Originally posted by Phlabibit
If a user goes on vacation, and leaves a message saying they are working for NASA and going to the moon for 2 weeks how does this help you when they move tomorrow? You can move on vacation.
Will you take your games against vacationing players and ignore them on trusting their message and return time?
What is the sense in a message that doesn't arriv ...[text shortened]... you drive into a river... only to drive off a cliff and realize you needed a parachute.
It appears Courtesy
is an elusive concept to grasp
for some people.
Plans change - it happens. My games are constantly reviewed on the "My Games" page. Should an opponent take longer or return earlier does not matter - their presence or absence will be noticed.
An opponent who openly says or posts that they are leaving for awhile - say two weeks - opens a line of communication to indicate their speed of game is somewhat changing, and may be slowed, but they will see what they can do - maybe they enjoy the game that much. I may be inclined to enter into short conversation with them at a later date. Out of my courtesy I may extend future timeouts to continue (but not in tournaments!)
I believe this to be a challenging, recreational site with a competitive spirit. No prizes are handed out - only e-pats on the back and personal satisfaction. No one here will graduate to a professional chess career where their impersonal skills are honed equal to their chess skills. Courtesy is part of the interaction between players - it helps in removing the distances and differences between players.
Why should I fear vacations? - more power to the player that goes on vacation to pursue other activities for a short while - I hope they enjoy themselves. I do not need safety precautions - I have not experienced vacation abuse as some say they have. The implementation of vacation notice enhancements by the developers only for the sake of safety precautions may look different than those for information and courtesy. It's not my place to decide that - only to suggest (I think that was the intent of this thread to begin with - to suggest). I'm just the idea guy - leave the details to the engineers.
Maybe the fellow who put the boat in the car should plan for all contingencies, know where they are going, or stay home.
So, I'll put you down for a "No" as well....check.