Are you applying a formula to convert a player’s ELO rating into his/her rank? In other terms, should I set manually my rank on Settings page or is it going to be updated by the system along with my rating progress?
It is going to be automatically updated.
The manual rank setting is just for people to set their starting rank and perhaps for people who take a long break and come back much stronger.
Ranks also are about 100 points wide, it’s pretty much exactly what you find on the wikipedia page:
There are various systems of Go ranks and ratings that measure the skill in the traditional board game Go. Traditionally, Go rankings have been measured using a system of dan and kyu ranks. Especially in amateur play, these ranks facilitate the handicapping system, with a difference of one rank roughly corresponding to one free move at the beginning of the game. This system is also commonly used in many East Asian martial arts, where it often corresponds with a belt color. With the ready availa...
This thread is outdated since
Jul 2017. At this point the OGS rating system changed to glicko2. All info in this thread about Elo on OGS is obsolete.
tl;dr We’re switching to a Glicko-2 rating system, which should be great for a lot of reasons. All of your past ranked games have been accounted for during this transition.
For the past several years we’ve been using a rating and ranking system based on Elo developed by the European Go Federation. It has served us reasonably well, but there have been some shortcomings when applying that system in an online setting. Most of the shortcomings can be traced back to the fact that the sy…