Add probes to overview (CSM)

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  • Raised by: Dierdra Vaal
  • Submission Date: 05 July 2009
  • Issue ID: tbd


Probes are not included in the overview filtering settings. This means they only show up on the directional scanner when 'Use overview settings' is not checked. This also means that all other objects show up in the results, such as wrecks, POS modules, drones, etc. This creates tremendous clutter on the directional scanner, making it hard to identify (possibly hostile) probes. While it is not hard to keep checking the directional scanner, it is a very irritating chore to manually filter through the crap - which I feel is not good game design.


We suggest to allow probes to be added to the overview. Making it easier for people to detect probes will make gameplay in dangerous areas more ejoyable, as well as encourage more pilots to venture into low sec. Assuming the scan results are sent to the client every scan, this change should also reduce server load as less results need to be sent.

While it could be argued that this would make it a lot harder for pirates to find targets, I believe this is not a big problem: pilots that are careful about probes will scan and find probes regardless of clutter (this change would just make their job a bit less annoying), while pilots that aren't careful now are unlikely to change their behaviour in the future. Additionally, the increase of pilots into low sec should make up for the few targets that get away.


  • Less soul-destroying filtering through POS scanner results
  • The improved awereness may encourage more pilots to go into low sec
  • (possibly) Reduced server load as less scanner results need to be sent to the pilot


  • As it may be easier to find probes, it may become harder for pirates to catch targets

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