2) Spectating other games: it would be entertaining to spectate on the best players! Their pieces will remain visible to the audience. If for any reason the players do not want spectaters they should have the option to turn it off.
YES THIS IS A GREAT IDEA!
Although Gary has an interesting point about the colluding possibilities, but honestly I don't think it would really be that big of an issue, because first of all, ppl can already collude if they wanted to in person. 2 ppl could be at one computer playing the same game.
Second, if someone is chatting someone over the web giving another person tips about what to do, it's going to be kind of hard to describe over a chat system the correct moves for an opponent, and it's going to take valuable time to communicate between each other and the buffer could run out in doing so. I think if pm chatting a player who you are watching your games was not allowed, colluding would happen much less often as both players would have to actually go to an online chat room somewhere else to do it.
ANOTHER IDEA that Gary seemed to point out is perhaps if there was an archive of videos, you could select to either watch the videos normally where both pieces are hidden until attacked, or as an RV (remain visible) game. I would like that as I am a fan of watching RV. The only potentially confusing thing is that if in the game someone is watching a player who makes a memory mistake (and they're watching with RV settings), it may seem kind of confusing, as if the player made a really bad move, but I would think it wouldn't be too hard for a viewer to figure out that it was a memory mistake.
3) Can you believe that once upon a time there were only 27 silvers on the silver leaderboard? I remember posting that and wondering about the day there would be more than 250. I can't find that exact post but here's one just a bit newer where I mention there are 73 silvers at the time. Find here: http://forum.strateg...-ranking-board/
WOW only 2 years ago