IainMcNeil wrote: ↑
Fri Aug 07, 2020 1:59 pm
There will be warnings before a sanction. I'm not willing to discuss the details of this as it could be used to try and manipulate things. The aim is to find a balance between preventing cheating and false positives. We agree it was too far one way, we just want to be careful we don't go too far the other. The system will involve black marks being allocated, which will fade over time, but we wont be discussing details of either aspect.
Iain, will you be making a formal statement at all about the new monitoring approach? Perhaps on the main forum? I have written a Player's Guide for the FOG2DL, which has been in use now for nearly 3 years, and I could include your formal statement in it, or I could write a general guidance for players of my own. Given that we are not going to be told the fine details, a more general statement from yourself would be very helpful.
The basic season of the FOG2DL is at least 10 weeks long finishing on a Sunday. In an earlier post you wrote,
"However having said this we do feel like the system needs an overhaul. It is going to be a lot less tolerant in future so you will get a lot more warnings a lot earlier, and automatic temporary bans will be enforced if you are a repeat offender."
So this refers to players who may have made excess downloads, but it has not been proven that they are cheating (otherwise they would be gone). It may be that they have a poor internet connection, or whatever, but their re-load count is now being flagged. And if that situation persists then that player will eventually get their first suspension. Are you able to tell me how long that first temporary suspension will be for? Are you also able to tell me how many temporary suspensions a player may receive before they are permanently suspended? Presumably the details of these sanctions will become fairly common knowledge once the system has been in operation for a while so I am not sure if they need to be kept secret.
Or have you decided that we have just got to wait and see how it all develops over the next few months? Because there may be things that happen that require an adjustment here and there? It would be very helpful for me, as a tournament organiser, to know, for example, whether a player suspended in week 6 will be re-instated in time to finish off their matches by the end of week 10. If we are not to be told that information then fine, but it means we will have to deal with any such suspensions under provisions of Rule 1, "Any eventuality not covered by these rules will be subject to adjudication by the organisers."