So having witnessed how a large fleet of ships can basically take down a citadel while its defenses succeed in getting exactly ZERO kills of the ships attacking it, and while a much smaller number of ships that came to defend decided to sit it out as they would only have been feeding this huge fleet kills, it became clear to me that citadels need new ways to defend themselves.
So it occurred to me… why not put MORE weaponry on citadels, that MORE players who are in the citadel could man. This way the dozen of us who showed up to the defense (against 100+), could at the very least have a fighting chance of making the attackers have to PAY a bit of a higher price for their assault. Rather than just throwing our own ships at the blob to pad their killboards. We sit in separate seats inside the citadel with weaponry available to us.
The citadel owner could of course designate who is permitted to use these weapons, be it only corp members, alliance members, +10, +5 people, individuals, those with certain roles, etc…
Additionally, it might be helpful to beef up a citadels defenses by virtue of how players are in the citadel at the time working to defend it. This could be limited to just those who are part of the War decced corp/alliance, or anyone who is manning guns at the time. So say if you’re manning a gun, you also bring online additional ways to harden the structure. Maybe they can employ modules in an cooperative way to increase weapon damage, or to repair parts of the citadel, etc… Say one sends out a swarm of fighters, while another reps them.
If there are not enough gun slots available for people to man (and perhaps this should be a very high number), then simply being preset in the structure at the time could maybe count toward improving the defenses. Imagine if you will, a bunch of carebares who use a particular market that is under assault, could beef up its defenses simply by all gathering inside the structure during the assault. The market owner puts out the call to please come to the citadel at the designated time, simply to beef up its weaponry, shields, and other defenses. Anyone inside (maybe limited to Omegas) increases the power of the shields and weapons.
In any event, it should NEVER happen that a citadel engaged in employing its weaponry against a large fleet of ships, winds up doing NO damage to the invaders. They lost nothing for their effort in attacking the citadel despite the owners best efforts to at least give them a black eye (or even a chipped nail).