The dashboard like zKillboard has its advantages and disadvantages. As an advantage - it is a statistically informative source of data, while as a disadvantage - it is a hyped object, over which many players are very focused to get more “green” stripes than “red” ones. Being a rookie pilot in a big fleet you can get more green stripes in one day than any solo flying veteran during a month. More red stripes doesn’t mean only that the pilot is a noob or whatever, it just means that he is playing a different game also, which can’t generate green stripes. If to talk about pure PVP, than I’ll be more concerned to be in a systems with a player with a lot of red and green stripes and solo kill ratio over 50% (not due to his ALTs) than with one with a green dashboard and gangs kill ratio over 90%. I can’t call players focused on the zKillboard bad, good, elitist or something else, even if they using smartbombs in fleet. More red or green stripes means that player is active, a learning process, mistakes and successful situations.
For example, I want to share few scenarios from my small zkillboard dashboard.
My first Alpha Probe was destroyed at Hagilur gate just because he was on Autopilot. I passed that system few minutes before that and nobody were there. I though, what can happen?
My second AFK Alpha Probe was destroyed because I warped at a safe spot in low-sec and, at that time, I was sure that those bookmarks are truly safe. Well, that way I found the existence of Combat Probes and that there can be somebody in the middle of nowhere also which can scan you down at that moment.
I lost like a bunch of expensive ships in PVE due to DC and low SP (by doing burner missions). I lost a couple of Worms by doing Burning Talos missions. So, there I found that a simple unlucky orbiting isn’t enough to survive, just because there is a point at which you have like zero angular velocity with one of three Taloses (which can 1 shot a Worm). So, that way I found - you can do burner Talos missions in a cheap Worm by navigating manually with max angular velocity relative to each of Taloses. My Internet speed is 100 Mb/s, but due to these random DCs, I’m not doing high-tier Abyssals or Null-sec roams in a T3 Cruiser and, just because of it, my zKillboard hasn’t respective “stripes”.
Finally, recently I got my last red zKillboard stripe in Fountain in an interesting scenario. Well, during my current nomadic trip across Fountain, I become somehow bored by scanning possible WHs and Relic Sites. Those current Fountain dwellers - Initiative Associates - new Initiative renters. System after system, as soon you jump into a system, like one or two VNI fly towards their docks. How much cost per system is Fountain renting - 3B or 5B ISK per month? Looks like half of those dwellers are refugees from upper Cloud Ring and Pure Blind/Fade systems since Summerset War and Snuff’s “Pure Blind” expansion. They are very painstaking with their renting activity - looks like it’s hard to afford renting and I found that not many Relic sites are available around.
I decided to move towards Aridia. Suddenly, I entered in a system with 2 foes in Local. Looks like that one in a VNI is an ALT to another one in an Astero, which scanned something. I decided to scan those signatures also and voila - two Relic Sites closely situated to each other. Well, that guy docked his VNI and began to hack the cans uncloaked. He was like “It’s mine!”. I decloaked at a spot not so far from the second Relic site and he didn’t reacted i no way. I warped there and began to MWD towards the farthwest can in that site with my Stiletto. As soon I did that, in a few seconds, he warped in also. So, I decided to kite around a bit. Hmmm? This guy must be from Gallente/Caldari FW operations and come here to make money or whatever. Because the “cone” D-scan mode is frequently well practiced by FW pilots to check plexes for possible targets. Soon after that, I warped away and left the system for two minutes and then come back again.
As you suppose, the VNI docked again and the guy sits in the first site. I warped towards the second site at 100 km and in two seconds, after I landed, the guy appeared there at 0km. Just imagine, he warped there forwardly to land at the same time as I did. That was the sign to get out of there, because this guy know what he is doing. Ahh, I remember my FW time with my ALT. But what I can do with my interceptor? I’m not flying armed exploration ships with EWAR systems and that Astero, if is blinged, he can tank like a beast, like a Cruiser. So, I decided to play a veeery risky game with this renter - to ninja relic cans - I decided to use my agile and fast interceptor, to jump from site to site by hacking a random can while he is in warp. I didn’t jetisioned my cargo at a safe spot by thinking “if this guy will catch me, than he deserves it”. But I did a mistake, - I didn’t took into consideration that the distance between sites is too small, his Astero is very agile also and he warped uncloaked which removes the 5 sec locking delay after decloaking. Therefore, I warped at a distance to the first site and cloaked by aligning towards the second one. He did the same thing and released his droners by flying in opposite direction, by showing that he has a bad align time and can’t warp until he will scoop the drones back. I decloaked and warped towards the second site and, as a second mistake, I choosed the same can as previously there by MWD towards the can. I was able to hack like 50% of the scheme and I saw a landing Astero on the grid. That was very fast, like 7 sec interval. I’m not sure, but I think he left his drones there to not waste time. Moreover, surprisingly he didn’t land at a beacon, which is 50km away, but at 15 km from me.
Just imagine! That dude made a bookmark near that can as soon he saw me there firstly, without any plans or escalating intentions that these kind of things can even happen! Well, my cloak was on CD (15 sec) and at that moment I was bumped by a can and wasn’t enable to warp fast in an opposite direction. I was like “Well done!”. He only scrambled my ship and began to shoot with Drones, as soon he noticed that my fit is without AB - he stopped for a while and brought the VNI for killmarks. Even loot “fairy said yes” and he got under 70M ISK, which costs as much as his Astero or VNI.
So, this is a short story behind that single red strip on zKillboard and, as I mentioned above, in solo scenarios these stories are much more bright and experienceful than in trivial fleets. But fleets have their stories no doubt. I don’t think that the actions to stack killborad points by any means is wrong thing, but in EVE it turns a lot of players from risky operations, from content scenarios, even bad content scenarios, because nobody want to lose anything and nobody wants to have a “red” dashboard which even doubles a passive activity.
BTW. I’m in Stain for over a week currently. In which system are you living, Aaron? I’m going to leave Stain soon, because I’m like tired with this mad exploration marathon here. So, I would like to visit the system of famous Aaron before that…