Apologies we had to take the site offline tonight to get started on the upgrade process, hopefully it didnt affect anyone too much. We are now in a really good position having laid the foundations of what will be a big upgrade, taking place over the course of May.
Much of tonights work were behind the scenes activities to do with table layout, the way data is passed etc, but even after this first stage completed this evening, you will notice some improvements here and there. Quite a few of the tools now have improved functionality loaded up and we have managed to meet quite a few member requests in different areas. Also look out on quite a number of areas for tomorrows cards options, we are aware many of you like to study in advance.
The upgrade work will now continue consistently throughout May. It is our hope by the end of May the vast majority of pending items shall be resolved. Please note at the moment we are focusing almost all our time in to trying to get this upgrade done and as a result, I apologise if you have to wait a little longer for a reply to an email than we normally manage. That said, please keep all the feedback coming, I hope you are aware how grateful we are and can see your comments helping the site grow.
The Ratings project is still ongoing but we are making very good progress and the ability to backtrack ratings better will become a reality in the not too distant future.
I have learned many valuable lessons and these include accepting some of my past mistakes and realising at times I was completely focusing on the wrong things and at times being naive. What pleases me however, is that throughout this learning curve the one thing which has not and never will change is my basic philosophy of the site and its purpose. To summarise how I have always felt - there are lots of good people out there, but you have to accept they are at times hard to find.
The whole purpose of HorseRaceBase is to provide horse racing enthusiasts with a platform built by all of us together, where every little suggestion and thought is put into the mix and if possible implemented for the benefit of all. It is donation based to allow the small time punter, the betting pros and all of us who fall somewhere in the middle to fairly contribute based on how much use we obtain from it, how much we rely on it and how far we want to see it develop.
What is abundantly clear is when you adopt such a policy as ours, there will always be some who decide its perfectly acceptable to give the bare minimum even though they are reliant on the site, share their login with others, try and find ways round having to contribute etc etc. This will no longer be tolerated and eventually impossible.
To finish off, let me return to the upgrade works and confirm, the first part has been done and this allows us to proceed to the next stages, which we are confident can be completed in May. The next imminent stages of upgrade will see improvements to the System Builder, new features added and continued enhancements to existing tools.
If you experience any issues at all, please do get in touch. Cheers for your ongoing support, its really appreciated.