Idea: temporary private servers
From time to time people come to IRC asking for help setting up a server because they want a game with friends which is a lot more effort than they expect since it requires hosting a server.
Potential solution: We have way more public servers than we need currently and most sit idle most of the time. We could allow admins to set up their servers to offer "private game mode" which would mean everyone who joins there gets rcon access so they can make the server private, change the config to whatever ruleset/mode they like and invite their friends. When they leave the server would reset itself to the default clean state.
One huge issue is rcon gives people ways to completely ruin the server - e.g.
rcon quit. Might just be easier to offer a wrapper script that restarts the whole process when players leave or it exits. Rcon might also not be a great idea security-wise - it allows listing files (
rcon ls) or causing high CPU usage (
rcon sys_ticrate 0).
Alternatively offer only some commands/cvars - similar to the create menu. Might be able to use the master / moderator system for this.