Here’s a criticism/suggestion I hope you find helpful. Just something off the top of my head.
Criticism: Right now the page you go to on matchplay ratings to get a sense of what this means is the ranking page, which is just a sorted list based on lower bound. From someone who thinks that it is very useful that we are collecting data on actual head-to-head matches now, rather than just the IFPA results of events, it’s really easy to have your conversation end immediately when another player sees they are “lower than X” on the main ranking page. It’s easy to be dismissive of this as something useful when people think it’s a ranking system. It’s not a ranking system, though, it’s a rating system.
Your problem if you take this away is “how do we present these stats in an intersting way?”
My proposal after thinking about this for like 7 seconds is to put more leaderboards on the front page.
The page looks like this:
With a bunch of stats that aren’t really that interesting to individual players. Instead I would propose having these 6 stat boxes here be different types of leaderboards with 6 rows each. Something like Lower Bound, Rating, Upper Bound, RD, Underranked against IFPA ranking, and Up and Coming. Top 5 rows are the top 5 in each category, and the 6th row in Orange to match the site design shows how you rank in that category. The general idea is to 1. Dilute the focus on this as a ranking with 1 single way to rank players (by lower bound) and 2. positive encouragement and reinforcement for players at all levels of skill. I know it’s pretty much just social engineering stuff but people love a green arrow next to their name that says they went up by 582 spots.