Originally Posted by aK13
Unless someone else wants to take over, I do not plan to incorporate any additional "true skill rating". Only the rankings associated with this ladder will be used (bnet rankings will not be used, other than for the initial seeding). Also I firmly believe that only the outcome of the current match being played should affect the updated standings. Previous matches or custom games on the side should not factor in at all.
I have a question @cueballmania. It seems like a situation where you become stagnated can easily occur -- where you basically end up playing the same 2 people over and over (losing to the guy above and beating the guy below). I can see this particularly happening in the top seeds. Is there any way to add some variability? I think for observing/casting it might be interesting to see different matchups more frequently, since I think people would get sick of watching me lose to pwncakery and beating raffy every match
Well, you are correct that the ratings will converge. The only bright light is that skill is not constant (while it's asymptotic, I will assume that it's boundless). Thus, if we run it enough times, the lower player might win a match and be bumped up for a week. Also, the influx of new players may mix it up.
One concern that I have is that the ladder system will replace the tournaments that run (mainly have ran). I think this system should supersede my rating system and encourage more competitiveness week to week. This also will address your initial concern.