Ken's thoughts on general issues raised:
- what if I quit... Source code for PractiScore is in escow. That means USPSA has source for all of it. I'd probably just make it open source if that were the case, there are
far more parties than USPSA involved, 6 or 7 sports (and growing), lots of outlaw matches/clubs.
- anonymous letter... it came with other stuff that seemed quite real. It had specifics only I and other parties would know.
I debated what to do, maybe it's right, maybe I'm just irritating ADs. I don't know. I felt I had no other way to let them know we were helping their clubs and members.
I appreciate the support, an outpouring really. A large part of the reason I do this is legacy.
- contract with USPSA. There is one. It involves no money but specifies USPSA can have scoring data, and that NB can have access to data necessary to score.
It's simple, maybe too simple but all other sports get by without one. It never occurred to me to have one, but signed what was offered.
- Eric Griggs and I get along just fine and we have a phone call scheduled to try and sort out his list of issues. I have no recollection of any contact with him prior. But
we start from where we are, so after Nationals, we will sort it out.
- data access... is available via web api or PSC (practiscore data file) decoding. Some private people have done this decoding for partiular purposes (like some cool rangemaster /MD support tools we hope to introduce into our eco system soon). And some sports. We support it when asked. Like we do any other support. So if a sport wants to include results on their page, have at it. We've supported USPSA in this, with some results shown in April, but it hasn't progressed beyond that to my knowledge. We are working with 3GN on this as well now.
- money.... never got any, ever. Past sponsors you've seen were just me helping friends and companies I liked or that did me solids elsewhere.
We've never asked for money for the scoring software, but I suppose wouldn't turn down donations from sports, benefactors or competitors.
But... PS is free to clubs and sports. Always has been. Always will.
- why do it then... well, it needed doing. And it grew far more than the moonlighting project I envisioned when starting it.
Now we face the dilemma of how to keep it going at a larger scale.
We are working now on a socialization of the results in PractiScore, basically FB like features, with dedicated competitor pages, match pages, sport pages, sponsor/vendor pages, and discussion, video, photo, sharing, liking, tagging, #, and so forth. Our hope it to snatch a large part of the shooting activity currently happening on FB, with ads similar to in post FB ads. It's speculative, we will see. If it fails, then I guess I'll decide what to do then, but Open Source is most likely. We also plan launch of PractiScore Competitor, which is used by competitors to track their results easily, and edit scenarios of "what if" scoring. It will be a paid app. Price TBD. But not much.