Ok, there has been much negative vibes going around about the rights and wrongs of when someone should use the timeout feature on this site, along with much whoohaa when people get timed out while their vacation flag is raised. It is with this in mind that i propose a slightly different system that avoids ugly confrontation.
So, here goes....
1.I propose that the total vacation time per player should be shortened to 1 month (30days) per year.
2.When someones vacation flag is raised, it should not be possible for that person to be timed out.
3. When someones vacation flag is raised, they themselves can't make a move. Hopefully this will stop current abusses of the vacation status as many people are aware, people put their flag up and continue to move!
4.It should not be possible for a player to turn their flag off, make a move and than put it straight back up again! Maybe if a player was forced, once they have taken their flag down, to move in all their games before they were allowed to put it back up again.
These changes may seem a bit harsh, but i believe that they are more in line with the spirit of this game. In light of resent events, i don't think it is fair on the players at the top, who win consistently, to be timed out on all their games, should they genuinly go on holiday. The same applies to the rest of us i guess, although it's not so hard to re-attain a 1500 rating
The vacation flag, i believe, should be used only in the event of a vacation! Not as some way to just chill out for a couple of days. The current system relies on peoples sportsmanship to work, and, as we've seen (mention no names), it doesn't!