Rio 2016 is coming to an end and I would like to make an announcement before some users will enter into the "detoxification mode" of sports after the Olympic Games and will disappear for some months (hopefully not too much!)
After the new start in March, as you know Totallympics has changed because from March on Totallympics has only been a discussion forum and not a results collection website anymore. I had to quickly restart the forum to avoid the community to die, we have lost some users, found some others, but in general I think it was a positive new start.
As many of you know, I have started Totallympics in 2011 and I have had a motivation lackness in the past 12 months. Also thanks to some improvements in my professional life, I have now found some new motivations and I have already planned the new Olympic Quadriennium which will start tomorrow and will go until Tokyo 2020.
What Totallympics offered until February and has totally missed after the new start is the results collection, something I would like to start again.
My idea is to separate the discussion forum from the results collection part of Totallympics. And I think the best way is to keep this forum's software (IP Board) for the discussion forum (very expensive but very user friendly) and to use Discuz (the old forum's software, which is free) again for the results collection part.
We would not use the Discuz part as a discussion forum, but the good thing is that Discuz is free and all Totallympics contributors already know how to use it to post results. As you may have noticed trying to post results here on IP Board, this software is very good for discussion but very bad for tables and complex formats in general. To post results in tables like we were doing on Discuz here on IP Board is not even impossible and to work with tables in general very time consuming. Also, I have tried some websites platforms in the past months but none of them are as good as Discuz for the tables and the formats we were already used to use until few months ago.
So to make a summary my idea is:
IP Board (Totallympics as it is now) for Discussion
Discuz (Totallympics as it was from 2011 to February 2016) for Results
I think this solution would make everyone happy: those who were interested to post/be informed about results and those who are just interested in the discussion. Hopefully most of you will be interested in both of the things
On the Discuz forum we will have a limited number of users, because only the contributors will register, and only results will be posted. No general messages, no questions about results or olympic qualifications, no mistakes reports, everything which does not contain results will be posted on the IP Board forum.
We will have some "rules" about which events to follow, I mean that everything will be standardized as it was before, to avoid someone registering and starting to post random results of minor sports competitions.
Of course we will as always focus on Olympic Qualifications and hopefully we will be able to follow the biggest number possible of international competitions of both Winter and Summer Sports. All the discussions will still be here, and hopefully more and more users from each Nation will join the discussion to follow sport events with us everyday. One of the most important thing here will be to make all National Threads more and more populated so that each Nation will have at least 2 or more users who can discuss in their own national language in their National Thread.
Another difference, a positive one I think because many of you complained about this, is that in the Discuz Threads we will not post "daily" results in the threads anymore, because there will be no discussion in the threads. So we will just have to update the post with results without posting "Day 1 Results", "Medal Count after Day 3" and so on anymore.
We still have to decide together with admins some things, but this is the general idea. I think this is the best thing because people who wants to discuss can do it without comments being interrupted by very long results/medal count posts, people who want results will be able to use Totallympics as a source again as it happened before, and people who want to do both things will be able to do both things
My main concern, right now, is who will take care of the Events of the Week Thread, because it is very time consuming and it requires a great general sports events knowledge and to be always aware of which sport events have started or will start soon. As you know, KSR was taking care of that since Totallympics launch, but I have not been able to contact him after February 2016. Hopefully he will come back one day, but I can't say when, so we need someone who will take care of that. I hope I will be able to contribute on this project as much as I can but I do not want to be in a position for which the whole Totallympics depends on me, therefore I prefer to help as much as I can, but not to let any thread or project depends exclusively on me.
Another important thing is to easily and quickly link from one forum to the other one so that users can easily pass from reading results to comment and the opposite. For example, we could add a link in the first post of each thread to redirect users to the results/discussion thread in the other forum. As I said, this "split" will allow users to only use the results or the discussion part, but hopefully most of you will be interested and will take part in both of them.
If you have any question or suggestion feel free to ask/propose because in the next days I don't think we will have many sport events to follow So we have time to think about the new quadriennium.
In few hours Rio 2016 will be finished but Totallympics' strenght has always been to be alive for 365 days per year and our Olympic Games don't last 16 days but 4 years, so from tomorrow on our focus will be on Tokyo 2020, with of course Pyeongchang 2018 and all other daily sport events in between And I hope you will all be with us and more and more users from yours and from other nations will join us during the journey!