[MUD-Dev] players who "take away from the game"

Miroslav Silovic silovic at zesoi.fer.hr
Tue Nov 9 11:35:01 New Zealand Daylight Time 1999


J C Lawrence <claw at cp.net> writes:

> Consider the function of a a social predator.  He does "bad things".
> Yet, conversely, he prompts the development of the society in new
> and potentially interesting fashions, and can in fact be the
> catalyst which invokes a society and a sense of group from an
> otherwise disassociated group of individualists.Yet that social
> predator does all the things we consider otherise abhorrent.

You mix conflictive players with people who bother others outside game
boundaries. A juicy assassin is a bonus to every MUD. On the other
hand, cheaters, sex abusers and people who use email threats against
the admins are *not*. Disconnect, toast, siteban. That simple.

On another issue, from MUD FAQ: playing a MUD is privilege granted by
admins, not a right. After all, admins pay for the site and the
connection, keep the server up, build on it, and do all the *work*. I
think it's their prerogative to decide what sort of players they want
to have (unless they charge for playing, things get murkier in that
case) - they shape the society by shaping the playerbase. Players that
don't like that, don't have to play.

--
How to eff the ineffable?



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