"A quick view of the Eve Online forums can always find someone complaining about being suicide ganked, whining about some scam they fell for or other such tears. With the Goons' Ice Interdiction claiming a vast amount of mining ships there were calls for an "opt out of PvP" option.
Should this happen? Should people be able to opt-out of PvP in Eve Online? Should CONCORD prevent crime rather than just handing out justice after the event? Or do the hi-sec population already have too much protection from the scum and villainy that inhabits the game?"
With consensual PVP Eve Online would become something else, you might as well change the name as all the past foundation and aura of the game would be gone.
Sit down and let me tell you a story.
One day Yosagi was walking around a shopping center Out Of Game (OOG) In Real Life (IRL). Yosagi was observing the people wandering around oblivious to the world around them, only interested in buying a frilly piece of this or some liquid of that. Yosagi was walking around because his Trouble And Strife (WIFE) was looking at things to spend Yosagi's money on, sometimes useful things but often not.
Soon Yosagi spied a store he had some interest in, a gaming store. While he was content in his own gaming choice he was interested in what the people around him might be playing as being in Eve Online for several years had left him out of touch. Upon entering the store and finding the section dedicated to console and computer games he was confused. The selection seemed all the same, one shooter game seemed much like the rest and alas his beloved Eve Online was nowhere to be seen.
Within a short time one of the staff approached Yosagi, against all convention this staff member was clear of face and had a voice that wouldn't annoy dogs. This staff member tried to interest Yosagi in this game or that but soon realised he was wasting his time, then he did something unexpected, he asked Yosagi what he played.
Yosagi replied that for the last four years he had been playing, nay living, in the Eve Online universe.
Just then it turned quiet.
The lights seemed to dim a bit.
The staff member lowered his voice and asked in a slightly reverent tone if Yosagi had said Eve Online.
Yosagi replies in the affirmative.
The staff member then asked many questions in rapid succession about how hard core Eve Online really is, if the scams are true, if it really is essentially like one big server.
Yosagi tried to help him with some answers but explaining everything to somebody who hasn't experienced the game had some difficulties.
Some time passes and Yosagi leaves the store.
Some months later Yosagi once again finds himself in the same shopping center, again waiting on the eventual purchase of frilly things and various liquids.
The gaming store is gone.
Yosagi suspects he has moved to New Eden.
So in conclusion most of the above is why consensual PVP in Eve Online is a bad idea, the rest is shopping.