This has the potential to be a great feature of OGS which is already strong in correspondence.
The only thing I would reluctantly add is that the current bug of ladder game results sometimes not being processed (positions adjusted) should be fixed first so that the new feature makes a good first impression.
and thankyou @yebellz for putting it on Github which was long overdue.
I know both you and I, and several others, have discussed and suggested this feature in the past (which I’ve linked above). I was actually quite surprised that no one had opened an issue suggesting it yet.
Thanks for raising and documenting the timeout bug on the issue list.
I just want to stress this customization in particular, since I think this is the most impactful change to ladders that could be made. Of course, if customization is going to happen, implementing any or all of the other options would be really nice as well.
Personally, I would love to see faster ladders, and I imagine many in the Fast Correspondence group would like this as well. However, for me, faster ladders is just a “nice to have” and not really preventing me from participating.
On the other hand, custom time settings would be a real game changer for all those players that can’t sustain the normal 1-day increment pace of the current ladder system, which essentially excludes such players for being too slow. Ladders offer the unique form of an ongoing competition structure. Enabling custom time settings could really allow a lot more people to share this experience.
One of the reasons I’d like to see a 21x21 or 25x25 ladder is that AFAIK it is difficult for the average Go Player to analyze the game with computer software. AI’s have now mastered 19x19 Go… Time for humans to move on up to bigger Go-Bans? I know if enough humans play on bigger boards AIs will follow eventually, but for a little while at least we can have games in which we are very confident we are playing a human (who is not getting help from an AI).