Originally posted by Towerwood
In the ladders section, one can read "Sorry, ladders are only available to subscribers because of the 6 game limit."
I don't understand the "because ..." part. With a ladder you only commit yourself to a maximum of 2 games, so what does the 6 game limit has to do with it?
I come from chess.com and I'm comparing both sites, to see which I ...[text shortened]... ng decision: How can you make people addicted to ladders, if they can't taste it first?
To 'partially' answer your note here; There is a problem with folk 'disappearing' from ladders...too many games are literally left in limbo when players just leave them unattended, then it's up to the site to kick the player in favour of the challenger. No disrespect intended, but if subscribers can't rely upon other subscribers ( with unlimited games to play or do away with at their leisure ), to continue the ladder, then what hope with the number of non subs that 'come and go' here.
Besides, the topic has been raised with the site owners on a number of occasions, everything from non subs playing in 'one off' tourney's to the ladder games that you raise here... these were all ideas to 'lure' the non sub into subscribing but the owners are content that what they offer to all is consistent, and comparable, with what is offered elsewhere. The fact remains, however, that the $20 or $30 sub is by far and away the cheapest of the 'good' internet chess sites that are available...and NO, I am not a shareholder here 😉