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  1. Subscriber Russ
    RHP Code Monkey
    30 Oct '12 12:21
    We have had requests for timeout protection for users who will inevitably be suffering from power outages over the next few days.

    The majority of active members on this site are from the US, and we believe it is only reasonable to suspend timeouts for 48 hours. We will make a judgement to end this suspension then, but it should be assumed that timeouts will be available again at approx 12:00 GMT on the first of Novemeber.
  2. 30 Oct '12 17:24
    Does this includ areas that are not effected by storm ?
  3. 30 Oct '12 18:13
    Does this only affect USA players or the whole world ? Do all other countries games that are no where near , also get this ?
  4. Standard member RevRSleeker
    CerebrallyChallenged
    30 Oct '12 23:28
    Originally posted by tuhu6
    Does this only affect USA players or the whole world ? Do all other countries games that are no where near , also get this ?
    Yes, I've asked a few different people and it's across the site...the possible loss of power 'potentially' affects too many players and games, so best just suspend timeouts altogether.
  5. 31 Oct '12 03:05
    Thats fair nice to here .
  6. 31 Oct '12 09:53
    I guess it's understandable; but those of us who had the foresight to go on vacation for Sandy's wrath are going to lose our hours for nothing. I think it's the reason you guys set up vacation hours in the first place.
  7. Standard member Westside Mobster
    The King of Detroit
    31 Oct '12 09:53
    Originally posted by Russ
    We have had requests for timeout protection for users who will inevitably be suffering from power outages over the next few days.

    The majority of active members on this site are from the US, and we believe it is only reasonable to suspend timeouts for 48 hours. We will make a judgement to end this suspension then, but it should be assumed that timeouts will be available again at approx 12:00 GMT on the first of Novemeber.
    Sorry Russ. I do not agree with this. Time management is part of a chess game. If I could not pay for my Internet connection, electricity bill, etc. (been there, done that) would you reinstate my timed out games? I think not. For whatever reason, if you do not make a move in the allotted time, you lose. If you truly want to win a game on this chess site, you will find a way to make a move. Just my opinion.
  8. Standard member RevRSleeker
    CerebrallyChallenged
    31 Oct '12 10:54
    Originally posted by Oleander29
    I guess it's understandable; but those of us who had the foresight to go on vacation for Sandy's wrath are going to lose our hours for nothing. I think it's the reason you guys set up vacation hours in the first place.
    Originally posted by Westside Mobster
    Sorry Russ. I do not agree with this. Time management is part of a chess game. If ...[text shortened]... want to win a game on this chess site, you will find a way to make a move. Just my opinion.
    Granted you both have good points, I can 'usually' find a web connection no matter where I am and can utilise whatever device 'works', but maybe I'm just lucky with a fair few options available..however, mass power failures tend to affect nigh on everything and I think he's ( Russ ) is just trying to defend everyone's interests here...think of the many non subs that can't throw a flag out or those that have already allotted their holiday flag time...I certainly allotted all my flag time months ago.
    Yes, time is very much a part of the game but we've been lucky here with the weather, so I could just pick off the skulls of those affected if I so wished...the crux, if so so many literally cannot play then suspending the time default penalty for a couple of days is only fair to everyone ?
  9. Standard member Phlabibit
    Mystic Meg
    31 Oct '12 14:06 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Russ
    We have had requests for timeout protection for users who will inevitably be suffering from power outages over the next few days.

    The majority of active members on this site are from the US, and we believe it is only reasonable to suspend timeouts for 48 hours. We will make a judgement to end this suspension then, but it should be assumed that timeouts will be available again at approx 12:00 GMT on the first of Novemeber.
    For the record, and not that it affects me since I have power at work and can play chess on iPhone... but my house won't have power until the 2nd... and there WILL be people in places hit a lot worse who may not have power until after the 10th if not longer.

    Just say'n.
  10. Subscriber venda
    Dave
    31 Oct '12 14:17
    Originally posted by Oleander29
    I guess it's understandable; but those of us who had the foresight to go on vacation for Sandy's wrath are going to lose our hours for nothing. I think it's the reason you guys set up vacation hours in the first place.
    It seems to me that every time "timeout" is mentioned in the forums it provokes a series of "for and against" opinions.
    For what it's worth , my opinion is what does it matter?
    You lose a few chess games -start some more
    You lose a few rating points - build it back up again-in essence it's just a number and doesn't really mean anything.
    There's far more important things in the world than a website which is supposed to be for fun.
    Also I think timeout suspension may mean automatic timeouts(i.e. the 2 day thing in tournaments)
  11. 31 Oct '12 14:46
    it looks like that it does, only seems fair enough though. Our prayer are with you all
  12. Subscriber Russ
    RHP Code Monkey
    31 Oct '12 16:07
    Originally posted by Oleander29
    I guess it's understandable; but those of us who had the foresight to go on vacation for Sandy's wrath are going to lose our hours for nothing. I think it's the reason you guys set up vacation hours in the first place.
    Fair point, send feedback, we will reimburse vacation days if this is your concern. (On a case by case basis, on request.)
  13. Subscriber Russ
    RHP Code Monkey
    31 Oct '12 16:09
    Just for clarification, this suspension does not stop the clock on timebank, just prevents timeouts taking place, much like the vacation flag.
  14. 31 Oct '12 23:12
    Originally posted by venda
    It seems to me that every time "timeout" is mentioned in the forums it provokes a series of "for and against" opinions.
    For what it's worth , my opinion is what does it matter?
    You lose a few chess games -start some more
    You lose a few rating points - build it back up again-in essence it's just a number and doesn't really mean anything.
    There's far more im ...[text shortened]... hink timeout suspension may mean automatic timeouts(i.e. the 2 day thing in tournaments)
    Spot on, indeed!
    Rating chasers should really look elsewhere for a cheep points as this situation is by far exceeding "everyday" circumstances. Speaking this while being many miles away, where the weather conditions are much more timid, so this is just one more unbiased opinion.
    Good luck to all of you guys who have to deal with those horrible conditions out there!
  15. 01 Nov '12 12:29
    That's not right and a little negligable. The Media seems to cover the US but Cuba and other southern islands have been destroyed too.