I have been thinking about this for a while, and I am writing this blog post to ask for your opinion (and opening comments for this so feel free to give me your opinion, but please make it constructive, thank you).
To me, a restrained sub should be vulnerable when out and about. I know SL is a virtual world and we are safe and all, but I am striving to make it feel as real as possible, so it strikes me as odd that a bound sub can walk everywhere without feeling helpless, and at the mercy of anyone who wants to overpower them, regardless whether they have a key to their restraints or not.
In fact, it may very well be something that some, if not most, serious players would agree with. Suppose you're outdoors with your hands cuffed behind your back, trying for example to slip out unnoticed (it could actually be a game, with the recent changes to the RLV...). But if you fail to go unnoticed and someone catches you, currently what can they do to you ? Nothing at all unless you permit it with an RLV relay or whatever attachment that has nothing to do with your restraints. That's not very realistic. If you're bound, you're vulnerable and people can do things to you whether you want it or not, that's the way I see it.
So here comes my idea. Suppose the person who caught you clicked on your cuffs, currently they would get a slightly condescending "you are not authorized" message and a suggestion to use a RealKey. Most people don't know what a RealKey is about, so they just assume they can't do anything to the sub and walk away. Opportunities of fun are missed. Even if the restraints are locked, there are many things that can be done to the sub, right ?
What I want to do is to provide the captor with a small menu, a little like the plugins browser, giving limited access to some plugins. These plugins would be Outfit, Sit and Leash. Because when you stumble on someone who cannot defend themselves, you can strip (or dress) them, you can snap a chain to their restraints (provided there isn't one already) and you can force them to sit somewhere.
This solution makes it safe for plugins such as "Public" (which immediately hands the key to the person touching the cuff), because only a handful of plugins would be available.
Currently what I'm trying to do is to add some code into the "Sit" plugin, which is present only in arms restraints, so that it triggers the menu I mentioned above. That preserves collars, legs and gags from this feature, and allows me to add this feature without adding a script for it. Notice that I didn't mention adding it as an option, if the sub is restrained, she is de facto vulnerable.
It makes sense to me, but does it make sense to you too ? Would you actually like such a feature ?
Thanks for your input,
PS : From the short but rich chat in the group immediately after I posted this article, it seems the general consensus is to have a plugin dedicated to it, that will be called "Vulnerable" (unless a better name is found), and that will give two switches : one for the sub only, to allow her keyholder(s) to make her vulnerable while bound, and one for the keyholder to actually make the sub vulnerable while bound or not. Only if both switches are turned on (they will be off by default, to let the restraints behave like they did until now), will someone get access to the Outfit, Sit and Leash plugins when clicking without having the key.
PS 2 : I'm sorry for taking so long to let the comments show... for once I will blame the tools because Blogger does not bother telling me when someone comments and that the comment is awaiting moderation. The consensus here is the same as on my group : such a feature needs a toggle, so there will be a toggle, as explained in the PS above. Thank you all for your comments !