Originally posted by seraphimvulture
I recently had a game against a player who is normally rated in the 1700s but recently went on vacation and got timed out numerous times, dropping his rating to somewhere in the 1400s. Well, I won this game on a blunder he made and got 10 or so rating points (me being in the 1575 range while he was still 1450ish), and I noticed that a door was opene ...[text shortened]... is has ever come up before but it seems like a rather easy way to cheat your opponent.
I don't see the slightest issue of cheating in this.
Let's say you waited 'till your oppo reached his NORMAL rating again.All you would have done is wait 'till the situation was NORMAL again,as it was before he/she suffered time-outs,and you would get what you deserve.After all,you beat a player of 1700 strength,not one of 1400.I don't see how this can be called cheating.And you certainly didn't cheat your opponent!How was he/she harmed in this?
Changing the system by counting ratings at the beginning of the game doesn't solve anything.What if you start a game against that player right after he suffered time-outs?You'd be playing a 1400 who's actually a 1700.And should you beat him by the time he's back at his normal rating you'd get points for beating a 1400!And we're back where we started.