I get the hate for the Jet- the thing is OP and can easily ruin a lobby. But at the end of the day, if the jet gets nerfed, something else will take its place as an annoying griefer device. I have a feeling that if the jet disappears, Buzzards and Rhinos will be everywhere. But I have played in several public lobbies, and I only once had an issue with a guy griefing in a Lazer.
Private lobbies are where it is at. I Ever since I've played in private lobbies with friends, my game enjoyment has skyrocketed. Trust me, private lobbies are where people should be playing since idiocy is far less likely to happen in those lobbies.
Yeah - as much as I hate to admit, jets are the only real hard counter to tanks. Yeah, you can use stickies and launchers against tanks, but they're pretty easy to avoid, and launchers are very late unlocks.