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(Message started by: aaaa on Jan 19th, 2010, 12:43pm)

Title: Automatch
Post by aaaa on Jan 19th, 2010, 12:43pm
An automatch feature for games with interactive time control settings could be a boon for the number of human-human games.

Title: Re: Automatch
Post by omar on Jan 22nd, 2010, 9:06am

on 01/19/10 at 12:43:56, aaaa wrote:
An automatch feature for games with interactive time control settings could be a boon for the number of human-human games.


Thanks for the suggestion aaaa. After the events are over this year, I'll try to setup something like this.

Title: Re: Automatch
Post by Fritzlein on Jan 22nd, 2010, 9:56am
Automatch is a wonderful and popular feature on the Internet Chess Club, but I expect that until we have a dozen people interested in interactive Arimaa games at the same time, folks will prefer to arrange matches the old-fashioned way. It's a great tool to have in place, but (like the chat room) might not reach critical mass for years after implementation and therefore lie unused.  In the mean time, additional features for a traditional tournament manager might get used on a regular basis.

Automatch is rather like a tournament that never stops and can be joined/exited at any time.  But if interest ever peters out temporarily so that the tournament isn't continuously running, it's hard to get it off the ground again.  I just don't think we have the player pool to run a (live) continuous tournament yet.

Title: Re: Automatch
Post by aaaa on Jan 30th, 2010, 3:50pm
Surely there must be a considerably higher psychological barrier for someone to go around inviting people (whom may or may not have logged on recently) than there is to accept an invitation to play (to say nothing of the rarity of open games with interactive time controls)? So why not have the server cause a pop-up instead? The whole setup shouldn't be too intrusive of course, but we could, for example, have the settings page for automatch come up whenever there are no cookies telling it not to.



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