But do people then get disillusioned when they reach a certain point and see they can’t progress any further without travelling to US, or numerous major shows? I am seeing that with UK players, players who have lost any kind of caring for their ranking as it’s meaningless to them.
You say these players are the backbone of the WPPR, but how many of them are truly interested? How many of them have registered and filled in their profiles on the website? It’s just an aside to most of them - if that.
The negative impact doesn’t exist as strongly as you would say either. As your mother plays up to her 20 meaningful tournaments her WPPR will continue to rise, thus elevating her above others even if her rating or %ge went down. It would only start to go down after that if she couldn’t replace her poor results, or better people played more and earned more points.
That’s the beauty of taking, and using all 3 metrics, there isn’t one factor that can influence the ranking significantly on its’ own.
As for the higher end player. do the higher players really need the ranking system to prove who’s the best? Is it of any real use other than a bit of a chance of bragging rights? Does anyone put it on their CV?
I run a league, which runs over 6 months. On each night there’s also a high score competition. 1 game to qualify, 1 game final. It’s worth almost nothing in WPPR points. I still enter that each month as it’s good to compete and win. I could not declare my result in those comps if I didn’t win, if I really cared that much about my rating or percentage.
Moving forward, the solution would be even simpler - just don’t pay your $ to be IFPA registered for that comp as you perceive you have nothing to gain. Only pay your $ for comps that YOU believe matter YOU make that choice.