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Reply #28 - 05/30/17 at 16:48:49
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JEH, thanks for setting me straight. I think Tony also steered me in this direction when I kvetched about this before.

Ultimately, it's not how I want to interact with the forum. I want to click into a forum and see what's up since I last visited. Put me in the 'old man yells at cloud' category, if you like.

At any rate, traffic is down. This may be a contributing factor, it may not.

EDIT: as far as I can see, if we all use RSS, the forum basically becomes Listserv - so we're going back to prehistoric times.
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Re: Is this forum dying?
Reply #27 - 05/30/17 at 12:25:27
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JEH wrote on 05/29/17 at 16:09:50:
Personally I use the RSS Feed to keep track of new updates.


Yes, me too, it doesn't really matter if you like the 'sub-fora' or not, it's always easy to keep a check on what's going on all over the Forum. Smiley
  
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Reply #26 - 05/29/17 at 19:51:38
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Dink Heckler wrote on 05/29/17 at 15:09:14:
Forum traffic does seem to have slowed markedly. I think one thing that is unhelpful is the proliferation of sub-fora. I know they were set up with the best of intentions, but with such low traffic, this Balkanisation makes the problem worse. If I want to see what's happening in the Open Sicilian, I need to click into 6 different sub-fora. The traffic doesn't justify it, it discourages cross-pollination of ideas, and it makes browsing the forum into a PITA.


I agree, I could never see the advantage of that change really.
  
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Re: Is this forum dying?
Reply #25 - 05/29/17 at 16:09:50
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Smiley Muah ha ha, you will never find the posts that yee seek Smiley

Dink Heckler wrote on 05/29/17 at 15:09:14:
I think one thing that is unhelpful is the proliferation of sub-fora.


SmileyI will now share some of the arcane secrets of chesspub, possibly known only to the ancient gods of this forum  Smiley

Dink Heckler wrote on 05/29/17 at 15:09:14:
I think one thing that is unhelpful is the proliferation of sub-fora.


Personally I use the RSS Feed to keep track of new updates. It is hidden behind this secret symbol, if you can find it  Wink [Hint: Seek yee the Board Index Smiley]



These two are hidden in the "Forum Jump" menu [Hint: you need to scroll right down to the bottom of a forum page to find it Smiley ]

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Reply #24 - 05/29/17 at 15:09:14
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Forum traffic does seem to have slowed markedly. I think one thing that is unhelpful is the proliferation of sub-fora. I know they were set up with the best of intentions, but with such low traffic, this Balkanisation makes the problem worse. If I want to see what's happening in the Open Sicilian, I need to click into 6 different sub-fora. The traffic doesn't justify it, it discourages cross-pollination of ideas, and it makes browsing the forum into a PITA.
  

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Reply #23 - 05/29/17 at 14:56:30
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IsaVulpes wrote on 05/28/17 at 23:42:53:


Good point - that one looks like it may well be worth a look  Wink
  
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Reply #22 - 05/28/17 at 23:42:53
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Keano wrote on 05/24/17 at 14:10:52:
Videos - I've not seen a good one since Kasparov's on the QGD and that was at least 15 years back.

How many have you viewed in the meantime?

https://chess24.com/en/learn/advanced/video/the-gruenfeld-according-to-svidler/i... is this bad?
  
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Reply #21 - 05/27/17 at 16:45:20
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Keano wrote on 05/24/17 at 14:10:52:
Videos - I've not seen a good one since Kasparov's on the QGD and that was at least 15 years back.


As always, it depends on the level of the audience. I've seen some very good chess opening videos in the last few years. The Ragozin work by Alejandro Ramirez is very very good, the Nimzo work by Victor Bologan (never too late for the nimzo) is also very good, I like a lot Akobian videos on the French for ICC (very basic but very well-explained), some chess24 videos series (Robin van Kampen ones, for example) are quite impressive for my level.... etc

I prefer a good book over a couple of videos, but as a first glance in a new opening, I have to recognize its value. There are a lot of lazy viewers I am sure they agree with me Grin

All in all, I think a good chess forum (like this) is very interesting (to review new sources, asking or giving advice about some lines, simply for fun). For me, it's complementary: videos+books+forum.

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Re: Is this forum dying?
Reply #20 - 05/26/17 at 18:44:06
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I've noticed since this thread was posted, this place has become more active  Grin
  
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Re: Is this forum dying?
Reply #19 - 05/24/17 at 20:28:45
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Keano wrote on 05/24/17 at 14:10:52:
Most of the books published, although some have excellent ideas they all have blank spots and errors.


I have found this forum very useful for pointing them out, and fixing them  Cool
  

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Re: Is this forum dying?
Reply #18 - 05/24/17 at 14:10:52
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Confused_by_Theory wrote on 05/12/17 at 16:40:49:
Hello.

Apart from the fact that there are very competent engines to give answers on positional evaluations, which Brabo mentions on his blog. I suppose that also information about openings has become more available as well. I'm talking good databases, opening books in general and videos for example.

The need to go to this nice corner of the internet for opening information thus seems reduced.

As for ways forward. Supposedly new and reasonably active forum members need to be found somewhere. The only way I can think of improving the situation here, without doing a lot of active marketing, is to make a strategy of where in the rest of the internet chess world this forum wants to be visible (with links, logos and mentions).
Edit: And executing this to some degree of course.

Have a nice day.


Engines can never replace the human eye.

Most of the books published, although some have excellent ideas they all have blank spots and errors.

Videos - I've not seen a good one since Kasparov's on the QGD and that was at least 15 years back.

To sum up - a forum is still the best place for ideas and analysis.
  
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Re: Is this forum dying?
Reply #17 - 05/18/17 at 01:22:39
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RoleyPoley wrote on 05/17/17 at 18:38:58:
TonyRo wrote on 05/12/17 at 13:43:55:
I have been thinking and saying the same for a while now. ChessPub used to be a place of very frequent and deep discussions, and now it seems to be mostly inactive. How do we rejuvenate this great place!?  Cry


Write another book  Wink


Agreed, splendid idea. You take requests...?
  
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Reply #16 - 05/17/17 at 18:38:58
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TonyRo wrote on 05/12/17 at 13:43:55:
I have been thinking and saying the same for a while now. ChessPub used to be a place of very frequent and deep discussions, and now it seems to be mostly inactive. How do we rejuvenate this great place!?  Cry


Write another book  Wink
  

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Re: Is this forum dying?
Reply #15 - 05/16/17 at 23:46:27
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Not just Markovich, though.  I think that we had a lot of great contributors early on who for a variety of reasons can't contribute as much now (jobs, marriage, children--just life stuff that happens).  The unfortunate thing is that we didn't replenish the supply of great contributors, for whatever reasons.
  
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Re: Is this forum dying?
Reply #14 - 05/16/17 at 22:20:07
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Also, as stated above, user Markovich was such a driving force.

Whatever his faults and positives, there was a sincerity and energy to his posting that is really missed. 

Not to take anything away from any other prolific and fantastic users that may have come and gone or reside here still and are active as they can be, and made the place what it is, but that one user really put consistent energy into shaping and keeping this place moving forwards in ways no one else did.

Irreplaceable.
  
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