There’s nothing more frustrating to a pvper then losing an opportunity on a fight due to politics. I joined a small, NRDS alliance shortly after my stint in militia. I was going from a corporation that would occasionally turn on friendlies for the laugh of a good fight, to a corporation that would avoid altercations with neutrals due to their ‘not being hostile to us.’ It was hard to stomach, and I didn’t last long. (In fact, I think I only lasted a few days.)
Most of EVE is NBSI. For those that don’t already understand the concept, it’s a standings philosophy where if something is not on the ‘blue’ or nap list, it’s fare game for getting blown up. A smaller part of EVE pvpers operate under a NRDS policy, which says if it doesn’t have hostiles standings, then it’s a potential friend and should not be targeted.
Proponents of the NBSI philosophy often sneer at those following NRDS, and look at them as roleplayers and/or carebears. They laugh at their ‘missplaced space honor, ’ and cringe at the missed opportunities for a good fight between neutrals.
However, NRDS have their own opinions and often sneer right back. “It’s funny when a bunch of so-called carebears take out a bunch of trained, pvp pirates.” One NRDS told me once. “Some of these pirates just want easy kills—miners, etc. They don’t stand up so well when their prey shoots back.”