Originally posted by luctruc
If the clubs had been conceived with the idea of adding to the "social element," I think the "rough code" that was introduced at the start would have included a forum function. In any case, with 300+ clans and the most raucous and entertaining public boards I've ever seen on a game site, I'd wonder about a plan to afford users even more opportunities for ga free and ... but they wouldn't play each other. No, they would just, like, be there."
Dude. If you don't like them, you don't need to use them/join them/start one.
I personally do not play in tournaments, unless they're banded duels, I also do not use the siege function. I do however play many games, and enjoy interacting with others. I enjoy playing people of higher rating, as it helps me learn, and i like beating them if i can because it makes me feel good.
I am struggling to see what you have against clubs. There is a Games Moderation team currently being set up, and outside of the clubs, all will be as normal. There is no requirement for you to take part in the clubs, niether is there any need for them to encroach on your enjoyment of the site, they are just another way to enjoy playing chess. The end format for them is still unkown, and for those of us happy to embrace a new feature it is a welcome sideline in an already enjoyable passtime.
I know you will probably discount my words, but your rampant, uneducated nay-saying is really baffling mate.
I'll answer one question for you....I have no plans to become a Games moderator for my club.
It stands to reason that club ratings will differ from normal ratings..eg. I have a 2100 player in my club. The chances of him playing against the others, outwith open tournaments, is actually quite slim. Am i to take it from that, that anyone with a higher rating than him is cheating.....God no, it's not my job to do games moderation. I have only played maybe one person who has been banned 3(b), why ? Because i am rated too low to meet him in an open challenge.
Games mods will be doing the Games moderation, and i'll .....well, as of yet, i have no idea what i as club leader will do. For all i know, as soon as people have an option to leave a club, my club might disintigrate, as people choose the one or two that the feel comfortable asigning themselves to. For now, they are just skeleton lists of interest, which may or may not become an added feature to the site.
Just my 2 cents worth, but i fail to see what you're so hyped up about.