Well, it's taken way too long, but the
Ladder Archive is finally back!
Before I elaborate on the good news, I do have some bad news,
although it's not major. Beginning next week, I have a scheduling
conflict with our club's regular Thursday session. As a result, I
won't be able to get the new weekly results posted until either Tuesday
or Wednesday following each session. Of course, in the past there have
been some weeks when I never got around to posting the results, so you
may not even notice a difference!
As I write this, only the results for the first week of the season
have been posted. This will at least allow you to explore the new
features of the archive. Results will be added as they are entered,
which of course is at my leisure. However, I have access to the
club's official ladder book until Tuesday, so I'm going to try to get
all, or at least most, of the results posted by then. With access to
the ladder book, it's a lot easier for me to keep the results accurate!
So check back periodically to see if new results have been added.
(News items will not be posted as results are added, so check
the main ladder index.) In the unlikely event of a major bug delaying
the adding of new results, I will post a news item to let you know.
Below is a summary of the enhancements and changes. Please
keep in mind that while there is a lot that is new, there is nothing
really major. Certainly, nothing that warranted delaying the results
for over six months. It was only supposed to be a two-month project,
but that's how it goes I guess.
The major addition is the new Hall
of Fame. This is a complete, cumulative record of club
accomplishments in various categories. The Hall of Fame uses a
progressive qualification standard, so as the club improves, it will be
harder to make it to the Hall of Fame.
Another notable addition is that of overall club statistics!
Club-wide attendance and scoring are followed here. Perhaps the most
notable feature of the club stats is the tracking of top 20 most
heavily attended sessions. The club statistics are archived to allow
people to observe changes in attendance, so you can access them from
the ladder index page, or via the link in each ladder page.
Of course, the main ladder and full ladder have also been enhanced!
Players' cumulative point spreads are tracked for both the season and
all-time (a much-requested feature). Average scores and positions are
now stored as fractions and shown to two decimal places for greater
accuracy. Undefeated and Winless streaks are now tracked. Also, each
player's ten highest scores and three lowest scores are
now stored! The Number of Nightly High Games is now tracked, as
this is a category for which the club awards a seasonal prize. Links
to the previous and next week's sessions allow you to navigate through
the archive more easily. Last but not least, the stats are now more
accurate in various ways. One notable example is that byes no longer
count towards Games Played, which dragged down the average
Finally, it's important to mention that the stats have been
recomputed using all of the data from January, 1999 thru
February, 2000. I felt it would have been unfair to mix the more
accurate stats with the older ones, or to disregard the older ones
entirely. Implementing this was what took the bulk of the time, but I
felt it was worth it. (Well, it was at least worth the planned
two-month disruption anyhow.) Besides, the archived results take up
several megs of web space, so they may as well be used for something!
I hope you enjoy the new Ladder Archive.
Please let me know
what you think, and especially let me know if there are any