Anthony Higgs wrote:There appears to be a problem with the list, I (selectively!) quote a colleague and grader as follows:
"If you check your personal page you will find you're shown as having played some number "x" games over the last 12 months. However, if you then click on "Standard games played, last 12 months" you'll find a greater number "y" are recorded. Whilst your internal club games played since January are listed, your opponent's grades are not shown for these games. These games seem to account for the difference between "x" and "y". This seems to be a common problem for many, but not all, of the clubs for which I submit results. I don't know if this has affected the grading calculations. I'm on the case with the Grading Administrator."
Thanks Anthony for not naming the guilty party!
It's a problem where there's one common factor. Me.
As one of the diehards who has continued to use the old ECF League program, I've kept an old Windows XP computer running just for grading. (The program won't install on any later Windows OS.) Rather like its owner, this computer is showing its age. As I was putting together my grading submissions last month the system was giving me frequent problems. The database that League creates was getting corrupted and I had no choice but to start again from scratch and repeat all the work I'd already done. Although this seemed to be a software issue, I felt it was more likely to be down to the old computer. There is a workaround from Microsoft for later OS that enables you to partition a hard drive and set up a "virtual machine" wherein you can install a different OS. However, with Windows 10 this requires the Pro version, which is something like a £100 upgrade from basic Windows 10. On exploring further I came across a freebie called VirtualBox that does essentially the same thing, so I installed this on my current (Windows 10) computer and then installed Windows XP and League in the "virtual machine" I created on one side of the partition. Sure enough, the program returned to its normal stable self, but I still had to repeat a lot of work as I couldn't recover the database I had been creating on the old computer. If any other League user is facing a similar situation, they can get in touch for any more information they might like to have on this solution.
That doesn't actually explain the issues that have shown up on the personal grading pages in the July list. In recreating my results database, from which individual event results files are created by League, I not only had to reload a lot of data, including from the July - December 2016 period, but I had to ensure I matched up various bits of data with what I'd submitted for the January list. I thought I had, but certain subtleties in how League creates results files conspired against me. All seemed correct, and my submissions all passed the ECF "Checker" routine, but they weren't. I believe I've now sorted out the errors and have resubmitted a load of files to the Grading Administrator, so I'm hoping the issue will be sorted with an early update of the published list. I'm not sure whether the errors have actually had any effect on grading calculations, but I suspect they have not - but please do check the published list periodically to see whether the next update results in any grade changes.