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Coming back? Probably

Posted at 11:46 AM on August 16, 2007 by Bob Collins (2 Comments)

In the months since MFL's inaugural season finished, I've been trying to figure out how to pull off -- or whether to try to pull off -- a season two. Much of it depends on getting a significant part of the process automated.

To that end, I met with the best and brightest MPR has to offer (that would be our information technology folks, specifically, the developers and database specialists) a few days ago and they're going to take a crack at gussying up the interface a bit.

The first step is to try to automate the sign-up and drafting process, and figuring out how to create a database to track legislation. Right now it gets pretty tough on old Bob for about the three weeks leading up to committee deadline.

We'll also explore whether it's possible for individuals to set up their own leagues. Rather than just have two public leagues, is it possible to create an interface where, for example, you're the commissioner of a league of friends or co-workers, and our job would be to provide the points totals to an automatically generated section for your league. Currently all of this is done manually based on an Excel spreadsheet and if you've ever seen the garbage html that Microsoft spits out.... well... you know the pain.

I'm this close (two fingers, real close) to determining that we'll only track the chief authors of legislation this year. The reality is that the chief author does most of the work, and the bulk of the heavy lifting, and -- in the case of the House -- sharing points with 34 others weakens the competitive structure of the scoring.

That's the update.

Comments (2)

Thanks for the update!

I suggested this before, but I'll say it again... wouldn't the folks at the capitol be interested in working with you guys? Seems if they would offer you the raw data from their online database, it would make tracking and counting the points much easier. They must have loved the attention they received last year.

Posted by gml4 | September 7, 2007 11:03 AM

> I'm this close (two fingers, real close) to determining that we'll only track the chief authors of legislation this year.

I'm running the new numbers as we speak. Go Carriers!

Posted by Doug Gray | September 26, 2007 12:19 PM