Exploitation of the said pvers, with the introduction of passive income systems back when we started pos spamming we started to work away from those systems, however, some have been inable to do that because of regional control, or structure. For those the exploiting of pvers is still a big part of the game.
If you ask most of those pvers, if you can mine and be left alone, they will say yes. further more, you can validate that position by how successful the intel channels are, and software built around them for the purpose of allowing people to do pve with out pvp interactions.
As i said, a good amount of players will do some pvp, but of those majority, very few only do pvp.
If you need more meat, and you currently have cows, and your people are starving, would you not consider sheep? or does having a focus on cattle ranching only invalidate the need of survival through a second source?
Lets take another look at this.
Did the war dec system (addition of eligibility) hurt, or help the game? from my perspective i have seen few people complain about it (even pvpers). So was that change bad? Why not?
So would a similar “removal of criminal actions” (Stuff that spawns concord) from high sec be beneficial or positive?
If you throw this bone to the population, i promise it will be good for this game. the pvpers will just migrate back to war dec corps. If this proves to be true, and you release an email to the population (update emails) and it turns out to be good, you have your test sample to prove my positions are merited.
Players always do the most efficient thing. They like the part of the game, and they will try to keep doing it even after this change. Just as null players like null, and continued after foz-sov was added, because they like it. They will just go to war dec spamming, which will result in merc corps becoming more consistent, and structure spam reduced.
Who knows, they might like it, but it keeps their content controlled some where, and helps reach a middle ground.