Edited by: Marcus Gideon on 26/07/2011 04:15:31
A key factor in making an operation "black" is that it is carried out with great secrecy; in many cases no official records of the operation are kept.
So here's my idea for improving Black Ops, and making them far more useful than they are currently.
1) Let them use the Covert Ops Cloak.
CCP gave in and let the Bomber use it. Just accept the fact that the Black Ops is part of the CovOps family, and let it use the right cloak. This alone would greatly improve the usefulness. No longer would you have to stick out like a sore thumb as you warp through space.
2) Here's where the "black" part comes in. Give the ship a gang bonus, handed down through fleet leadership positions, which removes subordinates from Local. Either a role bonus of the ship itself, or with a unique ganglink.
So long as the BlkOps pilot has Leadership trained, he can occupy the Squad Leader position. Then everyone in his squad, in the same system, will be removed from the Local roster. They can still chat in Local, but they're faces won't immediately populate the list when they enter system.
And if the BlkOps pilot happened to have Fleet Command trained, he could pass the bonus down to the entire fleet. Once again, only those members under him, who are in the same system. But this would provide a very useful tactical advantage.
Making it a ganglink would make it more "fair" since the BlkOps would have to decloak to provide the bonus. While making it inherent would make more sense, since it could stay cloaked.