Originally posted by pcaspian
Currently playing in a tournament and coming up against a player that was beating me. He went on holiday and since then got timed out to the extent where he's about 400 points below my ranking. Ironicallly he is infact up a piece in both our games and should really win those.
Now, I don't like timing people out whilst they are on holiday, howev ...[text shortened]... entire concept behind the holiday flag system. Again I suggest a 'given' 10 day holiday bank..
If its a tournament, the timeout should be automatic. Actually Russ has to run a process, so its not strictly automatic. But normally after 2 days, its curtains.
If I were your opponent, and I hadn't bothered to log on in time, I would have expected to be timed out.
Its a personal preference, but I prefer to timeout as and when the skull appears. The only exceptions are personal challenges and when the opponent has sent a PM explaining special circumstances.
The timebank system covers most situations. And even beyond that, when on holiday players can find internet access points to avoid being timed out, if they really wanted to.