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Wow, that's perceptive & intelligent comment! Reading between the lines think what Erik want's is crisp,sharp,modern presentation of the site so it has broad-appeal & fences with other competing-sites ?
& why not ?? ( as long as chess & it's tradition respected anything goes )
Look at a sites such as '' Chesscube ''' for example there is a world of difference in appearnce & though chess.com better does not want to miss picking up new-members browsing around the web ?
There aren't 5 million active members here.. how many are duplicate account holders? How many are accounts of people who drifted away from the site and didn't bother closing their account.
I bet TONS.
And we can see by how many people are playing Live chess at any one time, usually somewhere between 5000 and 8000 members, that 5 million active members is very inaccurate. As well as how many are online in chess.com at any one time... right at this second there are 4,974 members online.
But being able to show there are almost 5 million accounts in chess.com would be good for marketing to advertisers, so hey, more money coming into the site is a benefit to all, if spent on the site . :)
according to the online rank, there are just over 252,000 players.
I agree with you almost perfectly, babs. Except to say that "Erik might say he was only after ideas here, not votes" is mere conjecture. What he said was:
Click here to vote on the name!
I can tell only what he said, not what he might say.
Wow, that's perceptive & intelligent comment! Reading between the lines think what Erik want's is crisp,sharp,modern presentation of the site so it has broad-appeal & fences with competing-sites ?
Well if changing the name to something that is very casual will make a 'signficant' difference to gaining more members, gaining more paying members, and possibly more advertisers as a result, hence more money coming into the site, then I would support that if it means more money being available and used for further site developments.
Like some said it might attract more of the casual players.. not the serious players, I don't know.. I know for myself whatever the name is called for these types of games is not going to be the deciding factor if I joined or not. 'Understanding' what's available here would be more important to me.
Do you mean online now?
I missed that post or any posts asking for votes Sooner.
Erik has also stated today that he still only likes Daily Chess and Anytime Chess, which gives me the impression that the votes won't matter. :)
Agree Babs. Think first-impressions count & with Erik on that (Is good-business). Doubt serious chess-players would be turned-off by modern appearance/names for chess-variants. Are intelligent people & would quickly navigate to what they need.
When I first came across this site (years ago) thought it was quirky/old-fashioned in appearance (still liked though !) & did not play chess here for quite some time. Future of chess very important with young-people & must attract them to this site as 1st-choice.
chessplayer11, yes, that's it exactly.
No its been at taht for a while, on my stats, i am ranked 90 something thousand out of 252000.
_valentin_, the English term "correspondence" doesn't refer exclusively to postal mail, either. Besides, we all have access to dictionaries, both online and in book form. Don't we think that anyone who doesn't already know what "correspondence" means and were interested enough in playing chess on the site would look it up and find out what it means?
Agree Babs. Think first-impressions count & with Erik on that (Is good-business). Doubt serious chess-players would be turned-off by modern appearance. Are intelligent people & would quickly navigate to what they need.
Sure Aidan, but I'm not a serious chess player in the sense I don't play in OTB tournaments or study hard like the pros here, and I know it wouldn't put me off playing if I saw the name 'Correspondence Chess', I would just want to know how the games worked..
If 'daily chess' is the chosen name, some education should come with it, as in what the heck does it mean.. as with any name chosen as we all pretty much agreed on one thing.. all names fail to describe the style of play to everyone..
babs, in reference to my post #662 and your #665, Erik's post calling for a vote is in post #1! If Erick were just going to choose a name he likes regardless of what a majority of voters want, why would he call for a vote? None would be needed for that.
[...]Therefore, the preference expressed by the votes should be given greater weight; and those preferences should be given great deference by Erik. After all, presumably, the customers of the site provide him and his staff their bread and butter. Successful businesses satisfy the majority of their customers. So should he. Erik asked for the preference of his customers by a vote. He got it, and it is for "correspondence chess." So he should replace the term "online chess" with "correspondence chess" on the basis of the preference expressed in the vote. Also, we don't have to assume that the members who voted for "correspondence chess" are a good sample of the general membership. Everyone was free to vote. Some did; some did not. We don't have to assume anything. We just need to count the votes.
I must have missed the part where erik said that the top vote there would be the deciding factor for a name change.
I imagine that it's simply a way to get you guys to come up with new names for him and get a basic feel for what you what, nothing more.
I doubt you guys have any real input, like it or not. You're just being used to come up with names, and when/if he sees one he likes, that'll will be the choice.
Don't try to believe that some poll will be the deciding factor regardless of how many people voted.
Ah yes, forgot about that stat, duh...
Well there you go.. 252,000 is nowhere near 5 million. That's more like 1/20th of 5 million, roughly.
Obviously did not get my calculator out.. :)
lol. ok ok.. well then let's see what name gets chosen in the end. ;)
All right then & if '' Correspondence Chess '' is popular-vote & to be retained is then question of aesthetics/presentation which leads back to previous post of mine :)
In order not to cheapen or denigrate the noble tradition of the '' Game of Kings '', perhaps the answer lies simply in maintaining that whilst using smaller type-size as the prefix ?
Will the sites name be changed too?Everytime i log on somethings up for change.
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