As far as I can remember, I've been an alliance member in every gameworld I've played.
I believe you know very well of what I am talking and I see no need to further elaborate on this. I will just say that there is a difference between being on a team and playing as a part of a team. Tell me, how exactly is pooling calls an exploit? If anyone needs an A330, it's still only the one calling benefiting from seeing it first. Is car pooling an exploit and unfair to all those who pay for their gas alone? It's no different.
For example, knowing exactly when slots would be released at an airport, that was clearly an exploit, it clearly gave an unfair advantage. The solution wasn't to criminalise the acquisition of slots, the solution was to fix the gameplay mechanism to remove the ability to know exactly when they'd drop. Exploit disappears, game's fairer for everyone.
You know, I am not so sure you are right on that one. Everyone could have found out when the slots drop through careful observation. That wasn't magic. I managed to do that when I was still playing alone, and I do not consider myself to be some kind of Einstein. Finding out when slots drop required a short period of watching. And what did the 'fix' do? Now that state of watching has become a permanent one if you want to be successful at a large airport. Not much of an improvement really.
Holding a plane on the UM so another team member can grab it is an exploit
That's your perception. I call it risk management, so the member I alert to the existence of the plane does not blow his call without getting the aircraft.
I'm an advocate for making the game more playable for smaller airlines
So why do you keep proposing things that make it more difficult for smaller players? Trying to hinder large airlines from ordering planes for the used market does not benefit smaller airlines, quite the contrary actually. If I order 50 E-195s and put them on the used market for a cheap price, that's a detriment to small players by you. I really don't know how to react to such a statement, it's so completely beyond any logic that I can't imagine how anyone would come up with it.
And yes, you have called my ideas "stupid" and "communist" and now--"indecent" and "shameful"
i have called you and your ideas that, but not your playing style. You are free to play in any way you like, I couldn't care less. But don't expect me to sit still when you are trying to have the game altered to suit you more than it does me.
You also help run Elite, which is essentially nothing but mega airlines.
Some of our members run smaller airlines with different playing styles. The fact that many of us run big airlines is because we look for a challenge. You may find that every ape can run a fleet of A320s and 737s, but you have clearly never been in a huge dogfight over a large airport with another of these 'apes'. Nothing wrong about that, but then please don't judge it. You do just that.
The other thing I don't understand is why I (or others) are the bad guy for brainstorming ideas to make the game better.
Do you even read what I write? I am perfectly fine with you having ideas, but does that mean I have to like them? Please don't forget you make ideas to make the game better in YOUR perception, and I can't stand that a group of other players, few of which voice their opinions here, is collectively called a cheat. And yes, I consider exploiting cheating. What's exploiting about pooling calls to the used market? Shifting slot timing to a better suiting one, which is possible due to the system, that's what I call exploiting.
I would think that the one thing we could all agree on is that the system is broken
We definitely can not. Parts of the system are broken, but definitely not those you keep trying to have changed.
The slot system, that's what's broken, and I am all for a change for better. But there is absolutely nothing broken about the used market and players supplying it, especially since forced maintenance was announced. Before, it required a player to write the seller a PM asking him to do maintenance on it. Every player with common sense reacts positively to such an asking.
Plus, more realistic bookkeeping rules will change it as well. I think THAT will be to the detriment of smaller airlines, but I definitely don't fight it because I see a reason behind it. Some of your proposals, however, have absolutely no reason but to hinder growth beyond a certain point, which is why I have, and will continue to, called them communist.
Several notable players that run mega airlines like JumboShrimp and Mr HP believe it is broken based on their comments on this thread, so I don't see why fixing/changing the system to ensure equal opportunity for all players would be considered such an unreasonable request.
I wouldn't mind having to put more aircraft on the used market, which will be an effect of the new bookkeeping rules. But whats unreasonable about it, is that you imply that it would help smaller airlines. It won't. Do you think for one moment that the most popular production lines will free up with that change? Not even remotely. All that will happen is that big players shift their spare funds purely towards helping team mates, cutting only the share of their business that supplies planes to small airlines.
I don't know if you noticed, but it is rather difficult for most players to build a successful new airline when fuel is north of 1,000 USD (speaking of Modern Times only as it's my regular playground). Many players at that stage of the game rely on ample supply on the used market that is a bit cheaper than ordering new.
Is that what you call broken to smaller airlines' detriment? Seriously?