Thursday, May 17, 2012

Big thanks to DerbySkinz!!!

The Quadfathers want to publicly acknowledge a debt of gratitude to the fine folks at DerbySkinz; When we were first getting started, we saved up some money on a tight budget and bought ourselves 4 sets of custom helmet covers from DerbySkinz with our Godfather hand with strings logo sewn into the jammer stars. We were very proud of them and loved them dearly. Unfortunately, all but one orange jammer cover was lost in the Feb 9, 2012 fire that destroyed our practice space.

We have been lucky enough, along with our sister league CNY Roller Derby, to be the recipient of many generous donations from the local Utica area, and the derby community all over the world, to get back on our feet. And some of the most appreciated came from our friends at DerbySkinz.

Auntie Pantie generously offered to replace our lost sets of custom covers, and even rushed them so that we were able to wear them for our 4/7 debut bout.

Also, and no less importantly, we have to give a big shout out and thank you to Queen Kicktoria of Roc City Roller Derby (Rochester, NY) for hand sewing us 2 additional sets of black base/orange accent covers which we use almost daily for practices and scrimmages, in order to keep our game ones fresh.

We really appreciate the support, and we hope that all you other leagues out there realize how awesome DerbySkinz really are and spend your money with them. They really do care about this sport and the teams they service, and make great durable handcrafted products.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

A tool for all of derby.....

The Quadfathers, in conjunction with Central New York Roller Derby, and Ray Cardillo aka Mr Mighty, are proud to announce the release of an official modification to Simple Machines Forum titled 'Voter Visibility'.

This project came about from a need of both organization to take votes for league business purposes via our respective Simple Machines-based forums. But with the standard setup, there's no way to track who voted how on any topic- and in both the roller derby and business communities, its important to track who participated and how they voted. Sometimes, you need to take a vote where no one sees the results. Sometimes, you need to take a vote where only after the voting window closes the results are seen so as not to influence voter's decisions. And sometimes a good old public vote is necessary.

Mr Mighty decided this was too big a hole in the potential usefulness of SMF to leave alone, and set about solving the problem. The result is the official 'Voter Visibility Mod'.

We hope that other roller derby organizations and businesses are able to benefit from this as we have.
And please follow the links on the download page to send a small donation to The Quadfathers and CNY if you use it.

A huge thank you to Mr Mighty for making this project happen!!!