Originally posted by Fleabitten
Interesting. I thought such a thing might be out of bounds, but then I saw a thread that mentioned engines were off base but books and DBs were not. I'm certainly not being critical of the policy here (or of anyone's choice to use any and all legal tools), but what is the distinction? Aren't books and DBs a form of outside help?
It's a long story... but this style of chess is for learning and playing at the same time. You can search a database of finished games, use books etc... but you can't plug your game into a computer and ask the next move.
Most of the time you will find yourself out of database in 6 to 15 moves or so, and the rest of the game you are on your own. Database can't cover all games that will ever be played, there are billions of options in the first 10 moves or so.
Also, you are welcome to ask a user if they plan to use data, and you are welcome to ask them not to use data. They will or they won't, but you won't need to play them if you don't like... unless it is a forced game like tourneys, clans, and sieges.
I started using data about a year back. Only use it against stronger players... just to stay in the game without blundering a pawn early.
So, I used to be against it a bit... but have come to realize it doesn't take you all the way through the game, just helps you learn some openings that people have been playing for years.