The issues I see with AFKs are not limited to SR Solo queue non-ranked. They also exist on Solo/Duo Queue Ranked. I have even queued with 4 people into ranked before and still get paired with AFK players. I work odd hours for my job and do not often get to log on during prime time, so most of my friends are rarely on when I am on. I play with a lot of people from Japan as they appear to be on during the time when I am on, but there is a language barrier in many cases.
I don't feel that saying "queue with people" is an adequate response to solo queue. If Solo Queue doesn't work and Riot doesn't plan to address the issue, then why have it? I don't think it makes sense to continue being abused in the hopes that maybe 2 or 3 hours out of 8 in a week are fair games.
Yes I hear that age old saying that the "other team has AFKs too." I do not enjoy winning 5v4 either, and especially hate it more when they don't surrender and I am forced to waste another 20 minutes picking them off because I was the unfortunate person playing a tank or support role and can't solo push. This is my real hesitation with tank and support, I know if I am unlucky I cannot carry playing these roles. In these roles you are more team dependent and with such high probability of getting an AFK it is not worth picking.
For months I am aggravated, I play this game less and less even though I really want to. Most of the time now I just refresh the LoL homepage once a day just to see if anything interesting is going on then go do something else. I don't feel like wasting another disappointing hour of my life when the goal is to enjoy it. Is this so wrong? This week I have only played 3 games, all three involving a leaver on either my team or theirs. This is a good game, I don't understand why the most crippling aspect of it is not more aggressively addressed. I am not anti social, I am not difficult to be friendly with and I do have a lot of friends on my friends list. I just happen to have a life and a job during the times when everybody seems to play and I am left with scum.