Sometimes I click on links that lead to threads in the Eve Online forums and my opinion about those forums is confirmed. But when I read the ones about low security space, I keep reading the idea that removing asteroid belts would make the area more popular. Really?
I guess the idea is that mining in gravimetric sites is safer than mining in asteroid belts and so putting all ore in gravimetric sites will make mining in low sec safer. I don't like that idea. Asteroid belts and the ores they contain give a system some character and identity. I personally want to live in .1 and .2 security systems because they contain better quality ores. Without that difference, what makes a .1 system different from a .3 system?
The thought that really boggles my mind is having to scan down a signature to mine some veldspar. How is that a good idea? Currently low sec is like grocery shopping. If I want something nice at a cheap price, then I have to shop around. But if I run out of ice cream in the middle of the night, I can just walk over to the corner 7-11 and pick up a pint. The same principle applies to low sec. Currently if I need a small amount of low-end minerals I just hop in my Procurer and mine for 15 minutes. If I want the nicer ore like crokite and spodumain and don't want to travel to null sec and deal with bubbles, then I need to scan down sites.
Of course, I'm not a big miner. For those people who require hours and hours of uninterrupted mining, they can make more in high sec or null sec. But taking away the asteroid belts in an attempt to lure miners to low sec? Is this just madness or am I missing something?