Many things to cover here so I'll get right to it. As I promised earlier
the Winter Tournament details
are now online, as are the details for the
Summer events. The
Division Plan has also been updated
to reflect the details for the new expanded WCC.
The Out of Town Section has
been updated, including new
Unfortunately there hasn't been too much good news to speak of lately with
regard to performances of Calgary players, but at least they're trying.
Okay, I also promised a brief outline of the site plans for 2002, so here it
is. The core of the planned improvements for this year will focus on the
club's members, but there will be something for everybody. Of course, all of
the improvements are contingent on the amount of time I have available to work
on the site.
For members I am hoping to be able to create a more open line of
communication with the directors in the form of a Web Discussion Forum.
I'm willing to moderate discussions on important issues should anybody want to
participate. I'll also be providing a separate non-member forum, but only for
finding out specific information about the Calgary club and how we do things.
For general issues there are already many Scrabble®-related mailing lists
and forums out there.
I'm also hoping to open up the accountability of the club's Directors a bit
by posting summaries of what happens at our Directors' meetings. However, the
extent of my ability to do this, and to provide the kind of openness I desire
in the forum, hinges on approval from the other Directors. I suspect I'm going
to take some heat for even mentioning this before it's approved, but it's not
the first time. Anyhow, there will be a forum of some sort - exactly what I'll
be allowed to say in it is what's yet to be decided. The forum should be up
pretty soon. The hard part is finding some decent forum software - once I do
that it shouldn't take very long to install and test.
For prospective members, I'd like to put together a decent kind of FAQ.
This won't be like the crazy FAQ that used to be on the site (which was
misnamed; none of the questions on there were anything close to frequently
asked). Instead this FAQ will concentrate specifically on new players. Sample
questions might be: "Do I need to be a competitive person to play at your
club?", "Do I need to study thousands of words to have success?", and "What
kind of people attend your club?".
For all, my main focus will be on automating and steamlining the existing
site. Many things will be behind the scenes, but not all. The most exciting
thing I'm planning is live round-by-round results from both the Club and
tournaments. However, this will hinge on several things, so don't expect
it until much later in the year. And of course it may not happen at all. But
the whole point of doing live round-by-round results is ultimately to make
things easier on myself so I'd like to do it if I can. (Don't worry, if I do
an upgrade to the Club Results Archive I'll make sure it's a non-disruptive one
so I don't get backed up on the results again!)
Lastly, some loose ends will be tied up, like the completion of the
Virtual Tour and stuff. Of course as various modifications are made I
will post more details. Hopefully it will be a good year for the site!