( Not constructive at all, but can't hold myeself anymore :)
« Don't worry, honey, hide behind the blanket, the big bad RP won't be there anymore tomorrow when you'll woke up. »
That's really how it seems to me. Instead of accepting the fact RP is a big part of Ryzom, it's better to hide it, make a new channel RP dedicated. How weird, that's mostly the same people who cry for years because they don't want to be forced to play a certain way...
Actually, it is constructive insofar as it's exactly that sort of behavior that made me think that this might be needed. [EDIT] Non-constructive comment.
How it seems to me is that there is a very vocal contingent who feels that anyone who uses the Around channel for not-RP is "doing it wrong", and there is a misconception that somehow RPers are more privileged/entitled than non-RP "peons". Sure, a lot of RPers are not that way, but enough are that way that RP gets a bad rep. And that's a shame and a disservice to the decent RP folks. Now, if you want more people to RP, then it would be in your best interest to make sure RP is seen in a more favorable light than it currently is by so many people.
You are also overlooking the fact that the User tab in chat has all channels enabled by default, so unless someone specifically and explicitly takes intentional action to opt out, it's not really hidden. (That fact takes a bit of the edge off of Jellona's argument as well, but we can address that later.) You will not be hidden unless they want to hide you, so unless you make people want to find a way to hide you, you have nothing to fear from that.
Yes, RP is a part of Ryzom, but how big a part is it? There is no universal consensus. And where there no consensus or compromise, there is conflict. I proposed an option with the intended purpose of turning conflict into compromise by allowing non-RP to tune out stuff they have no desire to deal with being told they are doing it wrong in a manner that does not deprive them of the Around channel. Do you want to deprive people of the ability to opt out? If so, how is that not forcing your way on others? How is giving non-RP folks the option to tune out unwanted dialog depriving RPers in the immediate vicinity the ability to RP?
---Do not assume that you speak for all just because you are the loudest voice; there are many who disagree that simply have no desire to waste words on you.