Various people in different forums have suggested a form where users "varify" their real OTB rating in order to enter tournamnets and other competitive games. This has obvoiusly caused much worry to those of us (like myself) who do not have a OTB rating and are unlikely to get one.
I would suggest a more liberal approach, declaring your OTB rating should be optional, just like selecting your national flag. How does this make much difference to the current situation? Well just like Russ can set up tournaments based on your location, I assume he can also set them up based on whether or not you have declared your varified OTB rating.
Currently tournaments are defined by the number of entrants, group size, rating, and whether random or normal sorting of entrants is used. I do not see why we can not have all banded tournamnets over a certain threshold also constrained by entrants needing a OTB rating. I would assume the vast majority of players over 1850 have an OTB rating in some form.
Obviously, Russ can determine whether he wants each tournamnet to be "open" to all or "restricted" by varified rating. Given the amount or tournamnets on RHP I am sure this will not exclude anyone in the long run, while ensuring that RHP can hold blue ribbon tournaments for the top 10% of players where they can feel more confident they are not playing an engine.
Is there also anyway that members who wish could achieve a varified RHP rating of some form? I don't know on this seems a bit difficult. But I am sure there are some big enough brains on this site to come up with an idea or two,