Originally posted by rhb
Could this just ensure a scramble for the places - thus more likely engine use?
Also - how does it allow for rating inflation over the long term?
I'm not so sure it can make a great deal of difference to engine users at any point. Those who wish to use engine will. and a color/symbol marking isn't going to make a bit of difference.
As for ratings inflation, as with move totals, something else can still be added on to show and even greater rating.
A slightly different variant would be a multi star look. But I still wouldn't use a low or mid range level rating to add a second, third, etc., star. But rather a strong rating. no lower than 1800 I would think. I also but a starting level could be voted upon.
Engine use isn't tolerated, from what I have seen and users are removed rather quickly. So I can't see this as a real problem. Since the majority of us play for the fun of the game, this would give them an added goal to reach. Imagine the first 100,000+ move member with 4 spinning stars showing a rating of 2300-2400. That would be something.