Originally posted by John Rambo
Doesn't the the provisional system make sure that better players starts out with more points. As long as you're provisional player you gain more points than the opponent loses when you win.
Anyway, I agree with the other posters. It's all just a matter of relativity. The rating system of RHP compares the players of RHP. And that is all that it needs to do.
Provisional ratings are calculated differently.
Basically your rating is the average of the score of all the games you have played. If you win a game your score for that game is opponent's rating + 400 (200 if they are provisional), draw it's their rating, lose it's their rating -400 (200 etc.).
So if you are rated 1400 provisionally after 9 games and beat a 1400 player (non-provisional) your new provisional rating will be 1440.
The most a non-provisional player can win or lose against a provisional player is 16 points. There is effectively no limit to how much a provisional player can win in a single game (cue the obscene example of a player who loses 5 times to 1000 rated players then beats Ironman going from a rating of 600 to 967 in one game).
Anyway I must think that Arrakis has no clue how the rating systems work. You cannot compare ratings from two different systems. Hell, sometimes you can't compare the ratings in the same system. Here in New Zealand if you are a club player playing in Wellington it is acknowledged that your rating is a hundred points or so higher than it would be if you were a club player playing in Christchurch. It's just turned out that way. Eventually it will adjust itself but right now the disparity exists.
Comparing RHP ratings to anyone other rating (FIDE, USCF etc.) doesn't work except by direct comparison. For one we are playing correspondance chess here. It's not the same as OTB chess. Database use (love it or hate it) is allowed here. Even if you try to compare it to a different correspondance rating it won't work.
Your RHP rating is your RHP rating no more no less. You are not entitled to a higher rating here because of your rating elsewhere no more than you are entitled to a title because of your rating here.
And arrakis's experiences are his. I personally, feel that my rating here is a lot higher than I would earn playing in OTB tournaments. Mostly because of the difference in time allowed and research. Each to his own.