Here’s my take, which likely is just going to be buried in this crazy long thread…
I enjoy the game, and I like the ever-present danger even in high-sec. However, I do think that the non-stop wardecs can be quite an annoyance for small corps that simply can’t defend or don’t want to. Everyone says “just drop to NPC for the duration”, which works fine - but again, just becomes an annoyance.
How so? Here’s my situation. I have a very small corp that caters only to some close friends and family members. These people have zero interest in pvp. It used to be that we’d chug along fine in our corporation, some liked to mine, some more the industrialist, some liked to play space-trucker. They accepted the risk or ganks, part of the game. Once in a great while we’d get wardec’d. But these days - the wardecs are nearly constant. We don’t have citadels or POCOs. As others have said, we’d get wardec’d by huge corps/alliances that have 70-100 active wars already. I watched one rep fly into an area in a shuttle and wardec every corp in system.
“Just drop to an NPC corp.” Yep - but that harms our little group of players, as all sense of belonging to a group dies. We can’t easily share items with corp hangers, lose the corp chat, etc. I’ve directly seen it harm retention.
Solution to this problem - social corporations. They’ve been brought up in the past. Basically, allow a lower-level of corp that has only a couple of the advantages of a corp (chat channel, corp hangers, etc), and no-wardecs-allowed of being in an NPC corp. HOWEVER, you don’t get to have any structures (citadels or POCOs), and you still get taxed the NPC tax rate.
Some might whine, “aaaaah but now people can hide in a social corp!” Well, they can hide in an NPC corp as well.
Some might say, “If you don’t want to PVP don’t play a PVP game!” Why wouldn’t you want these players? You can still suicide gank them if you want. They pay for accounts and help fund the continuation of a game you like. And maybe if their social corp grows and wants to expand into structures and pvp, they’ll flip that switch and become that kind of content.