Skip the following "code" if you don't feel like reading where I'm coming from with this suggestion. But at least read the stuff afterwards.
Alright, for about the billionth time, I have just been booted off a server so that some guy with a reserved slot can come in. Understandable, it's not my server. But I'd really like to see some modifications to reserve slots, thinking in NS terms.
See, the old reserve thing worked good for a game like cs. Rounds are short, and losing one person to be filled by another was never a bad thing. But in NS it is INCREDIBLY annoying to have played for about an hour and be booted. Some people complain that f4ing/recycling is horrible, well this is worse. I've seen our comm be booted before. I've seen numerous gorges booted. I've been booted when I just went onos and was about to turn the tide on the battle. I was just booted when I was about to go gorge and drop some much needed movement chambers (since the rest of the team was low on res/lerking/fading/etc) I don't know how that game turned out, but I bet losing that 30 res worth of chambers really hurt. Now some other guy, with 0 res can play. And probably lose. Anyway, to get to the point, I think some changes to the slot system would be worth considering.
Right now, I believe the reserved slots setup is to kick the highest pinger. In most games, okay, whatever. In NS, 150 ping does actually play really good (thanks to some awesome netcode).
So my suggestion: First 15 minutes of the game, last person to joing/highest pinger - up to you. If a player has been in game* for longer than X minutes, don't kick. (I'd say X=30 would be good, but that could be up to the server op) If a player is Comm/Gorge/Fade/Onos find someone else to boot. Set priority. I know some servers give slots to regulars, but the people who do actually run the server ought to be able to play (the original idea of it and all) I don't know if it's possible, but maybe a queuing system. When the game ends, you have 30 seconds or so to say gg, g'nite, whatever and then you are booted for the slot taker.
*People in RR/spectating should be FIRST to go.
Now don't flame. I really don't know how the slots system works as is. And please don't say "just go play another server", because that's not the point. I'm only making a suggestion in hopes to improve the gaming experience for all us pubbers. That, and I hate leaving a good game without saying "gg".
Well, that's enough rambling for now.
Constructive suggestions/critism only please!
Btw: I think this is the right forum for this... it is an adminmod type of suggestion... eh.. oh well...