I've seen multiple threads asking for changes to officer slots on ships or changes to consoles, so why don't we just have the option to change those on all ships?
There should be a limit to the number of consoles and the number of active officers, but we should be able to choose the balance of the bridge officers (for example, 3 tactical, 1 engineer, 1 medical/science) and we should be able to dictate what types of consoles we want on ships (four tactical, four engineering, one science, etc.).
I also think it's a joke that we can't use the full rank on all bridge officers. For example, if I've reached Level 50 in the game I should be able to make all my bridge officers commanders and all of their abilities should be available to use.
I just look at it as if we were living in the Star Trek universe ... a Commander assigned to a bridge station wouldn't be "limited" to the abilities of an Ensign. Likewise, will all the various types of bridges available for the same ship, I suspect captains can customize their bridges so they have more/less tactical consoles, or more/less engineering consoles, etc.
I take it that you have noticed that ships have the same number of slots and consoles by rank?
If you had you way every ship would be effectively identical... all empty shells. What would be the point in that. You can chose you consoles and officer slotting in the existing game... buy a different ship.
Felt a little guilty for jumping on your thread so harshly - Maybe I could have been more polite about this...
Anyway, I do feel that the important distinction is ship and class roles would be lost by such a change. Have you tried a BoP? They have much more flexibility in teh assignment of roels within the ship.