I actually feel the same way, but not everyone does.
See the rest of my discussion. His courtesy is what Samuel Johnson would call “a farce of a form, without sincerity…”
Obviously. I am deducing his intention from his actions.
I don’t. I said “most.”
This sandbagger probably gets automatched with the 25k players or other ddks, and they play because they assume he’s new (if he seeks them out, that’s even worse); or if they click on his open challenge, they play for the same reason. By the way, I have no dog in this fight, as I play almost entirely IRL; however, I do think trolls and sandbaggers should be exposed as a general principle.
He is different for two reasons: (1) he avoids getting ranked, which I deduce from the number of games, and (2) he plays people far below his strength without any teaching context. If he doesn’t want to get ranked, then he should play people at his level (unless of course teaching), and if matched against, say, a 25k, then he should cancel. Doing otherwise is sandbagging if that word still has any meaning.
Now, for everyone, lets look at some exhibits, given here as game numbers. He conceals his strength even when directly queried (10388094), and when a dan player politely suggested he adjust his rank, the sandbagger brushed him off with misdirection (10390411).
It is true that most sandbaggers engage in verbal abuse, and that this one doesn’t. However, his whole MO seems to be passive-aggressive IMHO. For example, in 10390559, he abruptly resigned after destroying white (25k). Admittedly, the 25k should have resigned, but sometimes they don’t. Some word of explanation would be the kind thing to do. Bewildered, poor white typed “are u OK?” This is clearly not a teaching game even at the most basic level. It’s hard to avoid concluding that the purpose here is to humiliate. There has been a lot of special pleading in this thread to the effect that players know what they are getting when they play an unranked person. Similarly, this player knows what he is getting when he chooses to play a 25k—so what is his purpose?
In a similar case (10424809), he asked his opponent, “Why not resign?” and then “escaped” from the game. Oddly, his opponent was ahead slightly and the L&D fight in progress was not so clear (to a lower-level player like me), especially in a 30 sec byo-yomi, as to make resignation justified. Best to play out a few more moves.
Worst of all, he has at least 3 times made a clean sweep of the board versus a 25k, with no teaching context. See 10391170, 10408154, and 10445610. Surely most of you (speaking to everyone) would be embarrassed to do this to a newbie and to do so in such a cold fashion. At least I would hope so.