I took a moment on Monday to pause, formulate some thoughts, put pen to paper as it were and to open a discussion among the corp members as to their home. This was the two steps forward. It started a very interesting discussion among corp members and many opinions came out that I honestly were surprised in. I went to bed on Tuesday evening fairly clear that we had a mandate from our corp members as to what should be done with the C2 hole and I felt I could make an announcement today.
I woke up early on Wednesday, grabbed my iPhone and was greeted by the following:
We had a new war which had started on Monday. The war was pretty much a high sec war involving a group who generally campe trade system undocks, trade route bottlenecks and the like. We had taken what we felt were appropriate precautions and warned members to avoid those areas.
Now, you would generally think that most members who have been informed that there is a high sec war will proceed with caution if you are navigating high security space. You generally would fly in a cloaky (Covert Ops Capable) ship or failing that a very fast frigate such as a T1 tackler (atron, condor, executioner, slasher) or even better an Interceptor. We do not prohibit members from traveling into high sec during these wars. We basically state that trade systems are off limits. This is primarily due to the ability of the war targets to lock and shoot you instantly as soon as you undock.
Even more distressing about this kill is that this is a member of the corporation who has been with us since our first week. He can fly covert ops capable ships as well as larger ships. Basically, he is experienced enough to know better.
Unfortunately, following the loss yesterday this member made no mention of it in our leadership channels. There is no post on the forums to explain the circumstances of his loss. Basically, we are all left wanting more information outside of him losing his ship to a war target.
One of our core principles is to teach new pilots to the game or to exploration. We have always stressed that killboard colors are not the end of the world, and that we do not purge members for losing a ship. However, what we have always stressed is the need to constantly learn.
When a member loses a ship. We expect that they would write up a summary of the loss on our forums. Explain the circumstances that lead to the loss. What could you have done better? What would you change in the future? Basically, how do you minimize the potential of incurring that loss in the future.
One step back.