Originally posted by Alistair72
I was playing a guy with a rating higher than myself (a clan challenge so their were 2 games). He did not stay active on the site and many of his other opponents timed him out and his rating has now dropped to ~500 points below mine. So now when we play if he wins (and he should since he is a stronger player) I will lose lots of points. Is this right?
Unfortunately, yes that is what will happen. It's certainly not fair.
You could slow down your play in order to give him more time to get his rating bsck up towards its true level. Although you'll probably still lose quite a few points.
To solve this sort of problem, many people have suggested "rating floors", so that nobody's rating can fall too far below it's normal level.
But the site owners need to agree to this idea and then write the code, so it probably won't happen for a long time, if at all.