I propose a completely new approach for ALL offenses.
It is clear that there are many players who simply don't care about being punished. In the meantime, it seems to me to be such a waste of time for moderators and forum members to keep reporting these players. They get knocked 75 points and then just gain it again to be knocked a month or so later. It doesn't really make any difference.
I propose the following as a new approach - to create quite harsh penalties for offenders.
I propose the following:
An offense in any category (disconnecting loser, draw refusal, double chasing, offensive language).
- 1st offense - warning
- 2nd offense - reset
- 3rd offense - reset + 1 month ban
- 4th offense - permanent ban
I recommend that these penalties be per category - e.g. if they disconnect and get a warning, then do a double chase, they will still get a warning (and not reset), but a warning for that category.
The advantage of this could be:
- It will probably cause some to change the behavior because the penalties are so stiff
- It will relegate continuous offenders to forever be stuck in the low hundreds. I think this is because:
- People will be more proactive in reporting knowing that it will make a greater difference
- It will be hard to climb if you are continuous offender and get reported, even if you keep creating multiple accounts.
- It will limit the affect of multi-account players, as many of the ones who create lots of new accounts are the same ones who do these irritating behaviors.
- It will save moderators time on adjudicating cases - initially it might be higher, but over time should probably be much lower.
Related to this, I propose that some players have 1 additional account (an exception to the multi-player rule - probably the same name as the main account but with v2 or something similar like mine) for two purposes (to be stated in advance). These accounts would intentionally stay low (e.g. 100-300 rating).
- To watch out for new multi-accounts
- To welcome new/emerging players to the game and give them guidance about how to improve and connect with tournaments, etc.
This could be done by introducing themselves as someone to help guide others with tips, but to intentionally surrender if they determine that the player seems to have beginner skills, so as not to hurt their point rating. If the player has more advanced skills, they should try to win and see if they exhibit any of the behaviours of a multi-account player and then report them if they do (e.g. disconnect, but possibly giving guidance on the rules before this happens).