Was in SB24 earlier, still in light cruiser. Came first place with 1286 points. Second place was about 670. There were two T2 cruisers in there and a T2 escort (noted them names before things kicked off), highest score from them was 400-odd.
If we let all the overequipped-but-gormless types go in there, it makes the underequipped-but-clued-in little people feel better when they completely outperform them. :p
Heck knows there aren't any other feel-good victories for people until post level 16.
Let's assume we are going to see Starbase 24 capped. Henceforth, compromise:
Rather than a level limit/bracket, enforce a gear and/or ship and/or skills tier limit/bracket. This allows people to go back and replay Starbase 24 with friends or if they want to waste a bit of time in there or just hang out with teh nubbies ( ); but it still prevents them from having the crazy-ass advantages of like, flying in with a Sovereign using Mark VII gear with uber skillz.
Our Miranda class ships can not compare to the t2 ships the level 11's are bringing in. The damage difference is large. Doesnt a new fleet mission open up at level 11 for those guys? The last 4 fleet actions I have been in have all been topped by 3 or more level 11's.
I've managed to win 5-6 SB24 missions a day at least since Lt5-8 never had a problem with any LT C levels coming in. Besides. if you want gear for an alt this is the way to get them started. Don't like it? Change instance.