A noticably larger percentage of the playerbase is bots now than 5 years ago. Bots were much less of an issue when space was more dangerous with more active players to pew-pew them.
To give a point of comparison:
I have baited mission runners for a very long time. 5 years ago I could bait for weeks without seeing a single bot. And it makes sense. There were way too many (mostly player-driven) variables back then and way more PvPers.
Now? There’s parts of High-Sec where close to half of the mission runners are bots. Kakakela and the surrounding zones near Jita for instance. If you bait there you’ll notice that the systems that only get level 4 missions will be mostly Raven bots. I know they were bots too because after reporting them repeatedly I got evemail confirmation (albiet 3 months later, which shows you the other part of the problem. CCP inaction) of the account (in)actions.
I think we’re being gas-lighted folks.
CCP is doing no differently than any other major gaming company nowadays by paying LIP SERVICE but PURPOSEFULLY waiting to ban the bots until AFTER a financial quarter ends. By which point the bots have already profited and just sub a new bot. It’s about to get EVEN WORSE with these new expert skills they’re releasing.