I guess it comes down to what people constitute as fun.
I have long known of a many a Gold Rush get money quick schemes, but have not partaken in them. On the other hand, I do use the “stacking” or “board hopping” to up the amount I receive. But I have purposefully shied away from anything that gives 100+ mill per hour.
Getting all that money so quickly takes away the fun for me. For instance. Lets go back to where it all became popular and that was slave running.
There was a certain station in a system that offered a humongous amounts of slaving missions. But the get rich quick scheme was to NOT do the mission. Instead you would take all the missions + board hop, abandon the mission and just sell the slaves back to the place you bought them. Rinse wash repeat. Big money real fast.
For me, I didn’t see the fun in that. I went there, and yes I board hopped/stacked. But I did the actual missions. I thought these were brilliant, challenging and time consuming missions. Doing the actual mission meant you had to plan a flight of about 30+ jumps through a non refuelling area whilst being chased the whole way by security. If they scanned you, all your missions instantly failed. Not to mention that you also had to sneak into every drop off station as the slaves were illegal.
They were fun and I made lots of money doing that. But it took planning, tactics and some luck to accomplish it. Ok I wasn’t making 100+ mil/hour, but I had fun and made a good chunk of money.
So to this day, I still stay away from these “gold rush” exploits. Ohhh its not hard to find out about them as they are on youtube as soon as they discovered.
I consider gold rush exploits to be like playing in solo play. Whats the point, you are only taking added gameplay out of the game.
Unfortunately exploits have been around since game release. ED knows about them, its just a shame they only do something about it when it gets a lot of media attention. Take Board hopping/stacking for example. They fixed that at one point but then let it all back in and are not bothered about it. Its also a key part of making 100’s of mil per hour if used with a gold rush exploit.
One of the most recent exploits that have just been fixed is the multiple rare resource gathering bug from doing the guardian base puzzle.
But what is the problem here? For me, the biggest problems are those that actively do gold rush exploits, the game fixes the exploit saving average joe like you and me from doing it but leaves the people who have exploited with all their earnings and materials and in a game with billions of cash to which they can fly with impunity.
But that is them and I am me. I am happy not power playing and chasing gold rush missions. I like to do what I want in the game. I think it adds more fun that way.