This approach mainly applies to stalling in the 1v1 and seasonal ladders. It would be an optional, non-default setting for other games.
approach: reduce a player's autoboot by 50% (or maybe a fixed interval) if they meet some criteria. For example: a player is behind on income, behind on armies armies and is 50% behind on income or armies
If the criteria is met at the end of a given turn, display a warning message the reduction will start the following turn if the criteria still applies. If the criteria no longer applies after a turn, the autoboot time is restored. However, if the criteria is met for successive turns, autoboot is cumulatively reduced.
The community seems to agree 1v1 ladder stalling is a problem, and kynte has done excellent work showing this with data. https://www.warlight.net/Forum/156499-rio-2016-stallympics
However, there is no consensus on a solution. So far, solutions have been extremely complicated or unfair to players who are genuinely trying to salvage a win. Any solution should not punish non-stallers.
Do you think auto boot decay per some criteria is a simple, fair and effective approach? Please discuss.
Edited 6/15/2016 23:44:05