I have a question concerning the Q as stated in the topic: How boldly does he cheat?
I No Frills 137 he has taken control over the empire and I saw two probes in deep space last turn. One (PL21 empire design) did not move and gained 29 kt of mass since last turn. Another probe (B200 borg design) had 16-30 cargo+fuel left and HYPed away into deep space gaining 1 kt of mass while doing so. Since cloaked ships at both position are highly unlikely, I am asking myself how to stop those nasty pests when they need no fuel?
The Q is happy to give itself extra fuel out of nowhere at times. The Q can also see cloaked ships. It can not force a ship to de-cloak (wiithout a Loki or a Glory device of course) but it will know you are there and can tow your cloaked ship around.
Just cause I am paranoid does not mean they are not out to get me.