Saturday, September 26, 2009

Week 2 at the 81-Square Universe

The 81-Square Universe is still going strong after two weeks. With 567 posts and 81 members, we are the most active and fastest-growing English-speaking shogi discussion site on the Internet!

Transferring over to a new domain

In order to provide members with more features and have a more respectable place on the Internet, the 81-Square Universe is in the process of moving to a new domain. A domain would allow for the following features, copied from this thread:
  • More customization: Heavenforum has some neat features but despite all of the features it is still quite limited. The customization of the forum ends with how much Heavenforum decided to program. On our own domain, however, we will be able to add whatever we like whenever we like. I am even planning to have the ability to add Kifu for Windows to posts simply by posting the kifu of a game, so look forward to that!
  • Better maintenance: This is an issue that only came up yesterday, but it's already quite a big issue, in my opinion. Yesterday, Heavenforum went through some maintenance. Since our forum runs on a template supplied by Heavenforum, after something apparently went wrong on Heavenforum's end, we lost several of our forum images that I can't replace due to not having a backup copy. Since everything will be hosted by the 81-Square Universe on a new domain, this won't be an issue.
  • Actual webspace: In addition to the forum, the 81 Square Universe will have web pages dedicated to shogi when we transfer over to a domain. We will have lots of resources such as an extensive (and hopefully interactive) set of rules, an archive of Hidetchi's videos, and we will also have an area for online tournaments, user-submitted articles, etc.
You can read more about this in the Website Planning thread.

81-Square Universe Ranking League

Due to some complications, only two matches from this week have been decided. Due to scheduling conflicts between Nutaboutit and shogismive, and technical problems with 105, these two games will be resolved next week. The matches that have been decided are:

Lukas1 (win) vs grayswx
crazysjd89 (win by default) vs DialaceStarvy

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