I'm not sure if anyone has suggested this here yet (I tried my best to scan at least a couple pages of posts), so, sorry if I'm ripping off anyone's idea, but i think some of you might like this.
The green dot on the gear icon indicates that at least one toon needs that piece on their current ring, if their level qualifies. But what it doesn't show is if a toon will need it on that ring but HASN'T reached the required level. This is important because, currently, if you don't see a dot, you may not attempt to farm that piece under the assumption that NO toon will need it, at least until after they upgrade. And it would be time consuming to research every toon for every gear all the time just in case.
My suggestion: add a yellow dot.
The system is already in place on the inventory screen, in the yellow/green pluses that indicate a piece is ready to craft; yellow meaning you CAN craft it, but can't equip it until you level up. A yellow dot would indicate that a toon could use it to craft a gear that they can't quite equip yet. When selected, the gear would show dimmed clickable portraits of the relevant toons. (The green dot, then, would show a mix of bright toons that can immediately equip and dimmed as described above.)
This is vital for two reasons. One, we often choose what battles to sim based on the gear that may drop, sometimes sacrificing higher credit/shard payouts to do so. This would eliminate unnecessary sacrifice. Two, with regard to the gear challenges, I don't know about other players, but I sometimes, for various reasons including time restraints and battles becoming mundane, choose to ignore a challenge if it currently offers no green dotted gear. Or, I'll autoplay a lower tier to farm a green dot and possibly ignore a more critical piece just because it's not dotted. This would help encourage more efficient farming.
So folks, what do you think? Sound like a good idea? I would think it would be relatively easy to implement, as the dot system already exists, and as I mentioned above, the pluses prove the distinction can be calculated. I would be thrilled to see this show up in a near future update.
And I won't even charge for the idea! Isn't that swell of me?