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    17 Feb '08 13:48
    How about making a new class of tournament that uses highest rank ever (instead of last 100 days) to determine entry?

    This would mostly benefit low-rated players (such myself) by providing a place to compete where they wouldn't have to face sandbaggers.

    sandbaggers: high-ranked players who have a temporary low rank due to a run of time-outs or resignations.
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    17 Feb '08 19:35
    A reasonable enough idea I suppose - so long as the new "absolute banding" is the exception rather than the rule.

    Why? Because I think there are more users with rating spikes over time than there are deliberate sandbaggers. The absolute or "all time highest" rating affects a lot of players.
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    17 Feb '08 22:16
    I hope so. It just seems like there are always a few of these guys in every low-ranking banded tournament. Their rating graph looks like a big "V" that shows, after timing out a bunch of games to lower their rating, they immediately jumped into a low-ranking banded tournament.
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    17 Feb '08 22:18
    Or highest rating ever, rounded down to the nearest fifty, could be your class.

    Example:

    Your highest rating ever: 1579 (rounded down) -> 1550

    Then you could have participate in the absolute 1550 class. All the players in the class would have had at some point a rating between 1550 and 1599. If they had ever had a rating of 1600, they would fall in the absolute 1600 class.
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    17 Feb '08 22:42
    Originally posted by Drew L
    Or highest rating ever, rounded down to the nearest fifty, could be your class.

    Example:

    Your highest rating ever: 1579 (rounded down) -> 1550

    Then you could have participate in the absolute 1550 class. All the players in the class would have had at some point a rating between 1550 and 1599. If they had ever had a rating of 1600, they would fall in the absolute 1600 class.
    "Higest rating ever" is not a good idea. What is the band of [uid]388162[/uid)? Will he ever enter in a fair band?
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    17 Feb '08 23:021 edit
    Originally posted by FabianFnas
    "Higest rating ever" is not a good idea. What is the band of User 388162? Will he ever enter in a fair band?
    User 388162

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    17 Feb '08 23:09
    Originally posted by FabianFnas
    "Higest rating ever" is not a good idea. What is the band of [uid]388162[/uid)? Will he ever enter in a fair band?
    Surely you know the answer to this already?

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    Provisional games would be excluded of course, as they are now. 1268 would be his all-time high.
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