I find this thread interesting for obvious reasons, but also due to the fact that, most everything else, the whole story of what is going on here isn't fully understood.
Avatars are not regularly
point blank ejected from the Port of Hesius for not being in a Gorean avatar. Avatars are
sometimes point blank ejected from the sim for being in a pre-pubescent avatar, for standing there for a very long time after they've been spoken to with no response in a non-Gorean avatar, or wandering around the sim in a non-Gorean avatar, or for other rule-breaking reasons - female outlaws and such. Even then, if time permits and we don't have some constraints, we will try to message the person and resolve things before just ejecting. We would like to do this perfectly every time, but on the unfortunate arrival of Ost's particular friend, we had had numerous difficult, troubling violations of this by several other folks of malicious intent who were actually griefing during this same time period. It was survival mode at that point, over 70
on the sim on a weekend, and you have to understand the situation here.
No, we are not perfect. We're just doing our best.
We do not have a TP in the skybox for reasons that are important to us, and they're outlined in the blog article Simplicity
on the website. The ease of which it is to just get into role-play from the landing point is one of the reasons why we feel the sim is a success so far. There are some issues with it of course - some folks who are faeries, trolls, fair maids, Star Trek players, and vampires and such... sometimes if they wait around too long, or are caught in a disruptive moment on sim, might find themselves ejected. We have one short - very short - rules notecard. Eight rules. And the rules themselves are so simple, nearly once short sentence. It does not take long to read. There are two boards to click. That's all. One for rules. The other is a TP to take you to the OOC auction. It's extremely easy to figure out what's going on when you land.
If the folks are really very good role-players, fantastic
role-players, from other genres who are wanting to play, I would anticipate they'd be very keen on the fact that there is role-play going in on in very close proximity to the landing point, and at least TP out with the rules card, or perhaps if you one of you are inviting a particularly seasoned roleplayer who you're excited to come to the sim and check it out, you might could pass them the rules card with an idea of what a Gorean role-play avatar should look like. If they just want to see what the sim looks like, we have an amazing flickr, and our website gives some wonderful details to help. The decision stands, though, to restrict the sim to Gorean adult avatars.
I did apologize to the person in question and tried to explain the situation to the person in question, and also to you, Ost, and I was afk when you messaged me with your incredulity at what you felt was our lack of an OOC landing, Elle. I love you both, very much, have always enjoyed your role-play and company, and certainly do not want to offend any of your friends. And we really appreciate the feedback! We really do not want to upset if it's possible. But we've chosen here to try a few different things on how to do the landing point. On how to handle our rules. We have an OOC Council here that helps make these decisions, and while I admit I enjoy the thought of being a Queen and ruling over my kingdom lands and such... OOC, that's really not what's going on here. I've personally taken several moderations to our council for an independent review when questioned. And now, I'm taking the time to value your concerns, and listen. I'm sorry if it's one of those "agree to disagree" type of things. But it just might be.