it's their implementation of loot containers, so loot is auto-assigned, but it's still class specific. It's awarding a piece of loot to a certain person, but that loot is specific to their class (unfortunately not necessarily their spec)
So only person person gets the loot. But they at least get something they can equip, bounty hunters don't end up with a random lightsaber for example.
Yes, but then the fact that only certain people get something seems odd. I agree that giving out 8 items per boss on an 8-man Operation would be too much, which is why I'm for removing this system altogether, or at least giving people the choice to return to traditional loot distribution once every Operation and Lockphase.