There was a very very good movie that came out in 95, Nature of the Beast (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113939/
), If you get a chance to watch it, do so, you won't be sorry.
Now, I can tell you this much without spoiling it, one guy is a serial killer and the other is a bank robber... you learn this at the start of the movie.
When I get a blind fleet invite I wonder if I am the serial killer or the bank robber in this moment. It always takes me awhile to decline the invite, especially since the social panel isn't working, because I come here and look to see what the fleet has to offer or if I am food for their machine.
I have no interest in being food for any machine and since Foundry is offline as well, it's a little trickier for me to hunt out a fleet I want to be a part of.
As for blind invites, I am pretty tired of researching them and wonder why, since I get a lot of them, people don't just send me a letter.
Didja know that you can mail yourself letters? You could, in theory, make a nice, concise and tidy letter and mail it to yourself and then C/P that to a potential recruit.
I've played for a little while, bought a LTM because the foundry is coooool! But it has proven difficult for me to find the right fleet and the blind invite just isn't doing it for me.
The Monster Fleets are a bit overwhelming, I am impressed by their websites, information and so on, but it usually looks like I'll be food for that machine or the idea of me "applying" just irks me. The application process seems to be a way to pigeon hole people into some type of commodity.
That brings us to Teamspeak, Discord, etc... the "voice" requirement is always a stop sign for me and means that the powers that be have no use/interest in having someone that is hearing impaired in their fleet. Had an interesting convo with someone the other day about that and they just didn't understand that having a voice app does no good when it is running in the background and you cannot "hear" it ping a notice in the first place. The game has it's own communication feature and if those of you that have the gift of hearing will mute your programs you'd be amazed at just how quickly you adapt to reading and typing.
So it comes down this... don't blind invite, send a letter. That gives someone like me to look at what you are offering, to see if I am qualified to fill the role you want/need me in and it allows me the ability to look over your SM and see if you are a good fit for me. ATM I spend a lot of time playing because Foundry is down, but once it comes back I'll spend more time creating than anything else.