I loathe with a deep passion AFK people trying to leech and gimping a team so imagine my surprise being tagged with the AFK penalty not one, not twice or even trice but four times in the past month!
In three of those cases, a couple times as I approached weapons range of cubes, they blew up before I could do damage due to serious DPS from others in the instance before me. Nonetheless I was ACTIVELY controlling my ship and subsequently participating in clean up when I could and the boss fight only find out after I was AFK tagged for whatever reason.. WTF? I'm baffled over this insult to injury...
Granted the toons are alts and I dont play them well as I dont know engineering and science - which is why I'm trying to play them, and of course it takes me longer to buff up and deploy pets when I get the option but still I somehow trigger it.
Something is off with algorithm as I've been pegged four times now and all are a false positive. I've submitted tickets every time but it seems the tickets get ignored. My toon now has a 2.5 hours lockout going on it.
I'm to the point now where I figure I should fly into stuff with no power of course - since I cant wait for it to charge up or any buffs which will surely lead instant death thereby gimping the team the same as an AFK person would effectively be doing but at least I wont get the penalty.
The fact I'm even thinking about such a strategy for my none jazzed up toons shows there is an issue with the system.