DisclaimerThis page in no way represents the University of Oslo or the Departments of Informatics. Snooker.org is also not a product or property of the WPBSA or other organizations/companies. It is a private initiative run on a strictly voluntarily basis.
What's available?The stuff has been divided into five groups of material:
GuideHelping you to find your way around the site.
ReferencesHow many points for the blue? Where is the WPBSA located? Are there any cue manufacturers on the Net?
The ActionScanning the globe for the latest results and rankings.
EtceteraThe rest ...
Subdomains / Logical Addresses
Some of the pages have alternative addresses that are easier to remember.
In the early nineties I was constantly searching for snooker information on the Internet, but there was hardly any available. I was considering starting my own snooker site for a long time, but I didn't wake up before I found Matt Braithwaite's (now defunct) "World Snooker Archive" (http://www.brad.ac.uk/~msbraith/S/s.html) in November 1994. That got me going! Matt (email@example.com) went on to manage the RileyNet site, but has now moved on to other projects.
The name "WWW Snooker" was inspired by the site WWW Music Database.
In the beginning there wasn't much on the site, mostly links to the very few snooker pages out there. From December 1994 I started covering the major snooker events. I could do this because of the results I received from Jonas Ödman (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Early on there was a set of the BCA snooker rules on the site, but I later had to remove them because I received new information on the copyright restrictions. I have never published the WPBSA rules as that is not allowed. Jari Kokko (email@example.com) and I have been planning to contact the WPBSA for years, but we have never gotten around to doing it.
January, 1996 saw the birth of the "High Break List for Netters", a chance for surfing snooker players to register their top tournament breaks and be able to compare with others.
By this time I had gathered quite a few snooker links and Aug 7 I launched Snoohoo!, a compilation of the links in different categories. 30 September I made Snoohoo! fully automatic with the aid of CGI-scripts. From now on I only had to register a link once, and all related pages would be updated. At present (7 December, 1998) there are more than 1,000 links registered.
August also saw the birth of the Marketplace, a place for people to buy and sell snooker-related material, e.g. cues, tables and videos. 7 December 1998 there were 219 ads registered.
I had always received a lot of questions concerning the snooker rules. In October 1997 I introduced the Snooker Clinic where visitors could leave their questions for Jari Kokko (mentioned above) to answer. The answers would then be placed in an archive for all to browse. Later we extended the Clinic to also handle other snooker questions, and John Day (firstname.lastname@example.org), Martin Bell (email@example.com) and Bernie Mickeleit (firstname.lastname@example.org) joined the team. As of now (7 December 1998) 394 questions can be found in the archives.
The next major addition to the site was the Snooker Chat Room in June 1997. It was an attempt to bring together snooker lovers from all over the world to discuss their common interest. The room didn't take off until the 1998 Embassy World Championship, but it's been buzzing ever since.
In the summer of 2000 I moved the site from the University to my new workplace. Never try this yourself!
In 2005 I was lucky enough to get hold of the domain www.snooker.org. A big thank you to Nicolas de Biolley and Bart Van der Haegen! Apr 30 2005 was the official move from www.laboremus.no/snooker to snooker.org.
Feb 2 2008 saw the birth of a new design on the frontpage. It was about time too! You can still find the old page.
June 28 2010 I finally launched the Score Centre, a set of dynamic pages with results and rankings. This will lead to more information being available, and less work for me.
April 20 2012 I changed the name from "WWW Snooker" to "Snooker.org". I also got a new logo courtesy of Ida Johansen.
There are currently thousands of pages at Snooker.org, both static and dynamic.
There are also older ones, e.g. one from 4 April 1997 (www.ifi.uio.no/~hermunda/Snooker) but I can't make it work.
I've been in touch with snooker players and snooker presidents from all over the world, and I have received questions on just about any snooker topic you can imagine! There have also been a few sponsors knocking on my door, e.g. Riley, Embassy and Willie Holt, but unfortunately I had to turn them all down because of the University's policy. No commercial activity was to exist on their servers. Maybe things will change now that I've moved the site.
I was however fortunate enough to be invited to the 2000 European Championships in Stirling, Scotland, as a guest of the sponsor, TSN (now 110sport). Also John Street sent me an autographed copy of his rules book and Janie Watkins got me a snooker CD-ROM.
We provided Luke Hurley (12 Yard Productions) with a list of snooker players for the UK TV Gameshow "Who Dares Wins", filmed in the week of 27 October 2015. The contestant correctly named 10 players. We were mentioned as the credit for the list.
Snooker.org has received quite a few awards and has been mentioned in a number of magazines and books. I especially enjoyed the coverage in Snooker Scene and to see two of the pages (Snooker.org and Snoohoo!) on the top 70 list published by Billiards Digest). Thanks to Janie Watkins (email@example.com) for that Snooker Scene article and for all the info she's provided.
Finally, I have to mention all the positive feedback I have gotten from regular users. Although most of the work is pleasure in itself, it certainly helps that people cheer me on. Also I've been lucky to have received help from so many people. Thanks to all!
I started registering hits on the front page 27 April 1995. That's not the number of visitors, but rather number of times the front page has been accessed.
10.000 was reached 18:40:38 CET, September 18th the same year. The visitor used the machine pthomas.igs.net. IGS (Information Gateway Service) is a network of internet service providers in Ontario, Canada.
#50.000 came 17:01:05 CET July 16th 1996. He/she used the machine pm155-09.dialip.mich.net.
#100,000 came 01:55:03 CET March 2nd 1997. He/she used the machine pm002-01.dialip.mich.net, a host at Merit Network Inc. Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.
#200,000 came 06:12:57 CET November 30th 1997. The host was 126.96.36.199.
#300,000 came 22:03:48 CET August 26th 1998. The host was 188.8.131.52.
#400,000 came 21:47:06 CET January 20th 1999. The host was net-43-059.mweb.co.za.
#500,000 came 19:53:46 CET April 19th 1999. The host was gatekeeper.eastman.com.
Here are some stats from recent years:
The record for most visitors in one day is from the 2014 Dafabet World Championship. Monday 5 May that year there were 43,698 visitors.
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About the Author
He started playing snooker around 1990 and soon became an addict. He has entered a few tournaments, but is still a true amateur. His highest break in competition is 71. In training he has managed to scrap together a couple of 87 breaks.
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