@Lambchops LOL yeah pretty much @Cel
Again I'm not talking about removing every way we have to know a player's level I am proposing to have:
1) A non ranked games place for people to do what ever the fuck they want spectate games, troll and whatever.
2) A Elo ranking that has more meaning because not as easily trickable. (especially if we limit the ranking system to people that have played like at least 100 games or something like that
THERE is an Elo ranking system!http://ladder.war2.ru/
Also you can get these information in game by asking intel!
\m intel XXX
for example: \m intel igognito(z)
or try: \m intel me
Now whether the Elo system is perfect or not we can discuss about it.
The current Ladder, Elo (2 different systems) both have their imperfections but are certainly more precise than the in build \stats command.
Lets now be honest, the problem that any system is going to have is Smurfs...
You actually, suggested a partial solution for smurfing and that might worth investigating it. (consider entry to ladder/elo only after a minimum # of games)
At an ideal world I would like the following system:
In game 4 buttons called: Join Game, Create Game, Find Ranked Game, Enter Tournament Game
These 4 buttons would be handled differently and would provide much clearer insight on player ranking.
Currently we have the following scheme:
every 1v1 (with or without watchers) on a Classic or BNE map counts for your Ladder rank and modifies your Elo score.
every other game does not count and it is considered a casual game.
I doubt that anyone gives focus on your actual \stats
\stats is mainly used to figure out how many games a player had, and to reveal some smurfs. (When someone is with 10 wins 0 loses 99% is a smurf)
Uncovering of smurfs is the only reason that I would keep \stats as is. Otherwise I would made it the sum of the games played.
While personally, I think we could improve on the current system, I do not think you are looking from the right angle.
What we certainly need is Tournaments, those attract people. And we need tournaments for noobs where they get to be entertained and be awarded!
That would motivate the players to stay!@~ToRa~
both and more people are trying with organizing tournaments.
I think also organizing a championship would be interesting.
Anyhow, if you think you have a concrete idea to improve the existing Elo or ladder system I can implement the idea.