MOO-cows Mailing List Archive
Re: Monitoring on MOOs and wizards' roles
On Tue, 19 Sep 1995, Kenny Root wrote:
> I'd like to address the issue of wizards using their power to monitor
> people through the use of #0:do_command and other such devices. Is this
> morally wrong? I'd like to hear what people think about the use of
> things like this that are in use at places such as CaxyMOO and HT (last
> time I checked).
> Comments, anyone?
This depends on the goal of your MOO. No, it wouldn't be morally wrong
to monitor people if you let them know in advance. Like, stick something
on $login.welcome_message saying that all users are being monitored for
such-and-such a reason. If they're told in advance, no player can
reasonally object to being monitored.
It would be morally wrong to monitor players on a MOO that boasts
privacy, such as BayMOO. Ofcourse, if you're being attacked by a system
cracker, and need to know what all ways there are to get in, then, by all
means, use #0:do_command. Ofcourse, it'd take some pretty enginious way
to do it, since the cracker would be able to see #0:do_command if s/he
had wiz permissions. This was used once on BayMOO to nab a cracker.
(The hole was patched immediately after the player @toaded and his site
All I can say is: use your own judgement.
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