Originally posted by flexmore
it does seem ratings are on a gentle global increase.
am i imagining things?
Only someone with access to the database could say for sure whether there is actual ratings inflation. The questions:
1) For players who are "active" (defined in any convenient way, but anyone who's moved in past 100 days is fine), what is the average rating?
2) Same statistic, but this time report average rating for all players with the *potential* to be active? (is there a way to get off the list except for being banned?)
If either of there is over 1200 then we know there is *some* ratings inflation.
Now we'd have to watch this statistic over time, and see if it grows. If so, is it linear, or is it tending to level off?
My feeling is that only statistic #1 really matters, as very few potentially active members will in fact become active. I am also guessing that any inflation indicated in statistic #1 will be relatively small, and relatively stable.
It sure would be interesting to know - does anyone have direct access to this kind of information, or is this a Russ-only type query?