My mistake was going to /r/eve on Reddit. Every nugget of useful information found there must be paid for by wading through post after post and comment after comment of nonsense.
I happened to wander in just after a post went up where somebody was outraged about CCP suppressing their freedom of speech. We’re big on that this week since somebody said something we seem to agree with. We’ll be down on it again as soon as somebody we don’t like says something we disagree with. I guarantee it.
In this case the person in question appears to have been dropping mobile depots around Jita and naming them with messages supporting the protest in Hong Kong.
A CCP GM sent him a warning, which he posted in full, that he had been reported for “deliberately creating lag by excessive spamming of structures in a high population system.” This was just a warning, it contained no sanction, just a link to the policies and an admonition to not do it again.
Now, I have to admit that I figured he must have been dropping A LOT of mobile depots to get that sort of warning. I have reported on some of the things that people get up to with mobile depots in the past.
In that scenario you need to drop a lot of mobile depots to stand out. As such, they seemed pretty sure that they were being singled out for political speech.
I suspect that the comments that came in reply to the post almost immediately were not what they were expecting. Rather than support for Hong Kong the poster found people angry about them bringing politics into the game or thinking they had a right to free speech given the terms of service to which they had agreed. The responses were nasty and the poster returned fire in kind.
I took a minute to log in an alt I had sitting in Jita and undocked to check out the mobile depot situation. Unlike the screen shot above, Jita 4-4 seemed bereft of mobile depot spam. Dscan showed a total of 8 withing the limits of scan range. I checked a couple of the gates and found a few more, but mobile depots were not out in force.
So I went back to Reddit and replied, mentioning my observation of the current situation and asking the poster if they were sure if they were being uniquely targeted, because it seemed to me that CCP was trying to clean up the usual spam around Jita 4-4.
I received a short, apologetic response and the post was deleted. Or as deleted as such things can be. Nothing on the internet for more than a few minutes is ever gone for good.
I was actually a bit surprised at that response. I have grown so used to people being unwilling to shift their point of view even an iota on the internet, people so keen to favor only facts that support their initial assumption and so ready to discount immediately anything that runs contrary to their contrived narrative.
It is just the way people tend to be. I have long held the opinion that people make decisions first and fill in the supporting evidence needed to get there after the fact. I catch myself doing that. Some times it doesn’t matter. Picking some music to listen to doesn’t require supporting facts. Buying a new car though, or picking who to vote for, or making accusations of bad behavior, that should probably be based on facts, though I am quite convinced that is not the case more often than not.
Anyway, I was thinking about this in the context of the next couple of weeks. We have EVE Vegas coming up next weekend and BlizzCon after that. Both companies, CCP and Blizzard, are in bad odor with some of their player base. No matter what they say at their respective events, some people are going to look for the worst, darkest, most damming interpretation of what is said and done.
It is one thing to speculate. I do that all the time. You get a few points of data and it is natural to try to string together a narrative or a motivation. It is a natural response and can be fun. Interesting discussions can come from such things.
Just don’t go full Gevlon and stop listening to facts that might contradict your carefully crafted conspiracy theory. Be the person in my story instead.