It’s an older post but I think it checks out. Scarcity, mineral redistribution, NPC mining fleets only made things more extreme.
Basically if you mine a system dry it will take belts much longer to respawn than if you left some roids as ‘seeds’. With NPC fleets out there players have lost control over belt respawn rates. But there is a mechanic attached to those fleets, they do not spawn in systems without NPC stations. Try looking for those.
I’ve seen some massive rocks in Kuoka, 5 jumps from Jita.
…then there’s the reasons for the plethora of threads about “why no players in lowsec”
that’s exactly where I am, in a system without an NPC station - but thanks anyway, that post must be out-of-date…
…and I’m here again just after reset so none of the “theories” offered, so far, have any merit
I thank anybody that tried to help though.
Just so there will be no confusion, I didn’t mine it dry - I’m only after one type of ORE so there was plenty left that first day. Maybe NPC miners DID mine out every belt in the system after I was there, no way to know, but I didn’t see any in any belt that first time.
I will say it again: No wonder there’s few players in low sec - miners don’t have anything to mine and gankers don’t have anyone to kill - so the answer to all those threads is “start respawning the asteroids in lowsec and they will come…”