Website Updates


This page contains a brief synopsis of the ongoing status of this website. Lists of additions to be implemented at some point in the future will also be placed on this page. The improvements at the top of the list are my current priorities. Please contact me if you have any suggestions for improving the website or any ideas you would like to see implemented.

FUTURE IMPROVEMENTS

  • List Cancels/meters/slogans
  • New Auction
UPDATE ARCHIVES

2004 Updates
2005 Updates
2006 Updates
2007 Updates
2008 Updates
2009 Updates



RECENT UPDATES

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.

March 4, 2012
It's been quite a few months since I last updated this website. This update is primarily an image update. The rescanning of the images has been completed for Namibia through Oman. A total of 378 rescanned or new images have been uploaded. In addition to the rescanned images for the N and O countries, some images from Albania and Indonesia were uploaced. For now, I will continue focusing on rescanning all of the images, scanning in new images, and adding in new issues to the database periodically.

In other news, I have been in contact with a fellow collector by the name of Alain Kit. He has informed me that he is in the process of compiling a worldwide football stamp catalog. This is welcome news indeed since the last one known to me was published in 1998. As I find out more, I be sure to post the information here.

July 26, 2011
This update is primarily an image update. The rescanning of the images has been completed for Macao through Mozambique. A total of 352 rescanned or new images have been uploaded. For now, I will continue focusing on rescanning all of the images, scanning in new images, and adding in new issues to the database periodically.

September 10, 2010
This update is primarily an image update. The rescanning of the images has been completed for Laos through Luxembourg. A total of 12 new listings have been added to the database and 396 rescanned or new images have been uploaded. For now, I will continue focusing on rescanning all of the images, scanning in new images, and adding in new issues to the database periodically.

September 5, 2010
This update is primarily an image update. The rescanning of the images has been completed for Kazahkstan through Kyrgyzstan. No new issues have been added to the database but 353 images have been uploaded. For now, I will continue focusing on rescanning all of the images, scanning in new images, and adding in new issues to the database periodically.

August 22, 2010
This update is primarily an image update. The rescanning of the images has been completed for Haiti through Jordan. Approximately 2 new issues have been added to the database and 591 images have been uploaded. For now, I will continue focusing on rescanning all of the images, scanning in new images, and adding in new issues to the database periodically.

August 10, 2010
This update is primarily an image update. The rescanning of the images has been completed for Grenada Grenadines through Guyana. Approximately 37 new issues have been added to the database and 382 images have been uploaded. For now, I will continue focusing on rescanning all of the images, scanning in new images, and adding in new issues to the database periodically.

August 1, 2010
This update is primarily an image update. The rescanning of the images has been completed for Gabon through Grenada. Approximately 2 new issues have been added to the database and 722 images have been uploaded. For now, I will continue focusing on rescanning all of the images, scanning in new images, and adding in new issues to the database periodically.

July 18, 2010
This update is primarily an image update. The rescanning of the images has been completed for Dahomey through Fujeira. Approximately 4 new issues have been added to the database. For now, I will continue focusing on rescanning all of the images, scanning in new images, and adding in new issues to the database periodically.

July 10, 2010
This update is primarily an image update. The rescanning of the images has been completed for Caicos through Czechoslovakia. Approximately 19 new issues have been added to the database. For now, I will continue focusing on rescanning all of the images, scanning in new images, and adding in new issues to the database periodically.

June 26, 2010
This update is primarily an image update. The rescanning of the images has been completed through the country of Burundi. Approximately 24 new issues have been added to the database. For now, I will continue focusing on rescanning all of the images, scanning in new images, and adding in new issues to the database periodically.

Mar 21, 2010
This update is primarily an image update. The rescanning of the images has been completed through the country of Azerbaijan. Approximately 10 new images have been added to the a countries, primarily in Austria. For now, I will continue focusing on rescanning all of the images, scanning in new images, and adding in new issues to the database periodically.

Feb 28, 2010
With the completion of the Postal stationary list my efforts can be focused on updating the images on the database. Approximately 60 new images have been uploaded to the website. I am also beginning a new long term project for the website. Due to the quality of some of the images, all of the images on the website will be rescanned. For issues with multiple stamps, each stamp will be scanned individually and posted on the website. The rescanning of the images has been completed through the country of Ajman.

An update was also made to the Stamp page. The page can now handle multiple images and each image is labeled with the Michel catalog number. The capability to add covers to the Stamp page was also implemented. Minor bug fixes were made to the List and Statistics pages. Other pages may be fixed as they are identified. No new issues were added during this update. My focus for the near future will be on rescanning all of the images, scanning in new images, and adding in new issues periodically.

Feb 12, 2010
Over the past few weeks, quite a few things have been done on the website. Most importantly, the postal stationary list is now available and images have been uploaded for the ones to which I have access. The list is in no way complete since I do not have a good source for postal stationary listings. Any help with the list would be appreciated. A link has been added to the Want To Help page specifically requesting information on postal stationary items. In conjunction with the postal stationary list upload, the Stamp page has been modified to handle postal stationary items. This completes the first two goals set for the year.

This update also contains some minor bug fixes and layout changes. The bug fixes primarily address broken links that could occur with specific input to the website. The minor visible changes are the layout on the Stamp page and the Cancels checkbox on the Search Page which has been grayed out. I chose to gray out the Cancel check box because there are currently no cancels on the list. At the point where cancels are added to the lists, the check box will be ungrayed and available for selection. New issues have been added to the database and modifications have been made on some of the listings.

The completion of the postal stationary list will allow me to turn my attention to scanning in newly acquired issues and updating/maintaining the database. I am aware of a few small issues on the List Page and the Statistics page. Those will be fixed when I get the chance. Nothing has been done yet with regards to the Auction, the Forum, or user integration.

Thank you to all of you who take the time to email with suggestions and corrections. It's a continual source of inspiration for maintaining the website. For now, enjoy the website and feel free to contact me if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions.

Jan 2, 2010
The beginning of the new year brings with it the opportunity to set new goals. Last year, I set the following 4 goals for the website: 1) Continue scanning in newly acquired issues and upload the scans to the site that I have received from the users. 2) Complete the addition of keywords to the stamp lists (Countries I through Z). 3) Modify the Stamp page and List page to accomodate postal stationary and cancels. 4) Create and upload a comprehensive list of postal stationary, postal cards, and aerogrammes to the site. Most of the time I spent during the year was on database maintenance. Keywords have been added to all the listings which I have been able to visually inspect. I also began work on the comprehensive list of postal stationary, but have not finished it. I did not scan or upload any images this year nor were the Stamp and List pages modified to handle the different types of records. Overall, much work was done but it was not the work originally anticipated, and the most important work (the maintenance and update of the databases) was completed.

In order of expected completion, the goals for this year are as follows: 1) Create and upload a comprehensive list of postal stationary, postal cards, and aerogrammes to the site, 2) Modify the Stamp page and List page to accomodate postal stationary and cancels, and 3) Complete the scanning in of newly acquired issues and upload the scans to the site that I have received from the users. As usual, there are several back-burner projects for the website that may come into play during the year. I'm looking at a different auction software package and different forum software, something that can be housed on-site. At some point I hope to integrate a user login into the website.

In the past few weeks, countries from T to Z have been updated with Michel catalog values and numbers. This now will free me up to work on other aspects of the website. My new focus will be on completing the Postal Stationary lists. Once that is finished, I will rewrite the Stamp and List pages to handle the different data types.

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