Originally posted by vzografos
Should the chess sites have such tight grip on user behaviour? And I am not talking anti-social behaviour in forums, but unethical behaviour during games.
Chessworld.net basically has an honor system, and honestly they don't seem to have any problem at all with cheating. I have been playing there as well for a few years now and I have never run into somebody I suspected of engine use. Honor is important and people seem to value their word as a player. Of course, ratings are also not quite as much of a focus, so maybe that makes a difference, and could give people more incentive to cheat.
Basically the philosophy seems to be if somebody uses an engine, so be it. Their rating will simply reflect it. The highest I have played there is in the 2400 range, and it seems to me they are quite human (but quite good). Highest rateds are around 3000+ and for all I know maybe they are the engines.
So maybe, to address your question, it is more a matter of taste. I appreciate RHP trying to police the engine users, although it would be nice if it were not necessary. Some sites seem to need this more than others.