I am usually content to just report on botting tears, not cause them, but I came across this interesting exchange on one of the botting forums last night...
Mining botter: "Set my retriver up in .8 high sec and was ganked by a player since 2004 'ArmyOfMe' as he was in a Loki, and pod killed me as well. how the hell
did this happen? doesn't he get his ship blown up?"
Bot developer: "It goes without saying that nobody uses a Loki for suicide ganking...
It's probably the fault of your drones. The ganker used a newbie ship to
shoot your drones and they shot back therefore flagging you as a PVP
target. Concord killed his newbie ship and then he came back in a Loki
and killed your retriever for free. However I don't think he gets
pod-kill rights as well so maybe it's something else, like a war
declaration on your corp..."
So I have a couple of questions. Would this actually work? Could I use an in-corp alt to shoot a bot's combat drones to cause them to attack me? And when that happens, is the bot criminally flagged to my entire corp for 15 minutes? I know that the OCR mining bots have some safeguards built in to keep a bot from retrieving ore from a flipped can, but baiting drones seems like a winning strategy to me. I know that attacking a drone in high-sec will draw a response from CONCORD and I am assuming will incur a security status hit, which makes it a bit inferior to just can flipping. So if I take from a yellow wreck could I get the drone to attack me?
Okay, so that is more than a couple of questions. But I'm really curious as to whether this is a valid tactic to use against botters. Could those of you who might have a bit of experience help out a curious carebear?