AFK cloaking is quite the issue for some people. People sit in your system, cloaked, and you do not know if they are trying to kill you or not. If you undock and kill things they might try to kill you. This makes people not undock because they might lose their ships and don't want to be farmed. They don't want to encourage the person by giving easy kills. However, locking down the system is also appealing to many because many Eve players love inconveniencing other Eve players.
This is seen as a problem because it can not be directly confronted. The unknown is possible ship loss. People dock up and feel under siege The solution of go out and do what you are doing anyway and risk losing your ship doesn't work for many. Some do. Some get in trouble for it maybe.
But as an outside observer I never thought much about it other then wondering why they didn't just work with the situation. I still wonder that but now I also understand how incredibly irritating it is as well. While being AFK cloaky camped in my system does not stop me from going about the rest of my life it is a very irritating situation to be in.
The neighbors have decided to start leaving a cloaked alt in our home system. At first I thought I was just paranoid. But day after day has stretched into week after week. Its been a month now. Maybe more? They even switch them out. The alt is an out of corp scout but the killboard reflects ownership nicely.
My first thought is, am I/my corp really that interesting? Why would someone put a character in system, cloaked somewhere, for hours every day. Are they really watching us? If I am to assume that they understand that we will continue to do whatever it is that we do regardless of them, what are they doing? Did we make them mad by ignoring them because they already bring 2-4 guardians to the party? Are they so geared up for killing us that they are willing to wait for hours and hope that one of us undocks to do some PvE without paying attention?
What are they getting out of this?
I don't know. It wasn't until they started showing up in Bosena as well, sitting AFK in space for hours that I decided my paranoia was founded. My paranoia isn't "oh noes I can't do anything" but more along the lines of why? Isn't it boring? It is not as if we undock legions of blinged, pimp ships. They managed to tackle a drake in an anom. Said drake killed them and bailed before the rest of the fleet (with guardians) landed.
Are we some kind of exotic prey because we ignore them now? They don't talk to us. They just seem to watch us and its weird because I don't think we are that interesting. It is almost stroking my ego but mostly it is making me wonder why or what they are getting out of it.
They haven't shut us down.
They haven't been killing us.
They haven't been doing anything but watching and occasionally trying to jump someone.
They did incap Razor's POS mods but left the POS alone.
Fried commented on it as well last night. I'm glad that it is not just me noticing it. They have followed us to Bosena and spend time watching us and trying to grab our individuals.
Whatever works for them I guess. Attention is attention?