Originally posted by Kewpie
My suggestions: others may have different ideas of course.
Two series, Quartets and Octets.
[i]Not duels or threesomes. Small groups can result in several rounds, often involving players who are no longer on the site or who have moved a long way in the ratings.
Quartets (6 games) and octets (14 games) provide a shorter duration and a more level playing f ...[text shortened]... Two sets of time controls, standard 3/7 and some shorter version, possibly 1/0 or timebank-only.
I would vote for duels and threesomes. I would also agree to quartets if I knew that another would be available at the conclusion of the current one. Anything larger makes for too many concurrent games.
I would also ask for narrower bands. I've been in the 1750+ band for a long time, and would prefer not to play 2300+-rated players all the time. 50 may be too narrow though.
Finally, I would like to mention that we need to do something about sandbaggers. I try to avoid tournaments where players are rated 200-300 points below the floor. What good is a 1700-1800 band if a player is actually rated in the 1900s? At the very least, if I beat such a person, it should count as a win against that person's TER, not their current deflated rating.