Originally posted by ivanhoe
The specific time out allowance should be attached to a game rather than be given to the player as such and it should be valid for a period of one year or maybe better for the duration of the game.
I agree you need the timeouts on a per game basis. The way it works on my backgammon website is:
You have two clocks (A and B) - Both are set to their max value when the game starts.
When its your go, at first only clock A starts ticking down, and each time you make a move clock A gets reset. Clock A is your move timeout which would be set to 3 days or whatever.
If clock A expires then clock B starts ticking down, clock B never gets reset, so you lose time off it for good if you let clock A expire. This Clock B is your timeout allowance and could be set to 14 days or something like that.
If clock B expires you've lost that game.
It seems to me that the game length option as it exists could stay and be used to set clock A. Clock B perhaps could be the same for all players and all games, to minimise rejigging of the existing pages.