My Chess.com Experiment

I_Am_Second

We all know that chess.com has a policy that aborting, abandoning, and timing out on games peanlizes you.  That penalty is being placed in a pool with other members commiting the same acts. 

So as an experiment, I aborted, etc. a ton of games, so i could be placed in the pool with the bottom feeders. 

 

Talk about a train wreck???  Its hell on earth.  If you want to witness cheating/sandbagging/e-thuggery at its best, thats the pool you want to experience. 

I cant wait to get out of there.

notmtwain
I_Am_Second wrote:

We all know that chess.com has a policy that aborting, abandoning, and timing out on games peanlizes you.  That penalty is being placed in a pool with other members commiting the same acts. 

So as an experiment, I aborted, etc. a ton of games, so i could be placed in the pool with the bottom feeders. 

 

Talk about a train wreck???  Its hell on earth.  If you want to witness cheating/sandbagging/e-thuggery at its best, thats the pool you want to experience. 

I cant wait to get out of there.

You didn't play any rated games during your experiment. 

Not that the ratings here really matter, but they are perceived by players as having some value and the only measure of success obtainable here. It seems reasonable to assume that people playing unrated games are less likely to care about the results. 

With unrated games, there is not even the pretense that the games matter and so any cheating/thuggery/sandbagging exhibited there matters even less, doesn't it?  What would be the point of cheating/sandbagging if one obtains nothing from winning?

How is that a valid experiment?  

imirak
I_Am_Second wrote:

We all know that chess.com has a policy that aborting, abandoning, and timing out on games peanlizes you.  That penalty is being placed in a pool with other members commiting the same acts. 

So as an experiment, I aborted, etc. a ton of games, so i could be placed in the pool with the bottom feeders. 

 

Talk about a train wreck???  Its hell on earth.  If you want to witness cheating/sandbagging/e-thuggery at its best, thats the pool you want to experience. 

I cant wait to get out of there.

We all thank you for your sacrifice.

I_Am_Second
notmtwain wrote:
I_Am_Second wrote:

We all know that chess.com has a policy that aborting, abandoning, and timing out on games peanlizes you.  That penalty is being placed in a pool with other members commiting the same acts. 

So as an experiment, I aborted, etc. a ton of games, so i could be placed in the pool with the bottom feeders. 

 

Talk about a train wreck???  Its hell on earth.  If you want to witness cheating/sandbagging/e-thuggery at its best, thats the pool you want to experience. 

I cant wait to get out of there.

You didn't play any rated games during your experiment. 

Not that the ratings here really matter, but they are perceived by players as having some value and the only measure of success obtainable here. It seems reasonable to assume that people playing unrated games are less likely to care about the results. 

With unrated games, there is not even the pretense that the games matter and so any cheating/thuggery/sandbagging exhibited there matters even less, doesn't it?  What would be the point of cheating/sandbagging if one obtains nothing from winning?

How is that a valid experiment?  

If you knew how many requests for rated game rematches i would get, and the anger that ensued when i declined you would understand :-)

mike_tal

So are they going to punish a paying member that is seemingly breaking the rules?

mike_tal

The funny part is: "I can't wait to get out of there".  What?  Where are you?  Weren't they all unrated games?  From a human psychological standpoint, it's more likely for people to consider cheating in a meaningless / unrated game.  Try aborting many rated games.

I_Am_Second
mike_tal wrote:

So are they going to punish a paying member that is seemingly breaking the rules?

We will see :-)

I_Am_Second
mike_tal wrote:

The funny part is: "I can't wait to get out of there".  What?  Where are you?  Weren't they all unrated games?  From a human psychological standpoint, it's more likely for people to consider cheating in a meaningless / unrated game.  Try aborting many rated games.

See my previous response to this question, and it maes it that much more bizarre.

mike_tal

So where can't you wait to get out of?

I_Am_Second
mike_tal wrote:

So where can't you wait to get out of?

The pool of players im presently in...

mike_tal

There are different pools?  Please elaborate

I_Am_Second
mike_tal wrote:

There are different pools?  Please elaborate

Read chess.com's Help & Support.  It will explain it a lot better than i can.

mike_tal

I'm kind of an idiot, could you summarize it?

sugata_ds94

I'm not too sure about the rating system here. We all know that ratings fluctuate a lot in the early days and then get stabilized. One of my friends was off for 6 months. Then he came back and found his rating fluctuating abruptly with single wins or losses. His glicko calculation suggested that the website completely forgot about his previous games but kept his old rating. Personally, I play ONLY UNRATED STANDARD games.
Also, the main hall is becoming more and more dirty. What's the point of preventing the new members from posting there when the old guns are firing abusive words?

IzanagiShadow
mike_tal wrote:

I'm kind of an idiot, could you summarize it?

Here read through this last parts of this, there is no point in summarizing as it would be simply copy and pasting.

 

https://support.chess.com/customer/portal/articles/1444922-fair-play-policy