Yes, you read the headline with zero distortion. I LOVE RUST DECAY.
Rust game decay rate is set to 100% as follows in a Rust server config:
Rust decay is the gradual degradation of player-built structures and player-implemented items such as foundations, walls, tool cupboards, sleeping bags, wooden boxes, and a slew of other structures/items. Structures and items must be repaired before their health reaches zero “0” or they will be destroyed. If left unrepaired, decaying structures will eventually collapse.
Here is why I love Rust decay:
#1 Rust decay keeps servers running lean & clean
As a server admin, it’s nice to have a built-in system that helps the server perform better. Removing unused buildings and items helps the server run more efficiently. That’s good for everyone to have a self-cleaning system.
#2 Rust decay provides raiding opportunities for new players
Don’t have C4 or grenades? No problem. Just look around for neglected bases. Build your great empire from the rubble of old ones.
#3 Nobody is home – Rust decay for good intel
By checking bases for their degrade level you can see a general indication of how long someone has been away. A building in need of serious maintenance may help provide some intelligence regarding player activity in your region.
#4 Rust decay keeps ’em playing
Upkeep of a base means more time on the server. Players have to check their tool cupboards periodically to ensure it has enough resources for base upkeep. This provides some incentive for players to come online more often and adds somewhat to server population. Also, new players joining a server may leave if they see lots of abandoned structures or random entities like random freestanding walls littering areas they might want to build in.
#5 Large base = Large price tag (maintenance)
Maintenance costs for large bases in Rust are significant. This provides some advantage for smaller builds that are easier to maintain and are more commonly associated with noobs and solo Rust players.