If you gank in starter systems, you get banned. Simple as that.
Also, the bounty system was indeed inherently flawed, and I guarantee that someone in CCP did introduce a charater age value, but because it wouldn’t really change anything, it didn’t get past concept.
Okay double post to this thread but what would spark interest in Highsec is the ability to turn anyone teal (at an isk cost) to 1v1 engage in pvp with but limit by ship class. ie Orca vs Orca. Barge vs Barge… Venture vs Venture.
CCP needs to apply the bounty fix to many other game mechanics that lead to abuse. Ganking, griefdecs, and belligerent asteroid destruction (BAD) using griefing crystals to deny availability of ore to innocent, hard-working players, all need to be addressed and improved by CCP just like bounties were.