Not sure if it's common, but it's not surprising Like the boss man said, no promises... but really it's a matter of when, not if we get reserved-slots for SM's.
Hopefully BF3 will use the same built-in, "VIP slots" system that we leveraged for SM-slots in BC2. If so, we should have something reasonably quickly. If they changed or omitted the VIP slots, then we'll have to circle back and come up with a 62/64-style solution which will take a little longer.
Star Citizen is an upcoming persistent-universe space simulator being created by Chris Roberts (veteran of the Wing Commander...