[MUD-Dev] Who Killed Miss Norway?

Michael Chui blizzard36_2002 at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 25 03:25:59 New Zealand Standard Time 2003


--- rkoster at soe.sony.com wrote:
 
>   Here's the thing, though: we come back to myths not because they
>   are true, but because they are True. So I am going to state this
>   as bluntly as I can: I am not ashamed about having been taken
>   in. Frankly, it's not the first time, and I am sure it won't be
>   the last. But I would much rather be willing to approach other
>   people online without endless layers of hardened cynicism, than
>   to have to live a life online always skeptical of others'
>   intentions.  

Some time ago, I read in the Daedalus Project that in EQ, when one
of the guild members had fallen on hard times, his friends and
guild-mates offered to pitch in with mailed or wired money to help
him get back on his feet. (I'm paraphrasing, of course; my memory is
imperfect.)

While I'm CERTAINLY not against the these 'myth', as you call them,
what would you say to people who scam others with a sort of con job,
and pretend to have fallen on hard times? They could exploit these
virtual friendships, and even more, this would cost those 'taken in'
more than just an emotional backlash, but also financial loss.

What's your opinion.. to warn players of such people, and thus
possibly make them more cynical and suspicious of their fellows, or
to just cross your fingers and hope it doesn't happen, or even to
simply hope that if it happens, the players don't demand that YOU
compensate their loss?
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