I. WHAT IS RISK AVERSION?
Aversion to risk. A strong dislike of, and/or disinclination to take, risk.
II. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN IN AN EVE CONTEXT?
Near as I can tell, rationally trying to avoid a sufficiently negative outcome, i.e. jumping one’s capship from tether to tether to avoid a gank, not traveling with too much bling and too little tank in a freighter, not flying what you can’t afford to lose, insuring ships you expect to lose, etc.
III. SO WHO IS RISK AVERSE?
Near as I can tell, most rational people who play Eve. In fact, if one isn’t playing ‘risk averse’ by the definitions above, one is chastised by players on the forums for being stupid, i.e. “haha, you shoudn’t fly your freighter with that much stuff in it” or “first rule of Eve - never fly what you can’t afford to lose” etc.
IV. SO DOES THIS MEAN THAT NULLSECC’ERS, ‘ELITE PVP’ERS’ ETC. ARE RISK AVERSE?
Yes. In fact, they are probably the most risk averse.
V. SO IS BEING RISK AVERSE BAD OR NOT?
If it’s bad, then most people playing the game are bad. People playing according to rules like ‘never fly what you can’t afford to lose’ would most certainly be bad. People in nullsec cartels availing themselves of large intelligence networks, protective fleets, etc. would most certainly be bad. Nullsec carrier pilots doing ratting while being aligned, having dscan open, intelligence coms up, a protective fleet nearby on standby, etc. would most certainly be bad.
VI. SO THEN WHY IS IT CONSIDERED AN INSULT IN EVE TO BE CALLED-OUT AS BEING ‘RISK AVERSE’ (SYNONYMOUS WITH BEING CALLED A ‘CAREBEAR’ OR ANY NUMBER OF OTHER THINGS)?