The UniqueFC.com Blog community section:
With the football just around the corner, I think it is a good time to highlight our community posting feature on this blog. As some of you may know, pretty much anyone can post an article on here and start a discussion. This blog is essentially a fusion between a blog and a forum and this intertwined functionality is one of the reasons we decided to use Sett.com as a blogging platform provider.
The major reason for this is that we envision each league started up on uniquefc.com to have its own discussion thread where deals can be struck, banter can be exchanged and bold claims of greatness can be made. Who doesn't want to be this smug with their mates?
But gloating purposes aside, the community section can be used for any of our readers to post their own article or start their own discussion. I would love it if one of you gave it a try. A few quick topics off the top of my head: Will a massively strengthened Spurs still find a way to bottle this season? Who are the favourites for the title so far? Maybe even a general discussion on your club of choice..
Whatever you choose, it is extremely easy to post an article. Step 1: Click on the community section on the top left, Step 2, Click on 'Create Post' Step 3 Write Post and Submit. That's it!
For posts that are really good, we can promote them to the first page as well... (which I will do for the first post on the community board just for myself to get a feel of how it works).
Do it now!
After it became clear that we are going to miss the launch of the new season, we decided to add more polish to the site. We are still focussing on the errors that have stopped us from launching thus far, of course, and the site that we release, when we release it, will still be a beta version, but it should be much better than what would have been out last week had the previously mentioned errors not reared their ugly heads.
Something else that became clear during last week's live site testing was the fact that we needed to upgrade our servers. We are working on that and we would greatly appreciate if any readers can recommend good web-hosting services in the UK - either VPS hosting or Dedicated Servers. Budget friendly would be a plus too (on a related note, I should write a post on How-To-Lose-A-Years-Salary-Building-A-Fantasy-Football-Site!) In hindsight, I should probably have run a kick-starter campaign, but all good. This has been a dream for many a year and I'm enjoying every minute of trying to make it work.
Anyway, that's all for now. As always, feel free to leave your comments/questions below.
So! Exciting news: We've reached a stage where we are willing to start our first league on uniquefc.com!
A handful of us will begin playing (the crew that were playing on spreadsheets last season), and if all goes well, I will post it here and invite others to sign-up as well (not that the system won't let anyone sign up at the moment, but we haven't reached the full, 'official' beta launch yet). The reason for that is quite simple: I don't want to raise expectations too high and cause disappointment.
There are still a few issues to be taken care of, and a million improvements to slowly incorporate into the site, but as long as we continue moving in the right direction, we will eventually get there.
For those of you brave enough to face possible disappointment if the site goes t*ts up, please do the following:
I've been thinking about this for a while. I fancy myself a scientist, which means I use the Scientific Method to figure things out. So I make a hypothesis, and try like crazy to falsify it, and at the end maybe there's some interesting not-yet-falsified ideas.
I train myself in all sorts of science, I keep real genuine article scientists as friends and compatriots. But y'know, I probably wouldn't be called a Scientist by the vast majority of people in this day and age.
So I started thinking. What is someone who does science who doesn't have impressive scientific credentials? And I came to - a Cowboy Scientist.
Cowboy Science is trying to figure out how things for practical reasons or for curiosity, not for academic or institutional prestige.
A rancher who tries to figure out what the best mix of water and grazing and movement for his cattle by takes notes, making a guess at what'll work, and testing that guess - he's doing science. But no one would call him a Scientist with a capital S.