The two biggest problems faced with managing standings is 1. having ambiguous criteria that between two standing levels (esp. +5 and +10), and 2. having the tendancy to add too many entities to contacts needlessly (esp. -5) and/or not have an easy way of replacing less-important contacts with more-important contacts
Here is how I tackle the criteria issue:
- -10: entities determined to attack you PVP-wise or politically. Always acceptable to preemptively attack.
- -5: established pirate/griefer/ganker groups that actively engage others opportunistically but not “personally” (eg. CODE would fall under this category). Always acceptable to preemptively attack in LS/NS. You can also assign this to scammers, shittalkers, and other assholes that aren’t necessarily PVP threats but that you certainly don’t want to shake hands with.
- -0 (“Negative Zero” = no standing assigned for unknown entities): keep your guard up. Most groups are NBSI for these unknown players (but not structures) in LS/NS, but rules of engagement may vary.
- +0 (“Positive Zero” = assigned 0 standing for known neutrals): keep your guard up, but do not preemptively attack. Think non-aggression pact
- +5: Friendly groups you’ve established diplomatic relations with. Typically groups with mutual permission to enter each other’s territory, or that you would join each other’s fleets (but not necessarily wars), etc
- +10: Coordinated military alliances/coalitions, alts, subsidiary/parent/sibling groups, etc
Not every [xxx] needs to be automatically given a certain standing; however, if you find yourself reaching the contacts limit, it helps if you assign labels to contacts as you add them so you know which “less important” contacts to drop to make room for new ones. In particular, you want to replace individual players with corps or less important players with more important ones (esp. notorious PVPers). Example: I like to give scammers and shittalkers a -5 standing even if they never posed a PVP threat, but if I ever ran out of contacts I’d obviously want to replace those with actual PVP threats, so having a label for those contacts (eg. “Scammer”) would let you choose among those to delete from to make room for new ones.
Also: I customize my overview so that Negative Zero appears with a solid black background to make them very noticeable and easy to identify compared to other entities (including non-players) in the overview.
Shenanigans Section of Post
Destiny and I didn’t break up. She ghosted me. Last I heard she left me for the assistant manager at the Waffle House two blocks over. I’m still waiting for her to be active on Discord again; I miss the emotional abuse. It helped me discover my true self.
Now Geo on the other hand… Now him and I DID break up bromance-wise, but I think we’re on the road to recovery, I think . I miss Geo on the Discord, too, not going to lie. He’s welcome back any time!