(Don and Debby have graciously allowed me to stick around, so here’s my guest blogger post!)
I’ve always wondered whether etiquette has emerged from the thousands of matches played through this site every month. For example, what should a game loser should say, if anything, via chat once the game is ended? What should the winner say?
I think of it like the end of a tennis match. The loser usually approaches the net first and extends a hand; likewise, when I lose a game (which is often these days!), I try to post quickly (“Nice game, congrats!”, “Great closing. Well done!”). The winner always responds with a simple thank-you, and if he/she wants to analyze the game, we may converse while the channel is open. When I win, I reply with a simple note of appreciation for the game. There’s no need to go on about my brilliant play, or how his/her mistake drew a narrow loss, or any other comment that would just be annoying.
What do you think? Do you rate the experience with a player based on post-game chat? What chat expectations, if any, do you have when you win? Do you say anything when you lose?
I know there are no right or wrong answers here, so let’s just share opinions and keep it lighthearted.