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Post by GBDawg1 on Mon 12 Oct 2015, 10:57 am

I put this plea out before a few months ago, but it didn't elicit much response. Ideas for the site please 570335

This site is not how it used to be in many respects. The chatbox is hardly ever used these days: I will bet that many of you have never even visited it. Is it worth keeping? People used to post about a whole range of topics, but nowadays, it seems that other than the game report threads, not a lot else happens, which is a shame.

Donnie has started the "Pick 6" tournament, but the fact that we are only 6 weeks into the season and after week 6, 2 people from the rank and file of the membership will have participated twice, would appear to indicate there's not a lot of interest in this.

JR attempted to start a fantasy league but only a few were interested. Ditto with the football scores prediction league I suggested. Again, not much interest. Judging by the reaction to the latest "Examiner", there's not a lot of interest in that either. I've talked about discontinuing that before as it's a lot of work and if people are not interested then frankly it isn't worth the effort.

Most people seemingly can't be bothered to do game reports any more and even those who were doing video reports have tailed off.

So, the question is, what do you want? Or don't you want anything other than a focal point to arrange your games?

I have always maintained that this site is key to a successful league and it's not just about playing games, it's about being part of a community. Yes, we might have 32 owners at present but something's not right. I can't put my finger on what it is but those who have been around for a long time will hopefully understand what I am getting at.

Post ideas in this thread please.

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Post by MCFCDAP on Mon 12 Oct 2015, 11:48 am

Well ... 

a) dont get rid of the Examiner, its brilliant! I'm sure everyone reads it even if they don't comment! 

b) The chat box isn't used as much as it once was but come draft night, i'm sure it will be full as it always is. 

c) the league has changed, the community isn't as strong in my opinion and there isn't quite as much "banter" around anymore, don't know if that's come from a change of emphasis on people wanting to win more?

d) I'll have a think for some ideas but its getting a solid core to participate weekly or on a regular basis ... i'd have done the football scores, but maybe not fantasy football.  I've tried to get some older threads going including what football team people support and I think there was 2 replies to mine!

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Post by GBDawg1 on Mon 12 Oct 2015, 1:43 pm

Perhaps it's down to the fact that we have more continentals in the league than we used to and if English is not your first language then communication (for some - not all, as some of the English I see from some of our non-UK owners is excellent) and thus they may be reluctant to use the chatbox. I don't know. Maybe people just can't be bothered.

I agree with what you say about trying to resurrect things, but I have always said that part of the problem is that people don't read all the threads. That's why they miss announcements and so on. When you log in, you are highlighted to threads that have new posts, but if you don't read them there and then, when you log in again the system assumes you have read them and the chances are you've forgotten where there were new posts or perhaps have thought they won't be of any interest or whatever.

As for The Examiner, appreciate your views but if people don't comment then I have no idea whether they like it, find it offensive, amusing, boring or whatever. As I said, concocting 11/12 articles takes a fair bit of time, I can only assume from the response that the general opinion is "meh". So maybe it's time for something else. Or nothing.

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Post by rymac588 on Mon 12 Oct 2015, 2:38 pm

I've always been a fan of awards, either week-week or end of season. If people think this would be a nice addition I would be happy to head this up. Also writing a blurb about your team at the beginning of the season is usually a good read, although I understand if some don't want to spend the time.
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Post by Donniebrasco72 on Mon 12 Oct 2015, 7:37 pm

This is my idea.

Lets reward owners that complete their weekly game reports with extra free agent picks at the start of the season.

If people think they'll get something for spending 10 minutes on a report then I'm all for it.  Thoughts.......
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Post by MattyE88 on Mon 12 Oct 2015, 7:45 pm

Suggested that before got shot down donnie.

Speaking of reports where our weird game report lol

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Post by Donniebrasco72 on Mon 12 Oct 2015, 7:46 pm

Its done Matty, check it out fella.
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Post by MattyE88 on Mon 12 Oct 2015, 7:47 pm

Just seen it sir nice one.

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Post by GBDawg1 on Mon 12 Oct 2015, 8:53 pm

@rymac588 wrote:I've always been a fan of awards, either week-week or end of season. If people think this would be a nice addition I would be happy to head this up. Also writing a blurb about your team at the beginning of the season is usually a good read, although I understand if some don't want to spend the time.

OK, it's a good idea Rymac, please pm me with your ideas for the weekly awards. Of course, there are already those in the game itself, but not sure anyone pays much attention to them.

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Post by rymac588 on Tue 13 Oct 2015, 9:59 am

Cheers Dawg. I was thinking of highlighting the players of the week (perhaps even getting video clips if people co-operate). Additionally, the user of the week. For example if someone gets a big win or upset then they can be pointed out on the site. Then of course we could have offseason awards like coach of the year, GM of the year etc. We could all vote on these or have a panel. I am open to suggestions of course.
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Post by GBDawg1 on Tue 13 Oct 2015, 10:11 am

That wasn't a pm Laughing

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Post by rymac588 on Tue 13 Oct 2015, 10:25 am

So one problem is my inability to read.... Wink
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Post by MCFCDAP on Tue 13 Oct 2015, 4:38 pm

Maybe we could do more things like this ..... might not be on the site, but it can be discussed and read 

https://www.daddyleagues.com/eafl/blog/Jaguars/8996/Jaguars-Troubles-Continue

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Post by MattyE88 on Tue 13 Oct 2015, 5:06 pm

Yeh i put one up ages ago but no sure anyone saw it

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Post by GBDawg1 on Tue 13 Oct 2015, 5:19 pm

That's the problem with Daddyleagues. Stuff on here is more visible, although people can comment on articles on Daddyleagues if they wish.

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Post by MCFCDAP on Tue 13 Oct 2015, 5:21 pm

Maybe just open a thread for Articles on DaddyLeagues?  So you can post your links on there or even the article?

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Post by GBDawg1 on Tue 13 Oct 2015, 5:24 pm

Well, anyone can do that by posting a link in the EAFL News Section. So that you know it's been read, I replied!

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Post by Donniebrasco72 on Tue 13 Oct 2015, 5:37 pm

I've also replied DAP.
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Post by H64mmy on Tue 13 Oct 2015, 6:32 pm

I am one of the people who have to apologise for game reports, I have two waiting to put up.

I like reading other game reports and watching the highlights. The examiner aswell is always a great read.

I've never been that good at transferring my thoughts or actions into writing. and also believe it or not I am a quiet person that finds it hard to get into a conversation with others. Probably because I was told that often when I was a kid to "shut up!!" lol.

Bloody hell its took me ages to write this!!

I think the bottom 10-16 teams get a pick in FA a the start of the season and the top 16 get diddly squat or no pick, whichever is lower! Hey its an idea never the less Smile
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Post by GBDawg1 on Tue 13 Oct 2015, 6:57 pm

A quiet Scotsman......there's something you don't meet every day silent

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Post by MCFCDAP on Tue 13 Oct 2015, 7:15 pm

@GBDawg1 wrote:Well, anyone can do that by posting a link in the EAFL News Section. So that you know it's been read, I replied!
Thanks Smile ive replied too! 

I might try and make it a regular thing, maybe not always about the Jags!

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Post by patriotscpfc on Tue 13 Oct 2015, 8:51 pm

I often pop my head into the chatbox and find that 99% of the time, nobody is in there!

A few years back, there'd often be 3 or 4 of us in there most evenings. Most of whom would be hearing various swear words during my games as I would throw an INT with David Garrard.

I like writing the reports, but not so good with finding video highlights etc.

I'll see if I can keep the Betting Section alive, because some of you know that I am a degenerate gambler, though I have won Donnie a little bit of money here and there  cheers

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Post by Riverside on Tue 13 Oct 2015, 9:09 pm

well... I consider this league as a home for favorite hobby - so for me its not a place of just leaving message about the time I'm available this or that playing week (even if it looks like this - its not Smile) and surely I would be glad if core list of members will be more or less the same. I do agree that there is some small language barrier for personally me sometimes, but here I can blame only myself in been passive in some talks... 

At the same time - in example - we have a skype chat with Dzuba and Kobza. Nearly every day discussing league results/trends/stats. Its undercover but do exists Smile  So maybe it would be a suggestion (you may think its silly, its ok) - to create a skype(any other talking instrument)wide-league chat to talk there all together from time to time. You can see what was going on 3 hours ago, add your opinion, joke, light or friendly trash-talk. Currently Skype is so much vividly present in devices we are using - so you don't even have to be in leagues' site to talk with league members. That would certainly put a fresh blood into league's circulation to my mind. 

Another one thing that I respect and like to read - reports. Unfortunately at the same time I'm totally out of time currently to write a proper game report, and I hope you would agree that doing bad report "just to do" is not an option at all. Maybe it would be better to have some idea of post-game comments. We are always thanking each other for a game - but in case of post-game comment you don't have to spend minimum 20 minutes on a game review - but that just give your optional thoughts about particular game. You are still free to post some game moments.

I like the idea of having kind of team's blog. to write about milestones, plans + maybe take fictional or real interviews with newcomers - those who spend 5, 3, 1 year in a league...

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Post by GBDawg1 on Tue 13 Oct 2015, 9:20 pm

Is that the Ukrainian mafia? Or the 3 wise monkeys?

Nice post Riverside. Could also do it via a party on ps4 I guess.

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Post by Blitzburgh4891 on Sun 03 Jan 2016, 5:00 pm

Hi guys,

Not sure whether this ideas for here or not but before this league and the sml i briefly played in an american one. One of the things they ran was a scouting thread. Basically under the thread each team had their own sub thread. It was not compulsory to post in it but the general idea was (example i (detroit) played dawg (browns) i would write a quick scouting report of plays he run on offense , along the lines of uses crossing routes on 3rd and short and likes to hit his slot receiver, runs out the shotgun frequently etc, then the same on defense plays a lot of cover 2, blitzs on 3rd down, users the mlb etc). I found it useful to prefer against teams/coaches that you were not familiar with? 

So over the season there would be 10-12 scouting reports from other coaches who had played detroit for people to read and make a game plan around?

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