As I'm rebuilding the web site and Fantasy League game, I'm building it so that other Fantasy Leagues can be created (ie, Matchbox, etc.) and also so that in the future people can submit results for their own private tournaments (non-league).
My dilemma right now is how I should handle the ratings each car gets. Right now, cars get a rating based on their Fantasy League performance and it stays in that context. But if things are opened up to more leagues, brands and even personal races, considering those wins/losses is important, I think.
My concern is having a car's rating dependent on what boils down to be unverified race results. Races I hold myself for the League and those done by people that I've deputized as hosts are "official" races and thus ratings are calculated. But if Bob Jones in Denver runs his own personal tournament and submits results, should those be included into the ratings calculations for those cars? (This could extend to other data too, like wins, losses, etc.)
I want to avoid diluting the rating's value as much as possible so right now I'm thinking that only people that are "verified" have their race results included in rating calculations, while everyone else can still post their tournaments and results but the impact on the overall database is limited. On the other hand, I kind of feel like limiting such a thing makes the effort of doing personal races and tracking results somewhat less fun.
I'm at a crossroads of a closed and open system, and I'm not sure which path to take. One could mean more reliable data but less participants. The other means more fun for everyone but questionable data.
Anyone have any thoughts on this? Just looking for some feedback.