Scanning is vital in w-space. You need to scan to find a wormhole to get in to w-space, and you need to scan to find an exit wormhole. You need to scan to find Sleeper sites to run, or to hunt down other capsuleers. It is unsurprising that the scanning system was overhauled for the Apocrypha expansion, drastically reducing the time and skills needed to perform scanning with probes, otherwise w-space would remain unexplored and uninhabited. And yet, despite it being simplified, I still have a problem with the scanning process.
The fundamental process of dropping probes and scanning for signals is sound. Locating signatures and determining their type is interesting and, to some extent, enjoyable. But resolving the signatures so that you can warp directly to them, or bookmark them in the scanning window, is unfortunately tedious. The problem is inadvertently highlighted in CCP's own EVE Online: Scanning Guide Tutorial video, created alongside the introduction of the specialised and limited Zephyr scanning boat.
When you find a bunch of signatures you want to resolve, you pick one, reduce the scan radius on the probes, adjust the probes' positions to triangulate the signature, and scan. The new scan result gives you a better reading, at which point you reduce the scan radius on the probes, adjust the probes' positions to triangulate the signature, and scan. The new scan result gives you a better reading, and, well, I think you may see my issue with the process. The tutorial video gets boring just to watch once it becomes a matter of resolving the signal from 'known site' to '100% scan strength'. Having to scan manually this way can quickly become a chore, particularly with a dozen or more sites to resolve. My qualm is not simply that scanning is repetitive, but that it is a process that can be automated easily.
Changing the scan radius and repositioning the probes to recentre the signature seems to me like a trivial task to delegate to a computer system. After all, computers are ideally suited to performing repetitive computational tasks, and are often touted as being able to relieve humans from such tedium. But capsuleers are humans too, and we are sitting in vastly complex spaceships with considerable computing power at our disposal. I don't quite understand why it is left to me to perform trivially computed operations until I get a 100% scan strength result. I could just as easily select a signature and punch a button, letting the ship's computer take care of resolving the signature.
I understand that effectively automating the process would simplify scanning too much, and that the current system is preferable to the old. But there has to be a better way to scan systems than by moving probes manually, chasing down individual signatures using a repetitive and ultimately monotonous method. Personally, all I really need is a method that doesn't make me wonder why my computer isn't doing the task for me, instead feeling that my judgement and experience is being used effectively.