So, I was thinking of how this current gym system could be improved for everyone, both casual and hardcore players alike, and I've come up with an idea for how the gyms could be changed in the future.
So firstly, gyms would keep the motivation system to prevent stagnation(although at a much lower decay rate than now), and still feature six permanent slots when a team claims it. Like it is now, you can only put in one of each species per gym. Gym placement would be completely random, to be fair. AFTER a team has held a gym for 24 hours straight, without any turnover, a new permanent spot will open up, allowing another player to add to the gym, with a limit of 10 max spots per gym.(this would encourage some competitiveness)
Players would get 1 coin every half-hour they spend in a gym, and coins would be collected on a real-time basis.(you would see a coin pop up on your screen every half hour). Each gym will have a max of 25 coins per day that you can collect from it, but you could get a max 100 coins per day with 4 gyms.(encourages holding down an area for your team)
Now here's the cool part: if you have a gold gym badge in a gym, and someone is fighting your gym, you will get a push notification, and if you respond in time, you can use ONE of your pokemon to help the gym defender fight off the attacker(s), PVP style, from anywhere you are! (Remote feeding will also scale in effectiveness based on your gym badge. )
So what do you guys think?