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What does a question mark (?) next to my rating mean?

Asked by Unihedron
Tags rating design faq provisional
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When I inspect a rated game of mine, I see:

Unihedron (1156?) +49

What does the question mark next to my rating mean?

(Note that, when I hover on my userbar, it also shows a question mark for the variant games.)
TacticalGM commented :
Hello!I think it means you have not played enough games to show your real rating.That's why it puts the question mark "?".It puts your rating just to show how high/low it was,and what your ratio of wins to losses is.
8 Answers
Answered by thibault
The question mark means the rating is provisional.

Concretely, that means the glicko2 deviation is superior to 110. The deviation is the level of confidence the system has in the rating. The lower, the more a rating is stable.

More games generate better rating stability, unless the rating vastly fluctuates.

TL;DR: Play more games and the question mark will disappear.
Septagonizate commented :
Hey Thibault does that also mean you gain/lose less elo per game?
Awesomazing commented :
110 deviation in bullet, but still ? in profile.
so you change the maximum number again, right?
coolkidjuju commented :
I've always thought what when I see it
Answered by chessBulgar
Listen, Yesterday I had a normal rating, though I suffered a strike of losses, maybe all of a sudden everyone I played was "Kasparov on steroids", and today my rating is 1500? and no matter what I do I does not change. How come?
SachovyZbojnik commented :
Same here! My rating stayed at 1954? and one day I played a rated game and no rating went up. Not even after 18 games! And it still does not work!
VulcanForge commented :
Is it possible that you were inadvertently playing a different variant? I forget exactly when, but Classical was split into Classical and Rapid a few months ago.
Answered by buffthebest
The question mark next to your rating means that you did not play enough games in order to know your real rating.
Answered by ZachTing
it will go away when you reach a certain amount of games played.
Answered by vaieder
it means that you have a question to god. not the conventional one... it is eder, the super panda and rui patricioooo
Answered by nb9022
that shortly means its begginer to play at lichess
Answered by TacticalGM
I think it means you used computer assistance(At least it thinks that),that is my case.Everyone other than you can see that.So,please log out and look at your profile.Because you might be falsely accused,do it even if you did not cheat.
TacticalGM commented :
This comment is for:chessBulgar and SachvoyZbojnik
Answered by Alihene
I don't know. maybe it means that you've played only one or two variants.

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