Hi... this has been a problem that has plagued online dominion since the isotropic days, and through all incarnations since. Occasionally a player angrily requests that I "play faster". This happened most recently just now vs. username redacted.
I was not intentionally playing slow, I was merely taking what probably amounted to 15 seconds to consider possible lines of play. I had been dealt a 5/2 split for a fairly complicated board where I think the 4/3 split would have been better. I'm an hugely experienced player but was not immediately sure what the correct move was—indeed that an experience player can still face such uncertainty is one of the reasons I've been enjoying this game for so many years. Anyway, in this short amount of time that I was thinking for, redacted entered into chat "play faster please". I went to type a response along the lines of "I'm focused, I just need a few seconds to consider possible lines of play please", but before I could even type that out they resigned. Accompanying their resignation was another message in chat to effect of that they were blacklisting me.
Now, frankly, I'm thrilled if I never have to play against someone so grumpy and impatient as this person clearly was. I just wanted to open this topic, and get my version of the story in writing for two reasons 1.) to facilitate, if anyone else is interested, a discussion around when/if ever it is appropriate to request that your opponent plays faster, and 2.) provide a reference for the mods if they investigate why redacted and I blacklisted each other, for I strongly believe that my conduct was not at all inappropriate.
As regards reason 1: I understand that sometimes people intentionally play slow, and I like so many other, find that annoying also. I don't ever intentionally play slow. But surely 15-30 seconds can be considered a reasonable amount of time to think about a turn, yes? Maybe sometimes even a whole minute? Especially at the start of the game, for as we all know the first moves are often the most important.