Originally posted by gotti2000
If the draw is optional ok. But a draw can also influence your rating. I don't want to loose points just because a p1200 moves 5 times and leaves rhp forever. If you really want to feel better then the _option_ to delete the game instead of claiming the timeount sounds better to me.
I agree with this - I'd like to see an option to delete the game if your opponent has exceeded his time limit (In addition to the option to claim a win). This would serve the interests of people who are most concerned with keeping their ratings as close to their real chess skill as possible: when an opponent stops playing in the middle of a game, the player could then choose what to do depending on how he evaluates the position - if the position is clearly winning for you, then claim a win, but if the position seems loosing or equal to you, then you could instead delete the game and thus avoid an "undeserved" rating increase.
Alternatively, if it is not plausible to delete the game at such a late stage, you should be given an option, when claiming a TO, whether to take the rating increase or not. During my time on RHP, I've had at least four games that I think I would have lost had my opponent not stopped playing (and not responded to numerous reminders and personal messages). In these sorts of cases, I would much rather have forfited the rating increase that I clearly didn't deserve on the basis of my play.