Now we just have our Noumea challenger doubles SF match decided by RL after the two players are given 9 days to organize the match. The draw is released since 2/1/2015 and today is already 11/1/15. They still haven't played the match and the mod has no choice but calls RL. The funny thing is that these two players started the match thread since the 1st day of draw release and have the motivation to go to forum to ask "when?" every day but without the motivation to play a real match. I think there is clearly some problem with RL here.
Meanwhile in one of the brisbane QF match I saw a player write on the match thread that "if you are not here. we call RL" after disappearing for days and then leave this message right before the deadline. (And he is the higher ranked player in that match-up, giving him a better RL chance). It is like he does not care about to play if he can win by RL.
It is not a secret that some players have 90%+ of their matches decided by RL. Some players have all or most of their matches (4-5 matches) decided by RL in more than one tournament and in 2015 they are still doing it without being stopped.
I notice some positive changes from the moderation team. For example, they don't jump to RL instantly when they just see both players write on the thread and judge who may have only appeared for a very short time. The new RL overriding system also makes possible the changing of RL ratio.
But my concern is that it seems with these new rules being implemented for the 1st week there are still abusive RL uses (though I do not deny that some potential victims of RL are "saved" when mods override the initial ratio that disfavors them.)
I thus suggest that
1.mods should give warning to those who have an obvious history of overuse of RL and should ban them if they abuse it again.
2. Also, mods should do the overriding of RL ratio (to 50:50 for example) more often when they find that the one with higher RL ratio didn't give enough effort to organize the match.
any opinions are welcomed.