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There's a few threads here complaining about comms problems with Vatsim. So I'm not alone. Here's what happend tonight. Make your own mind up. Was he right to suspend me? The text of the conversation is at the bottom of the post in italics. Heres the email to Vatsim's Norman Blackburn - VP Conflict Resolutions - Hi Norman My name is James Laird (Vatid - 968801) I’ve been a member of Vatsim for several years with various levels of activity. Recently I’ve had the opportunity and pleasure of being able to spend a LOT more time online. This has however come with fair share of technical problems getting FSX and FsInn and my Mic etc sorted out after not having flown for a few years. As a result I have on a couple of occasions missed a few calls from ATC. Now let me be the first to say that I do not endorse afk flying, it’s pointless and not fair on the ATC or other online players. I have in fact logged in excess of 290.2 hours in the last 6 weeks. That’s a considerable amount of flying 99.9% of which was done online on Vatsim. Unfortunately as I have explained on a couple of occasions I have indeed had some problems that have prevented a response to ATC but that’s not really a surprise given the hours I’ve logged. Anyone else flying say 10 hours in the same period is significantly less likely to have a problem, I’ve been a little unlucky with software and hardware. Nothing else. Earlier this evening, not that it’s really any of Vatsim’s business, I took the opportunity in clear airspace to feed my 2 cats as my partner is unwell and she could not do it. Unfortunately I was a little late back and had flown into the active ATC area. I contacted the ATC controller concerned and apologised. I agreed that had I known I was going to be more than 30 minutes I should have disconnected but I was in fact only 29 minutes it turned out. Its definatly not something I do normally and in any case it’s a simulation not real life so the odd foul up is hardly critical. So far I think I’ve been reasonable and so had the controller. A short time later I get a message form the Kris Thomson (989754), Supervisor. He’s not happy as I’ve been incommunicado again apparently and a dialog then ensures (attached). It then comes to a head with my suspension for nothing more than stating my position during the conversation, answering his question but not apparently according to him and not being prepared to grovel. Here’s the email content – You and your VATSIM account have been temporarily removed as of2011-09-14 22:02 UTC until 2011-09-16 00:00 UTC. This means that Kris Thomson (989754), Supervisor, as a VATSIM Supervisor, has temporarily removed your access privileges to the VATSIM network. This removal is intended as cooling-off period and will not be reviewed or extended after it expires. You were temporarily removed by Kris Thomson (989754), Supervisor. Please note that your temporary removal will expire after no less than twenty-four hours and your account will be reactivated at that time. Your temporary removal is final and will not be reversed so there is no need to contact VATSIM regarding this matter. For your information, the date, time and reason for this removal are as follows: Event occured in Beograd Radar, Europe at 21:30 z 14/09/2011. Reason -- Unresponsive for 30 minutes in LYBA_CTR airspace. Ivan Kovacevic (SUP) had in depth discussion with user regarding leaving cockpit unattended. Soon after there was an issue trying to get hold of James for 15 minutes, but on my call received response instantly. With previous over last month for being unresponsive decision made to suspend. Breach of CoC A9 for first act this evening. Ivan or myself available if further evidence needed. PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO RE-CONNECT TO THE VATSIM NETWORK OR TRY TO CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT AT ANY TIME BEFORE THE EXPIRATION OF THE TWENTY-FOUR HOUR PERIOD! However I do take exception to being suspended due to some power mad supervisor not liking the answers he gets to his questions. In fact the reason given to me for the suspension was that I had not answered or responded to his question, here’s an excerpt from the chat on FsInn - EGPX_CTR : Yes but you have been done twice for being away for longer than 30 minutes, that is a considerable amount of time away from the cockpit wouldn't you agree? LOCAL : 'Been Done'? I was not aware of any formall charges ....... Indeed it is if I was actually away that long, I think I explained to the controllers on those occasions that I had been haveing tech probs and ,missed some calls. Unfortunatly thats the nature of the internet. its also annoyign when you turn on finals into say LOWI and the FSX crashes or I have to take 4 attempts to fly across america into JFK at new york and the thing crashes. sometimes it not perfect. but I dont cheat and let the aircraft fly unatteneded for more than a few minuites. ‘EGPX_CTR : No response? Okay I have taken the decision to suspend you for 24 hours, what with your previious and this evening as well. You will receive an email shortly.’ I had in fact replied to his question it’s just he did not like the answer. I obviously was not prepared to grovel enough for his satisfaction. Also its clearly a different reason for suspension to the one in his email to me. He said earlier that I had been afk/unobtainable for 29 minutes, well the code of conduct states as follows When logging on to the VATSIM.net network, a member is not permitted to leave his or her connection unattended for a period in excess of thirty (30) minutes. If a member is unable to comply with this requirement, then he or she must log off of the VATSIM.net network. A member who is found to be unresponsive for more than thirty (30) minutes is subject to immediate removal from the network. Members who are found to repeatedly leave their connections unattended are subject to the terms of Article VI. of the VATSIM.net Code of Regulations. So a 30 minute absence is permitted. You could read that as you can be absent for 30 minutes then back for a minute and then absent for 30 minutes etc. Rinse and repeat. As long as you don’t exceed an absence of more than 30 minutes. However that’s a bit silly. So, however, if you don’t abide by your own rule then what’s the point of the code of conduct. Surely the point of the above rule is to stop people flying unattended deliberately, not to penalise someone who has a technical fault or is actually responding to the controllers with an apology and an explanation? Kris stated in the conversation I had allegedly been absent for 29 minutes earlier that’s not 30 minutes…… Apparently the controller then tried without success to contact me again but then when the supervisor sent me a message I responded immediately. Now I’m sure the control did in fact try and contact me, I however either I missed it or did not receive the message. So clearly I was at the computer, Perhaps I do indeed have a fault that requires some investigation, the controller however was uninterested in my explanation How does a suspension for minor infractions due to technical issues encourage someone to fly online with VATSIM ? I would have thought in this instance a chat and a friendly warning of possible suspension would have achieved far more than wielding a large hammer. I feel the Supervisors handling of the alleged infraction falls far short of the level I would have expected from what Vatsim calls a professional service. I was actively trying to work with the supervisor to resolve the problem amicably. In fact I feel the suspension was more for not rolling over and agreeing with everything he said and grovelling an abject apology, I am extremely disappointed and annoyed with Kris’s handling of the alleged infraction. It was neither fair nor warranted. The better solution was mention earlier. The numbers of ATC and Pilots are not massive by any account and ours is a small aspect of the flight sim hobby. If I had been verbally abusive to either the controller or the supervisor then yes a suspension with immediate effect would have been more than warranted. I however offered an explanation and as far as I can tell just did not grovel enough… To have been suspended without warning while in a dialog with the supervisor because he thought I had not responded to his question is dictatorially heavy handed and unreasonable, If I had been rude or ignoring his point without trying to offer an explanation as I had then fine but I was to all intents trying to explain that the absences were not intentional or planned. Seems there’s no leeway or common sense in Vatsim. Just arrogant supervisors who get peeved if the answers don’t suit them. I look forward to your response. Regards James Laird I've pasted the whole conversation below for transparency. You guys think he was right? Probably Time for IVAO i think..... EGPX_CTR : Hello, I am one of the supervisors please respond LOCAL : yes? LOCAL : iF you calling on voic eall im getting is clicksEGPX_CTR : Sir you have been not responding to CTR calls for over 10 minutes LOCAL : From who? You called I answerd LOCAL : I had a chat with LYBA earlierEGPX_CTR : LYBA_CTR has been trying to contact you for over 10 minutes after another previous incident just not long before LOCAL : Well Ive been here and never heard him. Not sure whats going on there. LOCAL : No txt message either after the last one about FsInnEGPX_CTR : Well he says that he texted you as well as calling with no reply. LOCAL : I see that LHCC has sent a couple of text, did not notice the arrow to the top right oif the chat, and I only had 3 boxes visiable in the title bar. maybe thats been the problem?EGPX_CTR : This was LYBA LOCAL : indeed I have the chat log from LYBA No messages after teh one about FsInn. I can see the one from LHCC now though that I have incresed the chat box width.EGPX_CTR : He spoke to you on the frequency and texted on the frequency with no response. LOCAL : Hmm well you text and got an mmediate answer?EGPX_CTR : 21:07 he texted after no response at all on voice, I have that log in front of me LOCAL : Im not sayign I nver leave the PC, but Im not an absent flyer. I could do that offline. Which channel? Or are we talkign abiut earlier than what i think we are? LOCAL : He called a few times, I apoligiesed for teh delay then had a chat about what teh prob was then that ws it as far as I knowEGPX_CTR : After all that, after 20:47 z he called with no response, then tried text and still no response LOCAL : Sorry, Typings not great tonight. LOCAL : Hmm well I was here after the chat with him, I never heard him call.EGPX_CTR : Well the text on frequency is enough proof he got no response to that which implies you weren't there or decided to ignore him. LOCAL : Why would I ignore him? defeats the purpose of flying online with atc......EGPX_CTR : Well then you must not have been there if you did not see the text one as well as voice calls LOCAL : Wait a second here, what is this? this is a fun pastime, not the inquesition., I have already said that occasionally I have left the PC. Its a simulation after all. I appreciate the fact that people put time into giveing atc service adn I treat them with respect adn I try and be patiente etc. So theres been a mix up on comms, not the end of the world ok? Besides the response tiem to your text was instant was it not? LOCAL : I do not however leave the PC for hours, I may need to go to the bathroom or get a drink etc, you knwo all normal stuff LOCAL : In fact Im now trying to work out why Im expalinign my habits to a stranger online......EGPX_CTR : Yes but your response to a controller was not. I would be inclined to agree with you but this is not the first time that this has happened, in fact I see 2 times in the last month there has been problems getting hold of you. Can you see where I am coming from? LOCAL : indeed, but I have on a few occasiones explained to controllers that theres been tech probs with either FSiNN or my Mic not working etc. But in te last 2 months Ive done a stupid amount of hours so faults per hour if you like are really rather low........ And I dont generally have a problem respondign to Controllers. Its teh point of doing it online after all.EGPX_CTR : The faults per hour is not what I am getting at. In the last month you have twice been unable to reach for times longer to 30 minutes. This evening the same almost happens again (29 mins) and then not long after we have problems getting in contact again. LOCAL : Well All I can say is that I am actually here flying the aircraft (well monitoring the sytems at least ;)) I go get the odd drink etc but I dont leave the thing unattended. I fly with headphones so I know I woint hear the call if Im getting a drink so I check when I get back to see if theres any messages.EGPX_CTR : Yes but you have been done twice for being away for longer than 30 minutes, that is a considerable amount of time away from the cockpit wouldn't you agree? LOCAL : 'Been Done'? I was not aware of any formall charges ....... Indeed it is if I was actually away that long, I think I explained to the controllers on those occasions that I had been haveing tech probs and ,missed some calls. Unfortunatly thats the nature of the internet. its also annoyign when you turn on finals into say LOWI and the FSX crashes or I have to take 4 attempts to fly across america into JFK at new york and the thing crashes. sometimes it not perfect. but I dont cheat and let the aircraft fly unatteneded for more than a few minuites.EGPX_CTR : No response? Okay I have taken the decision to suspend you for 24 hours, what with your previious and this evening as well. You will receive an email shortly. LOCAL : I actually jsut went and read the Code of Conduct. My interpritation of it is that you can be absent but not for MORE than 30 mins, seems a bit daft to me as I would not actually want to be absent LOCAL : No respeonse to what?EGPX_CTR : My question. LOCAL : I say again, no response to wahgt? LOCAL : which quastion? LOCAL : And what do you think this dialogue is if not a response?EGPX_CTR : Look back at my last point before your CoC point, it ended in a question. LOCAL : you mean this - Yes but you have been done twice for being away for longer than 30 minutes, that is a considerable amount of time away from the cockpit wouldn't you agree? LOCAL : ?EGPX_CTR : Ended with "?", so do you agree? LOCAL : Agree to waht?EGPX_CTR : that its a long time to be away from cockpit, 30 minutes, as you were earlier tonight? LOCAL : Well forst of all you got a response. Maybe not what you wanted to hear but it was a respoise LOCAL : **responseEGPX_CTR : Yes I did but earlier LYBA didnt LOCAL : Well He got an apology etc. Its reare Im away from teh PC considerintt the amoutn of time im actually on it. an If I miss the odd call its hardly the end of the world.EGPX_CTR : We are going round in circles here, I have made the point and although you don't agree, a decision has been made. You will recieve an email. LOCAL : Oh so yopur suspendogn me for being absent for 29 mins and you did not like the answer?

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I did not read it all, but I would not worry about it too much, only a short term suspension. As an aside, if I am controlling at CZYZ and a pilot is not communicating for a long time I will call a sup and let them deal with it. Kind of routine procedure. Now to solve your problem you need to use the port forwarding feature of your router. The ports to forward for FSInn are UDP 32062. If you have not forwarded the ports properly then what happens is you can talk and hear for a bit and then you get dropped out even though everything looks like it is connected. Mark.

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I did not read it all, but I would not worry about it too much, only a short term suspension. As an aside, if I am controlling at CZYZ and a pilot is not communicating for a long time I will call a sup and let them deal with it. Kind of routine procedure. Now to solve your problem you need to use the port forwarding feature of your router. The ports to forward for FSInn are UDP 32062. If you have not forwarded the ports properly then what happens is you can talk and hear for a bit and then you get dropped out even though everything looks like it is connected. Mark.

To be fair I'm not to worried, Just annoyed at the unresponsive supervisors arrogance. Thanks for the tip with the port forwarding i'll go do that just in case :D

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To be fair I'm not to worried, Just annoyed at the unresponsive supervisors arrogance. [/center][/center]
Lucky it didn't happen to me, I would of gone off on the guy. Whistle.gif

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James, Honestly, I think you are splitting hairs over nothing more than a 24 hour "cooling off period" as they say. I am not sure how old you are and I don't really care, one bit of advice that I would offer is that it really isn't good form to air your dirty laundry on a public forum such as this. Whether you were absent or not isn't the issue, rather, it is your computer which has caused the issue plain and simple. I hope you get it sorted out and get back to flying online soon, good luck.

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I'm 47 :D and no I'm not a child. I don't think its dirty Laundry as such. Its a post to highlight what I consider arrogant and unreasonably inflexible behavior by a supervisor. As for a 'cooling off period', who for? I was not annoyed until he suspended me. I feel the suspension was more because the supervisor was not happy at not getting things all his own way, Therefore its an undeserved suspension and I feel an abuse of his position as he basically spat the dummy/threw his toys out of the pram. The reason for posting here is that when they suspend you all Vatsim access goes. So you can t post on the Vatsim official forum either. I also think its really poor behavior by the supervisor and as such warrants public scrutiny. It's all the more annoying because this is the first time I've had a problem with Vatsim since 2006 when I first signed up. Any other controller has been more than helpful and its a shame things went the way they did. Thing is I am getting into flight simulation in a serious way now and I'm giving serious thought to building a home cockpit. One of the main attractions is online flying, hence why I flew on Vatsim. One thing as a result. I've installed IVAO and it worked with a minimum of fuss first time out the box. So the supervisor has managed to encourage me to go elsewhere as a result. Whatever the outcome I certainly won't be on Vatsim near as much now, I intend to spend time on IVAO as well. They might not think it's much of a loss, one pilot spending time elsewhere. So its a real win for Vatsim huh?

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I switched from VATSIM to IVAO 4 years ago and no regrets ever since.VATSIM software is a pain and I dont even want to mention the paper planes.Try IVAO and you'll see ;) Regards

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Whether you were absent or not isn't the issue, rather, it is your computer which has caused the issue plain and simple. I hope you get it sorted out and get back to flying online soon, good luck.
Well if this is the case, why is a 'cooling off period' necessary? Are you punishing the computer for not using the correct serial port? And if you don't care about the guy's age, why mention it? The implication seems to be you think he is being childish if you bring it up, but the fact is, if he cannot post on the other forum because of the situation, and this one is here where he can, then why not bring the matter up if he thinks it was unfair? I don't know if the ban was or was not unwarranted, but doesn't matter if the ban was for 24 hours or 24 seconds, if it was unwarranted, then it was unwarranted, and it seems to me that there is at least enough doubt over it to bear a bit of inspection. Moreover, if it was justified, then examining it will not reveal anything untoward, so what is there to hide in looking at it? You never know, it might clarify a grey area that would help others in doing so. Al

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HelloFlight simulation is supposed to be fun, this does not sound much like fun to me. I think Vatsim needs to get over itsself, it is a bunch of guys flying pretend aircraft with some other guys pretending to be ATC controllers.No wonder folk are leaving in droves.

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Actually, a lot of the controllers on VATSIM actually are genuine air traffic controllers rather than pretending to be them, just as many pilots in FS are real pilots too, although that does seem like a bit of a busman's holiday to me in some respects, but it's a fair point about it being supposed to be fun. However, that goes for people who don't like the rules too of course, after all, nobody is forcing anyone to use VATSIM or IVAO, so if the rules upset someone or they don't want to abide by them, then that's the other side of the coin for this discussion, since there quite clearly will have to be some rules to make sure it all works okay. Al

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I agree with Al. It's supposed to be fun, get over it. The paper plane models are because of Sqawkbox, so either get the SMS Creator to work or switch to FSInn. IVAO sucks.

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A couple things for your consideration... VATSIM servers and bandwidth are donated, so if you are not going to be at your PC while flying, you should disconnect from the network and reconnect once you are back at your PC if you are going to be away from it for more than a couple of minutes. According to VATSIM's Code of Conduct, the supervisor and controller were in their right to suspend your account as they were not able to reach you for a duration that is longer than what is indicated in the code of conduct. During the time you were away, a controller would have to vector any conflicting traffic as they were not able to get in touch with you. I am a C1 controller and have lots of through traffic where aircraft are crossing the atlantic. There is not one night that doesn't go by where there is at least one aircraft that is not responding to my Contact Mes for an extended period of time. This is very fustrating for a controller as well as for other traffic in my airspace. For these reasons, that is why there is a code of conduct and why it is enforced. You may not be impressed with VATSIM, however these rules are in place, so that all pilots (& controllers) may enjoy flying on VATSIM.

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Enjoy IVAO's 15 minute unattended connection rule. Makes VATSIM's 30 minutes look darn luxurious! Edit: I just looked up this incident in the database. You were actually returned to active status as soon as it appeared there was some sort of issue with the SUP. So, basically, you emailed saying something didn't add up. Norman looked at it and agreed. Set your account back to active and asked for additional information from the supervisor. It's also not extactly correct stating you have no past history of issues: 24-Jun-2006 22:23:25 Unattended connection...disconnected..no action taken 14-Aug-2011 18:53:04 Unattended connection...disconnected..no action taken 07-Sep-2011 21:05:41 Unattended connection...disconnected..no action taken 14-Sep-2011 22:02:09 Unattended connection...disconnected..24 hr suspension..reversed 8 hr 15 min after. RJ

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What happens if a supervisor disconnects you and suspends your account if you've been non-responsive for less than 30 minutes. I was away for 15-20 minutes and found myself disconnected and suspended.

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Are you sure it was only 15-20 minutes?I have had to contact a supervisor on several occaisions to disconnect a pilot that did not respond to repeated requests to contact me and I have had to provide a log showing when I first tried to contact them.The only time, I think that you would be discconnect before 30 minutes is if you are in a high traffic area and you were causing a conflict with other aircraft. In that case, you should not be away for your PC for any great amount of time anyways and if you do have to step away for a considerable amount of time, you should disconnect from the network and then reconnect when you are back.

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VATSIM is full of wannabe tin pushers with Egos OP. They're not ALL members, but they are vocal enough that it can lead to them being the face of VATSIM.Many of them forget that "It's Just a Game"The only advice I can really give you is "Suck it Up Buttercup", don't let one bad user give you a bad opinion of VATSIM as a whole. There are many GREAT people on the system. The best are the actual controllers who know how far from reality VATSIM actually is, and just go on to have a good time and give people a fun experience.Also: Don't bother with VATGOV, Conflict Resolution, or any supervisor. They are almost (and I emphasize almost) all useless and will quote line after line of the VATSIM agreement at you until they find one that they think fits your situation and suspend you for violating it, (ie: Arguing with them.)I hope this helps and that you have more positive VATSIM experiences in the future!

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Heh, sounds like you've fallen foul of "the system" a few times cmdrnmartin? Money%20Eyes.gif@ the OP: Apart from disconnects due to inactivity (for which you wont get much sympathy from controllers), if you dont like the way someone operates or communicates, I've found that if you provide "constructive criticism" to the right people, eventually they will take notice.

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Heh, sounds like you've fallen foul of "the system" a few times cmdrnmartin?
Oh lordy. My real world license is probably the only thing that has kept me from being banned. It's very hard to put up with some 14 year old telling you that you're doing your job wrong.

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It's very hard to put up with some 14 year old telling you that you're doing your job wrong.
LOL ... be great to hear recordings of some of those conversations :)

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This is troubling to read. As a busy father I'm expecting to be interrupted now and then and could easily go AFK once a month. I've read other posts like this recently. I had *just* signed up to VATSIM today and I want to join a VA and try to contribute to the ATC player's experience as best I can by becoming a pawn they can push, but now I'm not so sure I want to jump in with people that don't understand this is a hobby, not real life, and there are sometimes unforeseen circumstances (often if you are a parent).If it were me as an ATC, I'd treat a non-responsive aircraft as a challenge, something interesting rather than the norm. I'd call online pilots and challenge them to attempt an intercept or something. :) Does it really kill your experience that much that you have to come down on people that are otherwise trying to contribute? Why not just mark the blip "unresponsive" and move on?Like the other night, I was practicing my first landing in my new PMDG MD11 and FSX ATC cleared me to land on a runway that still had a jumbo sitting there. I reacted a bit slowly but did manage to switch to GA and went around again. At first I was like, geez FSX ATC, way to screw up! Then I thought, actually that was a lot more fun than a perfect automated landing. I look forward to more screw ups by FSX ATC. :)Clark

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If it were me as an ATC, I'd treat a non-responsive aircraft as a challenge, something interesting rather than the norm. I'd call online pilots and challenge them to attempt an intercept or something. :) Does it really kill your experience that much that you have to come down on people that are otherwise trying to contribute? Why not just mark the blip "unresponsive" and move on?
99% of the time that's exactly what I do. If they are on a runway or circling the airport at a low altitude it causes a huge distraction for the other pilots. Imagine being on a long flight that you've flown flawlessly only to have some dude who went AFK (for whatever reason) cause you to crash/go around etc. It's rare but it does happen. I have never reported a pilot who was AFK in cruise.Once I even vectored a USAF guy in a fighter who happened to log in for patterns to intercept an unknown target. I'm sure he got a kick of it.There are PLENTY of controllers who have the god complex though. I know quite a few of them by name and absolutely avoid their airspace, to the point I will log off of the network prior to entering their airspace and log on when I have passed through. They are also the ones who call a supervisor the second someone doesn't respond.However, the thing is, it is very frustrating when pilots aren't paying attention in a critical phase of flight. There have been plenty of times I tried to call a guy up to give a speed restriction, or vector and they don't respond. When it starts to get busy, controllers come up with a plan for how they are going to get planes sequenced. Sometimes that plan is literally dependent on giving a single plane a specific speed or vector at a specific moment (even a 10 second lag can screw it up). If that plane doesn't respond, or responds slowly (like setting a heading bug, then forgetting to engage the HDG mode) it really can completely screw up the experience for the 5 pilots behind him.Take a look at this video and imagine how things can get screwed up if a guy fails do do something. It's kind of like a traffic jam in rush hour. Everything goes fine until that ONE guy does something stupid and then there's a traffic jam for 90 minutes, lol.http://denartcc.org/...1_2_TRACON.htmlSo the bottom line, if you need to step away for a minute, ask/tell the controller. Sometimes, if there's no other planes around, i will even let a pilot pause in flight. If you have an emergency, just disconnect. I'd rather have a plane just disappear than have them go AFK with no warning.And what I always say to pilots: PLEASE don't say you'll do something you don't understand. If you didn't understand an instruction, ask us to repeat it. If you don't know how to do something, tell us :)

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Problem is most ATC act as if hundreds of planes are in their airspace, talkinge faster than light, eating up the mic, so noone can understand them, while I was the only one in the air for their whole country.After SATCO went VATSIM, I left, and dont fly off line anymore. Its suppose to be fun, not anymore.

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James,I had the same thing happen to me many times and they kicked my for 30 days, after I had to take my dad to the ER, so they find stupid things so they can have fun, now I just sit there and laugh as IVAO is starting to blow them out of the water in traffic and I have not had ONE! problem with IVAO, Also the email I recived was so "me and my dad could recover" my dad could of been dead that night.Regards,Mitch

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It is not a question of VATSIM taking the hobby to seriously. You have to keep in mind that all servers and bandwidth are donated, so why would you someone connect to a free server, only to walk away from their PC.If you have to step away for more than a couple minutes, disconnect leave FS running and then reconnect when you get back.

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