My apologies for comparing you to McTayto. I retract the statement.
"We didn't make this bed." Not you personally, that is true; you inherited leadership of a clan with a methodology already in place and long-established. Nonetheless, Metallica contributed substantially to the current situation in which the clan system has become a Game of Throwns.
I repeat, ...[text shortened]... er with intent or as a 'side-effect' of a clan strategy), they should be outted and called to order.
I took a few days to respond and read your post fully.
I will try to keep my response brief, albeit probably unsuccessfully.
First of all, I appreciate and accept your apology.
Moving on ......
- I am amazed and amused at how this issue gained traction. To the point where it has become a distraction from the more pressing issues.
- I have a pretty good idea of the source of this narrative. Profile for @mctayto
will shed a light on this.
- I have put forth my position on resigning games in decided challenges in a concise and logical manner. That being that resigning clan games with the intent of manipulation of one's rating is a zero sum process. That is that a rating drop in one game is usually followed by the same rating rise in the next game on average.
- The original accusation of rating manipulation is based on the assumption that this occurs with only one clan. This process has been attached to one clan only in this discussion.
- since Metallica is at the core of the subject here, I would say this. If I (or my predessor) as clan leader had really wanted to manipulate our player ratings, wouldn't I just have them enter tournaments ?? Really !!
- To your argument that this is a concerted method over years, that is just silly. Clan games amount to about 25% of my game history. Rest are tournaments. How would I carefully manage my rating through clan games when 3/4 of my games are tournament games. That argument just doesn't hold water.
- I could turn this whole rating scheme in a circular argument that goes nowhere in a heartbeat. I could say that resigning a game I am losing or being checkmated is a form of rating manipulation. I have monitored my challenges where one of my players was going to checkmate his opponent next move. That opponent did not resign and did not move for 10 days before my player won the game. That could be construed as a form of rating manipulation. My player's rating was misrepresented for 10 days because his opponent slowed down the game. I won't get into why he did that, though some may speculate.
- your assertion that player's current ratings are inaccurate is a no brainer !! Of course they are inaccurate !! That's why I have maintained that clan play involves clan leader skills as well as chess playing skills.
- your statement that research wouldn't be necessary misses the mark completely. That is exactly what clan play is about !!
If you think clan leaders should do nothing more than pull their players' names out of a hat every time they enter a challenge, you have missed the whole intent of the clan feature. As a comment, I put together some challenges this morning. I have seen opposing clan rosters with players currently rated 400 points below their 5 year high. That involves research !! Plain and simple !!
- And finally, I will offer a comment on the source of this accusation, which started several years ago. For someone to come up with something like this takes someone with a lot of obsession with one target and with too much time on their hands. This is not a red flag issue like the one that popped up in 2016. Or the one that has popped up this year.
This is at best a sideshow issue that is intended to distract from a more relevant issue before the clan community. At worst it is a non-issue borne out of an imagination of a couple of malcontents with too much time on their hands.
If we want to solve the issue of the day, let's not get sidetracked by someone's pet issue.
In my opinion, this thread has gotten far more attention than it deserves.
If we want site administration to do something about the real rating manipulation going on this year, we should be trying to provide focus on the issue instead of creating distractions.
If we don't, site administration will just walk away from any possible solution.