The fact that you got one of our Broker-fee-love trolls to react so strongly tells reasonable people that you are dead on target.
We’re rather internet famous, at least on Reddit, for our forum trolls. The one that keeps using short insults for everyone has shown up in screenshots.
Your example of step-by-step on how smaller traders can be blocked is good, and I imagine it can get even more interesting if the Goons go more economic and start occupying and then deserting swaths of the market.
For the next week or so, we’ll probably have some fog of reality in the market conditions.
We’ve got COVID-19 out there forcing folks to stay home, and thus we may see a flood of new players from folks looking for something to do. This may last a week or two.
We’ve still got folks learning the new market. I’m seeing large commitments of liquidity into orders that can be blocked just as you described. Folks are going to learn expensive lessons from that.
We’ve got the skills for kills event for the next month, but I can’t predict how that might affect market conditions. Shooting in high-sec still gets you CONCORDed if you aren’t at war, so the additional motivation for PvP there is still balanced by the cost of the loss of your own ship. And you still can’t declare war against those that don’t have deployed structures, so maybe the effect of the (s)kills event will be close to nil.
In addition to the inflow of new people, we’re looking at an outflow of older players, at least in terms of participation. That brings up questions as to how fast the new folks will learn the lessons of this new market and what the ratio will be of whether they’ll get discouraged or stay around to influence the market with their buying and selling habits.
But, again, as to the forums, we’ve got some regular negative posters here, so one expects to have their thread contribution acquire some verbal fertilizer quickly. Don’t let that be a discouragement to posting highly informative work such as your post.
We do have a recent addition to the ‘pull down and discourage everyone on a subject’ posting list, one that has embraced the mantra of ‘stop all discussion of the Broker Fee’ in such a complete way that I have to wonder if their employment is on the line or something. Like, if the broker fee gets removed, will this particular forum poster lose their job or suffer some similar consequence?
My stance is that if the fee does not get removed, many players will depart and the result of that will be that many CCP employees will lose their jobs as the company loses support from PA and downsizes or closes. So I’ll continue to stand for a reversal of March 10th’s major fee.