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Ratting Etiquette


Intention

The guidelines below pertain to ratting etiquette; most of this will be common sense. The tl/dr of this article is that during peacetime Diplos basically have to turn into kindergarten teachers, and maybe if I write this it might save me work down the line. If nothing else here is a big document people can point at when someone starts being niggardly.

I'm sure there's a way for you to all krab without killing each other. And never forget the #1 rule in TEST - “Don't be a dick,” said Dran Arcana, lead diplomat.


Game Mechanics for the Hebrew

There are a few game mechanics worth understanding, especially when it pertains to ratting. Understanding how they work will help you understand why the rules below are the way they are.

  • New Anoms spawn after downtime, or shortly after a previous Anom has been completed
    • This means your half-finished site or wrongly triggered site will stay up as a monument to your failure until downtime
    • It also means that depending on the truesec and the ratting upgrades in place, a system will never sustain more than X of a certain Anom type at a time.
  • For each class of Anom, eventually there becomes a point where warp time and not dps is the limiting factor in your tick rate
    • I.E If you have 5 carriers or 20 carriers, you're not going to do a haven any faster.
  • Mobile Tractor Unit
    • Mobile Tractor Units despawn after 48hrs of being placed
    • Mobile Tractor Units can be bookmarked, and probed with a combat scanner probe set
    • Mobile Tractor Units will loot EVERYTHING in range, including the wrecks of real ships

Rules

The rules below are for your sake as much as it is ours. It is our feeling that this makes for the simplest set of rules to abide by, and the easiest to enforce for a clean, consistent, non-blue-murdering ratting experience.

  • Stay in TEST space for ratting/mining/exploring unless stated otherwise by the diplomatic team.
    • All TEST space is everyone's space. Setting up citadels or installing upgrades early into an ihub does not give a corp claim, rights, or privileges over a system.
    • No supercap ratting outside of D-P titan bridge range (looking at you ipx)
      • If you get tackled in a carrier in IPX get your own help or die quietly.
    • Just because we have blues doesn't mean they want us ratting in their space.
    • Feel free to do escalations you get in allied space
    • See the Diplomatic Agreements Forum Sticky for current agreements pertaining to PVE
  • The first person to land ongrid in a site is the “owner” of a site
    • Calling out a site in local or a fleet does not grant you claim to it
  • If you leave a site (or are not actively running it) you forfeit all claim to it
    • Yes we understand sometimes neutrals enter a system, and sometimes you take too much damage and have to warp off to repair. However, when this happens a new entrant to your site has no idea whether or not you are coming back, and should not leave a half-finished site just because it's half finished and somebody MIGHT come back. Get gud scrubs, if you want to lay claim to something you'd better stay on-grid with it.
    • Yes this includes faction spawns and Dreadnoughts; turns out when you trigger a faction spawn you are the only one who knows it's there and you should have plenty of time to get yourself a gang or a different ship to come back and finish off the spawn before anyone else notices.
    • That being said, don't be a shitlord. If some newbro in his VNI starts asking in local or a standing fleet for help killing a faction spawn, it doesn't become yours because he's not sitting on grid eating shit from it. Be reasonable and help each other out.
    • Leaving an interceptor or other ship not actively running a site does not hold a claim to it.
  • You are NEVER allowed to shoot a blue or his drones unless he shoots first
    • I don't care if some shitlord flies into your site, drops an MTU, steals a faction spawn's loot, and then flies off telling you in local that this is why your mother is in a wheelchair… go get a diplomat; If you shoot that guy you'll have more hell to pay than he does.
  • If you come across an MTU sitting in a site that is unfinished or hasn't been started ask in local and attempt to PM the owner before shooting
    • If he does not claim it in a reasonable amount of time (few minutes) you may kill and loot it; he technically forfeited claim to it when he warped off. This does not apply to MTUs in deadspace and not in an active Anom.
    • I repeat, you do NOT have the right to probe down and destroy MTUs from finished sites, many people drop them by the dozen while doing the sites themselves and bookmark them to come back and loot later.
  • You may NOT bubblefuck a pipe system
    • Unattended bubbles anywhere may be removed at any time by anyone.
    • Unattended bubbles anywhere that get someone killed may make you responsible for their reimbursement.
  • In the event that PVP happens in your ratting site, you are not entitled to loot accidentally hoovered up by an MTU
    • Distribute the PVP drops among the people who came to try and save you.
  • Encounter Surveillance Systems(ESS) must be monitored at all times.
    • If you aren't paying enough attention to respond to someone asking in local about the ESS, you aren't monitoring it.
    • If you find an unattended ESS, and no one claims it when you ask in local, you are free to shoot it after paying it out. Do not steal it. You MUST ask in local and wait an appropriate time before doing so, however.

Guidelines (STRONGLY encouraged in the name of efficiency, simplicity, and drama-prevention)

  • Do sites that make sense for what you're in
    • Yes an X-type LSB Ishtar can do a sanctum; it doesn't mean you should. You'll get ticks almost as high blitzing hubs and you can leave the bigger sites to ships like carriers that can do them much more efficiently. Note, these are not rules, if you have near perfect drone skills doing a haven in an Ishtar when nobody bigger is around (for example) might make sense, just try to keep in mind that your fellow TESTies who might be flying carriers don't have a choice to go down to hubs and a carrierbro just might be the one that saves your retardedly pimp-fit Ishtar. E.G: Don't be a dick, and don't make us make these guidelines into enforced rules.
      • Hub: Ishtar/VNI
      • Rally Point: Gila
      • Haven: Tengu/Rattlesnake/Carrier
      • Sanctum: Carrier/Dread
  • If you start a site, finish it
    • Half-finished sites are annoying because you end up spending more time warping and it lowers your tick size
    • If you fuck up a trigger and make the site impossible to do with what you are flying, ask for help clearing it out don't just leave it for some poor bastard to die to.
  • If you land on a site more or less the same time as someone in a bigger ship, cede it to them
    • Remember, you align and warp faster than he does.
  • Join a standing fleet if you're ratting in a common system
    • It's certainly not mandatory, but it's a lot easier to call for help if you're already in a fleet and not panicking to make one as you're trying not to die.
diplo/ratting_etiquette.txt · Last modified: 2018/11/13 16:27 by NTchrist