Same as cheaters, sandbaggers etc.. I dont care.. It is perhaps one game out of 100 here on chess.com so what do you care? If you play a game and learn from it, then thats fine. Who cares if it was a computer, a master on a for-fun-account or anything in between? Play the board not the player!
Fairly good advice. Still, these creeps will gain points by ever so slowly.
And when they eventually play a player rated the same as them, they would be completely steamrolled.
Yes, I think so too. I must applaud EthanLow.
What about people who play patzers (like me) to deflate their ratings...
You can play me.
Good game! (very)
I will not play anyone who won't accept challenges from a player rated the same as themselves (for example, if a player sends out seeks only for players rated +200 above them). If they aren't good enough to accept their own challenges, they aren't good enough for me to accept their challenge either!
I know, many coaches tell their students to "play up". It's good advice. But the only way that advice can work is if you're also willing to "play down" occasionally.
How do you know what they accept or not, in live games?
Beerpatzer, you can often see what the limits of an opponent's seek is by hovering over their spot in the seek graph.
In live games?
The only reason this might work is because it seems like at the lower rating levels live standard ratings are inflated (compared to USCF) but when you get high enough they are inflated. Due to the relative lack of high level opponents. So on this site, yes it is probable that your rating will be slightly higher if you play lower rated people (at least once you get to say 1450-1500.) I don't think this is true for bullet and blitz however.
However, at the high levels it's hard to find opponents of similar and higher ratings so you almost have to face lower rated players