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rommel13 ♡ 76 ( +1 | -1 )
to mattafort on challenges: See the attached link re: challenges

I tried to challenge multiple players ranked more than 500 points above me and consistently got this message. Team games or tournament games are exempt from this standard, but it otherwise is quite clear.
You cannot challenge those whose ranking exceeds yours by 500 points. Thus, cyrano, or any other top player must challenge those begging for a match not because they like to prey on weaker opponents, but rather if they respond positively to a lower rated players request for a game, the rules simply don't allow them another option.
superblunder ♡ 34 ( +1 | -1 )
rommel.... Anyone can set their automatic challenge decline rules to whatever they want... it just so happens that 500 is the default setting, but you may set it to accept challenges from anybody.....mattafort knows what he is talking about when it comes to Gameknot rules.
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shoshin ♡ 93 ( +1 | -1 )
Unless something has changed rommel13 is correct.

I believe it was instituted to prevent new players from driving established players with high ratings crazy with challenges. I would also like to point out that more options are available for paying members concerning "auto-challenge decline".

rommel13 has played at this site for a longer period than may be wise to not dismiss his statement so easily.

All this said, other things have changed without notification. Perhaps we should ask rommel13 if he only sent challenges to paying members or did he try to challenge non-paying members (freeloaders) :)) as well?
superblunder ♡ 14 ( +1 | -1 )
Well, maybe it is only for paying members But I am 100% certain that I can change my automaitc challenge decline setting to whatever I want, from 0 to 9999 rating points below me.
rommel13 ♡ 70 ( +1 | -1 )
shoshin & superblunder Shoshin: I think you are correct on the reason for the 500 point rule's institution. Back when I started here, there were only a few hundred players total, and maybe only 40 online at one time. The top players had ratings in the 1700's and were getting challenged ad naseum by the newbies eager to earn a high rating quickly. That rule provided some relief.

My challenges were totally random - just picking anyone with a rating over mine +500. I am also not a paying member, and so have never seen an ability to manipulate the conditions of a challenge by your opponents rating. I'm sure you both are correct; members have the option, but non members don't.