Sometimes, an opponent times out of a ladder game but the game still appears on my challenges list:
Jurkos timed out of https://online-go.com/game/10663040 but for a while I was unable to issue another challenge because Jurkos is still listed as someone i’m currently challenging (I became able to challenge after another player i had challenged timed out).
That case is clearly a bug, but I have some other questions to bring up about the ladder rules too. For one, I’ve noticed recently that a lot of times someone times out of the ladder but they don’t get kicked out of the ladder (e.g. Jurkos) The rules say that if you time out, you get kicked out. So is this a bug, or have the rules changed to permit some leniency? FWIW, i like the idea of having some leniency for timeouts, but it’s also really difficult to climb the ladder when half your opponents time out. The last 4 games in my record are ladder games against someone ranked higher than myself who timed out. So I think there may need to be some compensation offered to someone when their opponent times out. Maybe when someone higher-ranked times out on you you get an extra temporary challenge slot, or you’re allowed to challenge people ranked 60% higher rather than just 45% higher. As for leniency with timeouts, i think it might be helpful to people to let them have 1 or 2 free timeouts, or 1 or 2 days of automatic vacation-mode, once in a while. On duolingo, you can buy a “streak freeze” which means that if you are too busy or you forget one day, it automatically kicks in to save you from losing your “streak” - comparably, what if i could use 5 “normal” vacation days to “buy” an “auto-vacation” day, where instead of timing out of a correspondence game, the autovacation day is consumed and i’d automatically put into vacation-mode for 24 hours? Alternatively, if someone times out of a few ladder games but then gets back on the saddle, maybe their ladder position should be restored after having played a few moves in ladder games again, and the games that were timed out could be “revived” by the lower-ranked player. Anyways, not sure if these particular ideas will work but i think it would be really nice both for those who time out on accident or on account of unusual circumstance, to have some reasonable leniency or protection, and for those who can’t climb the ladder due to their opponents timing out if we could get some compensation for it