One thing that is missing from this discussion is what the fruit has been from the current disconnect policy. It takes time to post and time to keep records for the moderators. Has the past policy made any changes in behaviour? One would need to keep records to determine this fully, but there may be anecdotal evidence. Otherwise, disconnectors are doubly succeeding - wasting our time in the game and on the forum. What I mean by succeeding is either:
- People stop doing this practice because of the penalties
- People don't do it in the first place (harder to measure, except possibly by number of reports of this)
- People are penalised to the extent that we don't have to deal with them anymore (e.g. reset account will take quite a while to get back to the level to affect most of the people on the forum). Also, this is a form of revenge - they waste our time, we waste their time by having to go and play low ranked players for quite a few hours before they are at a level to challenge us again.
My concern is less with the person who disconnects once or rarely, but the ones who do this repeatedly to be a jerk. For example, one guy (Airmail, Eniak, thesi, Toreva, ithi, Poppins and possibly Fiddle, Crisp, oikog, Barrel) keeps creating new accounts and does this to be a jerk - I don't think he cares about ranking. As long as we can't stop him based on IP address or something similar, continuously resetting his account will at least ensure that he has to spend the time at low ranks before he can annoy us again.
Another issue with point deductions is that it means that people are playing a person at higher skill who has a lower rating. E.g. if you are 600 and someone is down to 400 due to 200 worth of disconnect penalties, instead of being equal on a win or loss, you will lose much more on a loss or gain much less on a win. At least if the person's account is reset, it will take him a while before he will even be matched with you.
Therefore, I would propose full reset after 3 disconnects and don't even bother with the point deductions. Alternatively, of the options listed, I would go with 3 or 4.