I strongly disagree, and believe it’s a permanent requirement.
It lets you know who you’re playing with. Matching names to SteamIDs in case a hacker needs to be reported.
It also lets you know the active clans, and their sizes. You can know who you want to fight against, and who wouldn’t be a fair fight. It lets you immediately ‘size up’ clans.
Plus it tells you the current levels of the servers players. You can tell at a glance who has been there for a while, and who has just joined.
It’s a requirement for muting players as well, which is a feature required for consoles and which cuts down on harassment.
The alternative is for more experienced users to just use BattleMetrics to see whether players from other clans are online. Removing the player list doesn’t fix that. That is what we used before to do the same thing. It gave an unfair advantage to experienced players, so we got a better (in-game) tool that does the same thing.
The player list was a huge gain when it was added, and now you’re asking for it to be removed?