So I was queued for a heroic on my hunter while doing Klaxxi dailies. While doing the Rampage Against the Machine quest (the kunchong vehicle quest), a queue pops. Since I was in a vehicle, it did not put me in the instance right away.
I looked at the group members and I see that they are in Gate of the Setting Sun. Good, I needed a few items from there. So I said "sec, vehicle" in party chat and finish off the last 50 or so mantid for the quest, which took about a minute and a half. As it loads me out of the vehicle, I am votekicked from the group. Mildly annoyed, I go to requeue for heroics. After all, it was only a 10 minute queue in the first place. However, I open up the LFD menu to see "You recently deserted a group and cannot queue again for: 29 minutes 45 seconds."
I realize this is probably a bug, but if this is seriously Blizzard's idea of a functional LFD kick system, they must be out of their minds. I can point out right from the beginning that it says quite clearly on the the menu is for DESERTING a group, and the debuff states that I ABANDONED a group, when I was voted out by other group members. I never even got to teleport to the instance. Basically, because a group of players was too impatient to wait less than two minutes for me to port in, I have to wait for not only the 15 minute dungeon cooldown, but also the extra 15 minutes from the deserter debuff on top of that, while being told that I have to wait extra because I abandoned my group.
Before going on a rant here about the stupidity of such a system, I decided to google search "vote kick and deserter", and found several people experiencing the same thing. Here is a little gem where someone gives his account, and a blue poster responds, saying that it is not intended and the issue is "currently under investigation".
Date posted? August 9 2011. 16 months ago. How about that 'investigation'?
So I learnt a lesson today: Don't risk getting votekicked in instances, because you will be blocked from LFD for half an hour due to your clear abandonment of the group, and this issue is apparently too complex to solve within even a year.