Originally posted by GBubbles
Well, I agree somewhat. I know that if a player has run out of time and is ready to be timed out by me, one of the things I look at is his other games. If the player is moving along in other games and ignoring mine, he'll get himself timed out quicker than someone who has clearly not been online in a while.
The complexity of the game really is the crucial element (and the skill of the opponent). For instance I have been making 4-5 moves/day against most of the people who move that often in the group, but I know I must be doubly careful against higher rated players or in unfamiliar positions. Hence, I only move when my plan is obvious, or I am at home and have 5-10 minutes to consider. The same thing occurs when my opponent gambits material, mounts a formidible attack, or I am trying to keep my initiative alive, encounter a new variation, etc...
If it is a clearly lost game, I just resign.