Originally posted by GMF
At the same time, I'm not sure who this kind of 'cheating' hurts, other than the poor soul who does it. I mean, are the ratings for the game, or the game for the ratings? If like most people the game is what's important to you, then at wo ...[text shortened]... So challenge them. Hey, free rating points, right?
Actually, it's the free rating points that IS the harm this sort of cheating does. If someone with artificially inflated rating looses to an honest player, that honest player's rating will then be artificially inflated - not by much, but still.
In this way, this sort of cheating distorts the accuracy of the rating system in general, and is thus not completely harmless.
In the past, I think Russ has dropped cheaters like this, when caught, back down to 1200... so I guess this fate will be waiting for this particular cheat as well. 😀