A New Project: Mercenary Reviews

The Proveldtariat is not an easily deterred person. We press on against all odds and all insults. However, we do not do so without information. Power comes through many forms, but one form not to be forgotten is knowledge. Knowledge is key, especially when dealing with the infection of bumping. To this end, we have developed a system we hope to further aid Proveldtariats in the Resistance.

As mentioned in yesterday’s post, mercenary contracts are a great way to strike back at the bumpgeois. However, some mercenaries are less scrupulous than their more professional and reputable counterparts. There have been incident where the mercenary will be paid, and will not do anything. They will, in fact kill the miner anyway and brag to the bumpgeois scum about their crimes.

This simply won’t do. So, we’re going to try something different. I realize I’ve been slacking on the bumper tracker, and for that I apologize. The real world simply tosses things at me and they will always take priority over Eve. I’ll be trying to update the thing over the weekend (especially with the onset of the Retribution expansion!). However, I’d like to introduce a new and much more effective tracking system.

It is my pleasure to introduce the Mercenary Review System! Here’s how it works. Much like Yelp or TripAdvisor, we will maintain sections of review for different Mercenary Corporations and Alliances. These will come along with their own comment section and allow users to provide a score out of 10 with their experience hiring a specific Mercenary Corporation or Alliance. Here’s how to submit a Mercenary Corporation or Alliance for review.

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Open up your wallet and check the Journal Transactions. As you’re well aware, this system documents payments to you and from you to others. All you need to do is go to your wallet, take a screenshot of your donation, and submit it to proveldtariat@gmail.com.

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this is an older screenshot that I’ve cropped to protect identities, but you know how this works (you smart people you). The far right should not be cropped when submitting to the Proveldtariat so we can see what Corporation or Alliance we’re dealing with.

Once submitted, we will begin a review with alts and third-party systems to confirm a contract was established. Once confirmed, we will add the Corporation or Alliance to a yet-to-be constructed page where reviews will be pending. At this point, it’s up to you and others to play watchdog on the people you hired. Check their killboards, follow posts about them on the Forums and third-party sites. Use alts on your account to follow them around and see what they do. Do they hunt down bumpgeois scum when they least expect it and pop their nice faction ship? Or do they pop miners with the thugs?

Once you’ve collected your data in the form of screenshots and chat logs after a week or two, submit it all to us at the same e-mail (proveldtariat@gmail.com) for our own review. Once we’ve proved the legitimacy of the submissions, we will post any comments you may have regarding your experience with the Mercenaries for all to see. The Mercenaries will either be used again by other Proveldtariats, or named and shamed to deter business from them. This way, everyone benefits from good information.

Unity is key here, as with all things. If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to e-mail us at proveldtariat@gmail.com or message Anslo in-game. We hope to hear from you soon!

o7 Fly Safe. Fly True. For the Proveldtariat.

7 thoughts on “A New Project: Mercenary Reviews

  1. The whole mercenary thing doesn’t make sense anyway. Lets say you hire a mercenary to kill me. Since no one has kill rights on me they will have to 1) find me in low or null. This isn’t impossible because I’m there a lot but I’m at my most alert and properly fitted. or 2) Gank me in highsec. As killing my Stabber Fleet Issue is only even possible with a ship worth 60 million ISK or so the bottom line price for ONE gank of me is 60,000,000 ISK. And then I just buy another ship and go right back to bumping. PLUS I get a kill right like the one I executed last night on an unsuccessful would-be ganker from this weekend. He lost his gank ship then and a Naga and his pod last night. He’s out over 200 million ISK for an unsuccessful gank attempt. The risk/reward isn’t there. This is why you can’t find actual mercs to attack us. No rebel miner ever has. They gain by selling you on a contract, they gain nothing from actually trying to destroy our ships.

    Maybe if you paid them 500 million ISK or so but what sense does that make? For 10,000,000 ISK and a bio change you get actual mining peace not the totally unlikely elimination of the New Order due to merc action. Plus what miner is going to lay out that kind of ISK to help “the mining community”. To the average miner, there is no community, there is just him and his profit.

    I know! You’ve asked the miners to donate to you to help stop the bumping scourge. How many of them have stepped up and given you one ISK? You don’t have to answer in public but you know yourself. This alone should tell you what you are up against.

    Still grats on resuming activity here on the blog. Haven’t seen you in the New Order systems lately. We’re in Chelien if you haven’t heard. Drop by and see us. Oh, and put me on the tracking list this time. It hurts my feelings that you’ve left me off and it makes me mad. And when I’m mad…. oooohhh

    Bing BUMP!

    Highsec is worth fighting for.

    Bing Bangboom
    Agent of the New Order of Highsec
    Belligerent Undesirable

    • 1) and 2) Who said you specifically would be the one dec’d? If they so choose to go after you, they are welcome to. There are other more realistic targets. Ganking you is silly. Retribution allows us to kill you when we so please. There are enough kill rights on you to ensure that 🙂 If you spend more time in the badlands, then good! That is where you belong.

      As for your “fee” answer, that you so often use for all the world like a evangelical religious nut, it is not guarantee. We have seen this already, you pay, and you still are bumped or ganked. Therefore, you are a liar 🙂

      As for your donations, yes nothing has happened at all. No Miners are donating anything~ This post was simply for fun 🙂

      • “As for your donations, yes nothing has happened at all. No Miners are donating anything~ This post was simply for fun.”

        Your use of sarcasm is kind of disorientating and not very effective. Sarcasm works best when you’re making an obviously untrue statement, but I can perfectly well believe that not a single miner has bothered to donate.

        You say that paying miners are still bumped or ganked. Do you mean by the New Order? Do you mean when they still follow to terms of the Code? Do you mean that the Agent in question a) did it on purpose and b) didn’t make amends with the miner? If you answered yes to all the above questions, then please provide proof! If you answered no to any of the above questions, then what’s your point?

      • If the statement is so untrue and it is perfectly believable that no miner has donated, why are you trying so hard to discredit the idea that they have? Since it’s so impossible? 🙂

        Yes by the thug “order.” Yes, when they follow your extortion rules before you change them to fit your purposes. Yes on purpose. No, no amends, as you have said that a miner should still say “thank you” when they get ganked, no matter what. Proof? Look at the few hundred miners complaining about you doing that. 🙂

    • “2) Gank me in highsec. As killing my Stabber Fleet Issue is only even possible with a ship worth 60 million ISK or so the bottom line price for ONE gank of me is 60,000,000 ISK. And then I just buy another ship and go right back to bumping. PLUS I get a kill right like the one I executed last night on an unsuccessful would-be ganker from this weekend.”

      By my calculations it should be easily possible to suicide gank a shield tanked Stabber Fleet Issue with two or three T2 Catalyst pilots, a number that is well within the reaches of the Proveldtariat. The cost is therefore more like 30 million ISK, which is considerably less than even the SFI hull. Kill rights should have no more effect on Proveldtariat ganking alts than on your New Order Knights.

      • The biggest problem with this plan (suicide ganking our bumping ships) is that it requires that miners first lift a finger to defend themselves, and to work together. Right now, “proveldtariat” miners have not demonstrated either of these qualities, and thus are unable to defend themselves.

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