Website Updates
2015

October 14, 2015
Over the past few days I have tested the User authentication and registration on the website. It is now time to begin restricting certain pages to registered users only. The primary purpose for this is that I will begin coding functionality on those pages so that the users can assist in maintaining them. The pages that will be restricted will be the Stamp List page, the Articles, the Exhibits, the Links, and the Literature pages. These are the primary pages that contain the content on the website. The functionality that will be added will enable the users to add and edit content and allow administrators to remove content as well (at least that's the current plan).

I have wanted to add an Auction to the website for a long time. Currently, I'm in the process of reviewing some auction scripts. It will take a little time I decide which script to add to the website. The focus of the auction will be soccer stamps and related literature such as catalogs or albums. As I work my way through the process of implementing the auction, I'll provide more details. As always I'm open to suggestions and ideas as the website goes through it's time of transition. Let me know if you encounter any issues with the Login/Registration system. Please feel free to contact me with any additional thoughts you have.

October 10, 2015
Over the past couple of days I've worked on integrating a User Authentication system. Currently, the Login and Registration piece is working (I think). There are Login and Registration buttons on the main page which will take you to the Login or Registration pages. I would ask that that you begin registering and at least try the Registration, Login, and Logout process. All access to the website is still open, however, so it currently doesn't have any impact on the site. This will help me track down any issues that the process may have.

The second step of the User Authentication process will be to make certain portions of the website available only to members who are logged in. My current thoughts are on restricting the access to the content portions of the website (including the lists, articles, links, exhibits, and literature pages). These are the prts of the website that members will be able to update and maintain at some point in the future. As always I'm open to suggestions and ideas as the website goes through it's time of transition. Please feel free to contact me with any thoughts you have.

October 5, 2015
If you've visited this site recently you will have noticed that it's been over 3 years since anything was updated. The stamp lists haven't been touched in several years and the reality is that I haven't done anything with my collection in that time either. A few weeks ago, I arrived at a decision that I probably would not in the forseeable future be able to do much at all with this wesite or with my collection. Over the years, I've invested quite a bit of time into this website and I'm pleased with the results. However, I believe that its time for me to begin letting go of the website.

There are at least three options that I can take. First, I could simply shut down the website and walk away. This would be the easiest option since it would require virtually no effort at all. However, the purpose of this website has always been to provide a service to the soccer stamp collecting community and I still believe that even with the current state of the website, it is a valuable resource. So, shutting down the website is not an option. A second option would be to try to sell it or transfer it to someone. While in the future I may pursue this route, it is not currently my first choice since I believe there to be a better option. The best option, and the one which I intend to pursue, is to attempt to give the website to you, the community of soccer stamp collectors. It was built with the intent of making it a centralized resource for soccer stamp collectors and I would very much like for it to remain this way. My current vision for this website is one that is used by you, but also maintained by you. If this can be accomplished (and I think it can) all of the content from the lists to the links to the articles, would be updated, maintained, and moderated by the community of users. In order to do this, there will be a need to implement many new features into the website and this will probably take quite a bit of time and will need to be done in phases.

As I've considered this idea over the past few weeks, I've come to the conclusion that one of the first things the website will need is a User Authentication system. I believe this to be a necessary first step in order to make sure that those who use the site have something of vested interest in it and won't be as prone to abuse the site. I'm not speaking of a charge to use the site, but rather of a cost of time and energy to register to become a member. I don't know when I'll be able to implement this, but you will know when it happens because you'll be required to login. Once that step is done, I'll fill you in on the next phase.

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