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Fergus Duniho wrote on 2018-09-03 UTC

The homepage is now an HTML file. This is so that it still shows content when PHP or MySQL fails. It no longer includes the What's New section, which is script-generated, but it does include a link to the What's New page.


Fergus Duniho wrote on 2018-09-02 UTC

I've now remembered why I should change this page from a PHP script to an HTML page. I had originally thought of doing this so that this page would show up when the site went down. Cloudflare, which I use for DNS, has the ability to cache content and continue to show it even when the server is down. However, this works only for static content. When I set it up to cache HTML files, it would not update the menu when someone logged in. So. I changed things back and put aside the idea of doing this page in HTML.

But now I've remembered that this page shows up as blank when PHP isn't working, but HTML pages still show their main content with only the headers and footers missing. While this isn't a good enough reason to turn all the scripts into HTML pages, I think it is a good enough reason to do the homepage in HTML. This is the main page that people come to when coming to this site, and if it is blank, it can give the appearance that the whole site is down even if it isn't.


Kevin Pacey wrote on 2018-03-21 UTC

On the CVP Home Page, under What's New, the Game Courier (last) move made and (last) finished game are starting to show a negative number (indicated as for 'seconds') at the moment.


Fergus Duniho wrote on 2017-12-06 UTC

We do not sell article space on this site. If your article is related to Chess variants in some way, and it is not simply an advertisement for some product or site, it may be added without change. See the Advertising page for further details on advertising.


anto desouza wrote on 2017-12-05 UTC


Hey ,
 
    I see website www.chessvariants.com and its impressive.I wonder if the content or banners advertising options available on your site ?

What will be the price if we would like to put an article on your site?


Cheers
anto desouza


Aurelian Florea wrote on 2017-11-05 UTC

@ HG

I see!


H. G. Muller wrote on 2017-11-05 UTC

Well, I don't know if there are enough engines to make this interesting. Of course the configurable engines Fairy-Max, Nebiyu and Sjaak II will be able to play it, but that only makes three. In addition, Alpaca Chess seems to be a version of Musketeer Chess, where you have to decide in advance where to introduce the piece. That add extra game state, which WinBoard/XBoard currently does not support. Playing a version of Seirawn Chess with an Alpaca (where you can gate at any back-rank square, rather than just a pre-determined one) would be possible, though.


Aurelian Florea wrote on 2017-11-05 UTC

HG,

Would you be able to also organize an Alapca chess tournament if you can arrange a seiwaran chess one? I'm quite sure no engine has implemented the move of the alapca (in Betza WmD) but it should be easy :)! I find it a more interesting game, Seiwaran quickly becomes very tactical :)!


Aurelian Florea wrote on 2017-11-05 UTC

Actually as TCEC, the 10th season, is currently on (at the time of me writting this comment stage 1 is approaching it's end). During it I though at an alternative to the many openings of the initial setup :)! In priciple you start the game with regular pieces but with an material imbalance, which in the classic point count 1,3,3,5,9 is balanced. I though one side should always start with exactly 2 or exactly 4 bishops for keeping pair. An example would be replacing the queenside rook with a knight and add 2 pawns for that side on the the central files (if white add pawns on d3&e3). I came up with 20-30 (have not exactly counted) such examples. What do you guys think about such orthodox chess tournaments? Of course there should be a double round robin comeptition where 2 engines play the positions in reverse for example if in the above example (assuming a competition for say 20 engines) stockfish plays white with NPP for r, then in round 20 (the away round if you'd lie) then stockfish play black with r for NPP.  The crux of this is that no extra programming should be done :). It's just you have to create other initial positions :)!


H. G. Muller wrote on 2017-11-05 UTC

I sometimes organize computer tournaments for Chess variants, when there are enough engines that can play it. In the past I did this for Xiangqi, 10x8 Chess (with BN and RN), Knightmate, Spartan Chess. Then I broadcast all the games. There are also people that never tire of running engine tournaments for orthodox Chess, and they sometimes also want to broadcast. So part of my work in this area is the development of a generally useful system for doing such broadcasts: a GUI with integrated tournament manager for running the tournament, a broadcasting agent which would deposit the moves made by the participants on a web server in real time, and a web client to retrieve information from the server.

As I had already created a turn-based server and web client for playing  chess variants, this seemed a good starting point for the broadcasting as well, as it would automatically store all finished games. So that people who missed some of the games could call those up for viewing as well.

Next time I am going to do any broadcasting, it would most likely be for a Seirawan Chess tournament. Stockfish is being converted to play this, and I happen to have a private version of Komodo that does this too. And a version of Fruit that I converted myself (but is still a bit buggy). And publicly available engines for Seirawan Chess are Sigla, Sjaak II and of course my own Fairy-Max. And perhaps ChessV can play it? And Nebiyu? (Did not check either of those.) In any case, it seems there could be enough participants for an interesting tournament.


Aurelian Florea wrote on 2017-11-05 UTC

@HG Muller,

You have said in another thread that you are broadcasting all computer games (or at least you did so in the past), you may probably do in the future, although you have just said that not in the near future :). My question : what exactly are you broadcasting :)!


Fergus Duniho wrote on 2017-11-04 UTC

I just updated the commentonitem.php script to use PDO instead of mysql_, and I am trying it out by writing this comment.


Aurelian Florea wrote on 2017-10-29 UTC

Thank you Fergus, I was wondering what went on :)!


Fergus Duniho wrote on 2017-10-29 UTC

The site has been down since last night. I noticed it was down last night, but I was unable to use the host's website to fix the problem. So it seems that the problem was with something going on with the host. I rebooted the server this morning and got it working again.


Fergus Duniho wrote on 2017-10-09 UTC

You wouldn't have been getting dating site ads from ebay. All the ebay ads are either pre-selected static images or search ads using pre-selected search terms related to Chess and Chess variants. They were most likely Google ads, which come from a variety of different advertisers. After you complained about the dating site ads, I blocked that category of ads with Google Adsense.


H. G. Muller wrote on 2017-10-09 UTC

Remember I got ads for dating sites on CVP? I am pretty sure now why that was. The link that fetches ads from adn.ebay.com contains a parameter

'&pageTitle=' + _epn__pageTitle

where _epn__pageTitle is the text displayed in the title bar of the window. In this case the title of the window was "Hug Mate", and it must have triggered on that. After the page was renamed to "Paco Shako", the ads stayed away.


Fergus Duniho wrote on 2017-10-01 UTC

You can block ads with an ad blocker like AdBlock Plus. This will stop external ads from places like ebay and Google, and the site will display some in-house ads instead.


H. G. Muller wrote on 2017-10-01 UTC

I have cable internet, via WiFi, but my own speed should not be a problem unless ebay ads are sometimes larger than a gigabyte, I have this on no other websites. And if fetching the data would be slow, I think the message FireFox would display is different (like "Transfering data from ..."). It just seems to be waiting for that server to give any response whatosever. It is a latency problem, not a bandwidth problem.

Now internet is a trecherous swamp, and sometimes connections are bad because of hubs that you are routed over, while others that get their data through another path notice nothing. So it could be that during some hours of the day transatlantic traffic is routed over a hub that has capacity problems, and that I am victim of this.

Nevertheless, the more external sites need to be accesses, the larger the chances that one of them can be slow. So it is very bad that you have to wait for a number of such accesses, so that the slowest (or the sum of all) determines the performance. In FireFox I see the servers it access flash by in the status bar when things work well (and this then still adds up to a delay of 1 sec or so), so there must be a lot.

If the server of, or my conection to chessvariants.com is slow, there isn't anything that can be done. But it would be a great improvement when accessing of other websites from CVP web pages could be done in the background, so that when these servers are (unbearably) slow, the CVP content can already be displayed without waiting for them, and that it just the ads that will appear later. (And then they should not affect the layout of what is already there!) If that cannot be done, I'd rather have no ads at all, and perhaps there should be a user preference where fetching of external ads is suppressed.


Fergus Duniho wrote on 2017-10-01 UTC

How fast is your internet? Do you have cable internet, DSL, or something else? Are you using wifi, or is your computer plugged into your modem or router with an ethernet cable? I have cable internet and normally use a desktop plugged directly to the router with an ethernet cable, but I have noticed that I sometimes have to wait longer on a mobile device.


H. G. Muller wrote on 2017-10-01 UTC

> And that it takes up to a minute before you see something appear, when loading a page from this website, is something going to be done about that?

For something to be done about that, I need to figure out what is causing this problem, and to do that, I first need to replicate it. But I have not had his problem. Pages normally load instantaneously for me. If you want anything to be done about a problem I have never had, you first need to explain to me in detail where and how you experience this problem.

Well I did mention it several times already. It might depend on the time of day, because It doesn't happen always, but it does happen regularly, and when it happens it keeps happening for a period of hours.

And I can make a pretty good guess as to what causes the problem, as while I am staring at a blank screen, waiting for a page to load, FireFox prints in the staus bar "Waiting for adn.ebay.com...". And in the the page source of every page here I see near the top

ebay code deleted

whech references this URL. So what happens is that the ebay.com server during some hours of the day is excruciatingly slow to respond, and that display of any part of the page is apparently dependent of the GET request being fully serviced.


Fergus Duniho wrote on 2017-10-01 UTC

And that it takes up to a minute before you see something appear, when loading a page from this website, is something going to be done about that?

For something to be done about that, I need to figure out what is causing this problem, and to do that, I first need to replicate it. But I have not had his problem. Pages normally load instantaneously for me. If you want anything to be done about a problem I have never had, you first need to explain to me in detail where and how you experience this problem.

There seems to have been a sudden change in the overall style of this website: all variant articles suddenly display with a much bigger font than they used to (and as is used on this comments page). In itself this is not so bad (for people that are half blind, at least). But worse is that this also seems to affect table formatting, spoiling the interactive diagrams by taking a large margin below the images in the squares, for the true-descenders of a large font (which is of course not present in the cell). The diagram explicitely specifies xx-small font-size in each and every <td> element in the board, but apparently this is now overruled by some global setting.

Can it be prevented that global style settings corrupt my own HTML?

I have been working on improving the typography of the site today. If you need a specific font size, I suggest you use absolute values instead of relative values. Inspecting the generated source on one of your diagrams, it looks like you might have already done this. I saw a font size of 7px for each TD instead of xx-small.


Greg Strong wrote on 2017-09-30 UTC

And that it takes up to a minute before you see something appear, when loading a page from this website, is something going to be done about that?

I don't experience this at all.

There seems to have been a sudden change in the overall style of this website: all variant articles suddenly display with a much bigger font than they used to (and as is used on this comments page). In itself this is not so bad (for people that are half blind, at least). But worse is that this also seems to affect table formatting, spoiling the interactive diagrams by taking a large margin below the images in the squares, for the true-descenders of a large font (which is of course not present in the cell). The diagram explicitely specifies xx-small font-size in each and every <td> element in the board, but apparently this is now overruled by some global setting.

I don't notice any change, at least nothing obvious.  Can you point me to a page that is exhibiting this behavior?


H. G. Muller wrote on 2017-09-30 UTC

And that it takes up to a minute before you see something appear, when loading a page from this website, is something going to be done about that?

Something else:

There seems to have been a sudden change in the overall style of this website: all variant articles suddenly display with a much bigger font than they used to (and as is used on this comments page). In itself this is not so bad (for people that are half blind, at least). But worse is that this also seems to affect table formatting, spoiling the interactive diagrams by taking a large margin below the images in the squares, for the true-descenders of a large font (which is of course not present in the cell). The diagram explicitely specifies xx-small font-size in each and every <td> element in the board, but apparently this is now overruled by some global setting.

Can it be prevented that global style settings corrupt my own HTML?


V. Reinhart wrote on 2017-09-30 UTC

Ads look reasonable to me. Not any worse of better than plenty of other websites. (But I'm surprised the ad for House of Staunton Variant Kits leads with a blurry photo - probably related to ad creator - not CVP).

But since we're on the topic of "presentation" would it be possible for CVP to have a few forum topics in categories (rather than all mixed together)? Categories can include "Variant games", "Report web page problems", and "Tournaments" (for example).

Sometimes it seems the majority of discussion is about problems, and not variant chess playing itself.

But to close with a "Plus" - I like the look of the new opening page.  Great work to the editors!


Greg Strong wrote on 2017-09-30 UTC

Confirmed.  I've never seen anything like this here.  I've seen no video or animated ads at all, and most, if not all, are chess-related.  H. G., I'm sorry to say that I think you have malware.  Unfortunately, browsers getting pwned is a common problem.  I have this issue right now on my wife's Windows machine - popups and ads that are certainly not coming from the page she's visiting.  And full scans with both Webroot and MalwareBytes turned up no infections :(  I haven't seen this happen on a Linux machine, though, and I run no AV software at all on them.


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