I like the idea of titles. Why should USCF and FIDE be the only ones to award titles? Titles given out by chess.com may not have any real meaning but neither do the ratings or the points.
@OP: Thanks for your great suggestions! They are all very interesting.
I like #1. It could be very practical.
I don't like #2. As Martin0 said, people need to sleep, and each individual game would become very long. The only way this suggestion could work, I think, would be to schedule dates on which to hold the several games in the tournament, because they couldn't simply be consecutive.
I like #3. This would also discourage pranksters who vote for "OFFER DRAW" and "RESIGN" in easily winning positions, etc.
I sort of like #4. frank124c made a good point. Titles could be honorary only, since our ratings don't mean anything anyway. The main misgiving I have about it is that it would likely heavily encourage cheating.
I can get on board with #5.
I have no problem with #6, but for reasons some (such as Scottrf) have given, it could have serious drawbacks.
#7 is a good idea as well. I enjoy answering poll questions. I wish Chess.com had a daily poll question, but sometimes it's not updated for weeks at a time.
One feature I would really enjoy would be Solitaire Chess, by GM Soltis (or was it Pandolfini?) from Chess Life, or something similar. I think that would possibly improve chess skill more effectively than Tactics Trainer and Chess Mentor combined.
I agree with that! In fact I have a computer gui that has as a solitaire chess feature but if chess.com did it, they could have one of their resident masters annotate it and everything. Solitaire chess, even if played by covering a move list in a book with index cards and guessing the moves is a great way to train. As for the titles, I have a Doctor of Divinity title which is perfectly legal, I got it off the internet. All I had to do was donate a few dollars. Chess.com could award titles to diamond members only. Then I could tell people that I am a Chess Master and it too would be perfectly legal. USCF and FIDE do not have a monopoly on titles.
My suggestion is to show on my "online chess" page the tournament and team match games that I've signed up for and have pending.
Under "Home" click on tournaments, and it will show your upcoming tournaments.
make it so that you can delete a form that you started
When a player closes their account, for whatever reason, the games they are playing are ended within 48 hours (obviously they left, they lose). Now I'm talking voluntarily closing the account so there is no “debate” if they had cheated or whatever. The person still with chess.com should not have to wait until the ex-member’s vacation time is used up. What vacation time? They aren’t members anymore so they don’t have vacation time..that’s my two cents.
“old folks like me raised on descriptive notation still need to see the a..h, 1..8 coordinates along the side of the board to easily follow the discussion.”
a/c can be closed then re-opened if reason is given. In those cases the vacation-rules are fair.
Sometimes a/c can be automatically closed ie: for 'spamming'. In some instances that has been accidental (over-enthusiastic distribution of information amongst numerous groups being one example)
@ netzach This is true, thanks...but, that's why I said voluntarily. It's fine if they don't want to be a member of chess.com anymore but why should we wait if "they" wanted to leave? That was my only point.
Next suggestion: After your membership to chess.com expires, they should remind you that you don't have auto-vacation anymore!
I like #1 about the endgame trainer. Chesstempo.com has one and their tactics trainer also is much better than chess.com's. Chess.com should take lessons from chesstempo.com!
Nah. It's riddled with computer-derived rubbish and does not set a good example. (Chesstempo)
I suggest to have some sort of standalone chat in the site, similar to Meebo (but simpler). I usually keep using the chat from an old game to talk with someone. It's not practical. A chat is also useful to chat with friends when they are logged-in. I think it would enable the momentum of ongoing tournaments and games. Thanks.
* make it possible to bookmark/highlight lessons in chess mentor that you found particularly enlightening (for faster later review)
* better game stats: more detailed time lines