Originally posted by FabianFnas
'Moves this month' is of no value the 1st of every month.
I rather suggest 'Moves the last 30 days'.
But even this measure doesn't say anythin if it is not compared with number of games in progress. A person with a lot of games generates(perhaps) a high number of moves but he has still no time for our game.
So a good measure of activity would be nu ...[text shortened]... .
But even this measure gives false result if the player abruptly changes his behaviour.
You're right of course.
I suggested adding 'moves this month' because it is shown on everyone's 'my home' page - the data is presumably stored in the system and therefore readily available.
You have highlighted some of the reasons why this figure wouldn't give an accurate idea of future behaviour, but it would offer a better guide to predicting move frequency of a potential opponent than the move frequency icon.
Agreed recent 30 days would be better, divided by games finished or in progress, but is that data available in the system?
Perhaps even more useful would be average 'move time' - how long taken for each move. This would take into account that a player can only move at his turn. Again, is this data held?
I guess adding 'moves this month' to the 'find player' page would be a simple change to the system. There are better alternatives, as you have explained, but I imagine that they wouldn't be as easy to implement.