Don't try to figure it out, you'll only get a headache. The Doff system is still borked. EG: 2 purple officers with 2 required traits fail the mission. 2 Green officers with 2 fail traits still critical a mission. I don't think traits of doffs are ever going to get fixed hence you will be asking your question for a long time to come...
Actually, the system works great and I have a great success rate. I just thought the trait being a pass and a fail was odd, until it was explained to me.
If you think of the duty officer system as actual missions, not every mission is going to be a success. With few exceptions, most doff missions have at least a small chance of failure, some more than others, even if you assign all purple doffs with the correct specializations with the correct traits. That's how real life works. You can send the right people to do the job and still have a failure, due to unforeseen circumstances. That part of the doff system I had no issues with and wasn't asking about.
Hm, does this mean I should actually pay attention to the stuff they say?
I usually just play the game and I'm rarely on the forums, so I missed that explanation. It does make sense, but there is still the part where the trait registers as a fail trait, but it doesn't register as a critical trait. (it doesn't turn green, it only turns red) If it's going to possibly work for both, it should register in both areas.
Though, I usually just try to avoid putting those doffs on those assignments. I guess I'll just stick to that. Thanks to both of you for explaining why it's that way.
This sounds like it's actually something else. It's rare, but a trait can negatively impact a specific outcome. It turns red in the planning screen when active in these cases, rather than green. So in this case, the trait is increasing fail and decreasing critical.
It's a pretty rarely used mechanic. In cases like this it's being used to double up the impact of a trait. In this case, the failure increase hurts both positive outcomes, but the negative hit to critical makes it hurt critical more than success.