First off: i am not sure if this thread is placed here correctly, but IMHO this was the board fitting best. If this is not the case, please move it to a better place.
Everybody can "block" any other account here at his discretion and i think this is a good thing. I am just curious which reassons others have to block someone, because i notice that the older i get the more picky i am about who i want to see and play.
My own reasons for blocking someone are (most of the times):
- leaving the game instead of giving up. Even better, some don't even leave the game but stay in there, just don't move any more. Letting me futilely wait for nothing takes time out of my precious lifespan and is a detestable act. You do it only once to me.
- unsporting chat. From time to time (it doesn't happen that often) i have games that are like this: first, i am challenged by a player far below my own rating class. I accept the challenge and get beaten royally, the opponent just plays way stronger than his rating suggests (and me, obviously). Near the end of the game or when i get in sufficient positional disadvantage the chat messages start, usually with some belittling remarks about me not being worth my rating, playing badly in general, challenging my intellectual capabilities or something such. If these messages are sufficiently bad i report the accounts, but even if not: they are immediately blocked. I have better things to do than to play jerks.
- people who abort games. This is something that happens regularly: i get paired with someone, who (probably because he didn't get the colour he wanted) aborts the game, immediately challenging for a rematch. My usual response to that is to accept the rematch, abort the game and challenge for a rematch myself. Most of the guys go away (seems like they don't like tit for tat) after this, but some repeat the nonsense. They are blocked immediately, because if someone is not only dull enough to not understand how the interface works and takes it out on me to cover for his lack of understanding i don't want to play him.
- The "whiners". One pattern is: you get paired with someone usually rated way lower than yourself. The game starts and after 3 moves he offers a draw. He repeats doing so for the next fifteen moves, sometimes followed by chat messages how immediately he needs to go. Alternative pattern: he is already materially significantly behind (like a rook or more) and offers draw then. If you have time for only three moves, don't play chess. And if you are behind a rook against a player 300 points heavier than yourself in an otherwise equal position: just give up. And because i don't like to get pestered with these nonsense draw-offers i block them immediately.
Well, these (and of course the usual self-explanatory ones) are my reasons to use the "block-and-ignore" feature. What are yours?