As far as Lack telling how many premiums there are, I was thinking immediately that it would be nice to know. That's why I just read through this whole topic. I do find it encouraging to first hear success stories before investing, which I have yet to do (I'm broke). If it was possible to view who all became premium, it would be accessible information still because we could just count up the premium members if we really cared to do so.
With the ratings system, I think it's good the way it is. Premium members will have their ranks shooting up, but guess what, those who aren't premium can still join their games and get more points for beating them, making everyone get shots at growing in rank.
I like the way the score/games system works, because it prevents people from cheating the system by doing something called "point stacking" in many other online turn-based games.
I like what you've done here, Lack, and I think it's cool that you take the time to listen to what we have to say, as well. Thanks for a great game. I have some ideas that I'll throw on the other board, we'll see what you think.
(<>) Lo (<>)