The Hard Hello. Welcome to Withmore. It's been around for as long as the game.
We offer protection for new characters for up to two weeks-- but this protection goes away if a character takes certain actions (pick pocketing, attacking someone), which would, if we kept protecting them, prevent other characters from defending themselves.
There will always be people who join the game and run around killing people and getting killed until they figure out that that is not the purpose of the game they are playing. I count myself among one of these people. I ran through 5-10 characters in my first few days because I ran out of chargen and tried fucking with gangers or established players.
This is a part of our learning curve, it also serves to discourage those that are looking for a purely MUD based game of hack n' slash. It promotes RP, reinforces our theme, and reinforces that our game is not hack and slash.
We take time on the admin side to discuss this with players who continually come out of character generation and attack people. We help them understand as much as we can. Not everyone ends up getting it, but for those of you that stick around (and there are a bunch of you that have!), you're better off for it and so is everyone else who plays.