...I think `world’s best` is a far stretch for any of us^^, and I’m sure the others will all agree with that (as much as I can speak for them), it’s certainly not my/our goal, maybe we are just `more talkative` on this forum....
I completely agree with Burgo. I would never view myself to be under the best puzzle solvers.
There are many on this forum who are much better.
On the other hand, looking at the short puzzle solving history of Burgo (less than two years ago he has solved the 3x3x3 the first time), he is somehow outstanding in respect of the many different puzzles he has solved in such a short time frame.
I think that it is almost impossible to come up with a precise definition what "good puzzle solver" means.
When I was younger, I used to be a rock climber. The group of climbers I knew at that time had a somehow instinctive feeling who was good, or better. There was no clear definition, though. We were no rivals, we climbed similar routes and liked to talk about them.
Same here: Many solvers like to talk about how they solved a certain puzzle and share hints with others.
This is what I like, what we like.
Even the Gelatinbrain solvers have a very friendly competition. They fight with a certain puzzle, not so much against each other.
Brandon has named a few outstanding solvers for different categories.
From the top of my head, I would add Brandon, Katja, GuiltyBystander, Sjoerd....
My gut feeling says, if anybody comes up with a good definition of `best puzzle solver`, quite a few twisty puzzle members would be on a top 100 list for the world best puzzle solvers.