what is the difference between rated and unrated debates
Rated affects Rating, Unrated does not. All "Judge Debates" (non-open-voting debates) are supposed to default to unrated but I'm unsure if Mike's coded that correctly yet.
What does rating do? is it what effects a person's place on the leaderboards?
I think I should stick to unrated debates then, until I figure out what the hell I am doing.
I totally agree to that, especially because the ones accepting your debates are rank-thirsty debaters who play pure defence against your theories.