Originally posted by Ragnorak
No, it's not. Even with rating floors, he would have been able to enter the Jan 08 tournies, as presumably a fair rating floor would have to exclude provisional ratings. The rating floor would have prevented him from entering later low band tournies after his rating slumps.
SG, I think you might find this post and the proceeding posts interesting...
I looked at the latest dip in his graph and assumed that was when he entered the Jan tourney. My mistake.
I read the thread you linked. The problem of keeping underrated provisionals [or those recently out of the provisional phase] out of low-band tourneys is not so easily solved. Let me explain.
Higher-rated players don't usually accept challenges from lower-rated players [200+ points or more in particular] for obvious reasons. When I started here, my provisional rating came out low because high-rated players don't tend to want to play provisionals. So, I had to be a 1500 for awhile, and beat a bunch of other 1500s, then be a 1600 for awhile, until I beat a bunch of 1600s, etc.
Since I never could get many challenges from those outside my rating class, your proposal would not have stopped me from entering a bunch of U1600 or U1800 banded tourneys.
Now, imagine what happens when a player deliberately keeps their provisional rating low. I see no reasonable way to stop this.