The vacation setting is a good tool. It gives your opponent notice that you may be moving slow for a while. The only way to abuse the vacation flag is to set it as a way to trick your opponent in not taking a timeout when you run out of time.
What is the benefit of doing that? A good question. Let's me think.
Well, if you are not able to play your games as often as you'd like, such as when you are away from home for a few days, and you know you might run out of time. But you hope your opponent won't time you out, then vacation flag might trick him into not taking the win when he gets the chance.
Oh HELLO!! That called being on vacation!
Okay, then that's not really abuse. That's hoping your opponent will be considerate.
Let see... Hmmm...
Ok! I got it! Say you can get to a computer while on vacation. When I go to the beach, I can go to a public library, get on a waiting list and wait around for an hour to use a computer. And then I only get 1/2 hour to read my e-mail and move in my games. So I can only move in a few games. The vacation flag might keep my opponents from timing me out.
WHOOPS! That's not abuse either!
Let's me think some more....
I can only move in a few games while on vacation, if any. And some idiot sees that I have moved a few times, but not on his game. So he times me out!
OKAY!! That's a case of abusing the vacation flag!! Timing out your opponent who's on vacation just because he's moved in other games and not yours. It may be fair, but it's also rude.
Well, now that's settled. I finally understand how the vacation flag can be abused.
Now, how can we fix that? I know! Let make it so that you can not be timed out when you set the vacation flag. That would fix everything!
Nope, bad idea. Then you'll get some yahoo that will turn on the vacation flag to draw out a losing game and you won't be able to time him out. Well I guess that means that you should be able to timeout opponents even if they set their flag, in cases where the win is clear and your opponent doesn't seem to be interested in playing you despite being out of time.
In other words, the system works best just the way it is now. There is no real problem with it. The problem that other's have with people abusing their vacation flag, it's ALL IN their HEADS! They think that their opponent is trying to cheat them. But really, they're just paranoid and impatient. And maybe they feel guilty for timing someone out who has set their flag. Well, maybe they should! Because they are the ones who are abusing the system. They are the ones who are not being honorable.
So if you don't have any cheese to go with that whine, STICK A CORK IN IT! Because it's you who is the problem, not the vacation flag, not people going on vacation who are taking the time to moving in their games! Just you cry babies!
Have a nice day. 🙂