I want to add my opinion and hope it is factored into the final version of a “Fixed” war dec system, I understand there is no stopping this change.
I believe in the vision of war that CCP has in this official Helpdesk post: https://support.eveonline.com/hc/en-us/articles/204873262-Known-Declared-Exploits
Common Misconceptions about Exploits
Constant War Declarations
War Declarations are a risk that every player corporation has to face and they are under no circumstances considered harassment. Wars in general can be completely avoided by remaining in an NPC corporation.
Formally organizing and creating a player corporation has and should always involve risk. I personally do not think wars are a risk that needs to be taken away. NPC corps exist, there is nothing stopping anyone from organizing informally with in game chat channels and other out of game tools. The potential for a social space is there, you do not need to be in a player corp to cultivate it. Just look at groups like Bombers Bar and others that are able to organize all kinds of unconnected people incorporating them into a social space. (I think they killed a Titan a little while ago!)
For me, the biggest improvements would be revamping the UIs around the war mechanic, kind of how the UI for planetary interaction was revamped. Wars were clearly designed around the idea of group A fighting group B, each war is self-contained. I don’t see enemies of my enemy as an ally even when we are in a war with the same groups (Faction warfare has the militia mechanic). If you and I have been war dec’ed by the same group, I cannot formally offer you assistance. There are many other things around this idea that I can expand on, such as better documentation of involved game mechanics. In the interest of brevity, I will not go into more here.
I get that this is an area that has been neglected and over time, and in that void, gameplay surrounding empire wars evolved to something that has garnered a bad connotation. Maybe because of that CCP feels they need to make a change that is visible to try and reverse that negative feeling.
I think the point I am trying to make is that this specific change will limit how I play the game, and I don’t like it. I have been playing this game for a while and I like where I am at right now. With this and other recent changes, I have been impacted. It feels like I keep ending up on this constant losing end of changes when, from my perspective, the things being changed are not fixing problems.