Let us assume we have 4 sets of people:
- A: Those who play newbies regardless of their own or the newbies’ rank. Teachers/Welcomers.
- B: Those who play newbies but don’t particularly like it.
- C: Those who play newbies because they can’t opt out. Some of 'em might always check profiles&cancel.
- D: Newbies.
I’m saying A>B>C>D in terms of size. Note B>C. If there was such an option, some of the newbies who would have gotten a game relatively quickly (and probably lost it - 70% lose their first game after all) simply would have to wait longer. People usually check out a website for at most 5 minutes. If they don’t like it, they won’t look back. Having newbies meet someone who resigns out of boredom is probably better than to keep the newbies waiting for 10 minutes.
In other words, the relative investment for seasoned players is low. They recognize a newbie, they can finish the game, talk to their opponents, help them, direct them to different introductions or sources, they can also just cancel or resign the game if they consider introducing someone to Go a waste of their time.
It’s relatively low because out of the thousands of hours the seasoned player has invested in honing his craft, 5-20min don’t mean much. For someone who has never played before or who only spent little time on it, 5-20min can be anything up to 100% of their lifetime Go experience.
Edit: Can we get a statistic of the % of newbie games that are cancelled/resigned (by newbie vs by opponent)/scored/timed out? What are these games like? Usual board size, duration…?
'won' |by veteran | by newbie
scored | |
resigned | |
timeout | |