More than likelyIs your name Methuselah? It better be at my advanced age.
Just a guess, but I bet you and I are contemporaries.
I generally drop close to docking request range, and immediately request permission to dock. No auto-dock, I just go straight for the pad. Minimizes the time for people to attack/block pads -- Not that this happens often, this is incredibly rare to see in most places.
If there's hollow signatures on sensors, I check comms to see what kind of ships they are.
Buncha Vettes and FDLs around? There might be trouble. Beluga Liner and a DBX or two? Not likely.
But if there are potential threats, I'm ready to react accordingly. Most of my ships are sturdy enough that it doesn't matter, I'm getting to that pad whether someone wants me to or not. Some (like my beloved T6) are made of tissue paper, so tactics might change if I'm in the same situation.
Yeah, when I was a kid we didn't have computer games for PvP so we threw rocks instead and chased each-other around with clubs.I'm 52.
I showed this game to my dad, who is 74, and he was like: "I wish we had that when I was young."
I told him that every person who plays Elite Dangerous would trade in their computers for the PvP my dad had when he was young, which was hunting your friends with BB guns around the farm yard. That is some hard core PvP right there - the best kind too. Get some exercise and put a big old purple welt on your best friend's ****.
More hypocrisy ^^^^Forcing others to play the game the way YOU want is what gankers DO in the first place. What you are so scandalized about are just words, won't hurt anyone. Just to set things into the right perspective for you.