I just checked and thats ticked in my profile. I think I've figured it out - for some reason I have become a "rule violator" and I think since that time they haven't been sending me any emails. I can't start games any more either. Quite what I did wrong I don't know, but it means I'm going to have to pay to be reinstated.
Pain in the arse!
Cheers anyway. ~I think I'll still be able to play if other people challenge me though, so anyone feel free.
Tusko, I've never read the Gameknot rules in detail, but I doubt if you have to pay to be reinstated. It's probably because you timed out on a game or two in your first ten or fifteen games. Look on your public page, and it will say "timeouts" and give the percentage of your games that you've timed out on. I suspect that there may be a point, like 10%, that automatically limits your privileges on the site for a while. Try using the "Join Game" and "Start Game" facilities, then the more games you complete, the lower your "timeout" percentage will become (to state the obvious!) and I think that things may get back to normal.
There's a certain logic to it all, as they need to discourage people from starting lots of games, then not completing them. That's also presumably why the number of free games you can play increases every four wins.
I think you are right. The frustrating thing is that it won't let me start my own games - I'm going to have to be challenged by other people. Please - feel free if you want a game of chess against someone mediocre! I flourish best under less stringent time limits - say a week?
The frustrating thing is, as far as I can see it, that the reason I timed out on those couple of games was because they stopped sending me emails to say that my opponents had moved... and not recieving emails seems to be a byproduct of losing priveliges (I wasn't notified that omni just challenged me for instance - I only found out when I went to check my page on your advice). So I'm not sure if the timing out in those games WAS the route cause, or if it was something earlier.
All very boring. I just wanted to get it off my heaving chest!
Really sorry - I just remembered our game, who knows how long after it was timed out. I think that its going to be pointless me even trying to play games now they don't send me reminders when my opponent moves any more.
Its very frustrating, because I really like playing.
Zawinul's and my game is gong a bit slowly. If we could find a time when both of us are online at the same time, we could get much more accomplished in a much shorter amount of time. But every time I see the little green online icon illuminated, he's back offline after I move.
Oh, and I sent you a challenge because I got bored waiting for Zawinul to move. (No pressure, Z. Take your time.)