I've spoken about this to a couple of GMs in my time but have never actually made a formal comment about it.
Have any of you logged in recently as a guest?
He has no skills, no stats. He is injured (due to falling from the sky in front of the Drome). He can't understand speech unless it's English.
...but that's less important than the fact he can hardly hear anybody say anything, anyway.
Standing in the Drome, Tristan is audible, and any characters who address the guest... but nothing else. There is no "watch" feature because he doesn't have the stats to achieve that.
While I can see this does prevent OOC stuff, it does mean that potential visitors to the game are seeing a relatively silent world, or one-sided conversations, or bartenders randomly replying and handing over drinks. I don't think any of those are particularly desired elements of the game, do you?
I'm not suggesting that he suddenly becomes uber, with boosted skills and stats that enable him to run around and survive jumping off rooftops and the like, but something a little better than "blind" would be grand.
Should Sam_Guest (or Hafu or Gaijin or whoever) have some basic skills? Even just ...perception, is it? So he can see things and observe conversations... I'd just like the poor thing to be able to almost interact like a normal member of society :P
(PS: Hi!) ;)