Knyte has some good points! :D
@Adam you might find it helpful to take a gander to see how larger clans tend to organize themselves. Some things aren't very important until you have a large number of people. You could probably get away with just 3-4 ranks tops. I've been in a few clans, and they didn't really go beyond, say, "Student, Teacher, Master" or a similar delineation. It's not helpful to be very picky about levels and winrates. Some people cherry pick matches, and alts almost always have superior win rates. If you want to really separate out the people, you could try something like what 101st has with the star counts - https://www.warzone.com/Clans/?ID=7
It'll be much harder without any contacts, especially going off the forums
If you want to make a strategic clan, it would be best to join up with someone else first, learn the ropes + get some decent results, before you strike out on your own. And/or you start with a casual clan, that aims for gradual improvement. Likewise, I would imagine ingratiating yourself with the Diplo community would help you get started much faster.
I've seen other leaders of volunteer things - such as running a game clan - burn out extremely easily. The payoff isn't that big. So no matter the grandeur of your intended clan, you have to always keep scalability in the forefront. And before that, you need to find a lot of people who are interested in joining.
Of course, if you are like me and considering making a clan just to give yourself a tag, then all of this is moot.
Edited 11/5/2019 07:46:34