Is it harming NS?
I recently probed my own mind by trying to figure out what I least liked about the current build of NS. I kept trying to think of things that damaged my fun factor more, but in the end I decided on RFK. It turns relaxed pubbie play into something that I feel is too competitive. It used to be a good player would be able to kill off quite a few members of the opposing team, buying time.
Time is extremely important. More of it allows you to say, do more damage to a base or cover more distance over the map. Resource income (from nodes) is based on time. But now, with RFK, a good player gets the time bonus in addition to the ability to upgrade, allowing them to kill even better, causing an exponential growth in their output. Player kills with LMG, player gets Shotgun and kills twice as much. The average pubbie was there just for fun, not to win. And if they were there to win, they could have an impact on the game by playing their best. Now however, you either want to win or you don't play.
My suggestion is to remove RFK. Combat will fufil players' wants of earning for killing. Clans could play competitively without it before, but if they really do want it then mp_tournamentmode (or whatever it is) can control whether RFK is on or off.
Yes I realize winning can be fun, but so can just playing. For example, me and my buds recently grabbed some Airsofts. At first I wanted Paint BBs (500 for 7.99) instead of Plastic BBs (2000 for 5.99) so that when the round was over we could see who did the most damage. But then I realized, we would still have just as much fun without caring about winning, so I switched the order to Plastic BBs (we get x4 as many BBs for less!)
>RFK causes exponential growth in a players output. They kill a few players with an LMG, earn a Shotgun, and kill twice as many players than with the LMG.
>Generally, most pubbies want to play for fun; RFK constricts this.
>Combat does what RFK does, so the concept won't be completely tossed out for players who like it.
>If people really want to keep it, it could be connected to some svar.