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GraczNiejednoznaczne

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San Marino
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Fri Jun 10 2016 12:45PM | edited: 1:22:43 | MsgID: 19079792


Makes me wonder if we based the Socials in one of the Polar regions whether we would still be getting desires to join after the offer has closed.

Personally always felt that their must be more than 5 people that lived within the vicinity of London and played on ChessWorld.net after all it is quite a large "town".

Mention has been made of figures attending previous Social events in London were low, but so far an appetite to mention how depressing the figures were have been bypassed.







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Fri Jun 10 2016 12:25PM | MsgID: 19079780


Hi

I must have missed an offer of a London social. I've just signed up for one in Barcelona in September.

A pity as London is 60 minutes away from home!







Apollo

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United Kingdom
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Fri Jun 10 2016 7:28AM | MsgID: 19079449


May I add a further comment to this topic.

We know that Members have enjoyed previous social events but, as Ockendon pointed out, there seem to be few actually registering an interest.

What has not been mentioned in this thread is the potential expense for attendees.

Travel, be it within the UK or internationally can be expensive, accommodation, especially within the London area may be difficukt to find and again is likely to be expensive.

Perhaps cost is the real deterrent; that is, unfortunately, beyond our control.







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Fri Jun 10 2016 3:44AM | MsgID: 19079302


Please drink many beers at the socials







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England
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Thu Jun 9 2016 5:54PM | MsgID: 19078545


Originally posted by: "Apollo"


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In the past, with the agreement of the WebMaster, we have used the System Message conduit to publicise any plans for ChessWorld socials.

However, using this, or specific Forum posts does not guarantee that Members will actually see and read the content.

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If you have any suggestions as to how ChessWorld could do more we would be more than happy to consider them, if not for this year, then for future occasions.

Apollo




I accept all of the points made by Apollo, my suggestion (if technically feasible) would have been a message to all previous attendees - but am also aware that people sometimes say yes and then have other priorities nearer the time and I think it was a reasonable decision to take a break from the socials after the falling attendances at the last few I went to.

A further suggestion might be to piggy-back the social on to a congress that people may stay in B&Bs/hotels for anyway.

Cheers, Rich







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Australia
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Mon Jun 6 2016 10:08PM | MsgID: 19073374


It is pictured and referenced as the main photograph on the login page!!!

PLEASE tell me no one pays for marketing and did not see the ridiculous irony of this thread :-8O:-8O







Apollo

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United Kingdom
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Sat Jun 4 2016 4:14PM | edited: 4:22:09 | MsgID: 19068939


Originally posted by: "GraczNiejednoznaczne"
I asked my partner whether she uses the Forums her response was no which seems to confirm the generally held consensus opinion, not many people use the Forums.

What I am trying to say is that if the willingness to hold a London Social was apparent surely it would have held a much larger audience if the players page messaging system had been harnessed for this important event.

Or is that just confirming my cynicism.




This is a difficult issue.

Plans for a ChessWorld Socials have been managed by my colleague Ockendon, (a very active, and successful, proponent of the concept over the years), who made a significant contribution earlier in this thread.

In the past, with the agreement of the WebMaster, we have used the System Message conduit to publicise any plans for ChessWorld socials.

However, using this, or specific Forum posts does not guarantee that Members will actually see and read the content.

If we post messages on the Play page, which is the only page where we can be absolutely certain that such messages would be exposed to all Members we then get inundated with complaints to the HelpDesk complaining about unnecessary distraction. (Remember that if a small, fragile but beautiful butterfly flutters it's wings in some far-off corner of ChessWorld play page, there will still be some Members who hear it and complain vociferously about the noise!)

Basically, whatever strategy we choose, we cannot win in the long run.

If you insider our Forums as possible channels for publicising such events, then you need to consider:

Social - tends to be frequented by a small sub-set of regular contributors who nevertheless may be the ideal target audience.

Chess - arguably not the best arena to discuss social topics.

Suggestions, Advanced Help and Newbies - almost certainly the least effective arena for attracting participants, although in general the users of these Forums tend to be a different group to the Social Forum clientèle.

If you have any suggestions as to how ChessWorld could do more we would be more than happy to consider them, if not for this year, then for future occasions.

Apollo







GraczNiejednoznaczne

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San Marino
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Sat Jun 4 2016 3:21PM | edited: 3:28:10 | MsgID: 19068884


I asked my partner whether she uses the Forums her response was no which seems to confirm the generally held consensus opinion, not many people use the Forums.

What I am trying to say is that if the willingness to hold a London Social was apparent surely it would have held a much larger audience if the players page messaging system had been harnessed for this important event.

Or is that just confirming my cynicism.







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England
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Sat Jun 4 2016 8:17AM | MsgID: 19068260


If I had known I would have put my self up for it.







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Japan
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Sun May 15 2016 4:00PM | MsgID: 19030409


That's a pity, but I know it must be difficult depending on where people are holed up. I do come regularly to London, but it's sometimes for a brief time (like this year, just 3-4 nights).







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