OK here's what I want to do:
- indicate I'd like to play a particular Flashpoint.
- play the game and forget about flashpoint-related admin until I get a message saying my group is ready.
Here's what I don't want to do:
- stand around Imp Fleet for an hour spamming
- do /who for my level and send off fifty whispers
- maintain a Friends list of tanks and healers. My friends list is for, duh, friends.
Here are the arguments that don't persuade me:
- chat spam improves community. It hasn't at all for me, apart from
people in my guild I can't even name another player on my server off the
top of my head. I've done a lot of flashpoints but it's mostly low
level and it's mostly people's alts. Even if I friended them I wouldn't
get to play with them tomorrow as they'd probably be on a different
character. In a game where everyone is supposed to alt, Friends lists
- LFD systems encourage worse behaviour. Now historically this might
have been true but it isn't true now. Modern players pressurise you to
speed up, whine about your gear, occasionally ninja and sometimes bail
halfway. This happens all the time with the current system. WoW
inherited players trained by EQ's forced grouping system to not be
jerks. SWTOR is inheriting people trained by WoW and IT WONT CHANGE
THEIR BEHAVIOUR in a month. It's just designers trying to play social
engineer with the player base. It's egotistical and it won't work. Few
of us care enough about this game to fundamentally change the way we
interact with others online. We'll just go.
- "I get on fine without a LFD system". Great. I'm happy for you. I hope
you continue to have fun without a LFD system when the rest of us are
- "You can flag yourself as LFG". I do this and I have never got a whisper asking me to join a group in a month of playing.