Originally posted by chessisvanity
3.5 a bye being like a draw.
Interesting. Why do you suppose Mr. Smith should be deprived of a perfect score if he won every game he played, only because he had no opponent in one round? Do you still think he should get only 1/2 if his would-be opponent who elected not to play was rated 400 points lower than Mr. Smith?
As I see it, if you show up to the board and nobody beats you or plays you to a draw, you have won and are entitled to a full point.
Additionally, I think players who elect to not play in a round should be given 0 points rather than the 1/2 that they are given. I've never understood the rationale behind this tradition.
In what other realm of competition is a tie declared when one competitor simply chooses not to play a scheduled match? None that I know of, but that's precisely what you're calling for.
It's really a matter of equity. If either opponent claims to have any equity in the full point that is at stake, it is his responsibility to arrive at the board and demonstrate it. If one fails to even attempt such a demonstration, I see no reason not to award the full point to the other player.