NEW CLEAR DRAW 5 MINUTE RULE
Nutshell version: the MT is going to start judging clear draws with 5 minutes of evidence instead of 10.
Full version: The MT will conduct a test trial for the next three months to see how a new policy on clear draws fares in public sentiment. The reason for the trial is that the MT has voted to begin allowing for less evidence in draw refusal cases where the draw is clear. Previously we have held to the same 10 minute gold standard for all draws. But now, for the test trial period at least, we will allow clear draw cases to be presented with a 5 minute gold standard. That is, if a player refuses a draw request and the draw is clear then two system draw refusals 5 minutes apart will make for a STRONG case and likely be upheld by the MT.
A clear draw is defined as a draw where neither player can capture his opponent's flag or all of his pieces in the absence of a gross mistake. A player refusing a clear draw will be expected to lotto/take a chance and try to advance the game or accept the tie within 5 minutes.
Note the following:
If no progress is made between any two or even three refusal screens covering the Gold Standard time of five minutes for clear draws (ten minutes for normal no progress draws), the MT will always view this evidence as solid proof of the guilt of the draw refuser. Anything less and we may concur with a claim, or we may not.
In accepting less than five minutes of evidence for clear draws (the same as we do for accepting less than 10 minutes for normal no progress draws) the factors that we consider will include:
•the nature of the draw situation, and
•the actions of the draw refuser after a tie refusal
But nothing is guaranteed in this area. If you want to be absolutely certain the MT will uphold your clear draw case, give us five minutes of proof (ten minutes for normal no progress draws), and a defeat screen.
Please also remember that any minutes that lapse off your own buffer do not count in these "Gold Standard" times. For example, if you use three minutes of your own buffer taking screenshots or obtaining evidence, your opponent will be allowed an extra three minutes to refuse your draw request. Please also note that the times required are between refusal screens and not the defeat screen, as this can stay up on one's computer a long time after the game is over
(GaryLShelton, tobermoryx, Major_Nelson, MTinsley, Nortrom)