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Reply #143 - 08/20/17 at 17:33:59
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I agree with the concern.  In the "old days", there were forum members who were interested in engaging in debates about theory above and beyond the basic questions of repertoire, impressions of latest book and how do I improve?  This forum was a big influence to me as I rejoined competitive chess toward the tail end of my business career.  I was drawn in by people like the late  Mark "Markovich" Morss (and many others like MNb, Ametanoitos (Ntirlis), ErictheRed, etc...) who had strong opinions and were willing to back them up.

I recently posted on the French thread about trends in the Tarrasch partly in response to this thread about the forum.  I was "secretly" hoping to stimulate some more substantial discussion about the variation by putting a few of my own observations out there and seeing if anyone wanted to engage.  As you will see if you look at the thread, we didn't get very far.

So, what to do?  Perhaps it's just a phase and new forum members will join and add to the activity and content.  An idea that occurred to me would be to have the moderators play a more active role and suggest a current game or tabyia (ideally with a question(s) to focus responses) each month for input and discussion by forum members.  Then if the GM/IM writer for that section could cover it in their monthly update, it might increase forum activity while still providing an incentive for members to subscribe to the main site to see the GM/IM "final verdict."   This may be impractical or should be done less frequently than monthly, but it would be interesting to try if there was sufficient support particularly by the moderators.  Just a thought....  Wink
  
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Reply #142 - 08/20/17 at 12:33:00
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GMTonyKosten wrote on 08/18/17 at 10:55:35:
We do some advertising for the main site, probably not enough, though.


Perhaps I should mention that the main site is doing very well, though, and this thread was specifically about this Forum.
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Reply #141 - 08/18/17 at 10:55:35
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Reverse wrote on 08/18/17 at 09:59:58:
GM Simon Williams (GingerGM.com) gives some free advertisement and recommendation for this site in one of his latest youtube videos on his round 1 in Dundee. He claimed he used chesspub to prepare the classical french.


I imagine he advertised the main ChessPublishing.com site, rather than this Forum?
We do some advertising for the main site, probably not enough, though. Embarrassed
  
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Reply #140 - 08/18/17 at 09:59:58
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GM Simon Williams (GingerGM.com) gives some free advertisement and recommendation for this site in one of his latest youtube videos on his round 1 in Dundee. He claimed he used chesspub to prepare the classical french. 

Might be worth advertising a little. I recall seeing chesspub advertisements in chess life (United States Chess) 10+ years ago...but not much since.

  
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Reply #139 - 08/09/17 at 08:35:44
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RoleyPoley wrote on 07/21/17 at 20:36:27:
I kind of liked this one in the french thread.


OK, I've stickied it, thanks Smiley
  
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Reply #138 - 07/28/17 at 22:40:05
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Nickajack wrote on 07/24/17 at 16:57:12:
Just to clarify, I have no issue when a respected, (titled also helps) member posts engine analysis. An "engine warrior" would be a class-type player with little understanding of the game relying excessively on the engines and claiming to be an automatic expert analyst.  Angry


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Reply #137 - 07/24/17 at 16:57:12
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Keano wrote on 07/21/17 at 23:35:10:
noticed a strange type of poster crop up, no names obviously. But this type of stuff, with little respect for the game, does discourage genuine posters from contributing.


Just to clarify, I have no issue when a respected, (titled also helps) member posts engine analysis. An "engine warrior" would be a class-type player with little understanding of the game relying excessively on the engines and claiming to be an automatic expert analyst.  Angry
  

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Reply #136 - 07/22/17 at 15:45:51
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GMTonyKosten wrote on 07/05/17 at 08:49:45:
ErictheRed wrote on 06/29/17 at 14:42:26:
One thought: I don't know that it would lead to more use, but some "stickied" threads in certain areas might help.


I can do this, too, if anyone has any ideas for useful threads that could be 'stickied' please let me know. Smiley


I was thinking of some of the general questions, the answers to which don't change very much.  How do I improve at chess?  What opening should a beginning player choose?  Those kinds of threads. 

If I dig around in the older posts and find some good ones, I'll send you a PM.
  
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Reply #135 - 07/21/17 at 23:35:10
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On engine warriors I think people in general need to avoid decalarations such as this line is "just nothing", "just a dead draw", etc. I have noticed a strange type of poster crop up, no names obviously. But this type of stuff, with little respect for the game, does discourage genuine posters from contributing.
  
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Reply #134 - 07/21/17 at 21:49:16
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Same problem here using iPhone and iPad...

I wish there was some solution to this as I am only using  tablets these days
  
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Reply #133 - 07/21/17 at 21:35:31
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Jesse Gersenson wrote on 07/08/17 at 14:05:45:
A question for people who browse this forum with their mobile phone - is it easy to read this forum from you mobile phone?


It usually works fine, the only problem i've noticed is that my android can't load the posted games/analysis at all. I don't visit all that often so not a biggie, but maybe others have the same problem?
  
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Reply #132 - 07/21/17 at 20:36:27
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GMTonyKosten wrote on 07/05/17 at 08:49:45:
ErictheRed wrote on 06/29/17 at 14:42:26:
One thought: I don't know that it would lead to more use, but some "stickied" threads in certain areas might help.


I can do this, too, if anyone has any ideas for useful threads that could be 'stickied' please let me know. Smiley


I kind of liked this one in the french thread.

http://www.chesspub.com/cgi-bin/chess/YaBB.pl?num=1307908456

Lots of advice on what lines a young player graded 1450 should play against the French. What facinates me about this thread is the variety of ideas amongst the regulars in the discussion, some of which can be extrapolated to other openings.
  

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Re: Is this forum dying?
Reply #131 - 07/19/17 at 16:48:47
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I don't think that we have a lot of "engine warriors," I personally meant more that since people have engines at their disposal at home, they're less inclined to start a thread when they can 1) switch on their own engines, and 2) think that many other people are just going to switch on their own engines when they respond to a thread.  I don't think that we need "engine warriors" for strong engines to have discouraged discussion.
  
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Reply #130 - 07/19/17 at 11:02:51
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I would love to talk about some lines in the book, but as you may see from reading this thread, I was not happy the way it went.
But OK - how to talk about something that apparently nobody else has or wants to talk about?

A different thing is the Chigorin thread.
  
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Reply #129 - 07/19/17 at 09:56:19
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I'm calling bull. This thread for instance

http://www.chesspub.com/cgi-bin/chess/YaBB.pl?num=1497181073/0

doesn't contain any analysis. No engine warrior in sight.
And there are many more threads like that one.
  

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