Originally posted by dfm65
perhaps you could elucidate a bit: in what way did you find them unsatisfactory? as for the ranking system, i agree that there's no overall ranking system there, but there is for the ladders: your ranking is simply your position on the ladder.
Well my experience there has been based solely upon playing Jamble on their ladders, a game with typically 15-20 moves each, and certainly not something which can last as long as chess.
In the long term position on the ladders would no doubt relect upon relative strengths, but being far too slow a process in the longer ladder. In order to find equivalent level opponents, a ranking system such as that used at RHP is so much clearer.
As for competing in the ladder itself, it was frustrating, particularly with their vacation rule for ladders. Moving up depending on factors such as the timing of the resignations (one space up for one victory as she resigned from a ladder, but had the game been completed - one play, and I'd got the win it would have been sixty). And this for a relatively small ladder of 400. Added to there is the option of tactical resignations, if you move above an opponent, challenge another but then the option to challenge someone else who is just within reach of a win against a higher ranked player, do you resign a winning position against one of them ?
Now given current timeout rules here, and as an ongoing exercise rendering very short timeout/timebank ususable, and also playing only one game, it'd take an awful long time for many players to progress through what could potentially be a very large ladder. Were someone of the ability/move rate of Akizy to join he'd spend all the time playing random newcomers and the weakest players.