I would say proceed with caution.Angus French wrote:... and how you're going to use them: Should they be used in competitions to determine player eligibility and board orders?Jonathan Bryant wrote:Which is not to say I think F grades are a bad thing per se. You just need to have a think about how you’re going to present them.
Seems to me the only real solution is to have two lists. One 'official' which excludes F grades. A second would include F grades. I suppose it’s a bit like being able to sort between people with grades and people registered but without grades as you can do now.
Borrowing terminology used by BV a few posts ago, the idea of the first would be to aim - as much as possible - for "accuracy" in terms of reflecting playing strength. The idea of the second would be provide the "correct" raw data in terms of all the people included in the calculations.
I suppose that would beg the question why have F grades at all, but it seems to me there could be circumstances when it would be useful to have access to them.
On the other hand, presenting somebody as rated third highest in the country based on 5 games played begs the question why have a grading system at all.