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Kevin Pacey wrote on 2019-01-29 UTC

Problems, puzzles, positions and pieces link from Index page of CVP:

This link got me thinking about two things: first, there may be many things listed in the Main CVP Alphabetical Index that are not found in this link that apparently should be; I'll give links to two such items here (the first is about Kriegspiel):

The second thing I thought about was the wild idea that could it be possible that someday there might be an attempt to give universal or near-universal strategic guidelines for chess variants of all sorts (CVP's attempt to classify CVs may help if classes of variants need to be treated seperately as far as strategy goes [that is, if CVs of the same class can all be handled at least to some extent with the same strategic ideas])? Note that puzzle or endgame positions being shown might not nearly suffice for imparting mastery of a given CV.

Daniel MacDuff wrote on 2014-01-06 UTC
I think there needs to be a chess variant design contest. Maybe a 14-piece, 20-square contest for 2014? Perhaps something else clever.

Daniil Frolov wrote on 2013-04-02 UTC
Suggestion, that may be difficult to execute, but still, i'll leave it. "Unusual shape" category should be devided into two subcategories: variants with none-rectangular cells (triangular, pentagonal, etc.) and variants with unusual connection and/or arrangement of rectangular cells (like cylindrical; well, maybe, not only rectangular - e. g. cylinrical hexagonal chess will belong to both categories). One aspect - for new people at chess variants, who are only getting familiarized with CVs, these categories are probably more comfortable to be in one category, but for these, who already got plunged into world of CVs, this division will be helpfull for searching chess variants.

LM wrote on 2012-12-07 UTC
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(zzo38) A. Black wrote on 2012-10-20 UTC

I have a suggestion: To add a regular expression search of link description to the "mainquery.php", possibly called "regexplinkdesc". I would find this useful; others who use the advanced search (Tony Quintanilla, perhaps?) might also find it useful. (I already find "regexplinktext" useful, but this would be useful too.)

Also, there is no icon for the "Shop" type (which claims to be an unknown type, although queries for such type work OK); this should be looked at too.

O, one more thing: Link descriptions should be allow to changed in member submission edit index information form.

(zzo38) A. Black wrote on 2012-09-30 UTC
I tried to correct an external link and it doesn't work (it won't save the changes to the external URL). Specifically, Giveaway Chess Puzzle. My domain name has changed from "" to "" (this includes my OpenID). Can you please fix this problem?

Peter Aronson wrote on 2012-04-24 UTC
Fergus, Hierarchical Games in the context of the index heading are games like Stratego or The Jungle Game where there is a capturing heirarchy (A can capture all pieces, B can capture all pieces but A, C can capture all pieces but A or B, etc.). There aren't a lot of these games in the system, but we do at least a couple.

Graeme Neatham wrote on 2012-04-14 UTC
They need not be team games. The command/control structure may be used to determine movement of non-command units/pieces. Have a look at Joe Joyce's Chieftain Chess for an example of an hierarchical game. Whether or not the term "wargame" is sufficient by itself is debatable. In the context of CVs it probably is.

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2012-04-14 UTC
Are these team games? In a two-player game, the idea of different control levels doesn't make sense, because each player has complete control over his pieces. In the menu, I have "Wargames" instead of "Wargames and Hierarchical Games." Is anything lost by just saying "Wargames"?

Graeme Neatham wrote on 2012-04-14 UTC
In game theory Hierarchical Games model conflict systems with a structure of control levels ranked in a certain order. Thus in a wargame there might be an overall commander, several sub-commanders, and many unit commanders, per side. Troop movements and performance would depend upon the placement and movement of these commanders.

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2012-04-13 UTC
The Wargames category is "Wargames and Hierarchical Games." What are hierarchical games?

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2012-04-10 UTC
That one was easier to fix, since I already knew where to go. I fixed it by changing the relative link to an absolute link. But I'm surprised by the behavior of the program, because the page the link was on was in the domain.

Jörg Knappen wrote on 2012-04-10 UTC
Unfortunately, the fix is not yet complete; here is the Link to Archabbot Chess from the Alphabetical Index section "Ar": /play/index/msdisplay.php?itemid=MParchabbottches and it now returns a 404 (instead of the home page of the pbm system). After some hacking, I found the true link which works: -- replacing "play" with "www" fixes the link.

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2012-04-09 UTC
Okay, I have fixed the missing links problem. It came down to finding the function that creates the link url and changing an if to an elseif.

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2012-04-09 UTC
Joe and David, I have found a solution to the missing links problem, but it might not solve everything long term. As a test, I deleted the URL from one page whose link was not showing up, and after I did that, its link showed up in the index. So, if I deleted the URLs from items whose URL fields don't point to the actual URL of the page, that should put the links back on the index pages. But before I do this, I wonder if putting fake URLs in the URL field is serving any purpose and if there is code somewhere that will continue to put fake URLs in the URL field.

Joe Joyce wrote on 2012-04-09 UTC
Thanks, Fergus. At least it's narrowed down.

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2012-04-08 UTC

Testing if I can post HTML

Editing file to test new code in usereditcomment.php

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2012-04-08 UTC
Joe, David has reported that all the affected pages are member-submitted pages, and for these, the URL field isn't necessary. And I have confirmed this by looking at the database. So the problem is with the PHP code, not with the database.

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2012-04-08 UTC
Can you email me the HTML code you were trying to post? It may help me better diagnose what is wrong. Ok, I am getting the same problem. It doesn't matter what the text is. It happens whenever "Using HTML tags in the comment" is checked. However, the script for editing a comment is in better shape.

(zzo38) A. Black wrote on 2012-04-08 UTC
I found a problem when I try to add HTML codes then it does not display the preview or the submit button on the preview page and it cannot send (I did put the checkmark "Using HTML tags in the comment" and it still broke)

Joe Joyce wrote on 2012-04-07 UTC
Thank you Fergus. That will relieve some people.

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2012-04-07 UTC
Yes, I've answered a question about that too. The problem is that URLs in the database have been changed. I forwarded my answer to David Howe in the hopes that he has a backup of the database that could be used to restore the values, but he hasn't responded. I am waiting to find out if David can do something about it before I try a more iffy solution, which would involve comparing database entries to filenames and seeing what the best fit is.

Joe Joyce wrote on 2012-04-07 UTC
It's been noticed only some of the preset links work. The rest link to the Game Courier Games page. Yet links on specific game pages for those presets will go to that preset. I've had inquiries.

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2012-04-04 UTC

I've added the ability to display comments posted with an OpenID, but I haven't yet added the ability to post with an OpenID. The ability to display them had to be done first. Otherwise, it would be hard to test when I added the ability to post them.

I have now forged this message to appear as though it is coming from one of my OpenIDs. I'm using a generic OpenID icon right now, but I may include site-specific icons for OpenIDs from the major providers listed on the Login page.

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2012-03-31 UTC
I've now just modified usermodifycomment.php.

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