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Several times I've been in a squad with no one marked as squad leader, i.e., there's no star next to the name at the top of the squad list. According to previous questions (one, two, three) the SL should be assigned automatically.

At first I assumed this was a server setting. But today I saw it happen inconsistently: on the same server and map, at one point there was no leader, and at another point there was.

Does anyone know what's happening? My theories:

  1. Display glitch. The top person actually is the SL but just doesn't appear that way. However, I'm 95% sure I was in this situation once when I was at the top of the squad list, and yet I was unable to set objectives.

  2. Server setting. There's server setting I don't understand, for example, a delay in appointing the SL.

  3. Volunteer leaders. There's some way for people to request assignment as a SL. I wish this were true, but previous questions suggest it's not.

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I just had it happen as well. I was list first in the squad but didn't have the star and I couldn't assign objectives. – Daniel Ballinger Nov 7 '11 at 8:11
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It's a bug, and not a display bug, there actually is no squad leader in your squad.

I'm not sure, but I think if you leave and then rejoin the squad, it should update. Will have to test next time this bug happens.

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Thanks for the tip that leaving and rejoining might fix it. I'll try that next time. Either way, accepted answer. – Feral Chimp Nov 6 '11 at 22:27

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