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    Default Passing the baton / taking a year off

    Hey folks - it's probably not time to begin bickering about rules yet, but I wanted to give a heads up that I'm not going to be able to do the scoreboard this year for FS. Between work and involvement in my kids' activities (scouts, cycling teams, etc.) I am just not going to have the time this year. I'll re-evaluate for future years. I think the technology is in a pretty good state for someone else to run it and I'm happy to leave things on my servers (or happy to transfer the domain names to someone else so they can run it themselves). It's all Docker images now so it's easy to deploy anywhere. I might be able to answer questions or provide pointers, but examples of things I'm probably not going to be able to help with:
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    - Bug fixes (the software is more intelligible now, but there are almost certainly bugs)
    - New reports / scoreboards
    - Dig into the database to sort out why something isn't as someone thinks it should be

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    Sad! But also thank you for all of the work you’ve done to build, maintain and sometimes I crash the site. Freezing Saddles couldn’t have happened without it and I probably wouldn’t have had most of the friends I have today without Freezing Saddles, so your efforts have at least made my life better.

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    I knew this day would come. I was just hoping it would come after we'd found a suitable replacement. I'm happy to continue in my role as support for the person running the site, but I don't think I can step in and fill your shoes. First, you're a better coder than me, and second I'm busy, too. Also I'm likely to arbitrarily change the scoring system halfway through if one team is running away with it like the last 3-4 years, so we should find someone else to be the hozn this year.

    Anyway, your work is much appreciated. Like Judd, Freezing Saddles has had a great positive impact on my life, and the website is a big part of what makes the game work. Thank you for all that you've done.

    Also, stop pretending that you haven't been here forever - OF COURSE it's time to start bickering about the rules.

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    Thanks, guys. Yeah, FS has been very positive, which is why I've kept doing it even though I haven't really played myself since burning out year 1 :-). I do really want to see it keep on, so I hope that someone takes over. The volunteer idea seemed like a good one, but no one actually did anything -- so it actually was a net loss of productivity on the website :-). But it did make me take some time to clean up and document some of the interworkings.

    Jon, you could definitely take it over from technical perspective, but obviously I understand if you don't have time. I also can spend some time providing additional documentation before it is launch time, should that be needed. This is why I am mentioning this now. The running has gotten easier, though there are always a bunch of leaderboards etc. that need to be created. At this time that does not require any code changes -- just need someone to write the SQL and then put it in a yaml file to make the custom scoreboard.

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    Several years ago when I registered for Freezing saddles I volunteered to help out with the programming, DB and website maintenance since I'm pretty good at that sort of thing and have many years of hands-on experience. I never got a reply back and I assumed it was because I was also banned from participating in FS as punishment for owning and riding a velomobile in the area.

    Maybe if you charged FS members dues you could afford to off-shore support.

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    As I was telling the folks on the alphabet soup ride on Saturday... Maybe it is time to retire Freezing Saddles and just play Calvin Ball all winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunyata View Post
    As I was telling the folks on the alphabet soup ride on Saturday... Maybe it is time to retire Freezing Saddles and just play Calvin Ball all winter.
    Steve O weighing in here (Gasp! Shock! Awe! Who'da thunk?!)

    This is actually a pretty good idea, but perhaps expanded. After all, FS is essentially a collection of winter riding games. This is what I did last year: I played the games but didn't participate in the days/miles one. We've used the days/miles/teams conceit as the glue, but there's no reason we cannot find other glue. I think there should be teams, because it strongly supports the social-network building objective. But instead of a single over-arching prize, teams can compete for multiple prizes. Best would be prizes that support the overall goals of FS: encouraging people to ride in the winter and building friendships & the biking community.

    Notionally the following games could serve as a starting point:
    Team beerneuring/Individual beerneuring
    Team coffee clubbing/individual coffee clubbing
    Team Days Ridden
    Every Day Riders
    Team/Individual Sleaze
    Team/Individual #kidical
    Team/Individual Hains Point
    Team Calvinball/Individual Calvinball (acknowledging that rcannon or someone is willing to organize)
    Other games TBD

    What I'm suggesting I guess is that the Pointless Prizes become the point, with an added emphasis on teams and multiple ways they can win.

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    Honestly, I think the games are what make it fun. The leaderboards maybe get people to go out when they "shouldn't" (or maybe really shouldn't) but the games are great. Even from the sidelines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve O View Post
    What I'm suggesting I guess is that the Pointless Prizes become the point, with an added emphasis on teams and multiple ways they can win.
    I think this is a GREAT idea! And the more social, the better!

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    I like the thought of just games...
    Thanks Honz for all you’ve done!


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