Hi, I often play with nice people, and would really like to have the ablility to recommend them. The only other way of showing gratitude is befriending them, but that does not work that well as I often never play/speak with them after that. Maybe it should be “scalable commendation” with some kind of currency system, so that it does not become a custom to commend every one. I understand that sometimes there is a language barriere, but the games where I get “hi” and “gg”, and sometime even post game shared analysis are much more enjoyable than those AI like silent games. Another reason why one could not recommend another player is their down time - this is also annoying, when you don’t know whether you should start another game, or wait 5 minutes till you get a joyless win.
In my mind, there should be a way of showing fondness towards the opponent post-game.
This will likely generate geographical affiliations, but I don’t think that is a bad thing.
Going further, maybe we could accept games given some parameters - the level difference (w/o showing whether we are the weaker or the stronger player, ofc), the geographical location of the opponent, and his “rating”. But these are further down the line.
Reasoning that the language barrier is not a serious concern:
We don’t expect to hear poems, I don’t even expect them to be fluent in humorous chit-chat.
Simple English is not that hard - I am not a native speaker either, but simple interaction leads to a much more human-to-human type of interaction.