If a player times out in multiple correspondence games only the first one is ranked This is to avoid upsetting the ranking system on mass timeouts.
Rankings are no rewards, just estimates of playing strength. (You didn’t imply anything else, just saying this so one can understand the strategy which would make no sense if ranks were a reward system.)
Yes, the serial timeout rule applies only to correspondence games. It’s purpose is to cover situations such as a person being hospitalized and unable to play. We do keep an eye out for abuse of the rule.
Thanks for asking, Rupertw. Several past threads about it, here is one for your enjoyment. The issue is clustering of timeouts where a player continues to play his “winning” games, and does not play moves on his games headed for a loss and just lets all those losses timeout all at once. I don’t play players that timeout regularly because of the serial timeout rule, but that is a choice; in a tournament, one cannot select opponents.
If you notice a player that does serial timeouts or excessive timeouts, do report them to the Mods to investigate.
Yeah, that happened to me on DGS a while back. I forgot to log in for a few days, timed out of 10 games at once, rank dropped by two stones. Then, since games take so long on DGS, it took most of a year to get back to where I should have been. See if you can spot it in my DGS ratings graph:
As far as I know you have to just look in their game history.
The flag that someone has recently timed out is (or was anyway, maybe it’s fixed) rather glitchy in that it would stick even when it should have been cleared. I have a feeling they were all manually cleared at some point.
I can remember the last time that happened to me.
But the only correspondence games I play are ladder games, or tournament games, so I guess people there don’t do it on purpose because there are consequences to it, i.e. drop from the ladder, or get disqualified from the tournament.
No, I had a busy a period at work so all my games had < 1 day on the clock then I had one really busy day when I didn’t get a chance to log in and poof! I do not let games get that low on the clock anymore…
As @jmont points out, there are consequences if you are in ladders, etc. Well, I was in a ladder. After that episode I had to start at the bottom again