From below, I have been looking up at the Top 250 list on the Leaders and Ladders board since I have been here. I have watched it, off and on, for a month as I got closer and closer to it. Recently, I made my first attempt at the list. I reached an ELO rank of 370 and noticed the 250th player was 374 at that time. This was about two weeks ago. I was a Bronze Colonel at the time, but then fell all the way back to an ELO 317 Captain. Ouch!
However, that only allowed me to regroup and try again. I put together a pretty good run and yesterday reached my highest ELO ever at 387. But was I on the Leader Board? No. The 250th person was up to 388. So, feeling a push to get that one point I played one more game last night and won, moving up only to 396. Again my highest level. Amazingly, because of the tight bunching of players, that small 9 point ELO gain leap-frogged me all the way to #227 on the Leader Board. It felt great.
Tonight, however, after not playing a game all day, I noticed my Leader Board ranking (ELO: 396) had slipped to #230. I also noticed that 250th person now had risen to an ELO rating of 390. I am a Bronze Colonel again now. It used to be, I am told by an older member on this site, that all one had to be was a Bronze Miner to make the Top 250 list.
The point is, this site is growing. Seeing the rankings going up and up makes me wonder if it is happening too fast. I see the number of Silvers is tonight 38. Just a couple weeks ago, it was only 27.
Are the advances truly earned by the players or is the ranking system too inflationary?