Now give me a ONE good reason why there should NOT be a barrier.
The main reason I saw was that they felt it would discriminate against noobs and thus reduce the chance they will pay for a premium membership. Everyone needs a chance to learn.
An optional barrier would enable the chance, plus allow those who've gained rank to continue to set whichever game settings they prefer without being labelled "farmer" based on who joins the bulk of their games.A barrier does exist with the system currently in place, it's just hiding for political expedience, but forms a trap to those who want to leave their games open for anyone.
What do I mean!!!???
If someone of higher rank continues to create games that give new recruits that "chance to learn" he or she can be considered a farmer because that means nr's are joining their games alot.
So the system in place forces someone who gets a little rank to make his or her own barriers: under threat of "noted" "warned" "banned" for farming, the higher ranks must stop playing the games he or she might prefer, in order to create games that new recruits will not also prefer. Nor must the higher rank invite new recruits to join those non-preferred setting to give them that "chance to learn," because a higher rank actively inviting new recruits to games constitutes real proof of farming. This means, CC is set up to REQUIRE higher ranks to discriminate against lower ranks or face consequences of "farming;" this requirement fosters more antagonism when lower ranks or new recruits join their games and tends to isolate officers to "password only" games.
Since a barrier exists anyway, CC should program an option so that higher ranks can continue to enjoy their games of preference, to set up any games they happen to wish to play with a click button to indicate the minimum rank required to join the game. That way, they can play what they prefer 95% or whatever percent CC admin deems acceptable with "min rank enabled" but open 5% of their games to all comers - giving the new recruits a chance to play higher ranks to really gain experience.