Good post H2SO4 (can I call you Mr. Sulphuric?
), you raise some good points.
I don't mind the rating system thats here, its a good guide for beginners, as well as those beginners that are looking at things they shouldn't be... and those not-so-beginners that are legitimately looking for something more exciting, but also something within their capabilities.
On the 'sandbagging', I definitely know what you mean. I'm getting my ratings from still being very new - I've only been flying 3 months or so. Nothing before that but rubber powered balsa kits 15 years ago. My point is that I can still keep that 'newbie' perspective. For example, the F9F may be pretty easy to fly for me now, but I reckon it'd be shattered over a good area in 5 seconds flat were I to hand over to a starter mid flight.
On planes being rated on something they shouldn't be... call them out!
The list isn't set in stone, I can change whatever people see fit. I might ask that at least one person seconds a revised rating though, or the list could quickly disintegrate and become meaningless.
Cheers - boingk