Originally posted by Crowley
Good idea, but move frequency should not be used to restrict entry into tourneys etc.
Maybe if a player decides to enter a low TO / TB tourney the site can show a 'Are you sure you want to do this!?' message, pointing out that he's move frequency would not really be on par for the tourney he's entering...
I agree this shouldn't be used to restrict entry...
The whole point of the problem is that even if slow tournaments are not exactly on par with a fast player's move frequency, there's nothing lost by enetering the tournament. Sometimes fast players just want a tournament - and any tournament will do.
On the other hand, slow players who would like to enter these tournaments are greatly inconvenienced because they only get to enter if they happen to login within a day/two of the tournament being created. (Unlikely for obvious reasons.)
Furthermore, this creates a problem for Russ who has no means to differentiate demand for tournaments of any kind, and demand for long-haul tournaments.
I agree this shouldn't be used to restrict entry, because even fast players may have a specific desire to enter a slow tournament. I wouldn't even bother with the warning - people can read the time-controls on the tournament page.
I know it has been suggested to allow site users to create their own tournaments (this would help, but could lead to a host of other problems).
Another idea would be to allow pre-registration for tournaments:
- each player can pre-register for certain types of tournaments they would like to enter. (fast, slow, rating-banded, small/large groups,...)
- whenever the next appropriate tournament is created, all pre-registered players are automatically added and notified.
- each player is given a reasonable amount of time to remove themselves if they have changed their minds.
- all other places in the tournament on filled on a first-come-first-served basis.