I'm confused. First, you already do have that option. It's called Passive mode and the game already has it. You can go in and out of it whenever you like and it doesn't disappear after 24 hours. It's also free.
If you don't want to be bothered in the lobby while you drive around you can choose an Invite Only lobby.
The other thing is the lobby isn't the game. It's the lobby. You should understand that while you're there you're in a fight with 15 other players. Playing the game is not driving around town. Robbing stores, stealing cars, armored vans, are just optional methods to get cash. If you're playing you're doing Jobs and nobody needs to be passive during a job for any reason.
The only thing I've ever said was a good idea was that when a new players finish the intro race that they be put in a lobby just with the people who were just introduced to the game. That way you only have people who can punch you. You would be able to stay in that lobby as long as you wish with little or no threat as you built up to Level 5 and were able to purchase your first apartment. Also, that group tends to be less unfriendly as they're all getting their bearings and talking to each other. This is the point when you could get a Crew started if you like.
In response to the first paragraph; Passive mode in this game is a joke. You can be hit by a car, ran over by a tank, parked on, shot while driving, and probably most humiliating being killed by a fire truck spraying you with water. Even if new players knew about passive mode right off the bat they still are easy targets.
Yes invite only session is definitely an option, but if a player is new to the game I doubt they will play by themselves especially because they might not have friends that play online or that just aren't on.
The next thing has nothing to do with this discussion, if players would just kill other players in deathmatches and not be ignorant pricks in FM then this wouldn't be an issue, but they do and that's the point of my thread.
Yes this is already implemented, they are sent from the first race with Lamar to a lobby with other people who just finished the race (low new levels). But after that initial lobby they are in the heat of it. I went through it and I was fine, but others have a hard time just getting into a car when some high level comes and tries raising their K/D on them for a bit because the other player can't defend themselves. And even if they go into passive mode they can still be ran over or shot once inside a car.
We don't need any more protections in the game, except maybe a slightly more effective passive mode. We already have passive mode and invite only lobbies. I don't even think low levels should have been given the DLC guns. You stand a better chance at fighting players as you progress through the game, who would have f*cking thought? We don't need all this care bear bullsh*t.
That is the whole freaking point of this discussion. Everything else you said was irrelevant to the topic. If a player is new and is an open target they should have a way of disabling the threat. As of now we dont have no PVP sessions, so this is the best solution to the problem I can think of and it is probably the easiest to enable.
In you first statement you say that "Passive Mode is a joke". Passive mode is what you are asking for and unfortunately, this is as good as it gets. If you're in a lobby being Passive and unable to react then what's the point of being in the lobby at all? Just jump into some jobs while in your apartment... problem solved.
I was aware of Passive mode instantly and although Invite was not instantly aware to me it was in short order. The idea that you "think" that players don't know about it is irrelevant. It is there and if you do the research you'll find it. The game doesn't need to spoon feed players.
Your statement that people wouldn't be "pricks in FM" is truly what lies at the heart of the discussion. You're tired of being killed, which is your problem and not everyone else's. Again, you have been given multiple options to get out of the problem and you choose not to take it, but complain about it "not being good enough." Take the options and don't worry about anyone else. They can take care of themselves. I for instance never had a problem with open lobby, grievers or anything. I had fun and I, opposed to your feelings, believe that players like it that way and would be upset if it changed.
I have seen low level guys popped into missions with me and I'm very high level from two characters. My point again was not to be put in with ALL the new players, but to be put in JUST with the players you just opened the game with.