Kuzco, you wrote:
-Is it okay if they leave their flat door open?
-Is it okay if you somehow gain entry without invitation?
In this case, mess with them how?
-Is it okay if they are messed by someone else then tossed into the street?
I guess it would depend on how you’re messing with them? Killing no, but something else, maybe? I think admins would need to share their thoughts on this? (You could always ask if the situation comes up.)
-Is it okay if they disconnect for more than 15 minutes?
If someone goes to sleep out in the open they have been warned. DC’d though, my thought is No.
But how would you necessarily know (unless you timed it)? Move them to a location and see? (See my situation above.)
-Should you move them? I've seen good and bad sleeper moving, from kidnapping to helping an involuntarily disconnected player.
My thoughts: If they’ve been there a long while, you could. Would it be in character to?
-Should you steal from them? I was robbed several times as a newbie for one to five minutes DC due to poor internet, and while I got personally angry I found it IC themely.
You shouldn’t have been messed with when you were DC’d. Sorry that happened. Those players didn’t know the game’s etiquette. Themely or not, there’s an understood rule not to mess with sleepers. However, not everyone understands that, especially if they are new.
If someone's fallen asleep out in the open, especially if they are new (1st 2 weeks), my thought is don't be an ass and rob them. Yes, it's themely but give them some leeway. (We don't want to give them a loss straight out of the gate...heh. But, maybe take them to the coffins and then razz them the next time you see them? Ask for a drink in exchange as a "protection fee". It can create RP and a new contact. And if they're an ass about it, well, they can learn.)
A character that's been around over a month? They know better than to sleep out in the open carrying everything including their kitchen sink (dang strength nanos [earlier thread reference there ;) ]) .
If they DC, no.
However, deciding to stay up so late as a player and fall asleep out in the open? I would expect mine to be stripped down of belongings, leaving the shirt and jeans, maybe. 5 chy jeans, why bother? Custom clothes? Oh hell yes, gone.
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There are too many variables which is likely the reason for the blanket rule of Don’t mess with sleepers. I’ve seen someone fall asleep outside and there are consequences to that. I guess if you see someone and they still are clothed / have their stuff, you can move them and after a (long) while, ask an admin via xhelp.