# It's Merely A Formality, Sir

• 5 years ago · Quote · #1

Sirs,

have you remarked on the broad range of addressing styles used in the forums? A careful analysis reveals that the prime, underlying factor is the difference in rating (what I refer to as the rating deference) between the two protagonists - or the age difference - whichever is the greater. This is best illustrated using two well-known chess.com members: R.G and 'Mr. Billium, Sir'

If there's a positive deference between you and the member you're having a discussion with, use Table 1 to select the appropriate form of address.

 Rating Deference Form of Address Form of Address > +1501 Mr. Gonnosuke Mr. Billium, Sir +1201 .. +1500 gonnosuke Billium248 +901 .. +1200 Gatesy billious +601 .. +900 R.G. batman +301 .. +600 gunner William < +300 Roy Bill

Table 1: Positive Deference

If, however, your discussion is with a member with a negative deference, then Table 2 indicates the proper form of address.

 Rating Deference Form of Address Form of Address < -1501 Roy Bill -1201 .. -1500 gunner William -901 .. -1200 R.G. batman -601 .. -900 Gatesy billious -301 .. -600 gonnosuke Billium248 > -300 Mr. Gonnosuke Mr. Billium, Sir

Table 2: Negative Deference

With a little practice, those awkward faux pas can become a thing of the past, and we can get back to playing chess.

Thank you kindly for your attention.

• 5 years ago · Quote · #2

A fine lesson in etiquette. Something lacking in online venues.