Greedy Goblin posted today that EVE needs a corporation measuring stick, like a leaderboard to rid EVE of bad corporations. Purging bad corporations is a common claim from awoxers and wardec corporations of the need for the wardec mechanic.
Leaderboards, however, make no sense in EVE, but perhaps with the corporation retooling Sugar is a part of it is time to rethink how corporations and shares work. To build a system where corporations can be compared and players can make the choice of which corporation to join for PvE. Killboards already exist in EVE to give a measure of a corporations PvP skills. There is no counterpart for PvE.
Instead of leaderboards, though, EVE should allow corporations to mark themselves as business corporations as opposed to combat corporations. A business corporation would have to present balance sheets and other standard corporation reports that you would find in the real world. Make these reports public and searchable and part of the corporation search screens. Reports could include wallet balances, PvE operations reports, manufacturing reports and so on. At the same time you could allow for the shares to mean something, for people to invest in corporations and get returns on their investment.
Now in EVE as it stands today, providing these reports would be a massively dangerous thing as it is free intel of a significant degree. In order to address this, business corporations would be immune from wardec. 100%. They would also be disallowed from aggressing any player in high security space for any reason. Any player joining a corporation that is not marked as a business would get a warning that this corporation lacks transparency and may not be a suitable place for every player, especially new players. A combat counterpart could also be introduced where a corporation is highlighted as a combat oriented group, their basic killboard numbers shown in the application screen leaving unmarked corporations as the only corporations left not providing any information and to a degree, discouraged by the in game tools from being shown to users unless they actively seek them out.
With this simple change, you give corporations a way to opt-out of wardecs in return for providing detailed information about themselves that will help new and old players make a determination about their value in EVE relative to other corporations.
What are your thoughts?