I'm thinking about putting up another high-sec POS, which has me staring into the face of the high-sec POS standings mechanic again.
For those not familiar with the mechanic, if you want to put a POS up in high-sec, you'll need a corp. POSs are anchored on behalf of a corp. In low-sec or null-sec, this is all you need and you're done. In high-sec, though, you need charters from the Empire faction that owns the space that you want to put the POS up in. It's basically an additional type of fuel, and is easy to procure with LP from any LP store in that faction. It's the cheapest item for sale in any of them. After that, though, you also need the right standing with the faction.
To anchor the POS, you need a faction standing equal to 10 times the true-sec of the system you're going to anchor the POS in: 6.0 standing if you're going to anchor the POS in a 0.6 system, for instance. And not just you have to have this standing, but every single member of your corp has to have it, too. It's corp standing that matters, not individual pilot standing.
And this is capital D-U-M-B, DUMB.
It's a bit like a Fortune 500 company telling Microsoft, "Well, we'd like to buy ten thousand Microsoft Office licenses, but we heard that a thousand of your employees don't like us, so we're not going to do it." Why should the factions care who they like among the rank-and-file members of a corp? It makes perfect sense for the game to check the faction standing of the directors of a corp, or maybe even the Starbase Managers, but every single corp member? Dumb.
What happens in practice if your corp wants to put up a high-sec POS, then, is that you -- really! -- have to throw every single member out of your corp except for a few select individuals that have the right level of faction standing. And everyone you throw out has to stay out of your corp for a full week, because that's how long it takes a change in corp standings to become effective. Only after corp standings update can you anchor the POS, and once it's up, you can invite everyone back (and hope that they haven't found a better corp in the meantime).
This is just one of the many, many ways in which the current POS mechanics are flawed, and has me considering just forgetting about the whole thing.
But I've also had as many available blueprint copy and invention slots as I've wanted for a long time now, and it feels strange and wrong not to have them right now. Waiting weeks for station-based slots is just not worthy of consideration. ;-)
If there's some new way of avoiding this mechanic these days (other than buying a corp from someone, which doesn't appeal to me for various reasons), I'd be happy to hear about it.
Or maybe I'll just anchor the POS in low-sec this time and avoid the hassle.