Red Zones were supposed to be dangerous areas where people would progress from the Blue-Yellow zones of "low risk, low rewards" to more "higher risk, higher reward". Sort of the real stepping stone to the chaos of black zones, a place where smaller groups and solo-duo players could find PvP without getting zerged constantly. As it stands, however, red zones' resources are mined on cooldown (at least, around Caerleon), there's gatherers running around on oxes, I almost never see any hostile (unless they're 5 and about to start a HG) and whenever there's a few hostiles, a blue zerg spawns to kill them. Now, I don't mind the latter per se, I just think some changes need to be made to bring back a sense of real danger to red zones. Imo, the issue is three-fold.
1)The reputation system needs to be revamped. As it stands, people who flag lose way too much reputation per kill. Lower that down to more reasonable numbers and allow flagged players to roam the red zones once more.
2)People who attack flagged players should become "Temporarily Flagged". If you don't know what TF is, go near a HG or inside a territory in red zones. My experience in red zones has been that as soon as a few brave souls flag up and rack up a kill, they get zerged by an ever expanding pug group who risks little, most of them split across 3-4 groups. Flagging them in return would force them to face a bit of risk.
3)People who loot bodies should become Temporarily Flagged. I never thought I'd see that, but there's tons of players in the red zones around Caerleon who just go around following zergs following a few flagged guys and rush to loot bodies. Imo, doing so should flag you temporarily.
Pretty simple, truly. Just a few basic changes to encourage more PvP, discourage riskless zerging and bring some danger back to red zones.
2)Good thing if its the case. But i never see that personnally.
3) Dont' care;none issue
There is more then enough PvP going on. It's time to give some love to the crafter and gatherer. It's bandit and rogue can go to black zone were they are supposed to be. Red Zone is bloody murder and they should be a bigger deal.