Originally Posted by Mike Y
I personally think that ratings should be more volatile. There are too many people that go 9-2 for 3 straight seasons without getting bumped up. If you win 80% of your matches in any one season, you should get bumped up. If you then go 2-8 at the higher level the next season, then you should get bumped back down. If you go 5-5, then that is your appropriate level. It just seems like there are too many people who just camp out at the higher end of their level for years, and then get all disappointed when they finally get bumped up, even though that should have happened years ago.
You are right that as constructed, the NTRP algorithm isn't terribly volatile and you generally have to really dominate at your level, happen to play very strong competition and win at your level, or play up in order to be bumped up.