To check ratings, start typing the name:
Provisional ratings: If the player has fewer than 50 rated games, the number of games is indicated. Their rating is still uncertain. You are entitled to use your judgement together with the indicated rating to assign them to a section.
Mouldy ratings: If the player hasn't played in the last five years, we may have them listed here, but the date of last play is indicated e.g. "from 20030304". Please let the National Ratings Officer know, because the rating must be adjusted by a formula in this case. Some of the players from many years ago might not even be in the list of suggestions. See below.
Unfound: If you cannot find a player, it may be:
While the tournament is in progress you should check that names are correctly spelt, names may be checked against those in RATING.DAT using the check spelling menu item . At the end of the tournament you should clean up any markers like @12 or @R or (N) that you may have included. The AUPAIR program has a menu item to Clean. Open the PratCooker program directly from the USB stick. It will guide you to find where you stored the TOU file on the tournament laptop (hint: use an easily findable working directory for your laptop work directory) and it will then copy the TOU file to the USB stick, run the ratings, and display them. Please check whether players flagged as being novices are really novices and not merely a misspelling.
If you don't use the PratCooker program you should at least copy the TOU file onto the USB stick ready to send to the National Ratings Officer: email@example.com.
If you ran the PratCooker program from the USB stick, the USB stick will contain a file e.g. 101023RC.txt which can be opened with eg NotePad. It looks something like this:
Results and ratings: 23.10.2010 Redcliffe Saturday following mountain on 20101023 C 8 games W A Old Chg New 1 7 +2910 Maree Heynen 862 +48 910 2 5.5 +2765 Barbara Nakkan 804 +23 827 3 5 +3022 Louise Frare 743 +25 768 4 5 +2878 Carol Johnston 811 +11 822 5 5 +2874 Eileen Holmes 911 +3 914 6 5 +2797 Ann Davies 703 +31 734 7 5 +2712 Margaret Inglis 606 +40 646 8 5 +2529&Sue Mutimer ( 735) ( 761) 9 4.5 +2676*Betty Caris ( 862) 10 4 +2734*Charles Caris ( 776) 11 4 +2665 Laurel Burrows 863 -19 844 12 4 +2539 Nancy Haig 715 +2 717 13 3 +2656 Judy Mason 729 -22 707 14 3 +2642 Joy Egan 877 -43 834 15 3 +2590 Anne Harris 501 +9 510 16 3 +2560 Merle Skopp 691 -12 679 17 1 +2531 Rita Humphrey 677 -55 622 18 0 +2314&Steve Shannon ( 500) ( 500) High game: Betty Caris 474 High word: Louise Frare WORSTED 94 Charles Caris was previously unrated Betty Caris was previously unrated Sue Mutimer is still provisional (30 games) Steve Shannon is still provisional (37 games)Please check that any player flagged (by an asterisk) as a novice is not merely a misspelling. You can copy and paste this report into an email message to anounce placings and rating changes to the ozscrabble mailing list. The USB stick will also have the TOU file, eg 101023RC.tou which should be emailed to the National Ratings Officer firstname.lastname@example.org for official processing.
The PratCooker program is designed to be quick and easy to use from a USB stick. By contrast, the program used by the National Rating Officer is more difficult to use (it requires working at a DOS prompt, with all required files in one place). The NRO's program is called plinrat, and more details are available here.
Please inform the National Rating Officer if there were any unusual dealings, eg coping with byes or dropouts.