Disable SL ability to kick players for illegitimate reasons.
I love Squad, and i've been playing for years. However, this game is being ruined by whiny SL's who kick people from their squad for selecting certain rifle classes. I request, and I hope others back me up on this, that SL's being able to kick players from squads whose only offense is simply trying to learn all the classes and play the game, is ridiculous. Now, let me give an instance of this. I was just in a game, and there was already a medic, two designated marksman, and I wanted to learn the AT role. Unfortunately, it was taken, so I reverted to automatic rifleman. This is because I am a medic 98% of the time, and quite frankly, i'm sick and tired of it and I want to learn something new. Automatic rifleman makes sense for me, since I performed that role in the USMC, so i'm familiar with it.
I join a command squad that is a heli-infantry team (infantry implies that you need an infantry role, such as automatic rifleman.) We take off and the SL asks why I chose that role, with no other communication stating we had to pick any specific roles. I stated that I wanted to be AT, and it wasn't available, and we had a medic, so I went automatic rifleman (machine gunner). To which I was immediately booted from the squad mid-air, which resulted in me being dumped from the helo and stuck in the middle of the map with a single magazine, no squad, and no other supplies, far from main or any FOBs. This is ridiculous. I wasn't even given the chance to change my role.
It happens time and time again. There should be no reason why SL's can choose who has to be what role, especially when the name of the server states plainly "New player friendly" and 'Learner friendly". Why does the SL get to kick people who are being team players, obeying commands, and learning? I say this as personally having played over 100 hours of Squad as an SL myself. I've never once kicked someone for being marksman, AT, medic, etc. It's becoming an increasingly annoying issue. If players are not allowed to change it up, learn, and play ALL of the roles, then this game is bust, and makes no sense to even play. That's the whole point of the game: to learn, play, communicate, and strive for mission success.
I'm sure others have had this issue also, where you contact Admin of the server, explain the situation, and they simply say it doesn't matter or join a different squad. Except there's already 10 squads, most of which have 1-3 players each and are locked. The only way to play is to create your own squad 10 seconds before being kicked for not being in a squad, then others join and get upset because you are the SL with no mic, etc. But if there's no available squads, then there's no other option.
So, possible suggestions to fix this, and I hope it is taken seriously and with a grain of salt:
- Get rid of the idiotic "locking" of the squads. Maybe just make a special squad that can only have 1 pilot and a co-pilot, two pilots, etc. Same with vics and logis. If you're a helo pilot or logi runner, maybe make a squad that's capped for specific roles instead of having to lock squads. Have them pre-made, and a user can simply select it as a squad, instead of creating a squad. Like selecting a role. "Logi driver", "Helo Pilot", "BTR Crewman", etc.
- Make SL's write Admin to have someone kicked from their squads, so admin can do it IF it's a legitimate reason, so they can't freely kick whoever they want simply because of the most ridiculous reasons that have nothing to do with not playing the game, not being a team player, selecting specific roles, and "just because". Players should be allowed to explain their reasons BEFORE being permanently banned or kicked for stupid reasons, through an admin. Unfortunately, some of the admins of various servers are themselves toxic, but that's a different thread for another day. If you want people to play, and play as a team, then the toxic stuff like this has to go.
- If players refuse to play as a team, make a right-click menu on their user tagname and report them under preset reasons as to why they should be looked at. Then let admin use discretion, rather than some dude high on drugs, kicking people left and right for the wrong reasons. A secondary possibility is to have squad voting to kick someone so it's fair, and one person can't just kick for any reason.
I just want to play the game to have fun. I love it (I know everyone else does too), but I also want to learn all the roles. I didn't spend three days learning to fly a helo to never have a chance to actually fly in the game, because of toxic people.