OK, this is actually getting us somewhere now, a usable definition that people can measure themselves by. It would be nice to have something beginners and novices could use.
How about this as a starting point:
"In order to assess whether you are ready to consider moving to a higher level, you should concentrate on three areas: increasing your starting bankroll, playing an appreciable sample size of hands, and demonstrating knowledge of key concepts.
You should adhere to Ferguson rules, as follows:
* 2NL: start with $40, move up to 5NL at $100 NL
* 5NL: Start with $100, move up to 10 NL at $200
* 10 NL: Start with $200, move up to 25NL at $ 500
Only move up if conditions 2 and 3 are also met.
2. Sample Size
Play the minimum hands at the level you are on:
* no less than 50,000 hands (to account for downswings, variance, etc)
* the last 25,000 hands played must be at a win rate of no less than 3bb/100
Only move up if conditions 1 and 3 are also met.
3. Master key concepts.
At each level, demonstrate understanding of key concepts:
* Hand Values
* Opening Ranges
* Positional Play
* Hand Reading
* Bet Sizing
* Advanced Hand Reading
Only move on to the next level if you have mastered the key concepts plus conditions 1 and 3 are met.
OK, this is a starting definition, I hope you can feel free to improve it.
So, the aim of this is to give us all a starting point, and for new players ior people struggling, to give them something they can look at and help them quantify what they need to do to consider themselves ready for the next move.
We can also use it to nip disagreements in the bud - ie, until you have 50k hands, you can't claim anything about play on a level. (as has been pointed out to me and I readily accept).
Or, someone wanting to move up, let's discuss some of the concepts we agree you need to master on a level, post hands, discuss, and test if the concept really has been mastered.
I dunno, I just thought it might help take away some of the heat when people are struggling to find their place.