The group locator system in SWTOR can use a little work. Okay, actually… it can use a lot of work. A group finder or LFG system is very important in MMORPGs where it is an essential part of the game. There is nothing more annoying that wanting to do a quest or group phase and having to sit around spamming in the general chat channel looking for people to help you out. This is boring and time-consuming and it can be frustrating enough to affect the overall appeal of the game.
This is why BioWare says they are already in the works on an improved LFG system. GameZone reports how BioWare says this is high on their list of features to add to the game:
“Improving our LFG system is high on the list of features that Systems Design wants to add to the game,” said BioWare’s Damion Schubert. “We want this to be good not just for helping people find Flashpoints and Operations to run, but also other multiplayer content like heroic missions.”
In the longterm scheme of things, a LFG system will be absolutely essential. In a game like this, it will be too tedious and difficult to try to get groups and complete Flashpoints without a great LFG system. I would be very interested in learning more about what BioWare is working on regarding this new system and how they plan to create it.
You can read more in the official forums on the matter.