Originally posted by XanthosNZ
The problem of players entering tournaments not suited for their rating is known to the site admin and solutions are being worked on.
However, I don't think there are actually players out there timing out games on purpose so they can enter low banded tournaments. I mean, you don't exactly gain much by doing it.
I agree. Most of the players are serious.
But if you really want to win a tournament, do like this:
(1) Start a heavy tournament with many players.
(2) Play 10 moves or so (otherwise your intention is too obvious), and then take long vacancy, minimum 4 weeks (longer is better so it is not soo obvious) without saing so. After a numerous time outs your down to under 999 points.
(3) Join a banded tournament and collect the wins and eventually the tournament victory.
But what kind of victory do you have?
A High prestigous one? No.
Something you can be proud of? No.
Does it boosting your ego? No.
What a victory is it? A worthless one.
Who would do such a thing? Well, not most of us. But some anyway.
I would welcome very much an effort to put a stop of this kind of behavior. But I honestly don't know how. In the above scenario there can be a reasons to do this, personal reasons, like being hospitalized after a car accident or something.
Perhaps on solution is to have two ratings. One as it is now, and another one where timeouts and early resigning is not included. But I don't think this really is practical.