besides the point. the way some fleets go about recruiting leaves a lot to be desired.
How is that besides the point? If you're not going to use the tools the game gives you to avoid being randomly invited, why complain? Just because you enjoy complaining?
I agree that there are a number of fleets with scummy recruiting practices. And you can easily ignore them by blocking the invites, blocking anyone who PMs you about it, and reporting anyone who PMs you and acts like a jerk like what happened to OP.
Actually, I took full advantage of random fleet invites. Its not like you're stuck there if you join, so I kept accepting and leaving till I found a fleet in a high enough tier that I could get what I wanted. Most of these fleets will give you instant access to everything, and its really not all that much to pay for what you take, so that's exactly what I do. Instead of starting from the ground up, start a little bit over the middle. Once you have what you want, take off.
I got lucky with the fleet I'm in, it wasn't a random invite as so many people get but more of a request when my Rommy hit 50. Not all fleets are bad or a resource pit, the way PWE is doing things all the best stuff is being put into Fleets and if you want the best you have to join a fleet and contribute.
I happen to enjoy playing with my fleeties doing the new content old content and PvP it makes a change from solo/random play in the game
I really don't like fleets. It serves no purpose really.
One of the ways it can be changed is to make them Fleet Marks you have to get from the queues, to be your Fleet members only to gain them. Not pool everyone into one queue, just because you're in a Fleet to begin with.