So if i were to pause my correspondence game because i notice that my opponent is losing on time, it wouldn’t get paused unless my opponent logins to OGS and accept the pause? For my mind that would kinda defeat the purpose of having the pause-button at the first place
A very valid point @_KoBa & @trohde. I have occasionally paused for the benefit of an opponent that I know doesn’t make a habit of timing-out but I try not to do so too much or for too long in tournaments & ladders.
Idea 1: Pause Request includes a temporary pause proportional to the game speed. eg 1day for the typical correspondence game.
Idea 2: Pause function available when it’s your opponents turn, Pause Request when it is your turn.
Simply adjust the wording so that when pause is activated it says, ‘4 pause requests left for Black’, removing the perceived entitlement and in the case of Correspondence games, send a notification that the game has been paused.
I believe it is fully intended, as it is accurate! Each player is fully entitled to 5 pauses during each game to use when and how they wish. The only caveat is that either player can unpause at any time, but that in no way affects the entitlement to 5 pauses that each player has, only their duration.
I do not disagree with this. My concern is two-fold.
Firstly that it is not obvious to someone unfamiliar with the site that they are entitled to unpause, especially when no explanation is given for the pause. This creates an awkward situation where the onus is on the second player to say ‘No’ by pressing resume. How many times have we heard in this forum, “My opponent paused the game. What to do.”?
Secondly that in the case of correspondence games, player2 may be unaware that player1 has paused the game.
Pause would continue to operate in the same way but the wording change would make the use of ‘resume’ more intuitive and less controversial. Also less likely to result in an argument or misunderstanding.
I regard ‘Idea 4’ as the most that can be done without negative side-effects and hopefully without opposition to the idea.