Bassim wrote:It's the equivalent of expecting slaves to RP out their chores, rather than assuming it done if they wanted to.
I don't think it is, necessarily.
People often expect slaves to notecard chores because they're blurring the lines and confuse making sure that the player is "busy" and "productive" with making sure the slave is busy and productive.
They want to give the physician or the scribe "something to do" because, for many people, having proscribed actions to perform in RP is the limit of their imagination or RP skill.
But there are situations in which a notecard will be useful for future RP, and where it will behoove us, in the course of collaborative story-telling, to use them. Census information, for example, could lead to lots of different RP avenues. Tax collection, ration control, investigation or other GM controlled plots. For a people collating widespread information (like that a census would provide) those notecards can be useful and productive. It takes a couple of minutes in many cases. Often less time that contextualising the same information in a post would, at any rate. And if everyone in a sim is prepared to put that bit of effort into contributing to potential future plots, except one guy who's all "HOW DARE YOU GRIEF ME!!", then I think the sim management are well within their rights to consider that player might not be the best fit for their sim.
Of course, with equally strong conviction, I think we each have a right to decline to play on sims where we don't like the fact that we've been asked to invest 5 minutes in filling out a form.
I just don't think it's black and white, that's all. There are some grey areas, and often (IMO) the best RP sims have a little grey, and are managed in such a way that everyone is on board, understand they're being asked to invest a little OOC time to aid each other's (or the sim's) IC stories, and don't mind.
It's a semantic argument really. I think we largely agree and I'm as (if not more) likely as anyone to tell someone who asks me to NC cooking eggs by myself to go eat a bag of dirty dicks, but I still don't think that notecards - even required ones - are ALWAYS bad, griefing or blurring the lines of IC/OOC.