That’s the thing. There is a narrow spectrum of fights a tech 1 frig might win. Even narrower when it comes to a new player.
The majority of frigates in faction warfare space are navy faction, not tech 1. I have 150mil sp and i reluctantly take some fights with navy frigs knowing that I’m probably going to lose unless it’s fit as rock to my paper.
To other players that don’t have the resources that i do, it’s going to be an automatic ‘nope’ to the vast majority of fights.
New players are flying navy frigs themselves, i imagine, to compete with how everyone else is in navy frigs. This has two drawbacks for the new player. It’s more costly to get into pvp and the nature of navy frig damage bonuses means you are missing significant dps by not having frigate skilled to 5. And alphas can never have frigate to 5.
If a new player/alpha in faction warfare is supposed to use d-scan and only take fights they might win, and it’s safe to say they must assume all enemies have at least frigate 5, and the majority of novice capable ships are faction ships not tech 1, and they don’t have the experience you or i might have, then there isn’t much they can do but run away all the time.
I do think it would be great to have a non-faction frig site. Even if its a noob against a vet, the strength difference between a level 5 tormentor and a level 4 tormentor is much less than a level 5 slicer and level 4 slicer.