Party Leader status carries a lot of weight to some players and I wonder could this be the reason why hitting the party search-button gives usually only 0-2 available parties?
My looking for party-mode was almost always on in XI and it seems the system is inverted in XIV meaning that you can only keep the Recruit-mode on.
Now Looking for party-mode happens only momentarily the second you press the button and then it's off.
Like always I'd like to encourage to use both modes more often and from what I can tell forming a party doesn't mean committing to a 3 hrs worth of grinding like it did in XI.
I've formed parties just to do 3 leves and nobody has complained since there's zero logistics to get everyone on the spot.
You bring up an interesting statement with the bolded section. Another reason about forming parties is that leaders need to know where to go for good SP gains. Assuming that SP is fixed; then that's all they really need to know. And this of course will come in time.
In FFXI, as the leader you had to know not only the location, but also level ranges, classes that you wanted, the fact that you had to have 6 players. However others in the party could help you /sea all and do a verbal tell to assist in finding parties. Most of that has been alleviated with FFXIV's system.
Although now that I'm getting more and more familiar with FFXIV's party system, a hybrid system would really work even better.
As for the reasons why the current PT system isn't being used I've stated in another thread:
*Low-pop servers: I had a little under 500 on my server. With 117 in Ul'dah alone.
*Currently wonky SP gains
*Some people still may not know how it works
*Guildleves: Either the incentives of gil or staggered nature, leads these for a better option for gaining SP/EXP solo. The rewards for grouping guildleves just aren't worth it.
*No point in leveling DoW/M classes now; everyone is crafting.
*The aforementioned; not that many people know where to get good EXP
*People are NOT leveling in pickups but rather in their LS; I see this a lot with JP (LS only tags in the recruitment window.)
*No other incentives to group; no advanced jobs, rank missions, etc.