This rapidly declining website is not nearly as good as it once was. Many good chess people of the past are missing. The original creators of this site have passed on. Change was inevitable, and not for the better.
The established posted guidelines are not followed whatsoever. There is very little moderation of content here. Pornographic links were advertised here for about four weeks despite repeated complaints; it was an oversight, not deliberate -- but lack of attention allowed it to happen. Management seems to be amused by open hostility toward others, which may include sexist, racist, homophobic remarks.
The chess aspects of this site are rapidly crumbling. Chess post-participation has dropped, the technology is S L O O O W or dysfunctional, new games aren't being added in timely fashion, internal server errors pop up one after another, another, another, etc. etc. Long-time paying members are leaving for other chess sites that welcome and cater to chess enthusiasts. It's AJ Goldsby magnified. Some of the best operational employees have also left here. Some have changed identities:
" We should be so fortunate as to have <Pepperpot>/<RedShield>, in his latest role, that of <MissScarlett> "
There is a grossly disproportional sociopolitical aspect that encourages cyber bullying under the guise of freedom of speech (so long as it's THEIR preferred speech). Many comments are mean-spirited and/or obscene. Schmucks control the dialogue by gang-badgering dissenters w/a barrage of negative comments and deliberate miscasting. Troll S has a massive 1,800 pages, that's PAGES (only God knows how many individual posts that amounts to be) of political attack commentary against the president. BP/GW deliberately flaunts his proud racism and devious immorality. Where's the chess in there?
Do you want to pay to be stalked, harassed on a site that is supposed to be fun? A few attack dogs are "volunteer editors," who otherwise as a group greatly help the site survive. We need our volunteer editors to be neutral editors, not political partisans. For those volunteers like PB who do their duty earnestly, positively, thank you.
If you came here for quality chess interaction, better to invest your paid subscription elsewhere. Until my subscription runs out next year, I'll hold out hope for a new owner to buy this site and take out the garbage.
<Susan Freeman: <I miss <Annie>. Did she get too big for her boots, or did <Miss Susan> drive her away?> <MissS> the short answer is both.>
<Susan Freeman: If we started to ban members for * manners* here, there would be nobody left>
Harassment, sexism, racism, and faulty technology isn't my kind of place.