I am not convinced that I will never speak in local; I really do have a policy of 'keep your friends close and your enemies closer'.
In a low sec system that I lurk in; I will be shot at by less players because I chat. Never smack talk; never tears. I speak to players the way I would like to be spoken too.
But there are very good reasons not to talk in local, especially in a wormhole. From a simple dscan; even I can get a rough idea of what you are doing. Are there wrecks? Are there many active sites? Are you in your POS?
What I can't tell from a dscan is what corp you belong to; Sure I can if I am up close and personal, but I am trying to avoid up close and personal; that's why I am scanning first.
There were two incidents recently.
First of all; we had a confirmed sighting of an unknown Loki in our system; on our A239 wh (entrance to lowsec). There was another toon from the same alliance in the lowsec system. This particular alliance is known as a WH PVP alliance.
I spend a lot of time afk; Weekends are busy times. When I came back to keyboard I read in local:
- A: "Ok; scanners in"
- A: "Shit; sorry"
- B: Aww dude.. you're fired.
[05:43:55] EVE System > Subspace communication beacon unreachable. Channel list unavailable.
[05:51:56] C > This is a heist all the nanos in the fucking bag
[05:52:24] D > quiet bane
[05:52:42] C > No you didnt
[05:52:54] C > Want to fool around D?
[05:52:59] C > im near planet 3
And other private stuff that is not for putting up on a public blog.
Now it is entirely possible that these posts were actually for my benefit. However I now know who C and D are; their employment history; how old their toons are. From their names; I can look up their
Before they chatted; I only knew their class of ship and that they were doing a sleeper site.
If so; well and good. If not; carelessly leaking information into local is a potentially deadly mistake.
It is so easy to create a channel for friends; Chat -> Open Channel Window -> Create.
You can make it open, or allow any and all; restrict it to as few as you want.
Local is for saying what you want to be heard. Fleet/corp/private channels are for sensitive information.