From Starfleet Commander
A player who does not log in to the game for 7 days (and who has not switched into Vacation Mode) becomes inactive, labeled (i) on the Galaxy Screen. Unless they are protected by a Neutrality Marker, inactive players can be attacked by all, regardless of newbie protection or Diplomacy Mode. After 21 days, the label changes to (I) and after 30 days an inactive player risks deletion; although, again, an account in p-mode will not be deleted until the neutrality expires.
- Keep in mind that an inactive player's defenses will still defend the planet. Make sure to use enough probes to get an accurate picture of the target's ships and defenses (and preferably technologies).
- Someone who is buddied or allied with the inactive player may group defend them. This is a common tactic, especially using Oracles, to do a Ninja Defense.
Although older universes award DSP to attackers who destroy inactives’ ships in battle (and vice-versa; the inactive account accumulates DSP for ships attackers lose in the process), since Nova, battles with inactives no longer award DSP (to either side).