[Retros] Building a complete and friendly retro library
otto at janko.at
Sun May 18 10:28:22 EDT 2008
Hm - the "best of" / "record lists" are already there, and are also
published in chess magazines. For example, the type A/B/C/D last move
records list. Why is wrong to put these lists into a Wiki? Not doing wo will
not make the existing lists disapear. There seems to be a demand to have
"record lists" and "best of" lists are different. Maybe the FIDE albums come
near to "best of" lists. And the goal of every tournament is to compile a
"best of" list based on the opinion of the judge (from a limited number of
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Subject: Re: [Retros] Building a complete and friendly retro library
I would strongly advise against any "best of" listings in a database. It is
entirely subjective no matter what we may like to think, and therefore
pointless. But it is also harmful to a discipline.
Even the "records" we keep (not subjective - - except, of course, as to
which records are worth maintaining) are often problematic, the interest in
those statistics causing compositions to be misinterpreted as task efforts.
For example, I have frequently had comments about the number of retroscreens
in a composition, which had nothing to do with the point of the composition
(the number, per se, never having been of any interest to this composer). I
know that this proclivity to develop statistics has also disturbed other
Imagine a central database of online literature with a list of the N best
books ever written, or a database of art with a list of the K best
paintings. But perhaps I am a hopeless antique, and such things already
Please don't do it with chess compositions.
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