Originally posted by MartinS
Vacation mode........... anyone can flag as being on vacation. So what, ?
As usual, there will be genuine and non-genuine flags stating that the person is on vacation. FOR THE TIME BEING I will ignore this as it is open to abuse - ie a losing player simple flags 'on vacation' to deley.
May I suggest that when you post the 'on vacation' flag that you ha ...[text shortened]... e important things on your mind and won't care about a stupid chess game.
All the "would the x not do y if you were on vacation" examples you give are instant events. Correspondance chess games can take months. I don't know what country I'll be in in 2 weeks time, but I have the luxuary of a laptop.
You can't move while vacation mode is switched on. Yes, you can switch it off, move, then switch it on again, so if you suspect someone is just delaying your game then see if he's moving in other games while supposedly on holiday. If yes (and he hasn't explained that he has intermittent net access and will move sporadically when possible), then think about TO.
Yes, having a "return by" date would be useful, if just so we know.
But why is it so important to people to TO so fast? All that gains you is rating points; there is no harm once you have a star to leave a game open for weeks after the TO period has passed. The rating system is just a rough guide to how good someone is so that you can get the level of game you want, but it seems that it has become more important than the chess.
As always, it's your choice to time someone out if you can, on your judgement. What prompted you to post this? Do you think people are using the setting against you falsly? Do you feel the need to justify your actions, and if so why?