This weekend we will be rolling out a patch which will include a change to address the problem where people leave live games and in effect force their opponent to sit and wait for the game to timeout.
After the patch, when leaving a live game players will now automatically resign from the game after 60 seconds (after being prompted and warned that this will happen). The 60 second delay is there so that you can still reload the page or recover from accidentally closing tab / window without worrying about the auto-resign kicking in, so long as you can make it back to the game within the 60 second window.
This timer does not apply for complete internet loss, browser or computer crashes, etc. In those cases, the user still has the full clock time to recover from the problem before timing out naturally. (In the future we will likely be limiting this time as well, but that’s not coming with this patch.)
This change obviously only affects live games, not correspondence games.
Anyone wanting to help test the new feature and help us figure out if we missed anything head on over to https://beta.online-go.com/ and try it out (We’re pretty sure it works when it’s supposed to, if you can get it to kick in when it’s not supposed to though, that would be the biggest thing to test for)