first of all, everybody is doing it anyway, including myself, i would simply like it to be easier. anywho, i really don't see what is all that horrible about being able to invite players into a ranked match waiting to begin. IMO, the only things that should be removed from ranked host options is weapon swapping, friendly fire, and the ability to boot anyone who joins.
to me, 4 guys saying "we will take on any other 4 guys, anytime, anywhere" is the essence of gears of war online, and should be utilized in ranked matches as well as player matches.
this game was founded on 3 principles i thought. cover, flanking, and teamwork. i may not be the best player or anything, but give me 3 buds who always know EXACTLY what my intentions are, and who i KNOW wont quit on me, and we will collectively bring the pain.
plus, it will reduce quitters, and promote rivalries.... which can only make the game better, and more fun.