Originally posted by Kewpie
I've just been looking through a long list of open invites, very few of which are actually open for me to play. I'm sure having a filter to allow me to see only those few would encourage more people to add open invites to the list, when they can't see anything to suit them. It's a bit off-putting when you can see 30 games (of which only two are available, n ...[text shortened]... The whole "open invites" thing needs work if it is to do a reasonable job of matching opponents.
I agree with your points.
Right now when I look at the open invite page I see 25 games listed, with only one of them that I could accept if I were looking for a new game at this time. If I can't take up the game, I really don't need to see it listed there either. There is no filter that I am aware of to show only games I can accept, but it would be nice to have.
Some of them are multiple games offered by the same person with exactly the same parameters. Those could all be shown as a single line item. Just add the actual number of games being offered somewhere on the line. As games are accepted the number would be updated to however many are still on offer. (This is the point I attempted to make in my earlier post in this thread.)
Like you, I have no problem with playing provisional players. I don't believe that setting a rating limit on an open invite game should automatically exclude a provisional player just because they have a "p" prefix in their rating.
I think we all realize that when a player is provisional their rating is somewhat volatile. They may be much stronger (or weaker) than what is currently indicated, but isn't that already factored in when the game is over and new ratings are determined? A regular members' gain or loss of points is only half of what it normally would be, if I remember correctly. (I think this is covered in the FAQ.)
Perhaps there should just be an option to decline games with provisional players for those who really feel strongly about it. Otherwise they should be allowed to accept an open invite as long as their rating falls within the limits that are set, regardless of their provisional status.