What is "Can Flipping"? When do I need to worry about this? Do CCP care if I get flipped?
Phil [ Editor ]
1: Can flipping is a trick that makes use of the aggression mechanic to allow a player in high-sec to destroy a mining ship without getting CONCORDOKKEN'd. the idea is that you steal from a mining ship's "jet can" (a jettisoned cargo container that they're using to store the ore they're mining), which gives that player a right to shoot you. Typically, the can flipper shoves the ore thus stolen into a can of their own.
If the mining ship opens fire on the flipping ship, or reclaims the ore from the flipped can, then they have aggressed and can be engaged legally in combat. It's a cheap and simple technique to grab some easy kills if you don't mind people thinking you're lame.
2: you don't, really. If you're a dedicated miner, then there are a number of strategies for dealing with a flipper, ranging from just ignoring them and moving on, not using jet cans and shuttling the ore back to station in-hold, etc. Many dedicated mining corps will use an orca for its corp hangar bay, which can't be flipped (and in any case is several times larger than a jet can). So long as you don't open fire and don't try to reclaim the lost ore, the flipper can't do anything to you.
alternatively, you can trap the flipper by mining into a jet can launched by a friend who's hiding nearby in a stealth bomber, or other similarly powerful cloaked ship. When the flipper comes along and flips the can, the combat ship uncloaks and teaches him a lesson.