[MUD-Dev] curses and grief players

Greg Miller gmiller at classic-games.com
Wed Jul 19 08:20:36 New Zealand Standard Time 2000

  Matthew Mihaly wrote:

> On Mon, 17 Jul 2000, Greg Miller wrote:
> >   stoddart at slip.net wrote:
> > 
> > > On the other hand a good mud admin normally doesn't have a stake in player
> > > affairs other than a consideration for the 'best interests of the mud'.
> > > Thus they're much more likely to be impartial than players whose primary
> > > interest is their own amusement.
> > 
> > Nonsense. The best interest of the players is the best interest of the mud.
> Nonsense. "The players" don't have a collective best interest. Each
> player's best interest may differ dramatically. If Bob gets off on
> pkilling, then it is in his best interest if the mud allows it. If Bill
> hates p-killing, then it is in his best interest if the mud bans it, all
> other things being equal.

Not every individual's best interest aligns with the group all the time. 
Letting the group decide, however, works out to the groups best interest.

> Further, since the mud is not composed solely of the players, it seems
> highly unlikely that the best interests of the mud could possibly exactly
> align with the average best interests of the players. 

As I noted previously, I feel (as do some others here) that my mud is 
designed for the players. Hence, by definition, there interests are 
those of the mud. If the players are a necessary evil, that certainly 
doesn't apply.

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