Is inside outside?
Most of us know the holy trinity of combat resolution:
- In sector: the sector that you are in
- Out of Sector (OOS): all the other sectors
- Observed OOS: a remote sector, whose sector map is open
The answer is obvious, when you dock into external clamps/pier. You can still see the space around the Station. The shots of hostile ships smashing on the Station, where you hide ...
There are internal docking bays for some ships in some Stations. In or Out? Well, you do know that the landing area of Argon Trading Station is still semi-open, which should serve as a hint. Furthermore, Advanced Satellite video feed does function, even though you are docked, and every minute movement of the ships out there is still observable.
What about X2? There you had "proper" internal docking. You could even fly inside the Stations, and that did give a TARDIS vibe. Was that "remote" to the sector?
No. Even there the sector outside is "in sector". I had to check, and check I did.
All in all, the answer is logical.
Why did it took years to ask the obvious?
What else is still lurking?