I also noticed the MVP was wrong about the in-combat thing. I guess they haven't done LFR, or haven't tried to kick anyone.Don't have it automatically accept the queue and place you in the raid
i think part of the problem is that blizzard for some strange reason made it automatically accept the queue for you, so lets say you get into queue then something pops up and you go afk. While you're afk you're not caring/remembering you're in queue for that, yet the game accepts it for you and places you in the raid.
So even once you get the <away> tag, you're still in the raid, still eligible for loot, even if you didn't participate at all or weren't even aware you were in a raid because you're still not at your desk.
I put in a ticket about this after an afk hunter rolled need on tier on Hagara and still had the <away> tag up and I was told to post suggestions on the forums. The hunter had been afk the entire fight, and unfortunately aoe heals kept him from dying, but he never moved from the portal.
The simplest solution should be obvious already to the devs:
Another thing that would be nice:
Have the system check to see if you've been participating
I did LFR earlier today and someone was afk the entire time we were doing trash, then when we called it out in raid chat and were trying to kick him hes like "no i'm here, but i dont know how i got here, i didn't accept the queue". He had been afk for at least long enough to get the <away> tag.
The other person afking was simply putting someone on follow so they wouldn't appear to be afk, but they weren't healing anyone, and they were standing completely still, even during the slime trash where everyone was taking damage because they won't stack up. Then when we pull the boss, he throws out a few heals and says "i think i'm doing pretty good for someone in blues" (when he had barely done any healing at all). Then he wins something and leaves.
I've done other LFR's where people have been afk and as soon as someone mentions their name in chat (to kick them), they pull trash/boss to keep us in combat so we can't kick them and they go back to not participating. I've also tried to kick someone and been told I can't yet, and I've also tried to kick people but since most of the raid doesn't bother to read raid chat, the people don't get kicked. That's only when we get tanks who let us stay out of combat long enough to try to kick the afkers.
I put in effort in the LFR, and it doesn't seem fair that the people who are not participating or barely participating are rewarded with loot. I've seen alot of groups not get any bosses done besides the first one because of too many people being afk or not doing anywhere near enough to even beat the tank on the dps charts.
One of the ones I did a few weeks ago, someone linked "activity" on recount in raid chat after Ultraxion. The 2 holy paladins had the least activity of the entire raid, and the only heals they did were on themselves (they were also one of the many who refused to hit the purple button so we also had to heal them). Then they got mad we were talking about kicking them.
If the devs really want to make the LFR better then something needs to be done about the non-participation. The loot problems have already been addressed elsewhere.