AFK cloaking, free intel, etc, many times the argument of whether to remove Local channel or not comes up.
Some people support removing local because of reasons. Other people are against removing local because of reasons.
So… why not just try it?
Honestly, would the universe collapse if there was just 1 month where CCP just turned off local outside of highsec?
After 2 weeks, they launch a survey on the forums. Do you like it this way, or did you like it more that way? What activities do you do which primarily influence your opinion?
Then after the month is up, they turn it back on, launch the survey again. Do you like this more, or did you like that more? What activities do you do which primarily influence your opinion?
Then, after the following month, they post pve and pvp metrics to compare the two, and allow the players to make informed opinions based on the actual data as to whether or not local is healthy for the game or not.
It would settle the debate once and for all.