Lets get this straight. The idea of a cloak taking fuel is terrible. It punishes everyone, hurts wormholers WAY more than the stupid AFK cloaky campers, and is a lazy solution to a different problem.
What is the issue at hand? It isn’t campers, and it isn’t a cloak. CCP you want people to play your game, not punish them. If people are actively camping, or actively using a cloak this is good news for you. Your issue is with those you log on at down time, then cloak and they walk away.
How do you fix the issue of afk cloaking in NS - easy. We fix it at the NS level. A tower can be built, 1 per constellation. It’ll have an umbrella in light years set to what ever distance you want - I’m in favor of it not cover the entire constellation. When you activate the tower it sends a pulse through it’s umbrella and de-cloaks everyone hit by it. Give it like an hour cooldown, but it has to manually activated so that bots can’t just recloak on consentient intervals. Those who are actively playing you game will just cloak up and this is good. You get intel - yes they are active, don’t rat. Those who are AFK will be scanned down and killed because they wont re-cloak. Then, go rat. Would you look at that, AFK camping is solved, you didn’t hurt wormholers, and null-bears get to build a new structure with their space Legos.
If you go down the route of fuel you hurt me. A wormholer who assumes someone is already cloaked and waiting before I even jumped into the system. Someone who goes wormhole to wormholes for hours. A person who has a cargo full cap batteries because its J-space, nuets are your best friend. Someone who can’t make fuel because of our lovely ice changes. The people who you hurt the most with this change CAN’T EVEN MAKE THE FUEL IN THEIR SYSTEM.
Then lets talk about the m3 of it all. You’re asking cov-ops ships to have fuel. They have a already small cargo bay. You hurt your new bro explorers. How about bombers? You know how much m3 a bomb takes? And you want us to fit fuel on top of it, what about ti-di fights how much fuel do you want a bomber to have, and how do you expect them to fit it?
The idea of a cloak taking fuel is a simple fix, and a bad fix. Don’t take the lazy approach.