Use of Clients on SWmud
This is a topic which has fallen under much conflict and scrutiny as to what is legal and illegal about clients. Hopefully this will clear those ambiguities up and help you understand more about what is right and wrong about clients.
Clients in general are not illegal to use. Many times they allow people to edit, cut and paste, and keep their screens in order so that they can better follow what they are doing; thus they can provide a separate screen to enter mud input from, while all your output appears on another window. This is a great help, and can also save the sanity of the avid mudder. However, there are some features found in clients which are illegal to use here.
Using a client for even the simplest things can cause problems for others as well as create havoc on the mud; thus certain aspects are illegal. A major no-no is using scripts. This is not fair to the players who cannot use scripts, as well as adding to the mud's CPU usage. Therefore, using scripts are illegal in any form.
Well, what about setting up friendly things? The following is an example of how even the nicest intentions can lead to disaster.
Macros that send more than one command to the mud are also illegal on SWmud due to the same problems that scripts introduce. We want this to be a fair and enjoyable place for all, which means we also don't want anyone having an unfair advantage over other players. An example of a clear misuse of a script is as follows.
Using illegal scripts or triggers sent by a client can result in some harsh punishments. The following are the minimum punishments you can expect if caught scripting. Some variation is possible depending on the wiz and your attitude.
So what IS legal about a client? A great deal of it relies on the judgement of the player, but here are a few guidelines. If you have doubt about using a client for a particular purpose, please ask and don't attempt it until you've been answered; if you are not sure, then simply don't do it.
What you can use clients for is capturing certain instances on the screen, eg. if you catch someone doing something illegal, a screen capture is the best evidence. Having split screens so that your input is on one window and mud output appears on another is also allowed. These types of things are both constructive to the user as well as the mud.
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