I lift OFF sprint key and for some reason I STILL SLID and died from it.
I was just discussing this with a friend who is new to the game and mentioned it to me asking if there was a way to disable it. While I find the feature useful at times, I do think an option to disable it is needed, as it's quite situational and in most cases you can simply keep sprinting to cover or wherever you wanted to slide to. Another thing, in hardcore it is significantly less useful as you travel less in a slide than in casual play. Hopefully this is noticed and implemented, I feel like there are many more who would feel this way about it.
In general you are right , the games difficulty is so high on custom servers with high bot counts that you better just walk most of the time ( in ready to fire position ) to have a good chance to react on enemy encounters.
But there are situations where you have to move quickly from cover to cover ( for example : cross a street or a an open area where you don´t have any hard cover to be safe behind )
I think it would be a good thing to just be able to hipfire while you are sliding ( just like in the older game GRAW : Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter )
That was an awsome feature to slide and being able to kill 1 or 2 enemies during that slide in full auto fire ( it mostly cost you a full magazine but at least it worked very well in close distances ).