edit: +1 if we do boots over last 3mos
-1; boots over the past 100 games is far too short a window, especially for high-activity players who get through 100 games fast or low-activity players for whom the "100 game" window is <100 games (because the window also seems to have some sort of time-expiry logic, iirc). It's worth knowing people's numbers outside the 100 game window; for example, my 165 boots evidence my tendency to rack up boots when I retire from a high-activity period, which is 100% worth knowing if someone is considering inviting me to a longer-term event that I might abruptly retire in the middle of. I've only been booted in 1 of my last 100 games, but that has little predictive value when you consider I tend to rack up boots in batches of dozens at a time rather than have a stable boot rate.
Observers of a profile can choose to interpret the total boot count however they wish. The "branding" is done by the observers, not the system itself.
As a counterproposal, I think the "over 100 games" window should be expanded to "in last 3 months," with the total boot count dropped from profiles. Then the added value of the total boot count is minimal, because 3 months is forever on Warzone. "100 games" just don't work because that's not the same length of time for everyone.
the total boots statistic creates incentive to "start over" from an alt without the ugly number.
I'm not convinced this "starting over" would play out differently. Players start over to reset profile statistics in general, not just the boot count- in the casual scene, most of the "starting over" I've seen has been to reset win rate, not boot count. Boot count being the profile-tainting stat seems kind of rare, tbh, compared to stuff like win rate or name changes.
Edited 10/17/2021 06:29:42