Tiggs posted a while back how visibility works in this thread
. There is nothing new in this but I would like this saved somewhere since some threads by the devs tend to be deleted after a while. It is also AFAIK the only time the devs have said anything official about how visibility works. I think the message is quite clear except that "initiating combat" can be interpreted in different ways.
Many of you have asked for clarification on this so we have created a knowledge base article that sums it up a bit better.
How does Jedi visibility work in regard to Bounty Hunter terminals?
Each of the following Jedi-relation actions has an associated Jedi Visibility Modifier:
-Equipping a Lightsaber.
-Initiating Combat with a Lightsaber equipped.
-Using any Jedi-related skills that consume Force power.
All PCs and all non-animal NPCs that observe a Jedi performing any of the above stated actions (observed as defined as within 32 meters) will contribute to an increase in the Jedi's Visibility Value (JVV).
-An opposing faction member who views this action will add the full value of the action to the Jedi Visibility Value.
-A Neutral PC or non-animal NPC will increase the JVV by 50 percent of the action's Jedi Visibility Modifier.
-A same-faction PC or non-animal NPC will increase the JVV by 25 percent of the action's Jedi Visibility Modifier.
Being grouped with a PC or non-animal NPC who is viewing this action has no influence on how Jedi Visibility is obtained.