Because this topic was discussed before, I’d like to first give suggestion credit to @Sato_Kixx .
However, I’d like to suggest my version of Docking Fees.
Docking Fees apply only to visitors who are not renting and/or not part of a corp that is renting at the station to be docked in. (this helps promote solo players to join corps). They are, of course, free to members of the station.
Docking Fees begin at a flat rate of 10,000 ISK per dock (for a Medium Station, and 25,000.00 ISK for a large station). But for each security decimal lacked, an extra 1000 ISK (2,500 for Large stations) is added to the docking cost. For those not using the station as much, this is almost negligible, for those using the station a lot, this will add a lot.
1.0 System = 10,000.ISK
0.6 System = 14,000.00 ISK
0.2 System = 18,000.00 ISK
-0.5 System if they open to public.: 25,000.00 ISK.
The Dock fee is per-dock, not on size of ship. The convenience is simply, “you can dock here, whatever the reason”.
Docking Fees will be taxed before the majority of the ISK goes to the Master Wallet of the station owners. The tax is based on the CEO’s accounting skill, and the tax % mechanics is equal to that as one would sell an item on the market; the ISK is then received into the MWallet. The Tax deletes the ISK from the game (sink).
Docking Fees will be 0 for members of the Corporation that owns the station. Docking Fees will also be 0 for members of an alliance in which the station owner is part of the alliance, and the visitor is part of the same alliance. Docking Fees will also be 0 for anyone part of a corp that is renting an office at the corp station.
This will justify raising rent prices higher to help with fuel costs and breaking even for placing the station. They will pay one way, or another, pay the docking fee, or rent an office.
Players cannot set the docking fee, that is simply the mechanic of the station, and the point multipliers are based on the security of the system.
This helps with fuel-costs and makes station owning worth while, and increase the demand for stations, and promote more construction of buildings, lowering the prices of stations; this will be balanced out by having more stations to blow up in the future during wars, to then raise the price of structures.
Basically, overall player activity will increase.
The docking price is cheap for infrequent visits, but over-time if doing things too frequently, costly.
For the sake of simplicity and not flooding the accounting books, in the like fashion of how bounties allocate isk from pirate kills, then pays them in bulk to the player’s wallet; so also is it that the dock fees paid for, will be allocated, and then paid in bulk so that the records have less logged entries rather than too many.
And finally, before anyone pays for the docking fee, the prompt will say, “this is your first time docking at this station”, and/or “this station is charging for dock, accept charge for payment?” and they can say yes or no, and to remove the prompt, there is a check box “do not ask me again”.
Now, in the services tab of a station when looking at system, there is a check box also, “auto-pay docking fee per dock, if applicable”, if that is unchecked, the prompt will show up per dock, if checked, it will not show up. And checked or not, the fee will not apply according to the conditions stated above.
Docking fees create more incentives to be more active in the game to make ISK, and to join corporations to gain benefits of not having a dock-fee, whether owning the station, or renting.
In the end, station owners have an easier time with sustaining the station, financially.
This will, at first, grieve solo-players, but in Eve there should be a cost to everything, even playing alone.
You agree to PvP every time you undock, You agree to pay every time you Dock, if applicable.
The convenience of their location, for your profit, should be recompensed some way or another. I have rented offices that are very, very low; but would not mind paying higher, because when I anchor my stations, I would want to have some good ISK for the convenience. (I put myself in their shoes first).