherently right wing who often was a supporter or Trump>

Why don't you take a leaf from Jacinda Adern, before sharing your bigotry of America, and its people?

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  Robed.Bishop: <DWOB: I wish I was one hundredth as witty as Edmund Blackadder :)>

So do we.

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  Count Wedgemore: <Robed.Bishop: So do we.> LOL.

And if he had one hundredth of his intellect it would've been even better.

Oct-22-18  Boomie: October 20

<Boomie: We are missing the Isle of Man or I can't find it.>

<Susan Freeman: Sargon is doing it after lunch :)>

October 22

Still no IoM. That must be quite a lunch he's having.

Premium Chessgames Member <CheckItOut> Updating the weekly puzzles is a rather manual procedure that Sargon has forgotten to complete on time (Sunday night before midnight) on a few occasions. Sooner or later, he did correct the situation in each case, and he's now set himself a reminder, so it shouldn't happen again.

In the future, this is one feature that could stand for some improvements and automation.

We apologize for the oversight and have taken steps to avoid repeating it...

Premium Chessgames Member <Boomie:> Regarding the Isle of Man tournament, Sargon is currently processing a list of about a half dozen events for import into the database, and they should all be available by this evening (Monday EST).

We apologize for the delay...

Premium Chessgames Member <MrMelad> Thanks for the constructive suggestions. We'll take a look at adopting them.
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  Check It Out: <Chessgames> Thanks for the update.
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  offramp: <> I really think the Daily Puzzle could be done by someone else.

I think you should give access rights to some other cg members. Not me because I would go nuts, but some responsible people.

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  Annie K.: Hmm, that's not a bad idea at all. Kevin could be given an interface to simply upload his submissions himself...? :)
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  Susan Freeman: hmmm, why not?
Oct-22-18  parisattack: Hello <Susan Freeman>

Just my nickel's worth; perhaps less.:)

I was an active member here for 13 years. I decided not to re-up late last year.

The reason - the avalanche of off-topic, trolls and - as another user said - 'incivility.'

I am in the dark as to why folks would come to a CHESS website to engage in flame wars, talk politics, religion, music and so much more. There are dozens of forums for those topics. Typically, the Recent Kibitzing will show about 70% and higher non-chess discussions. I realize these are user's personal forum...but still.

I am in another chess forum, a Go game forum, a watch collector's forum and two stamp forums. Off-topic is simply unheard of save for a single 'off-topic' sub-forum...

Every year when I re-upped, I sent Daniel a laundry list of my suggestions for making better (at least for me, LOL!). He ALWAYS responded in depth That kind of caring is what made this website so special and unique of the many chess sites! You could feel the love!

Anyways, a couple of times we kicked around the idea of a 'Banish' mode, sort of an 'Ignore' on steroids where a member could select to see absolutely no sign of another member or user. I believe Daniel said it was possible save perhaps seeing someone's name or quote in another unbanished user's message...

Kibitzer's Cafe is good but personally I don't like to see Rogoff's forum hijacked; I think it should be wiped clean. As to moderators trying to keep threads on the straight and narrow - that is a good idea if it is administered properly Big IF...some things are too ingrained in the CG culture and the moderator would forever be playing whack-a-mole. Perhaps it could be accomplished over time; I dunno.

As long as I'm here hehe some minor suggestions ... 1) When going over a game, pulling it up, one could mouse over the names and see their ratings, 2) Some .doc (WORD) capabilities in formatting text, 3) There are some very strange names for many opening variations; certainly not standard. Many hypermodern openings are misnamed because of transposition moves. Instead of 'RETI' (as an example) it should be 'ENGLISH by transposition'. Perhaps ENGLISH(t) or some such.

I do wish you, <Sargon> and the team the very,very best carrying Daniel's project into the future.


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  al wazir: <parisattack: I decided not to re-up late last year. The reason - the avalanche of off-topic, trolls and - as another user said - 'incivility.'>

You're right about that.

<I don't like to see Rogoff's forum hijacked; I think it should be wiped clean.> I think that's the wrong solution.

I post frequently on the puzzles and GOTD and occasionally on other games, always on topic. But I also post on the <Rogoff> page and (for very different reasons) the <Stumpers> page. I'm sure I spend more time on those two than all the other pages together.

My justification for that is that most of the people who post on this site are *smart*. People who frequent a chess site tend to be of above-average intelligence and well educated. That makes conversation with them on any subject worthwhile.

Unfortunately, some are as badly behaved as you say, especially on the <Rogoff> page. The cloak of anonymity emboldens them to write things they would never dare to say if they used their real names.

But the answer isn't to delete everything posted there. All that is necessary is to enforce the rules that <> has always claimed to adhere to, but often has disregarded.

By all means, *banish* offending individuals. By "banish" I mean suspend them from the site: temporarily the first time, and permanently for a second offense.

Calling another kibitzer insulting names is certainly a sufficient ground. Anyone who finds anything objectionable in any post should be able to get action against the offender by sending an e-mail to the administration.

Obviously this practice could wind up using an inordinate amount of administrators' time if it is abused, but there is a cure for that: suspend anyone who turns in a false alarm.

Oct-22-18  SugarDom: Parisattack is basically saying, if you donít make chessgames to suit my taste, Iím not gonna renew my premmie. ďYou got to protect my young sweet innocent ass from the uncivility of the internet.Ē Kenneth Rogoff is probably the only thing keeping the site alive. It generates 10x the traffic that would have been lose otherwise. Many members who post there have premium memberships. And itís handy because of the volume of kibitz you have to search. KR page very nearly reflect the real divide of the world. Itís the reality.

Please donít be selfish and hostage chessgames to your whims. Itís not possible for chessgames to please everyone.

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  zanzibar: Clearly, if some individuals still don't appreciate why the <thegoodneega> handle is racist, <CG> still has a problem.

But let's put that aside, and adopt a wider perspective, where we have to admit that <CG> also has a problem going beyond just trollish behavior. This is simply because lots of well-meaning people often make posts with very little actual info.

Thus, the S/N can be rather low, even without troll posts, when looking for good information on <CG>. The bios and intros are often informative, but the real gems often lie buried in the comment sections.

Now, in general, the volume of any thread (player/tournament/opening) is low enough that one can always read from the start to finish in not too much time. But that's certainly not always the case.

E.g. consider the problem of finding truly informative posts here:

Robert James Fischer

There are 77 pages to read over - but certainly only a much smaller fraction if condensed to "useful" posts.

Or this guy:

Wesley So

Who has 875 pages.

The problem goes beyond the dilution of Rogoff... it really lies in all the high volume <CG> threads.

Consider how stale all the <Live Game> comments become soon after the game concludes.

(I've always wished <CG> injected the moves into the comment stream in order to make the live game comments' context more clear, anyways.)

My solution is to allow Biographers to upvote comments, and be able to filter select just those comments.


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  Susan Freeman: Points well taken. Thank you all. Much to ponder here.
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