I've found a nice moon that I'm trying to anchor a POS at. There's no tower ongrid, but there are two anchored secure containers within a couple km of the warpin. I can Launch For Corp my tower, but when I try to anchor it I'm told "You are unable to anchor the <tower type> at <planet - moon> as there is already a control tower anchored there." Since, again, there's no control tower ongrid, I assume it's the secure containers that are keeping me from anchoring my tower.
I assume this is, if not an outright exploit, then at least a bug, right? You can anchor containers without the faction standings (in hisec) to anchor a tower, nor the risk of having a 50M-300M control tower sitting out in space. More importantly, since you can anchor containers while in an NPC corp (right?), which is what this guy's doing, there's absolutely nothing you can do to free the moon, since you can't wardec them.
I read a couple old threads regarding this issue:http://www.eveonline.com/ingameboard.asp?a=topic&threadID=1546545http://eve-search.com/thread/538428/page/1
both of which said that anchored secure containers aren't supposed to interfere with tower-anchoring. Well, these are. One thread mentioned getting the containers removed through a petition, and I did make one, but it's been sitting unanswered for a while now. Meanwhile, I'm stuck in the system, getting more and more jittery, jumping each time someone new enters local, scared they're a hauler with a control tower that knows something I don't and will steal my moon.
Is this legit? If so, how can I counter it? If not, how long should I expect the petition to take? (I filed it under Gameplay -> Player Owned Structures, because I'm not enough of a jerk to abuse the Stuck category.) Are there any workarounds I can use to anchor my tower while the containers are still there? (In one of the threads, someone suggested moving more than 5km from the cans and trying to anchor again. Did that, didn't work.)
Finally, can someone else Launch For Corp a control tower and anchor it, stealing the moon, while mine is sitting Unanchored ongrid, and how long can I leave my tower sitting Unanchored before it disappears? Two hours, like secure containers (I think)?
Sorry about the obvious alt, but, well, you know. I like keepin' me moons safe.