even though I have set the selection option to be +2 above/ - 2 below my rank, the site often selects players with the question mark rank, beginners who often prolong lost games etc.
How to set the options so that such players are not selected?
Actually, people at the extremes of the distribution are often the slowest to be ranked, but on the other hand, dan ranks are indeed closer to provisional ranks than TPK ranks are.
AFAIK, for ranking calculation purposes, the starting rank is 6 kyu, while the matchmaking is done through the “humble rank” system, so it is usually people around 12 kyu that get most of the [?] players. (Though apparently the matchmaking system prioritizes matching [?] players with each other if possible – I don’t believe this changes the situation much but that’s what it does)
I am not there yet. 10-12k recently and sometimes spending so much time playing with people who obviously don’t know the rules and play until the board is sort of full. Of course you can annul such a game but this I find very impolite and I think it can affect my ranking on my way to gat a single-digit k rank. (I don’t expect to get up to any d in this life
If you annul, as in cancel the game, it won’t affect your rank. If you play too long so you can’t cancel and instead you resign against a [?] player, it will affect your rank almost insignificantly (the mathematics of the rating system takes that into account), so I don’t think you have to worry about that too much.
I appreciate that you’re trying to be polite though
And I do understand the inconvenience, around the forum the community has been discussing proposals to improve the system but I don’t know if or when the devs will start doing something to help both the beginners and the players in your situation.