Hi all, I recently got back into sup com after a long time. It is really great to see such an active community for this game after so much time.
I used to be a top 1v1 player back in the day when I had much more time on my hands, but nowadays I prefer to relax and have fun a bit more with large team games.
I'm up to ~15 team games now but I find that maybe 2/3 times I join a game I get kicked at the last moment before starting because I'm grey, sometimes after waiting 20 mins or so for all to join. Note that many of these games are named "all welcome". I'm always within the rating range, my CPU is good, and the games never specify a minimum game count.
Obviously I can understand why people would do this: grey essentially means your rating is uncertain and I can understand why people would not want "unknowns" in their game since it might tip balance.
However, this is a flip side to this: it's incredibly frustrating to be a new player in FAF. It's getting to the point where I'm not sure I want to be bothered investing the time waiting in lobbies trying to get a game.
There's no clear solution to this that benefits everyone, but I'd like to propose that game counts should be hidden and be no such thing as "grey". There should be rating and that's it. My rationale here is that (a) I think it's very important that relatively small communities like this are welcoming to new players, and (b) I think the balance argument is overemphasized. It really only takes a handful of games to reach a relatively stable level and I think the overall risk of a misrated player wrecking a game are overrated. I do admit it might happen every now and then, but I believe it would be a worthwhile risk relative to losing new players.
Happy to discuss and find alternative solutions if people agree this is a problem worth solving.