I wasn’t even aware of this being a thing but sure enough If you go into settings, and click edit, the application setting is showing auto-accept and cannot be changed.
However the true setting is reflected on page before you press edit. My team is set to review only, which is on purpose and people can still apply. (And they do)
I’m not sure how you think this means no one can apply, but perhaps in your league it discourages it? As far back as I can recall people have had zero trouble applying while set to review only.
One thing you might try is adding a words to your description instructing people to apply even if full, or to message an officer if they are interested.
I don’t understand why this is the only way. Do you mean the recruit button? That’s pretty much not useful unless you are in silver or bronze in my experience. You will find better results using Facebook, forums, or line recruit chats. Not to mention word of mouth, references from team members, and you can directly message folks you see in chats or in teams.
This game has quite the staff burden, but it’s very possible.
I hate to say it but you are probably in the minority here when it comes to this being a huge problem. PG tends to triage issues factoring in how serious it is and how many people it impacts. I know it’s very important to you, but it’s probably not very high on the priority list for PG. I assume you have submitted a ticket on this already?
While I think they could do a little better, it is quite impossible to have software free of bugs.
Are you sure it’s actually stopping people from applying? I’m sure you can submit a ticket and ask for your team to be changed, if the UI won’t let you. That’s assuming what you are seeing isn’t just a visual glitch. If you want to pm me your team name I can tell you what it looks like from a third party perspective and if there is a button to apply or not.
As far as I know the recruit members button sends out invites even if the team is full and has a checkbox to replace players with low activity. Again, I think most people in the game find this pretty useless and don’t use it, at least not in higher leagues.