Hello again dear readers!
yes indeed im back after a bet with darvlay, but whilst i was exiled into fifteen days silence i had a thought about this and a possible solution.
i realise that this has been debated at length but would wish to make some contribution, particularly as summer (except readers in scotland of course where it rains constantly!) is on the horizon. i have always considered it unsporting to take timeout wins when someone has a vacation flag up, however a vicious circle has developed.
there appears to be three main reasons why ppl take timeouts in these circumstances;
(1) in its current form it no longer serves its purpose and has been abused by a number of ppl.
(2) Do unto others as they do unto me, i.e. when a player is on holiday they come back to see they have lost a whole number of games and they then do this to others.
(3) some players only use the vacation flag and do not indicate when they shall return.
given these reasons i suggest the following solutions;
(a) it MUST be COMPULSORY for a player to indicate when they shall return form vacation.
(b) that a time limit be introduced as to how long the vacation flag is against a players profile. this could be a period of say 2, 3 or even 4 weeks - i believe a longer period than four is unworkable.
(c) in these circumstances it could then be a site rule not to be able to take timeouts whilst the vaction flag is on. obviously if the vacation time limit expires time outs could and probaly should be taken.
these are just my thoughts and an honest attempt to solve the issue but would wlecome other suggestions , and whether other players believe this to be workable.