FICGS update amp wish list


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Thibault de Vassal    (2007-09-09)
FICGS update & wish list

Hello to all.

You probably noticed a new extension to the chat bar, it delivers some random messages and news (forum, problems, public comments, entries, login). It also automatically warns a player if he started an advanced tournament [bullet, lightning or blitz games], which is more convenient... As it refreshes every minute, you shouldn't log out automatically anymore until you close the chat bar.

Other changes :

- Serbia & Montenegro (SCG) has become Serbia (SRB) and Montenegro (MNE).
- New players will start with a 1800 chess rating.
- Lightning tournaments become Advanced tournaments (blitz, lightning, bullet)
- New quotes added from the forum :)
- Some Google optimizations...
- Waiting list for unrated no-engines tournaments is open !
- Minor bugs corrected.

I did not implement the private messages facility yet... I feel it could create some problems (not technically), I still have to think about it.

This is probably a good moment to open a wish list and discuss all changes you'd like to see on the site...

Best wishes, Thibault

Hannes Rada    (2007-09-09 19:03:05)
My wish list

- Conditional moves - drag and drop for the imput of the moves - I would like to see the graphical board diagrams after the chess notation not before

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-09-09 19:28:27)
Drag and drop

I have to look for a way to implement drag & drop without java. I still have no idea about it... About conditional moves, that's the eternal question. I think I won't implement it, sorry :/

About the graphical interface, why would you like to see it below the chess notation ?! .. Maybe to avoid to scroll down if you write your moves ?

Hannes Rada    (2007-09-09 21:26:43)
board diagrams + conditionals

Not for the imput of my own moves. For scrolling down through whole tournaments it is in my opinion more logic to see first the notation and then the current position on the diagram. I think it is quite hard or difficult to implement conditional moves. The ICCF-Webserver has this feature, but it is disabled. We had a perfect solution on the chessfriend server (silent conditional moves - great for saving reflection time and to speed up to game). Somte openings like the Grunfeld or the Sveshnikov are 'pefect' for conditionals :-)

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-09-09 21:43:59)
board diagrams + conditionals

I understand that some openings are quite "boring" to play :) .. and I saw conditional moves on Chessfriend server. Why is it disabled at ICCF server ?

Conditional moves is a quite difficult feature to implement, that's true (even more with several games). Also there are many ways to imagine it ! .. But the main question is "would it be fair" ?

Hannes Rada    (2007-09-09 23:00:48)
unfair ?

Why should conditionals be unfair ? I've no idea why the ICCF guys disabled it. But I know that ICCF is a very bureaucratic organisation and even the smallest change on their server takes a very long time and will be discussed to death ....

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-09-09 23:47:20)

:) .. I saw that in ICCF forum / TCCMB.. But that's interesting anyway.

Conditionals may be unfair because ie. it will be easier for one player to use it in some lines.. anyway this will be discussed to death also :)

Mladen Jankovic    (2007-09-10 00:55:51)
Rating lists problem

The rating lists no longer display all of the players that should be displayed. Even with all filters off it only displays 518 players. Is this intentional?

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-09-10 01:35:31)
Rating lists problem

No, it isn't... Thanks, I'll arrange that.

Mladen Jankovic    (2007-09-11 05:44:21)
A wish

Could you please make the site align well within the confines of a 1024x768 monitor. You seem to be missing the resolution by the width of the slider, plus couple of pixels.

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-09-11 14:25:39)

That's right.. FICGS dimensions do not take account of the screen resolution (yet ?!), I'll have to think about that.

Mladen Jankovic    (2007-09-11 15:02:50)

You could take away some pixels from the menu bar on the left as there is enough horizontal space there that isn't being used.

Thomas Tamayo    (2007-09-11 17:09:58)
My wish

Separate "Best game" sections for Chess & Go. Give 5 votes for each category... There are typically zero Go games up on "Best game" at any time.

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-09-11 17:18:40)
Best game

There could be also one for Big Chess :/ .. That's a problem, indeed. Also it would be great to find a way to "promote" really good games... I added a message "Don't forget to vote for the best game !" in the new message box already. Any idea ?

Ulrich Imbeck    (2007-09-12 01:30:55)
without java

Without java means with PHP? PHP 5 will someday be necessary.

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-09-12 01:59:02)
without java

No, ie. drag and drop for chess is a program that must be executed by the client (navigator).

Flash, Java (needs Java machine) & Javascript (needs 'nothing') are executed by the client while PHP, Perl are executed by the server. I don't know if I can do it in Javascript yet.