Assuming this isn’t some fresh faced Alt you only use for forum posting… I’ve got about 9 years of gameplay on you =)
Basing your “decent at mining” on a Rorq with a bunch of Cap sized mining drones is not even close to a proper measurement. The Hulk was the best mining ship around once they actually added the ORE ships. Before that, it was Dessies and BS with a bunch of ordinary mining lasers fitted. Strip miners were a revolutionary addition. But now, yeah, they don’t hold a candle to an AFK dickhead flying a Rorq. Most people don’t want to fly an Exhumer anymore b/c it’s just as easy to AFK an Orca. Toss a couple rigs on it, since those are the only mods that matter for the Mining Drones. And the rest of the fit can be anti-gank or maybe fleet boosting if your friends are poor and can’t afford their own Orcas.
You’re right, the game does need a balance pass. But it doesn’t need increases in how much we mine. It needs a decrease. Bring the mineral levels back down, so NS games can get back to something besides hotdropping 500 Titans on a target. Make Capitals a rarity again, instead of so nauseatingly common it’s ridiculous.