Originally posted by RBHILL
It is respectful and honorable to resign more then get a mate.
Taking a skull is respectable to because it is like running out of time in a blitz game.
One thing this site should do is if you have only a king let and you take a skull it should be a draw.
I was simply making the point that each of us tends to assume that it is 'obvious' that something is right or wrong.
For example, on the skulls point, if I had just signed up to this site and read the FAQ, I could reasonably expect people not to take a skull instantaneously. I could easily regard it as disrespectful for people to simply ignore this, when it is written in black and white for all to see.
OK - you don't agree. Fair enough. But then I don't agree that everyone not resigning is being disrespectful.
I would lay pretty good odds that quite a few of those players are not playing on just because they are sulking or being ill-mannered. They may simply not realise that their actions might be perceived as unsporting.
In fact, one of my earliest chess memories is Nigel Short allowing Kasparov to mate him in a game during their world championship match (I think this was after the main event was over). No-one thought that was disrespectful.
Yes, I hear you cry, but that was different because......
Well, because you understand chess, the position of the game, the etiquette, the norms of behaviour, when they can properly be dispensed with etc etc. Others may not, is all I'm saying.
And there is nothing on this site to help them. The only
explicit reference to any form of playing etiquette on this site is not to take skulls immediately. Which everyone happily ignores, and feels fully justified in doing.
Can you imagine how confusing this must be to a 'newbie'?