My two coin on the matter:
- If I come across an abandoned area, and there are things I want, I’m likely going to take them. Part of the game is fueling your beacon and maintaining your builds. If you go away for such a long time that your beacon runs out and your land is open, you’re fair game.
There are exceptions to this. For example, I recently came across a massive build where many different people were contributing to it. As I was exploring around, I noticed that a large section of the build, right in the middle, wasn’t beaconed anymore and wasn’t owned by anyone. I could break the blocks and, man, there were a LOT of high-end blocks in it. However, I chose not to because it was blatantly obvious this was part of this very large build that was still active and it’s likely that a member of the community who originally built this area is no longer playing.