The very first 'official' league on uniquefc.com!
I'll say straight off the bat that the site isn't yet perfect, but hopefully we can make it so as the season progresses.
I've created this post/thread to discuss everything related with our league - So any banter, player trade talk, draft pick talk, shotguns etc etc goes here.
A couple more important links:
I know you all love Whatsapp, but please use this thread and the 2 links above so that others can also make use of any information posted. Plus, this blog is extremely easy to use and interact with. Please note that you will need to sign-up separately to your uniquefc.com login details (don't get scared, no email verification needed, and it takes about 15-30 seconds, I have timed it). I would suggest using the exact same details, but that is up to you.
Right then, draft begins shortly...
Alright guys, after a few bug fixes to do with the prority list, it seems to be working fine now, so let's get on with the draft and have it completed hopefully before the gameweek starts. Fill up ur priority lists (of course make sure you think before you fill lol) so that drafting is quicker.
Draft restarted from round 2 guys. Let me know if round 1 is as it should be (quick, before it's too late).
no chance. restart the draft i reckon! one of the reasons being I need to rename my team LOL! But yeah, the priority league affected my selection so I think restart the draft.
what you reckon guys?
So, the skipping error we faced was apparently due to the development team fixing an error in the countdown timer (Nirav, this is the one you pointed out earlier). Should be fixed. Now moving forward, should we; (1) restart the draft or (2) continue?
Majority opinion wins...
As is RVP is picked already!! LOL! you know what, Suarez to the rescue!
This is going to be fun!
Sucks OZIL is not in the system yet, should be coming in anytime this week!
Uganda, ur up!
Nish, I really wanted RVP, but I thought everyone would complain if I got him (I haven't yet managed to implement a randomizer yet, so the league first round is in order of who joined the league).
It's ok.. Ozil feeding Giroud will do just fine..
Nirav you're up!
Ok guys, waiting on one more registration (Niraj), and the draft will start tonight (in about 4-5 hours).
You should start setting up your priority queue before-hand. You don't have to but it speeds the draft up significantly. I'm writing up a post on this (for everyone else as well as us). I'll link to it once it is up.
In the meantime can everybody please post a comment here just so I know you are seeing this. And welcome 'Steelminus' to the league as well (he was keen to help test the site with us so I have invited him to our league).
Okay, so as asked by a couple of people, how were we playing this using spreadsheets before? Well, I'll outline the process here, while trying to find a balance between keeping it short and sweet and still providing enough detail.
1. Use Google Docs!
It's free, and it allows everyone to connect at the same time. Also, as it's in the cloud, it is always up to date. You can look back at past revisions if necessary and is the ideal tool (short of a fully dedicated site) to play fantasy football in this way. Sample: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AiNH-JHpkhe8dFVVX2RiaDNyNUdZTFdieHliaUtUemc&usp=sharing
2. Decide between doing the entire game manually vs using an existing salary cap based fantasy game
Personally, none of our group could be bothered going through the hassle of creating a point scoring system, updating each player's scores manually, keeping track of transfers/team sheets and scoring the entire game manually which is why we went with the second option.
I've always been a fan of productivity & efficiency hacks to allow me to do more with the limited time in each day. But lately, I've been working really hard to institutionalize these things within our company, PointAbout.
Everyone reacts a little differently. Some people take to keyboard shortcuts easily, while for others using the mouse is a very hard habit to break. I would liken keyboard shortcuts to blogging: With both, there's a "valley of death" you have to get through before you emerge in the sunny field on the other side, and most people don't make it. Both blogging and keyboard shortcuts require several weeks or months of concerted effort to prove successful, but once you emerge on the other side of that time commitment, you look back with the realization you should've done it years ago, it's so valuable. Initiatives like the F1 GeekSpeed Challenge help make it a bit more fun.
One thing that's been easier to institutionalize has been the use of Basecamp , a cloud-based Software As A Service (SAAS) lightweight project management tool, instead of email. I've gotten quite militant with everyone around me that if a conversation turns into a thread on email, or if you know it's going to be one, it should be moved to Basecamp. There are several huge benefits to this approach -- again, not all of them immediately obvious. The first is that it allows you to assign owners and dates to tasks, something email is notoriously poor at. The second is that you have a threaded conversation, all kept in one place, and various people can be added & dropped to comments along the way as necessary (no more 'reply to all' hell). These benefits are nice when they're happening, but invaluable as time goes on and the knowledgebase builds.
Today I came across a great example of exactly this. Hayat, our admin, had asked me how to do some transcription work. About 4 months ago, I had previously trained another admin on this. Since I put the original training instructions on Basecamp, I was able to very quickly & easily call up the thread and just have Hayat read it + watch a video I had posted in the thread. That was it -- I didn't have to do anything more than point her in the right direction, the rest of what she needed was perfectly memorialized on Basecamp from the first time I went through it.
It felt so great and refreshing to have successfully stored the knowledge in a place where it could be readily reused that I did a video to show off the details. Here it is -- enjoy!