The main reason people play competitive games is, y’know, winning. It’s kind of in the name, that you are supposed to compete
Please note that I am not talking about overcoming seemingly-hopeless odds or anything like that. I am stating that it is common sense to back off from a fight you literally cannot win. For example, assume you wanted to PvP in a slicer. You jump a gate into Tribute and on the other side you see The Great Sea of Mobile Large Warp Disruptor II as well as two Nyxes. Obviously, you have to take the fight because anything else is ‘being terrified of a loss.’ Right?
Also, killboards are third-party websites in EVE. They are also 100% voluntary. As long as kill stats are available via API for even an instant, they can be scraped and re-hosted on a separate website, you know, kinda like it happens today. So there’s no middle way here - you either completely remove API kill verification or you don’t do anything.
P.S. What exactly strikes you as ‘risk averse’ about my killboard? Or did you accuse me without any proof whatsoever?