Originally Posted by Da Real McCoy
I feel like, the ribbon system discourages playing with friends somewhat. I get teamwork recommendations all the time, but they are from people I have added to my friend's list because I enjoy playing with them, which of course means that those team work commendations are worth less (note that is not worthless). This seems silly to me, I got those people as friends because they enjoyed playing with me and therefore want to play with me more. So by continuing to play with people I have played with in the past and enjoy playing with, I reduce my potential to advance in the ribbon system and be known as a team player.
The whole point of the system is how well you interact with those you aren't familiar with.
It's like an Atheist walking into a church full of Evangelicals. How well will the Atheist handle himself around this group of people? If well, he probably won't be tarred and feathered. If poorly, well....poor guy.
Same idea. The better you are able to conduct yourself around people you might not be a big fan of, and aren't just immediate pals with, the more valuable you are to the community as a whole.