I totally understand what you are saying and you make excellent reasons why the kick feature is an eye-sore to me. I am not a fan of the kick features, myself. Like you, I tend to have a lot of patience with those I am playing. I respect that they have congestion problems, family, kids, and a life going on all around themI don't agree with giving the host cart-blanche to kick players out at their whim, there are so many reasons why they are delaying, not just because they are trying to hold up the game. I know, I know, there are a few...... but just a few who deliberately do it to hold up the game.
I have also seen where some players seem to think they own the game, one in particular springs to mind, and it doesn't matter how slight or insignificant the incident, she zaps, fooms, tries to vote them out, tells them to "get out of my game" and has even followed them into the lobby and told them never to return. When asked why, the reasons were given as so trivial, the queen may have been passed to her or she felt another player had given her too many high cards, or someone has laughed at her as she finally got the queen after being low all the game.
Reasons for delay........
1. Network congestion
2. A new player who would just like to look at his hand before playing
3. The phone rings
4. The doorbell
5. Just finishing cutting his/her toenails
7. Answering hubby's constant question of where is my tea
My question (curiousity) was pertaining to the rules/ability of the kick feature already in place. "stalling repeatedly" is how it is worded on the server message. I was questioning whether anyone had ever found it workable or useable. There is always that 1 game a year where you have a person who finds it funny to BLATANLY keep stalling just before the timeout to play or just before the 2 minute rule would assure him/her a kick. This rare 1 game a year isnt enough to have the feature, BUT knowing, myself, the rule and how it works i was just questioning its use because in that rare occasion I could not get it to work, myself.
I was questioning if anyone else had ever gotten any use out of it if they were trying to use it for this same scenario. I was also hoping maybe SCE could elaborate on this rule and how it is workable. Do the Repeated stallings have to be a certain length? Does there have to be a certain amount of them? Basically i was questioning the rule's idea of "repeated" stalling and at what point it was useable.