In this post I explain why the leaderboards seem to be broken, and I propose either fixing them or removing them.
The linked help file in the above thread (Leaderboards · online-go.com) describes a rolling 6-month window used to define tournament leaderboard positions.
The same help file was offered in response to another recent query:
Again, the same question, and the same answer:
I briefly checked the live 9 x 9 leaderboard and the #1 player doesn’t seem to have reached first, second or third place in a live 9 x 9 tournament since July 2020 (10 months ago). Similarly, the person in second place doesn’t seem to have participated in this type of tournament for over a year. On the other hand, people who I see regularly participating in these tournaments and winning medals (some having hundreds of gold medals on their profiles) do not feature in the corresponding leaderboards.
So, the explanation linked above does not seem to describe what is being done in practice.
There are two lists of names with zero points for types of tournament that no longer run.
I can understand why they have zero points, but wouldn’t it be better to remove those lists entirely?
On the subject or removing things, it has been suggested to remove the leaderboards entirely.
If no-one has time to fix and document the leaderboards, then I agree with this idea.
Leaderboards which don’t work, are not maintained, not understood, not documented and not cared about have no business being the fifth item from the top on the main menu. OGS would be better off without them compared to keeping them as they are now, which is a waste of time.
Thanks for reading.