Reserve Team Star
Mar 19, 2011, 10:05 PM
Team(s): Leicester City, AFC Bournemouth, Hamworthy United
Post #14 of 33
First of all, big thanks to you Steve for the effort involved in getting this going. Although its not been perfect this season, at least its been there and tapped into the goodwill and effort available which will be needed for it to successfully move forward. I've waited a bit before responding, to try and gather my thoughts, so here goes.
Firstly as a user (I use nlm every week when working out my predictions for Angus' game and i-predict):
The things I like best are having all the Leagues (except the EMC) in one place, and having tables which show home and away separately. The biggest bugbear is the Leagues which have stopped being updated - several in February. The plan to allow a small group of "administrators" to step in should overcome that.
Secondly as a volunteer:
When I started this season, I planned to put all fixtures on and update them regularly when changes occurred. I failed in this plan, and in common with most others have not included fixtures, but merely added them as the matches are played. I found the method of updating too time consuming (though trying to update 3 leagues totalling 6 divisions probably didn't help) when dealing with postponements and a generally inadequate league admin in one case. I also keep the same Leagues on L-track, which I used when we were putting results on here last season, and find the methodology for entering and amending fixtures so much simpler and quicker. I would hope the new software may be able to borrow good practice there, as I am conscious that I have been letting down the SWP in particular who are so meticulous in notifying all fixture changes and amendments, often at short notice. The system we have used this season has been fine for entering results. It would be good if a "help" facility was available for volunteers to deal with rare situations like amendments to results and points deductions.
I have generally waited for the League e-mails before entering results, so sometimes evening results don't get entered until the next day (I'm not waiting up until 3am for the league e-mail to turn up), but otherwise it has usually been possible to do same day updates. Perhaps it might be possible for volunteers who have a connection with the League they are administering to seek their own substitute who could step in for known absences and then have a small team to step in if results don't appear within 24 hours. It would be better to get more leagues included than have lots of people competing to update all leagues 10 minutes after the final whistle - apart from anything else, it is easiest to use the League e-mails, and maintains a relationship with the League (usually!).
Once again, thanks for your efforts, Steve - if we all pull together we can get something that Tony would be proud of.