Botting exists because mining is probably less exciting than watching paint dry.
This is why, though probably moot to suggest at this point, there should never have been players mining in game. Ever.
Were it up to me, had I been there when Eve was being … invented… I would have said “So. This is going to be a PVP game. I see you are perturbed because Ultima went carebear. But you want to make a PVP game yet force players to watch paint dry. How about this: how about instead of players mining, players will purchase NPC mining ships and crews and deploy them. Give them orders and things like that. Then they go out and do their thing. Meanwhile, any other player can freely shoot the NPC mining ships just like they can shoot at those NPC convoys going to and from stations. This way, everybody can be a PVP player and have combat ships instead of this ‘predator prey’ business where the prey is not only helpless but bored out of his freaking mind”.
But I was not there. So that was not said. So the game is where it is. Enjoy the bots.
Unless CCP, or the new bosses, grow a pair and do to botting with my idea what they did to RMT wiht PLEX, and make some changes.
INB4 “but but I have all my mining skills up to 5!”
OK so those can translate into better ships, equipment, and crews. Same difference.
If the idea is implemented I want payment in the form of a BIg Lebowski skin for my Cyclone - since this idea is really just, like, my opinion.