So I've signed on to a 3.5 team for the spring, in addition to my 3.0 team. Rumor has it that many of the 3.5s on the team don't wish to be partnered with a 3.0. There is much fear and handwringing among the 3.5s that playing with an inferior partner will jeopardize their 3.5 rating. That got me wondering. Just how often does the computer drop a player down a level due to poor performance in doubles? Are these fears of the 3.5s well-founded? I know two self-rated players who were dropped from 3.0 to 2.5, but I only know of one computer-rated player who dropped from 3.0 to 2.5. I have no proof, but I've always thought the computer tried to avoid dropping people once they've been elevated, perhaps to discourage people to throw games and matches?