i'm agreeing with those who are against stalling. when you're dealt 47o, you're shortstacked and you're in early-mid-position...and you know you are going to fold, you should fold without taking up 30 seconds of everyone's time. there are times, in a satellite, when you're nearing the bubble, and you've opened up a couple other tables where there are shortstackers and see they're about to get blinded out and that makes all the difference between winning and losing, that's one thing...you've done your research, you're using this as you're edge...but under no other circumstances have i found extending time with your hand you know you're going to fold anyway is going to help.
first of all, it's rude to everyone who is trying to play the game. here's the deal, it's online poker...the blinds are set to go up, no holds barred, at a certain second...so you need to realize other tables are seeing more hands as a result of your stalling....so do the math. you see less hands, so that's less decent hands you might want to play...far less often are you in position to make a move to try to improve your (more than likely crippled and dying pathetic) chip stack....and it's all your fault. and EVERY time the big blind hits you, its yet EVEN bigger than the last time, even though you've seen all of 7 hands since the last time it increased. and then...you have the nerve to call it a "bad beat" when you get dealt AA after you make the money, with an M of 1.3, and half the table calls, and you lose.
when i'm getting near short, i'm looking for spots to get my chips in because those blinds make a big difference in my tourney life. even my 47o in the SB, i'd rather go out when an M of 7 than fold my way to an M of 1 and be pissed off AA lost....and these spots i'm hunting for, i want them fast...blinds are hitting everybody else too...so if you feel the need to stall constantly, that's a serious issue with the way you play poker. perhaps you're better served just working on learning how to play...yeah, sometimes the donk who doesn't have the odds
to call DOES call with a 29s and wins with a 9 high over your 47o, hey, whatever, that's his problem...but when you GIVE HIM THE ODDS TO CALL your AA shove because you stalled every hand and your chips aren't much over the BB...you know, he was correct to call you, and i wanna shake his hand for taking you out because you are annoying!
if we've gone over a good handful of dealings and miss_sofine69 is clicking fold at the last second for every single hand...i won't hesitate to ask them to please pick up the pace a little bit...EVERYONE else in the tourney is seeing more hands, is getting more opportunities.
it really is a noobish kinda thing to do, and that's who you usually see abusing stalling. i think most people in this thread advocating stalling really need to work on getting your chips all-in when your chipstack still means something, rather than being a hindrance to everyone else in a tournament who understood this and did the same earlier. you're probably going to get to a point where you realize "hey, my stack is getting short" in every tournament and you need to act on it in the near future...not stall 30 seconds per hand from the time the big blind is 200. and when you realize this...you'll not only have a lot more fun playing, but you'll allow everyone else to enjoy the game too.
that's just my opinion though, i get poker-stall rage just like i get road rage...i'll yell at the monitor, stand up, point at the monitor, say bad words. 90% of the time, a stall from me usually means "i gotta pee i gotta pee! i gotta peeeeee soooooooo baaaaaaaaaad!" and i went pee...where i thought i could get back before slowing the game down.