New here - How do I get a ranking?

I’ve played a few games and lost them all; I’m very new to the game (have read a bit in a book I have, some online, and have played a bunch of games against AI, winning a few 18kyu AI games). I don’t understand how to get a ranking here, nor what the ### ± ### stuff that shows in my profile means. Is there an explanation of this anywhere? Thanks!

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Hello @hcotterson, welcome to OGS!

if you prefer reading manuals, our documentation is avilable here: https://github.com/online-go/online-go.com/wiki, but it is a long read, and you will probably discover most things on your own, or sometimes it is more convinient to just ask here, so feel free :slight_smile:

To get a ranking you just play games until the system is sure enough it can assess your strength. In your case it should not take longer than one or two more games I think.

The first of the two numbers is your estimated strength represented in “Glicko points”, which are arbitrary numbers based on the Glicko II formula (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glicko_rating_system). The more you have the stronger you are. These are then converted to the traditional kyu/dan, which are easier for us humans to understand, but not so convenient for math purposses.

The ± symbol you can think of as “give or take” and the second number is what we call a deviation. The bigger the number the less sure the system is about the first number representing your strength. By example your current rating is 599 ± 191 which means the system thinks you are 599 Glicko points strong (which is close to a completely new player), but you might also be 199 points stronger or weaker. That would still make a big difference, therefore your rank is still displayed as ? because the system is not very sure.

Sorry for the long novel, hope it makes sense :slight_smile:

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Thank you! Makes sense to me.

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