You gotta realise you are some people's perfect target - you're an explorer who's almost certainly not combat focused with no experience of the new 2.1 AI
As such you're incredibly easy to mislead and to recruit onto the "AI nightmare" bandwagon - if you look at who's involved it's pretty much the same faces every single thread +/- a few new ones most of whom try a few tricks and get sorted and carry on playing.
I wouldn't panic. You've had loads of warning so you'll know what to worry about on the way back in, and there's plenty of people who'll wing with you and help you get to where you wanna sell data to ease any nerves. Just.... take it all with a pinch of salt - you gotta admit many of these stories are pretty fantastical and when folk post videos of their super NPC attack it's rarely if ever turned out to be a super NPC just basics like pips that weren't needed before.
Once again you misunderstand, probably because I didn't explain fully :
I am not at all worried about re-entry to the bubble, I am not worried about my skills piloting during interdictions, I am not worried about exploring and coming back. Ignore the fact I am exploring.
I was purely talking about other people posting that big ships are easy targets for small NPC ships, and that small ships are better against NPCs right now. All of this to do with interdictions, combat, bounty hunting, missions etc.