RLV 1.21 brought along a new command, @permissive. From the Wiki:
- Allow/deny permissive exceptions : “@permissive=<y/n>”
Implemented in v1.21 When denied, all restrictions turn into their “secure” counterparts (if any). This means an exception to a restriction will be ignored if it is not issued by the same object that issued the restriction. Using non-secure restrictions (the original ones, like @sendim, @recvim etc) and not using @permissive allow the avatar to benefit from exceptions issued by different objects.
Friends of mine expressed concerns about this new command, friends who have exceptions to their dominants, submissives and hell just every day friends built in to other attachments. They feared that this restriction would become commonplace and as their dominants collectively do not permit having their IMs cut off, quite legitimately I might add, that they would no longer be able to freely play in RLV playgrounds.
At the time I acknowledged the concern but didn’t give it much credence. The restriction is, in my eyes, a strong one that should not be entered in to without consent. That is why Marine put exceptions in to IM blocking in the first place, it’s not a glitch, it’s a feature.
I was further comforted by the rather obvious warning.
Warning : Using this command (or any secure version of the original commands) may silently discard exceptions issued by different objects (it is even its primary purpose), hence some products may appear to cease working while this restriction is in effect. For example, a product that allows the avatar to always be able to send IMs a particular friend will not be able to overcome a @sendim_sec or a @permissive command sent by another object, and will look like it is broken. Therefore, use with caution and make the user aware of how secure your own product is !
I mean that’s pretty clear isn’t it? I mean it’s the only restriction that has a warning not about the technical nature of it, but about the use of it. Surely the toy makers of SL will take heed.
Alas I’m wrong. The other day a friend of mine was trapped by, of all things, a lamppost. Leaving aside the fact that a lamppost has no business cutting off IM when it’s in automated trap mode, it most certainly doesn’t have any business over-riding exceptions to that restriction!
Understand this, playground architects and toy builders. Indiscriminate use of the permissive command will ruin the RLV experience of many subs. Put a bit of thought in to the toys you deploy and follow the golden rule of RLV; if it’s more likely to detract from the scene, don’t do it!