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Ok, I guess it is more complicated than that since that updated. Perhaps it does not update when a post is a reply to another post ...
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One thing I'm not sure of is why the FIDE organization (for chess) is apparently (still) not given as a link on the FIDE Chess page (CVP website page, that is).
The best justification for the omission I'd think would be that most people learn to play organized chess through their national chess federation first, and somewhere along the way they may get a FIDE rating. Therefore, why give any link for a chess organization, the logic may continue (unlike for Shogi, which is regional to Japan mainly).
Some years ago though, FIDE began to keep ratings for people rated as low as 1000 FIDE. That's about the level of a bright beginner, if it's about the same as for 1000 rating strength of a typical national chess federation beginner player like in Canada, for example. Thus FIDE is no longer about just keeping records for highly rated chess players.
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.
I think there needs to be a chess variant design contest. Maybe a 14-piece, 20-square contest for 2014? Perhaps something else clever.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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"?
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.
The Wargames category is "Wargames and Hierarchical Games." What are hierarchical games?
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 www.chessvariants.org domain.
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: http://www.chessvariants.org/index/msdisplay.php?itemid=MParchabbottches -- replacing "play" with "www" fixes the link.
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.
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.
Thanks, Fergus. At least it's narrowed down.
Testing if I can post HTML
Editing file to test new code in usereditcomment.php
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.
Thank you Fergus. That will relieve some people.
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It looks like that was the problem. A reply copies the row of the comment being replied to, and it wasn't unsetting $row["CommentDate"]. I just changed it to do that, and I will check whether this reply shows the correct CommentDate after posting it.
Update: It worked. This reply does not have the same date as the comment replied to.