After some great battles, the dust on icons seems to have largely settled, and the only people bothering with them are cities/houses that are pretty sure they won't be messed with any time soon, and that can pretty handily defend them if anyone tried. I absolutely loved the free PK aspect of Nish as a noncombatant when I was in Mhaldor. It was a way for someone like me to dabble in real conflict with a built-in eject button.
1) Would having bashing in Nish be a problem? If so, maybe a different area could be designated free PK? This would just allow people to dabble on an individual basis, though, not encourage battles. Still, would be nice.
2) Look at how icons work... maybe when one goes down it can't be empowered for a certain amount of time (RL weeks? months?), but isn't outright destroyed? Maybe make it easier to take down, too? This would allow bolder members of a house to try to go resurrect the icon later on, and hopefully encourage more skirmishes?
And if there are other (better) ideas to make "dabbling" more appealing to us noncomms, what are they?