I have been on this site for more than 2 years now, and i am sure this subject has been talked about before, but I want to bring it up again. Waiting for someone to miss 3 turns in a row is messed up. I have new players and players who have played awhile, they join my games and miss 1 or 2 turns then take a turn, then miss 2, then take 1, miss 2, etc. so by the time the game is over, they have missed 4, 5, 6, or more turn in 1 game. ENOUGH.
I say the rules need changing on this point. Miss 3 total turns in a game and you lose, period. I know there are various reasons to miss turns, and some of them are beyond players control, but come on. One of the 1st things players should be made aware of is there are players to turn to if they need someone to take turns for them.
Maybe a "welcome bundle" should be sent to them, (e-mail or pm) when a new player signs up. A bundle of info, so that before a player ever takes his/hers 1st turn in their 1st game, they have the recorces to turn to if they need it. One of the 1st things they need to know about is there is players who will take their turns if needed. So until they establish a partnership with a few players/friends, they dont have to miss turns. Let them know that there are forums to help them with stratagy, Q & A, Society of the Cooks Training Grounds, etc.
Back to my original point, I say change the rule. 3 misses total in a game and they lose.