Word of mouth is a valuable tool in the frig-jock circles and no doubt, you're most certainly not getting a fight from those who prefer their vanilla t1 frig fights once they know you use links in a frig-v-frig shoot out.
But enough of me moaning about links. I don't want links to be removed from the game or placed on a grid. That wouldn't help matters at all. Links as they are are cool(ish), they're just abused by people who aren't very good at this game. Okay I am still moaning, enough finger-pointing. Stop it now, they'll get mad.
What if there was a different way of shaking up the way links are used. What if there was a module or modules that enabled the boosts projected to be deflected and/or scrambled? Now, before I go on I hope that you are sitting comfortably and I request that you open up your mind for a few moments.
Okay, let's proceed.
The first module would be a mid-slot active module that works the same way as a tracking disruptor would. You suspect someone is using a link alt in your honorable combat duel then you switch on the EGO BOOST PLUS 500 WARLORD SCRAMBLER, change your script to the BOOSTING 'SMOKE' DISRUPTION SCRIPT or PROJECTED EFFECTS ERECTILE DYSFUNCTIONALIZER and you in effect scramble the signal sent from the link ship and the links are reduced significantly on the boosted combat ship. Nothing too drastic, shall we go with say a reducer of 90%? Yes, we will. The 10% should balance the fight up for them and give them that slight edge they crave and will need to make a good go of the fight. We wouldn't want it to be an even fight, oh no.
Now for the king of the anti-boost modules. I present to you the low-slot passive WARFARE BOOST DEFLECTOR SHIELD BATTERY. Once fitted to a ship, any boosts that a targeted ship receives during combat will be automatically transferred to YOUR ship (or shared out among many targets if not in a 1v1 situation), rendering the links useless for the guy with the link-alt but a welcome addition to the stats of the guy(s) who has never used boosts before. A total flip reverse situation like a finger slipping through the toilet paper at the wrong moment.
I know that these will need some tweeking but can you imagine the potential? The shake up that this would bring to combat. This would really put the cat among the pigeons. I am excited just to think of the potential mischief and levelling of the playing field this would potentially bring.
Would you think twice about using your links if such modules existed?