yeah, i remember my first incursions into WH space with fleets of T3s or Command ships/HACs /Bombers showing on D-Scan. there were also a lot of bubbles making warping around a chore.
nowadays it seems every system is full of abandoned upwell structures or pos towers. there’s usually a scoute or explorer/hauler moving around but most combat ships are strangely absent.
last action i had these days was playing cat and mouse with a Ferox and having to escape a Lachesis camping my mobile depot. really nice guys.
guess the changes to exploration + wormhole related stuff like Drifters, Shattered Wormhole content and a blooming of ships capable of powerfarming the content ended crashing the WH materials market.
but that still doesnt explain why shouldnt people adapt to the income changes instead of abandoning their source of profit. if the ships flied were too costly then you can always downgrade to something cost effective.
i mean, you dont need a cruiser/bc to do C1 sites (C2s are a different animal due to the battleship spawns). a frigate can clear most of the sites and do the full job of salvaging + exploring, and the daily rewards from it are several times bigger than the cost of the vessel so if you loose it you can easily get another and start again.
and im talking T1 basic frigates, not something advanced like navy or pirate. so not only the hull is hella cheap but you can bling it to a degree that its still way cheaper than most of the vessels that are usually suggested and can be used for both PvE and PvP as long as you carry the needed stuff.