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Re: [Tlf-devel] New tlf ideas

From: Thomas Beierlein
Subject: Re: [Tlf-devel] New tlf ideas
Date: Sat, 8 Oct 2011 09:19:59 +0200

Hi Martin,

that discussion comes right in time. Thanks for bringing it up.

Am Sat, 08 Oct 2011 00:28:10 +0200
schrieb Martin Kratoska <address@hidden>:

> It seems that the real tlf bottleneck is in the predefined contest 
> templates, still hardwired in the program. Any attempt to define a 
> contest in 'CQWW like' style is definitely wrong. The 'core' tlf
> should be free from this debris code, the whole contest rules should
> be in an external ASCII definition file. All must be freely definable
> without the potential risk that the values entered into contest rules
> will be overwritten with program internal hardwired values.
Well, that can be done. The real challenge is to find a good syntax to
allow as much flexibility as needed for specifying the scoring rules for
multipliers as well as for points.

> Another source of potential problems is the checking routine which 
> 'checks' if the entered received code has proper syntax and if not,
> it prevents the program from QSO logging progress, does not allow to
> send the exchange etc. This is the weak point of most contesting
> software, actually is only annoying part making useless any attempt
> to define user's own contest. 

Right. And that is one of TLF's darkest corners. I will be very glad if
I can drop or replace that section of code. A 'hint' about being right
with your exchange may be good for the operator, but it must not forbid
you to enter 'any' exchange you like.

> We should collect all types of the points distribution for a contact
> and all known types of multipliers. I analyzed >160 different contest
> rules so I should be able to create a basis of both above mentioned.
> Let me know if I should start this work, I assume I would need a week
> or two to provide a draft version.

I will greatly appreciate your contribution here as I miss a lot of
experience with different contests.

I would suggest to collect that knowledge base on the wiki
( so others can contribute. Another way may be the
wiki on our github repo, but it needs any contributor to sign up at

73, de Tom DL1JBE

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