Ok, let's take it one by one.
So you would rather have credits taken from someone for quitting which means they are directly impacted in a negative way (meaning your disconnections, people quitting last round, and the other examples you listed) rather than have a trivial penalized?
100% YES. Also it seems that others prefer this too.
That does not make sense to me, first you say this is pointless since it doesn't hurt the quitters so it does nothing to stop them. Then you say that this unfairly hurts them and should be changed.
It does make sense just fine but I’ll explain it anyway. It is pointless because the quitters are not aware of the penalty and they will keep quitting and it is also unfair to them because you give them the option to quit and move on to the next game faster without telling them about the consequences.
Now you say you do care about rank after all when it is trivial and want to be docked sm credits.
Once more let’s get this clear. I NEVER SAID THAT I DO NOT CARE ABOUT THE RANKINGS.
There is not even a single word of mine that could imply this.
Your argument seems rather counterintuitive to me here
There is nothing counterintuitive here. 1 problem that needs to be fixed. 5 solid reasons why this is a problem. 1 suggestion for fixing it.
and I certainly think that people should not have something taken away from them that they have earned (credits).
You already take something from people that have already earned and this is rankings! If you believe that it is too much to deduct credits then do not do it! Just don’t award credits for quitted games. It is already suggested. But affecting rankings for people that want to compete is just too much.
Rank matters to people simply because of pride and it provides a bit of deterrent which is what we want but it also does not truly negatively impact them in a way that hurts them like your idea proposes. In my opinion your idea would drive players away from the game which is never a good thing.
I wouldn’t agree with this. Rankings are the most important thing for people that put time and maybe money to a game that want to compete on. They simply want a fair ranking system. I don’t know if it is about pride or if it proves anything (and it is not relevant with the discussion) but I know for sure that everyone that cares about rankings has his own reasons and will not stay to a game with problematic rankings. SMs are something that can be earned easily or even bought and they do not mean much. Also, quitters will get the message right away when they will see their SMs go down and they will stop quitting. So no-one quits, no-one loses SMs, no-one leaves the game.
You don’t like that? Just do not award them anything.
If there is something to those 5 reasons that still confuses you please let me know.
By the way, there are better solutions to this but more tricky to be implemented. Current suggestion is an easy fix though.