I think this is exactly what is quite annoying. If it is ‘cheating’ to move up the ladder when an opponent times out without playing a move, and you don’t want to look like you’re cheating the system, then maybe you won’t report it when the system fails to eject people who time out from the ladder and move you up a place.
I challenged three people that looked about my current rank, without checking their profiles. Two of those people times out without playing a move. The only thing I used to pick those people were, they were the furthest up the ladder I could challenge and they were close enough to my rank.
So there’s again the feeling of should I be reporting these things so that the ladder is functioning correctly or should I ignore it so it doesn’t look like I’m gaming the system some way to move quickly up the ladder.
It would be great if this got fixed. It seems like the 19x19 ladder has been broken for a long time, whether it’s with places not being adjusted automatically, people not be dropped out properly or even if you want to leave and it won’t let you.