Sean wrote:The list below shows the number of users banned for cheating (all types) per country grouped by continent. This list will be updated weekly.
Greetings Sean and Bryan. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for providing Chess Cube to all chess players all over the world so we can all come to a single place to play the great game of chess.
If I may suggest, as many others have noted, I don't feel listing nations by cheating rank achieves anything constructive. Of what possible purpose could this have? When entering a game against an opponent who has a high nationalistic based cheater ranking, are Chess Cube members supposed to then not play this opponent, or sling some nasty insults at them? What's the point? Nations don't cheat, people do. People are people, no matter what nation on earth the accident of our births happened to occur. It matters not what color our skin is, what language we speak, the way we choose to worship God, what foods we eat or what nation we are from. We all have to sit on a toilet and we all put on our pants the same way. We are all brothers and sisters in one big family we call the world. We are all the same. I submit that Chess Cube members come here to enjoy a great hobby; playing chess, not to get caught up in nationalistic prejudice, hatred and bad feelings. Watching the evening news every day, we can all see the hatred and prejudice tearing the world apart and I submit it is counter-productive, (reducing Chess Cube memberships), to unintentionally bring a hostile environment of prejudice and hatred to Chess Cube.
Listing nations such as this doesn't decrease the incidences of cheating. This list infers that if nation A has more cheaters than nation B, that nation A is, "bad". Of what possible use is it to fan the flames of hatred against nation A? What does this achieve? Does it help Chess Cube members with their Sicilian Najdorf, or Ruy Lopez? Does it generate any additional revenue for Chess Cube? Of course not, (quite the opposite actually as this turns so many people off, as we can clearly see from the many comments in this thread). I feel that such a list only serves to fan the flames of nationalistic based prejudice, hatred and arguments, which all eventually leads to further violence, (for example look at what is happening in the Middle East right now). I feel to create such a list serves to fan the flames of prejudice and that is never a good thing. Because of the atrocities committed by Nazi Germany in WWII, shall then all people from Germany not be allowed to play chess on Chess Cube? Of course not, as that is prejudice, as I submit is unintentionally being done with this nationalistic based cheaters list.
Chess is a wonderful game that is played by people from virtually every nation all over the world. It is played by people who can't understand the language each of them speaks, from different cultures, from nations with different ways of life, etc., etc., etc., yet chess brings all these divergent people together, to pursue a sport, an art, the science that is chess. Chess brings people together and to make a list that instead tears them apart, I feel is counter-productive and detrimental to Chess Cube in particular, (reducing the quantity of memberships and revenues $$$ because of prejudice that fosters a hostile environment), and chess in general. Does this nationalistic based cheaters list spread good will amongst Chess Cube members? No. Does it improve anyone's game? No. Does it give anyone that warm, fuzzy feeling? No. Chess is an international tool of spreading good will and understanding amongst all peoples from all over the world and I submit not to be unintentionally be used as a divisive weapon to instead tear those people apart. I feel this nationalistic based cheaters list serves no good purpose and should be brought to an end right away.
In this vein, I also feel that Chess Cube members should be given the ability not to display a national flag if they so choose, (as used to be the case several weeks ago). I personally have run into several very nasty, nationalistic based confrontations because of being forced to display a national flag and I'm certain many other Chess Cube members have as well. People come to Chess Cube to play chess and escape the hatred and bigotry of nationalistic based hatred and fighting, not to have even more of it thrown in their faces on Chess Cube. Nationalism and politics shouldn't have anything to do with chess or Chess Cube. I submit Chess Cube members being forced to display a national flag can and does encourage cheating, as a member from country A might have a great deal of prejudice and hatred against their opponent from country B, (which is almost always based on erroneous and sensationalized, biased media news reports), and think, "Well I am going to whip out my Fritz program and crush this XXX!" Other times opponents will cancel a game before it starts seeing that their opponent is from that, "Country A!", and they don't want to play anyone from country A because of misguided nationalistic prejudice. Please, for the benefit of everyone, let's make Chess Cube about chess and not nationalistic based prejudice and hatred.
Please note that this post is merely constructive criticism intended to improve the Chess Cube experience for everyone. It is not intended to impugn or insult anyone at all. We all live in the same world and we all need to make a conscious effort to get along with one another, or the final outcome will be the utter destruction of all mankind and no sane person would want that.
Now, everyone remember, "When you play Bobby, it is not a question if you win or lose. It is a question if you survive"! - Boris Spassky. http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/b/boris_spassky_2.html