STO is a great game. We all love it, and spend a lot of time playing it. But what about realistic dps expectations? We all know that escorts and raiders are designed to pump out as much damage as they can in as short a time as possible. Cruisers do less damage, but generally have more HP and survivability, while Science vessels can fill both rolls, depending on their build, Boff and Doff skill, etc. I have seen a Vesta out-dps a tac retrofit. (was impressive to watch too )
There will always be Captains of every background that want to push the boundaries to see what they can accomplish, but there should be a baseline expectation. What is realistic to expect from the different classes of starship?