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Re: Should this Forum have an Off-Topic section?
« Reply #15 on: April 18, 2018, 10:05:14 am »
Thanks Asher. :)
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Re: Should this Forum have an Off-Topic section?
« Reply #16 on: April 28, 2018, 01:24:28 am »
It's amazing how, and how often, that works! It's actually a fairly easy game, certainly the easiest and closest to standard Western chess 4D variant I know of. Grin, if you're ever interested, I'll cheerfully play a game, even if not very well. I've never claimed to be any good at it. In fact, it's about the only 4D vriant I can play and understand what I'm doing and even what my opponent may be doing.
Thanks for the offer. I might like to play sometime but unfortunatelly I'm a little too busy right now to add any more games to my roster. But one question I have - if we did play, at which website would you suggest playing?
I missed your question about websites. Sorry 'bout that! The only website I know of where you can play it is chessvariants.org

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Re: Should this Forum have an Off-Topic section?
« Reply #17 on: June 10, 2018, 01:40:16 pm »
Re: Poll for voting if these forums have an off-topic section: It appears NO off topic section is winning (2 Yes, 5 No).

If there is a lull in activity on these forums, maybe we should allow off-topic. ???

I just checked another forum - the "Off topic" section at Cloudy Nights (astronomy) is the most popular thread there. It has 700,000 comments, which blasts away everything else. Even "gardening" has 10,000+ comments.

https://www.cloudynights.com/forum/101-other/

Evidently people who like astronomy also talk about other stuff too. :)
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Re: Should this Forum have an Off-Topic section?
« Reply #18 on: June 10, 2018, 07:39:05 pm »
Re: Poll for voting if these forums have an off-topic section: It appears NO off topic section is winning (2 Yes, 5 No).

If there is a lull in activity on these forums, maybe we should allow off-topic. ???

I just checked another forum - the "Off topic" section at Cloudy Nights (astronomy) is the most popular thread there. It has 700,000 comments, which blasts away everything else. Even "gardening" has 10,000+ comments.

https://www.cloudynights.com/forum/101-other/

Evidently people who like astronomy also talk about other stuff too. :)

I've been thinking about it.....
Indeed it is certain that Chess Variants make me happy.

My Youtube Channel on Chess Variants
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb-lm6a8XZo0eqAhfR4QWOg

My Lecture at Yale University, aged 13
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My Youtube Channel on Rubik's Cube
Search"Polyhedral Paradise"

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Re: Should this Forum have an Off-Topic section?
« Reply #19 on: June 11, 2018, 01:34:25 pm »
What good would it do to have a thousand off-topic posts? They have zero benefit for the chess-variants section. And they would just eat away resources (like bandwidth and space for uploaded files) from the things that matter.

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Re: Should this Forum have an Off-Topic section?
« Reply #20 on: June 11, 2018, 02:11:27 pm »
Then we can talk about things that aren't related to chess variants. :)
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Re: Should this Forum have an Off-Topic section?
« Reply #21 on: June 12, 2018, 01:44:05 pm »
You can already do that. In zillions of places on the net. Just don't do it here...

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Re: Should this Forum have an Off-Topic section?
« Reply #22 on: June 12, 2018, 05:10:59 pm »
Honestly, I don't care too much if I can talk about non-variant related topics here, precisely because of what you mentioned (there's other forums). But I feel without a section for off-topic discussions, this forum will be at a disadvantage. I'm pretty sure that this platform is free because of advertising. The ads are placed because of page views, and the page views happen because of user-generated content. The algorithms placing the ads don't care if we are talking about chess or funny pet stories.

At Cloudy Nights the pet topic is bigger than this entire chess-variant forum. I guess when there isn't much happening in celestial activity, pets keep doing funny things. But again, I'll let Asher and everyone else decide. :)
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Re: Should this Forum have an Off-Topic section?
« Reply #23 on: June 13, 2018, 11:14:39 am »
Quoting Hans Eisler: „Anyone who only understands music, doesn’t understand that either“.

Maybe this also applies to chess and an off topic section would do no harm.