PC Hotfix (15.11.2018) this was also mentioned by tascha but i cant find the reference sorry.
backgroun. in the past in PVE or any other server ,when a base decayed (Abandoned) we were able to loot them , (once decayed), now its impossible to do so… ]
then about a month and a few days ago, they said they were looking into making an scavanger mode due to feedback (it was truly overwhelming the amount of people complaining not only here but also in reddit. so they said they took the feedback to the developers and they said they will look into a way to implement it. (we are still waiting lol)
it seems to me they love to screw people at PVE servers, (funny as they claim to listen to what people want, , but for this case it remained in the “listening part.” fixing is just as easy as removing the ownership to decayed building bags, (as mentioned not rocket science) , this change was of course implemented without any patch notes, or neither was a patch tested over testlive. so this blewed on their faces, and nothing ever happened after that. just another not so popular change they did without asking what people wanted. they acknowledged it was unwelcome change, and thats pretty much it.
To be clear , i dont blame their good PR people , in fact i feel sorry for them to have to deal with the incompetence we are used to see on the development/direction side, its sad, they have GREAT ideas, very innovating ideas, indeed, but very poor execution 90% of the time, and the pr guys are the ones taking all the hits. they have my sincere sympathy.