In regards to the poll being unfair, it was recreated a 3rd time because the person who started the first one so badly miss-worded the poll that people who where against the system voted for the system and vise-versa.
The 2nd one he created was also miss-worded but people understood it partly enough to vote for their preferred side, but it implicated the mere act of capturing a blueprint, thus the even split.
The poll, created by me, ran for 2 days, and was properly worded. The results speak for themselves, 6 ABN, and everyone else on the side of not selling faction blueprints.
It is in fact still up and can at any time be voted on.
This system only serves to create drama, it doesn’t inspire innovation, only hampers it. And to all of you thinking that blueprint capture is what we are trying to get rid of, know that we only wish to get rid of selling other faction’s blueprints.
Onto the suggestion on how to moderate it:
I suggest rexxxus that you moderate it the same way you do with faction griefers or people who steal blueprints while spying on them. If over 70% of the ship is the same construction as the one being sold, then the proof lies there.
The onus should be on the individual factions to prove their intellectual property. Most if not all opportunistic selling will most likely end with just a simple rule being put in place “Do not sell other factions blueprints in HWS”
I simply suggest you allow the factions to self-moderate this particular issue. If you require more assistance in moderating this, perhaps the HWS police can be involved.
I can personally can very easily prove if a ship is mine or not by simply demonstrating the evolution (the version changes) up until that point. Most designers can do the same.
As long as the rule is in place, we should be a-ok.