It is a slightly confusing system, isn’t it… (Well, it has me confused, anyway. I was looking at bits of both, and they didn’t seem to match…)
I’m looking at www.sotawatch.org at the moment, and the link I posted in the top message came straight from one of the alerts being displayed at that time.
The database I’m referring to is apparently www.sotadata.org.uk (reached by clicking on the “Database” link on www.sotawatch.org).
The lists there (reached via “Summits->List of all summits”) apparently show the currently active summits (and don’t show the dates, presumably because the lists have been selected using the date information anyway).
The “Info” links against each summit in those lists take you to the appropriate summit page on sotawatch.org (confusingly, without the leading “www.” which means things like current login sessions may go unregarded).
Only the individual summit pages on www.sotadata.org.uk show the start and end dates, and they’ve ('til now, anyway) not been pages I’ve gone looking for, partly because they don’t seem to be easy to get to, but also because I thought the ones on sotawatch.org (which are easily reached via spots, alerts and “Info” links) provided all that information and more…
Seems to me:
*) It’d be good for the alert posting mechanism on www.sotawatch.org to complain if a summit’s being alerted for a date on which it’s not valid. This could save activators and chasers time, trouble and disappointment.
*) It’d be helpful to have some form of validity information on the www.sotawatch.org summit pages.
*) The lists on www.sotadata.org.uk, rather than being filtered based on todays date, might instead usefully display all possible summits, but colour-code (or indicate in some other fashion) ones which are no longer, and ones which are not yet valid, and include the validity dates in the list.
…but as I observed before, those might just add to an already too-long to-do list.
…and in the meantime I’ll try to remember to check with the individual summit pages on www.sotadata.org.uk rather than relying on www.sotawatch.org.
73, Rick M0LEP