Readers of MinerBumping are fortunate indeed. Theirs is the knowledge and wisdom that comes from EVE's most reliable news source. But as we've seen, highsec's carebears are too often given misinformation from other, less reputable sources. An unlucky newbie who falls into enemy hands can be easily led astray.
Newcomer Sam Calaticcrowd joined the notoriously toxic Anti-Ganking channel and prepared to receive his education.
(Side note, since the bounty system was mentioned: I found it amusing to discover that Agent D400 is still the sixth highest ranking bounty hunter in the entire game, despite having been permabanned nearly two years ago!)
Even the most basic facts about the New Order fail to penetrate the minds of the Anti-Gankers. What information they do receive is interpreted through a twisted prism. For example, the idea that CODE. has been expelled from nullsec multiple times. This is what Anti-Gankers really believe.
At times, it seems that they live in a kind of mirror universe, a Bizarro EVE. Some carebears choose to inhabit such a realm because it allows them to brag about victories against CODE. when they would otherwise have none to their names.
The Anti-Ganking "community"'s lack of a basic understanding of CODE. is especially troubling in light of the fact that they base their entire identity around their opposition to us.
The bio of Tailsko, for example, sports a grotesque parody of a New Order mining permit instead of a valid one. It's as if she's proud to be a Goofus.
Felsan Glory took comfort in the rumor--long since debunked--that CODE.'s executor (or one of its corps' CEOs, perhaps?) can't be replaced. Meanwhile, though the rebels are infamous for making real-life death threats, ShaliWhacker was convinced that Agents of the New Order harass EVE players in real life. In fact, our Agents don't harass players in the game, much less outside of it.
Pay careful attention to the exchange pictured above. Anti-Ganker Clynn scoffed at the New Order's claims to be "content" creators. Sam, their pupil, asked for clarification. Remember that for later, readers.
Listening to the Anti-Gankers, you might imagine that the rebels behave in a polite, courteous manner at all times, and that they're hounded by profanity-spewing Agents. It's astonishing.
Inevitably, paranoia set in. Virtually any log of the Anti-Ganking channel that goes on for any length ends up with someone accused of being a spy for the New Order. Sam fell under suspicion for asking if our Agents considered themselves makers of "content". Sam's use of the "c" word was a huge red flag--even though it first came from one of the Anti-Gankers.
The good news about the Anti-Ganking channel is that because it's so toxic and unappealing, new players don't stick around for very long.
But did anyone who visited Anti-Ganking have a chance of learning anything that wasn't inaccurate?
To be continued...