I would thank @flovo for bringing some actual data in the discussion.
Knowing that a specific number of games (and which ones) were annuled is a comfort.
I’m sad seeing how @Wulfenia is taking it all so personally: I don’t think anybody here thinks you are a liar or want to be offensive to you. But the comfort of data is a fact.
I’m sorry you couldn’t play any game from january to september this year. It must have been a pain. It would have been for me, at least.
If you think that 2018 isn’t a good example, let’s see at 2017. I hope flovo can do this, if required. Anyway, knowing that those specific games were annuled is good news!
It can help to identify any possible serial escaper. It would be nice to point them all in each player’s history, as some were asking. Hopefully with a bright colour. We would see escaper’s profile lit brightly.
It’s also good to know that all other timeouts was taken into account for your rating. This can’t mitigate the rudeness still, but I would feel heartened by the fact that all that rudeness wasn’t done intentionally: for cheating or manipulating rank… or, if it was, it didn’t succeed, which can be even more satisfying.
Think to my proposal (asking the winner whether annul the game): if you were given this opportunity, you probably would have annulled more than just five games. Or maybe not. I don’t know. I think I would. Personally, I was far more concerned by undeserved wins (by timeout) and having my rating inflated, than by escapers.
Also, you didn’t want to blame on specific users, and that does you credit.
But knowing the names can help to better understand.
I’m trying to say that asking for proof is not intended to mark you (or anybody else) as a liar but is just to better understand the situation.
You’ve seen me starting skeptical and then trying to dig the mechanics of this phenomenon.
You’ve also heard @GreenAsJade talking about his experience when he tried to check impressions with facts.
I believe nobody here is against you.
Let’s just try, all of us, to really understand how many escapers are around, how many games are annuled for that reason and, consequently, how much actually matters this disputed rule on multiple timeouts.