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2017 Season

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

First, let me apologize for Kilg.us being offline for so long. I’ve heard from many, many of you asking about the status of the tool for 2017.

The good news: I rebooted the server and it came back online, so I expect Kilg.us to run through 2017.

The less good news: I have no time to manage, maintain, or update Kilg.us. It is, unfortunately, at the bottom of the priorities in life at this point. So, as has been the case the last few years, I will make an effort to keep Kilg.us online but I don’t have time for bug fixes or offering support to users. That means when features fail (like the daily boxscores which relied on a 3rd-party email service that stopped offering an appropriate free tier for us to use; or the Invite a Friend function) I don’t have the bandwidth to diagnose and fix them. As long as the data source for Kilg.us keeps working as it has in the past, I’ll try to keep Kilg.us up. But, it is almost a decade old at this point and is in desperate need of  lot of technical cleanup, so I can’t promise how long it will stay available.

That said, I need to think about the future of Kilg.us. If it is going to stay available long-term I either need to find a financial model for Kilg.us that allows me to dedicate work hours to it, or find another group or individual interested in taking Kilg.us off my hands. If anyone with a deep technical knowledge (Rackspace Cloud, PHP, MySQL, XML) is interested in taking over Kilg.us, you can reach me at admin@kilg.us to discuss.

For now, hopefully daily stats start flowing into Kilg.us as you all get back to using it. Remember that there are always funny glitches around Spring Training stats (and how some of those might carry into the regular season for players sent to the minors).

Good luck with your teams in 2017!

Email Boxscore Issues

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Numerous people have notified me of an issue with daily email boxscores. It seems that since early May, many have not been delivered properly. This is on my radar. Unfortunately, I have not had a chance to dive in to resolve it. Trust that as soon as I find time, I will get it fixed and post an update here about what happened.

2015 Season

Monday, April 6th, 2015

The new season is upon us! I’ve had a number of people checking in to see if Kilg.us will be functioning again this year. It looks like our data feeds are still working, so at this point I don’t have plans to shut Kilg.us down.

Daily boxscore emails should resume tomorrow. If you would like to change your settings for which teams you receive, please access your account settings.

As a quick reminder: Kilg.us is in maintenance mode. If something goes down, I’ll try to fix it in a timely manner. At this point I don’t actively use Kilg.us, though, so it isn’t a high priority. Last year I posted some things to keep in mind about the operations of Kilg.us. Please take a look.

Good luck with your 2015 season!

Email Boxscores and 2014 Update

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

As of tomorrow morning (4/10), Kilg.us should resume sending daily boxscore emails for teams that have requested them.

In order to avoid the flood of unsubscribe and SPAM reports with the first emailings of the new season, I discontinued daily boxscore emails for all teams that haven’t been updated since the start of 2014. If you think you should be seeing a daily email but don’t, check your settings and confirm the team has been signed up. I don’t believe any teams that have been updated since the start of the year have been affected, but it’s always possible.

Obviously, I’ve been a little slow getting things up and running for the new season. I’ll blame a perfect storm of vacations, the constant distraction/entertainment of my first sons’ birth, and starting up a new business (Super Humane. If you have a company that needs some help making the world better through technology—the mobile web in particular—I’d love to chat!). On top of it all, I’m not actually participating in a fantasy league this year for the first time in recent memory. Nonetheless, my intention is to continue operating Kilg.us for the 2014 season.

A few reminders of what the continued operation of Kilg.us involves:

  • We use a free but limited stats feed in order to have up-to-the-second stats. Sometimes it has issues (like Spring stats trailing into the season…), but 99% of the time it works.
  • The stats already in Kilg.us are all we have. We can’t add games played/pitched, WAR, or anything else that isn’t there now.
  • Kilg.us was built to display real-time stats. We added “season-to-date” later, then tacked on the daily boxscores to help people who couldn’t log in every night. Kilg.us was never intended to help slice and dice stats.
  • When things go wrong (it seems to happen once or twice a year), I’ll try to fix it as quick as I can. It usually takes a day or two.
  • If you have a problem, email me. I don’t regularly use Kilg.us anymore, so I need people to point out issues when they arise. I’ll respond as soon as I can.
  • You’re welcome to manage your team, all your teams, all the teams in your league, or whatever you like. We’ve got over 6000 teams being managed by 3400 users right now.
  • Kilg.us is free! Which is great! Especially when generous folk are willing to donate to offset the hosting costs associated with it!

Best of luck for your 2014 season!

Server Issues this Morning

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

This morning a lot of people awoke to find Kilg.us was kicking out errors and was showing all players had been lost from all team. Frankly, not a nice way to start the morning!

Luckily, the issue was resolved with a quick reboot of the server. It seems to have been an issue with one of the database tables, but I’ll be performing some additional diagnostics to try to determine what caused all the errors this morning. For now things should be back up and running.

Sorry for the inconvenience!

That’s a wrap!

Monday, October 29th, 2012

The 2012 baseball season has come to a close. As such, Kilg.us will no longer be sending out daily box score emails.

It’s been a tumultuous year for Kilg.us. In particular, we experienced a lot of accuracy issues with our data source (free MLB.com published XML feeds) and I heard more than ever about the lack of this stat or that stat.

I stopped using Kilg.us for my personal needs a couple years ago (I originally built it as a personal tool). Going into 2013, I’m on the fence as to whether to continue maintaining Kilg.us. Obviously there are costs associated with keeping the servers up and running (thanks to all of you that have donated to help cover hosting costs!), but even more important is the time it takes to field email questions and comments, fix things when they go wrong, and monitor the performance of servers, databases, and email services. We’ll see how that goes in a few months when the excitement of a new season ramps up.

In the meantime, keep your chins up. Baseball is only a few cold months away!

Missing and Delayed Player Stats

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

Over the last few days I’ve received a lot of emails about Kilg.us not properly updating some player’s stats. Reports include missing stats, delayed reporting of stats, and out-dated season stats. I’ve not been able to investigate every report (timeliness is obviously critical in a real-time stat tracker!), but in each instance I’ve been able to check, the MLB data source is, in fact, reporting the incorrect, incomplete, or out-dated states.

Unfortunately, there is nothing I can do about the incorrect stats feed. This is one of the down-sides of using a free, unsupported stats feed. We just have to live with whatever it provides us.

It seems like most people have had success checking later in the evening or first thing in the morning. Hopefully that will suffice in getting everyone the stats they need.

With any luck, there is just a glitch in the MLB.com stats feeds and they will right themselves soon. In the four or so years Kilg.us has been up and running, though, I haven’t seen this happen before, so I’m not quite sure what to expect.

I love Kilgus! Can you include [STATX]?

Friday, April 6th, 2012

This is by far the most common topic when people email me about Kilg.us. I’m thrilled that so many people are enjoying the tool (we start the year with over 1800 members, nearly 500 users per day), but these are bummer emails to receive.

Unfortunately, 95% of the time the answer: No, sorry.

As a free tool, Kilg.us needs to rely on whatever free stats we can find. As it turns out, MLB publishes some limited live data (I believe for their GameDay feature) that we’ve been able to tap. While it is great that the data is free, the bummer is that it isn’t comprehensive.

Kilg.us is already pulling every stat available from MLB and even calculating a whole series more that aren’t made available in the data feed.

If you’re favorite stat isn’t included, it’s almost certainly because we just don’t have access to it. At the start of each season, I double-check the feeds to see if any new stats are available. This year, there is nothing new.

So, if there is something that can be calculated with the data already in Kilg.us, let me know and I’ll be happy to add it! If you want a new counting stat added, though, I can’t add it.

Maybe someday an angel investor will throw a pile of money at Kilg.us and we can afford to purchase a real data feed (~$25k/year). Until then, we just have to make due with what we have.

Hopefully it’s enough to be useful to you!

(That said, don’t forget to click “Select Stats” for each of your teams to see all the stats that are available: currently 32 categories!)

First 2012 Boxscore Emails

Friday, April 6th, 2012

From this end, it looks like all daily boxscore emails were sent out properly. We had a handful of bounce-backs (expected after 6 months of inactivity) but no fatal errors.

If you received an email boxscore that you don’t think you should have, or didn’t receive one that you think you should have, please double-check your account settings and if you see an error, please let me know.

2012 Plans

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

I’m a little late getting this notice out, but Kilg.us will be up and running for the 2012 season. This evening I intend to enable daily boxscore emails so those should start showing up in inboxes tomorrow morning. Be sure to update your subscriptions (Manage My Settings) so you receive emails for the teams that matter to you!

Best of luck with your 2012 season!