Quick docs here
There is the new â€œrookie modeâ€ system in Build 220.
Servers indicate if they are â€œrookie friendlyâ€ or not by setting the tag â€œrookie friendlyâ€:
"tags": [ "rookie" ]
Servers that are set as â€œrookie friendlyâ€ should show up as such in the server browser:
All players are marked as â€œrookiesâ€ until they have logged 4 hours of play. During this time, their communication (chat, voice icon) are displayed in green and they are indicated to others as a new player. Other players are told to help rookies via a loading screen hint.
Players can disable display of themselves as â€œrookiesâ€ by turning it off in the options
After 4 hours, you are automatically set to not being a rookie. Even if you turn it back on, it will turn off every 30 seconds of play.
This is a social convention, nothing is enforced. Iâ€™m hoping this is enough to let players get games with others that arenâ€™t way above their skill level, allowing them to get some kills and some guidance while they are learning. There could still be poachers, but hopefully there will be less then without rookie mode.