To continue with the golf analogy:
A couple clarifying points:
Q) How do the best golfers get rated? Do they top out?
A) The best in the world are the touring pros. They must
qualify for their touring cards on a periodic basis unless
they win exemption. The implication is that the best of the
best are generally playing against each other as long as
they continue to demonstrate their superior skills.
The handicapping system in golf isn't perfect. However, it
does provide for more focused competition between players of
comparable skill level. Peaks and extremes do happen and on
a local basis one can cheat for a while, but in general it
One idea might be to create 4 "flights" for the "Majors"
A Flight would be the cream of the crop.
D Flight might be the 1/2 percent milk (me right now!).
The idea here isn't to clip the wings of the best
contesters, it is to create competitive classifications.
Many of us are latching on to some preconceived notion about
how handicapping might be done...power limit, geography
leading the field. I still believe it is a formula with
considerations for several things, but the most important
one is Operator/Station Activity and Performance over time.
This automatically takes much into account.
Even in Running you compete with others in your age group.
Little league baseball, Karate, etc.
Does handicapping mean change? Yes.
More work? Initially.
More competition for everybody? Yes.
More meaningful recognition for the growing contesters? Yes.
"What's the big deal about winning anyway?". No comment.