By now, all ownership teams should have received an email from me (on behalf of the site) inviting you to login. As soon as you are able, please do so and change your password.
While I have spent quite a bit of time experimenting with the site and tweaking the configuration, there will still be a number of quirks and user interface issues that I won't be able to address. We've got an open line of communication to the FanStar team, though, so one of the things I'd like to do is compile some suggested changes over the next few weeks and send it to them.
Things you should do right away:
BTW, there is a trading block you can use (at the bottom of the trade proposal page) to put those needs/available players info on the site.
I will second the option of finding somehow to handle waivers (the week to week kind) more quickly. I don't mind giving several days but my worry would be as we get into the season and want to make moves it makes the M-F period almost worthless and with kids that is a LONG wait to adjust the roster.
Could we let this week go that way (a waiver period for the post draft players) and then allow actual transactions at anytime? Or on a 24 hour - clear at midnight - sort of system? That way players are still subject to being picked up to adjust for injuries, bad play, etc that have already cleared waivers (after this week anyone not on a roster should be considered "unwanted")
My logic for a quicker turn around is to keep the kids interested (instant gratification!) but the current format could punish someone who misses out on a player. For example I need another OF but if my claim doesn't pass on any of the OF I want I am left holding a bad spot on my team for another week and hoping I can get a player next week.
If I am missing something please let me know. I don't mind 'missing out' in a waiver system. Its how the game works and has for years. It would just be nice to know sooner as the season progresses so that we can adjust and start digging for another player that we can all agree on.
One think that I just did is to increase the site's roster limit from 20 to 25. This is a response to a problem one owner was having trying to sign a minor-league player for his team's developmental list with a full 20-man roster. It should also have benefits with the scenario you describe above.
Come monday, if any rosters are over the limit, I'll look for ways to keep as many players as possible (e.g., using the disabled list) and release the least contested and most recently added players first.
One thing that FanStar does allow for is multiple transaction periods. So we could have a M-W signing period and a Th-Sa signing period to speed up the opportunities. Would that be of interest?
I think that would work better. It would give two periods for people to check in without forcing someone who can't be at a computer daily to check constantly but also give time to adjust if our claims don't go through with Sunday to set final rosters heading into a new week.
Also I don't see a way to order our desired claims....the waivers are fine but I don't necessarily want the first player I claimed first if that makes sense. If I need to redact a claim to reorder that is fine and will just have to be accounted for in the weeks ahead.
My schedule is missing week 15. Is this intentional?
Chip - Greenwood Aglets
Nope. You play Fairport.
I'm thankful owners are checking their schedules. It was a lot of manual entry, so I'm not surprised a mistake or two was made.
Due to an issue trying to sign players to the farm club with a full roster, I have increased the roster size from 20 to 25. Teams should be able to add players that could put them over the 20-man limit, to help accommodate uneven trades and this farm list.
This does not mean you can keep more players. Come Monday each week, every roster will still have to meet the 20-man limit, plus up to 1 developmental player and 5 disabled list players.
I like the idea of 2 signing periods.I think that is a great solution.
I agree with Nick's reasons for not having a full week (instant gratification!) of waiting. Although it is probably me that is more impatient than Erin.
I think it will cut research time down too. If we have a week long period and we do not get our free agent choice, we would have to wait another week. Or we would have to put in multiple claims. That could get confusing. At least for me.
I think 2 signing periods would eliminate all concerns.
FREE AGENT ADJUSTMENT:
After discussion here, I went ahead and made the switch this week to two signing periods each week. I have no idea how this is going to work in practice, so please bear with me as we try to find a system that works.
First Signing Period ends Wednesdays at 11p Central (midnight Eastern).
Second Signing Period ends Saturdays at 11p Central (midnight Eastern).
The processing is set to require commissioner approval. I'm doing this to make sure we can check the transactions, and because I don't know if there is an easy way to automate the multiple-bid process this season (especially not in the first week). We will try to move this to an automated system as soon as we can.
So, if you have not yet put in a bid on a player, today is the last day to do so in the current signing period. All of the players in the Add queue will be processed by Thursday morning. You will then have another opportunity to sign players, to be processed by Sunday morning (in time for lineup adjustments for week 6).
The first of two weekly signing periods is in the books. It took a while to process due to having a lot of players and team tie-breakers to deal with. I'm not sure I'll be able to be this timely in the future if we ever had a surge as big as this one. I expect this is a product of the initial roster adjustments, though, and isn't likely to repeat.
When the dust had settled, though, we had one team signing 10 players, and two teams over the 20-man roster limit. That limit won't be enforced until Monday morning, when the most recent additions will be waived until the rosters are legal again. I will be happy (perhaps) when we eventually evolve to a bidding system.
You are able to deal future draft picks, up through 2015 (three future drafts). Expect that we will have at least 8 rounds of drafting (keeping 12 players, drafting 8), even if we wind up making changes to the league rules next year. This is another place where fake cash could come in handy, too, to give owners another way to exchange value.
The second signing period is now open, through the end of Saturday.
Hi Kevin. I am still showing a pending transaction of dropping brendon Ryan and picking up Mike Aviles.
When I go to my Team > Add Waive screen. I see multiple Ryan for Aviles swaps for us. I also see Greenwood trying to pick up Aviles. Wondering if this is "lost" in the system because I put it in too early. Let me know. Our Romo for Matusz move worked ok.