@Kowalski Nice post, Some things I agree with, others not so much, but very comprehensive and well done. It's a good change of pace to read something with some thought around here.
A lot of people here keep talking about the MX, I say remove the PO7. Pistols are not seriously used to bounty hunt outside of DMV hunting and BH abuse.
On the topic of overall nerfs and rebels wanting them gone, people really need to stop insulting people that vote to remove it. It's evident those in favor of less change are weighted towards people I see that usually just troll towns anyway. Rebels don't want bounty hunter gone because "They are salty they lost a fight" They don't like it because being restrained, either left somewhere or jailed is not fun. This is more of an issue I feel than any of the equipment that BHs get and what they can do.
I'll say getting downed and left in a building was a large factor in me taking a break off of the game. Often I didn't even have a bounty, its just an issue of BHs trolling people to get high off of taking the fun out of others. Even for those that are genuinely bounty hunting, take the fun and mood out of someone else. A rebel who goes to a fight and gets killed is usually fine because he can respawn and is still in control of his experience. This is a basic psychological factor of being in control of yourself. The same reason its generally feels more safe for you to be the driver in the car as opposed to a passenger in a plane, despite the fact that driving is far more dangerous, the control over your own safety provides comfort. The same thing is clearly happening here, when you are downed, restrained, left or jailed, you are forced out of control, and that is discomforting and takes away from the fun and the experience.
Nobody likes jail because you can't do anything, its AFK and make a sandwich time. Being downed is the same thing, there is nothing you can do beyond roll your eyes and set a 10 minute timer before you alt-f4. Honestly, game mechanics that actively encourage the player to close down the game is beyond me, that's not good for player retention, if I get a 45 minute jail time I can almost say for certain I'm done with asylum for the day, because I am going to go find a different activity to go do.
Consider the consequences of bounty hunters and the mechanics that are involved in those consequences rather than bounty hunter itself. Why should someone become a bounty hunter, what should be allowed? Do you want bounty hunters to fetch players that just got a single self defense, lockpicked a single car? Got hit with insurance fraud by a couple of trolls? What happens to the player who is hunted? How will you keep that player from not wanting to log out entirely? A lot of people push for lowered max jail time for this reason.
Also please do something about Bounty Hunter abuse, getting killed is fine, being downed and dragged around so I can't play makes me want to alt f4. Literally the only people who like the fact that you can get away with this are trolls.