I feel that the controls we have in place by responding to reports and proactively monitoring are pretty reasonable.
So the question is not “how can we prevent it”.
The question is "what is and is not actually OK?"
Definition: escaper: someone who leaves a game without finishing it properly, forcing their opponent to wait for the time out to end the game.
This means: either resign if you have definitely lost, or pass and promptly accept the correct score.
This would be all well and good if it wasn’t for blitz. In blitz, it’s common and fine to lose by timeout - a timesuji in blitz can be a winning move.
But wait, what about the actual moment that an opponent who has been having to think hard each move has their time run out? Surely this is OK…
… these are the questions moderator face when we get a report that says “Please deal with this escaper”, which happens a lot.
So the purpose of this thread for me was to find out what you all think about “when is it OK to have the time run out and when is it not”, to help calibrate moderation of this.