As many of you know, Yuki Onna of the blog White Rose Conventicle dropped out of sight toward the end of May, abruptly disappearing from Eve, Twitter and the blogosphere all at once. There had been much speculation as to what caused Yuki to exit the Eve player community so suddenly. Though wardecced by Gooswarm Federation's massive alliance under the new Inferno rules, Yuki seemed to be soldiering on rather blithely at the time and was one of the first to point out that the new rules could be turned on their head, creating a market for bargain-basement wardecs against large nullsec alliances. Thus, the sudden drop of White Rose Conventicle and its author from the radar screen surprised many of those following events at the time.
Earlier today Yuki surfaced and entered a comment on my post The Presumption of Safety Reconsidered from a few weeks back. It answers a number of questions raised at the time, and raises some new questions as well. It certainly bears reading and so I've taken the liberty of publishing Yuki's comment here in full as a stand-alone post.
Why I Quit EVE
Yuki Onna - July 3, 2012
I have read a number of posts and tweets
suggesting, as Poetic Stanziel did the other day, that I "left the game
in a huff after Goonswarm wardecced" my corporation The White Rose
Nothing could be further from the truth.
25/May/2012:18:04:36 PST, a massive Distributed Denial of Service Attack
(DDOS) was launched against my EVE corp website
www.whiteroseconventicle.com, taking out the entire colo facility and
affecting local ATT network service for a number of hours.
was not "meta-gaming," nothing done "ironically" or "just in play." It
was a criminal act; one for which I hold CCP not directly but indirectly
CCP's gross negligence in failing to restrain and,
arguably, fostering over a period of years the growth of a virulent
"Lord of the Flies" culture of crowing bullies in EVE Online has
succeeded in creating a manifestly unsafe online environment for its
paying subscribers and, indirectly, for Internet users beyond the game.
an IT professional, I saw little alternative but to quit EVE, which I
have enjoyed playing on and off since 2007, and to take down and keep
down a website I very much enjoyed making and running. I cannot justify
further risking a game that CCP has so irresponsibly allowed a
relatively few players to make such a rhetorically vicious and, thereby,
genuinely dangerous environment. Sadly, it has come to such a pass that
EVE Crime is "Real," too.
You who are still free to enjoy EVE,
who have not yet been put at real-life risk by being individually
targeted to be punished and silenced for speaking your mind, must demand
that CCP put a halt to this poisoning of EVE, by whatever means
CCP must assume its responsibility to the paying
subscribers it exposes to an online environment that CCP, not some other
entity, creates and manages. CCP must cease to pad its bottom-line by
shirking necessary player-behavior management expenses under the
convenient pretense that all it provides are "tools which players are
free to use as they please." In sum, CCP must face up to its duty to all
its subscribers to promote a safe, congenial online environment and to
lessen the chance that what happened to me ever happens to you or to any
other EVE player.