One issue i am surprised not to see raised by the dissatisfied is that people are allowed to post about Gravon on here.
We had taken some steps towards preventing discussion of Gravon , but it soon became apparent that the people that liked to discuss it were going to continue to do so . At that point we had to consider whether we were prepared to issue warnings , and ultimately , bans , to those forum members . But that would involve banning some of the very best players and very best forum contributors .
So we decided finally that the 12 or so people that like to talk about their stratego experiences on the other site should not be silenced by just 3 people that had complained about these threads . And also that a site with about 70 players was not seriously a threat to a site with 10,000 .
But the Anti Gravon policy does not appear to be in the manifesto of the Alternative MT . Maybe they wait til the votes are counted to reveal it.......
Regarding complaints on draw refusal judgements . These usually occur when a 'clear draw' complaint is rejected , or we ask for further evidence .This is necessary for a number of reasons .
If we see a case of a game lasting an hour of running around lakes , but no screenshots of tie offers , then for all we know the person bringing the case is actually the draw refusing troll himself , who , being more familiar with the process , decides as a final insult to his opponent to bring a bogus case for draw refusal against them .
When a player shows a screenshot of an 'obvious draw' ( 2 bomb triangles and no miners ) that the opponent rejected , but then no indication that the game lasted more than a few seconds after that point . The opponent has the right to lotto if they wish , so we'd like to see they were given the opportunity . They should of course do so immediately . I have had 2 or 3 games when my opponent refused the draw in those circumstances and then proceeded to lotto onto obvious bombs . And one time i played someone about 400 points lower and finished up with the same scenario and rejected the draw myself . I was going to lose a lot of points with a draw anyway and 'the bomb in front of the flag' turned out to be the flag.
The other issue usually is when there is no defeat screen . Maybe the draw refuser actually agreed the draw .Maybe he won somehow ( or lost ) so we would like to see evidence of forfeit .
Posts get liked and/or hidden etc because it is important that any especially bad post can be hidden just by the first member that sees it ( rather than leave it up 48hrs til everyone votes ) . Individuals have different ideas about what should be hidden .So often something is hidden and then ( after a vote ) is unhidden . I guess the person that did the hiding did not check who did the likes beforehand in that instance mentioned as it did seem rather silly to be honest.
If the Alternative MT sees the investigation of a bunch of accounts that mysteriously rise and fall in the rankings as a priority , and assume nothing is done because the useless MT can't be bothered , then they will be in for a disappointment when they find their Admin contact has no access to game logs to find out who the accounts play against . And that the higher up people who might have such access are always too busy with what they consider more important matters - developing apps etc - to help out either . Every such request for that kind of info has been rejected for years.