A similar question was posted in the past (2020):
Is there a way on lichess to see the Correspondence chess rankings?

However, that solution is not working anymore. In my perspective, things have changed and lichess.org is allowing correspondence chess, but a ranking does not exist anymore. Is there a way to be certain about this topic?

Also, why lichess.org is treating correspondence chess differently, if that is the case? I am guessing that is difficult to control who is cheating and who is not. In the past I used to play correspondence chess, but I am playing classic games now. According lichess.org classic are games that each side has 30 minutes or more for the entire game. Correspondence chess you have 1 day per move or more. Chess.com calls correspondence daily chess.

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    Interesting. Have you asked their staff directly? Maybe it's temporarily broken, or maybe people just don't bother with correspondence. Who knows if their anti-cheat system even bothers with correspondence
    – qwr
    Jul 26, 2022 at 17:41
  • Interesting suggestion! Thank you for your thoughts!
    – Beginner
    Jul 27, 2022 at 4:39
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    You can ask on their GitHub or forums. I'm not sure if the forums is the place where developers respond
    – qwr
    Jul 27, 2022 at 4:56
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    It seems this topic was treated on reddit six (!) years ago: reddit.com/r/chess/comments/3zfrhq/…
    – emdio
    Jul 29, 2022 at 9:22
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    there's a reputation on chess.com that correspondence chess is just stockfish vs stockfish. when I played correspondence 11 years ago I think all my opponents were legit. maybe cheating is more rampant nowadays
    – qwr
    Aug 4, 2022 at 4:31

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Although it's from six years ago, the lack of leaderboards for correspondence chess in lichess was explained by its creator in this reddit post.

Quoting from reddit's user ornicar2 (who is labeled as lichess creator):

"We don't have correspondence leaderboards because it's impossible to accurately monitor for cheating. While player behaviors are analyzable and somehow predictable in timed games, go figure what happens when a player spends 24h between two moves."

  • ornicar is Thibault Duplessis, creator of lichess
    – qwr
    Aug 4, 2022 at 4:29

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