Originally Posted by mikhail
Picking a fight with a forum moderator is ... not likely to produce any results you want.
For what it's worth, I'm mostly with Sodacat on this one. It happens, there's shag all we can do about it, and in my experience measures like the 30 move minimum game are as bad as the problem they slightly impede.
It's never been legal. Those games have always been rated. The only way to stop it from happening is to insist all matches be played in front of an independent observer or arbiter, which is probably coming with the multi-million euro TV deal any day now.
Eh, well, it has never been "legal", but the only rules violated were the LCU's, and maybe the ICU's (for rating purposes). If they don't mind, why should anybody else?
It's a different matter if FIDE is involved. Fiddling ratings is harder to explain to a wider audience. Better to mark the games down as unplayed (as was done for one game in the recent New Year GM norm event).
While we're on the topic, I heard a related story that happened in the Armstrong a while back (a few decades but not really very long ago). Team A and team B were both threatened with relegation, and were drawn against each other in the last round. (In the days before the last round was played on one day in the same place.) The captains calculated that a 4-4 draw would leave them both safe, and 8 draws were duly entered, without any pieces being moved (saving one team a long journey). Alas! Someone miscalculated, one of the teams actually tied for relegation, then lost the playoff match.