I came across this gem tonight and was amused by it for much of the evening.
I've been reading AFK cloaking threads off and on. I realized, as I read this one today, that people really are under siege by this.
I couldn't understand why. There are neutrals in the systems that I go into all of the time. I try to scout myself, avoid gatecamps and watch for combat probes as I do things.
I understand that I may explode/will explode at any time. Its all part of daily life.
I don't live in nullsec. I venture down there sometimes to rat and sometimes to roam. I don't pretend to understand how nullsec works for people, how the large alliances work, and etc.
It just never occurred to me that it would really shut people down.
I've had my days when I fret a bit. There are six stations in my home system and I can't be bothered to check them all to see if a neutral party is docked up on not. Plus, they may undock at any time. So, I go about my day.
It puzzles me that people cannot/do not.
Some comments about lockdown orders when there is an neutral in system. Everyone is to dock/pos up.
Lockdown orders... hmm... why?
The risk is that a ship might be lost. That is a common risk, so why worry about it until the attack happens or the ship is lost? Sure, it could be a cyno and then they hot drop and all that type of thing but that's part of the game as well.
So, it seems it cloaking in a system and causing the residents to slow to a stop is a popular tactic. I thought it was mostly an Intel type of situation. See who comes and goes, what they fly, where they live. Yet it is truly a tactic that can shut down an entire systems operations. It is taking the risk that they are there and able to hurt you and deciding that the possible loss is worth more then the actual lost productivity.
It just would not occur to me to stop everything. Maybe if I had blinged out ships or something. Still, there are reams of people that are being camped into their systems by someone that may or may not be there.
When they know the person is there will will probably be to late to not have an engagement at hand. I think I assumed that anyone living in nullsec expected that type of thing at any moment.