[Retros] Building a complete and friendly retro library

Oliver Sick oliver.sick at web.de
Sun May 18 04:26:17 EDT 2008


Very good idea. Thanks to Otto Janko and good luck.

Some remarks. I think it would be even more valuable, if it would be embedded in a larger chess problem wiki intended fot the larger community of all problemists.

Good reasons are:

- A wiki would grow faster if more people were involved. And in fact there are other attempts to establish a problem chess wiki (eg. I´ve set up a very very early and raw wiki at cpwiki.oliversick.de, at this stage it is not more than a playground ). Involving a bigger audience helps to promote such an amibitious project like a wiki.

- Especially things like fairy chess conditions, author informations,...are of general value for all problemists. If there were several sources for chess problem definitions the real danger of inconsistent informations would be given.

- I know of some problemists who are working on a fairy (offline) chess encyclopedia. Perhaps they could be motivated to participate in an online fairy encyclopedia.

What do you think?

Oliver Sick

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Hi friends,

We were discussing with Nicolas Dupont about the necessity of having an ordered,
complete and friendly source to easily get the PGs state of the art in every respect.

We were focussed on PGs but after some interaction with Otto Janko this concept
was extended to all the retroanalysis specialties.

Otto informed us that he started some time ago a retro-wiki targeted to build such a
source but this initiative had no too much success in the RML.

It's perhaps a matter of communication, so I propose to start it again. We agreed with
Otto that the best way would be to participate the retro community via this RML
in order to structure the wiki (which is as far as I understand a very flexible tool) altogether.

I would like to remark what I have in mind: there are many problems, articles, Awards,
comments, definitions, etc, published all over the world; an endless ocean to be
navigated lonely. When one is trying to go deeper with something it's a must to start
from its state of the art, but how to get it?

Magazines are the original source for most problems, articles, etc, but places like the
Retrocorner are the natural (and indispensable) secondary source; other way, how to
put the pieces altogether?

This should be started by an Otto's message indicating what we should define first in
order to build the wiki structure. The wiki is a tool and this initiative will make sense if
the retroexperts collaborate filling it with contents; other way, it would be an empty vessel.

(http://retrowiki.janko.at/. is already fully functional; nevertheless we should wait
to edit it until some agreement about the desired structure is reached on the RML).

Some messages from the retro community supporting this initiative would be very appreciated.

Roberto Osorio

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