Previously, on MinerBumping... In my effort to understand why some miners don't pay for a mining fee even though they know it's economically rational, I spoke with an honest miner. After being bumped out of the ice field, she opened up and explained why she couldn't bring herself to pay.
Ice Slicer was adamant that if she gave in and purchased a mining permit from the New Order, she would think less of herself as a person in real life.
Ice Slicer thought a lot of herself, especially in-game. As a ruthless, powerful EVE player, it would be humiliating to pay 10 million isk to a bumper.
Behold the all-powerful Ice Slicer, who can't be pushed around by anyone. I continued pushing her helpless Mackinaw into deep space as she spun her justifications.
IS had no problem with the fact that she could be blown up, but paying money was unacceptable. Unacceptable or no, her ice-mining ability remained totally under my control.
It was an interesting paradox. IS denied the value of isk, yet it held great power over her. Ironically, she would rather lose it completely by being ganked, rather than exchange it for something of value.
I couldn't help but feel that if she developed a "serious psychiatric condition", that would probably be an improvement.
Sitting in a paralyzed Mackinaw next to a highsec ice field, IS renewed her "I am an awesome PvP'er" fantasy.
Once again, I suggested her stubborn attitude showed more weakness than strength.
Next, she complained about bumping mechanics, because anything that can stop her from AFK mining is bad.
As an alt, "Ice Slicer" meant nothing and her failures did not affect her human operator. Unless Ice Slicer transferred isk. That was the one forbidden act that would tear open the veil.
The highsec ice miner concluded the conversation by denying that she was a highsec ice miner. In her heart, she knew she was a strong, invincible PvP'er--unless she voluntarily parted with 10 million isk, in which case she would become worthless in-game and out-of-game.
So there you have it, directly from the horse's mouth, the explanation for miners' non-compliance. In the Soviet Union, sometimes the regime's political opponents would be declared insane and imprisoned in mental institutions. While it might not be crazy to disagree with a communist government, I think it's reasonable to say our enemies' resistance is the byproduct of a psychological dysfunction.
There are many ways to cure mental illness. As my conversation with Ice Slicer demonstrated, reasoning with the miners isn't always enough. We must bump them back into good health! Each bump brings a rebel miner closer to a state of wellness.