stiv wrote:FWIW, I think removing rank to fix the kick problem is a terrible idea
You misunderstand the intent. As currently implemented, it is unreliable data. Given that the rank info is stored in a local file on the player's machine, it is possible to edit the file and be any rank you want.
I respectively disagree, it just does not make sense. Is what your suggesting the real reason that rank was removed? Because if so, it is not justified.
The rank system has been this way for the entire history of WZ. You are saying that the only reason that rank was removed was because it was reliable? What has changed after 17 years that NOW rank should be removed?
Oh, and the alternative of having no rank is even better? Of course a reliable rank system would be best, but this is what the game currently has. If we had a new rank system to take over, then sure switch to the new one, but as far as I know, there is not a new rank system to switch to. How far out is the new one?
People creating a fake rank is not even a real issue, who is it hurting? If anything, it lets new players look more experienced and avoid being kicked! Removing it solves no problems, it only causes even more!
Now, correct me if I am wrong, but my understanding is that rank was removed so people could not identify new players as easily. This unsound logic was thought up so people would kick noobs less because they couldn't tell that they were new. This really blows my mind.
So now here are the repercussions of ripping rank out for no good reason:
Players no longer have rank-everyone gets punished!
We cant tell who is new. More people get kicked then before because the host does not know who they are. Before you could at least have a medal to prove you were decent if the host didn't recognize your name.
More games are unbalanced, thus hurting the community and making people play less. Data that may be inaccurate at times is better then no data at all!!!
Who decided rank removal was a good idea. Who did it and why? How many people thought this through?