This forum arose from a request during Clacton’s 2012 end-of-season meeting. As nobody volunteered to provide this it went on my ‘to do’ list, though it did fit in to an existing objective – to provide a mark up mechanism for linking games with move details and player/author annotations, where available. Suitable ‘blog-tools’ are one way to provide this and more to players who wish to extend and share related content.
Club secretaries/general-admins already had the facility to create notices, add link-menus, event-calendars, upload documents to link to etc. which appear (if used) as part of their necl.org.uk club page. The league general secretary could similarly edit the league profile and maintain notices, the league officer list, upload AGM/LCM minutes etc. Alongside each season’s reported results, the combined facilities provide essential club/league operational and reference information. This forum extends on that.
Any NECL player can register to post articles and comments for colleagues to read at club level (via the club-blog) or at league level, in general or specialised categories. These may range from news about ‘events’ of general information, detail/analysis of notable games, chess items for sale, articles offered up for discussion etc.. New sections can be dedicated to growing topics as needed. e.g. in 2012 there was concern about funding due to changes in ECF membership/grading fees and the league was considering member opinions to determine the best course of action so ‘ECF’ became a category in this forum. Other categories will be created as appropriate, or as requested and further suggestions are welcome.