I mentioned on the previous thread that the Shadow side was a lot more accommodating to cross-tether RP, and while I still think that's true, I should explain myself a bit better.
I have always perceived a sort of one-sided flow of "corruption" in the game world. Namely, while the Spirit side has always worried about the Shadow side influencing their own, seducing them to cross over or otherwise lose their way, the Shadow side never seems to worry. They're not quite as concerned that Bob McLuminary might make Frank the Syssin see the way of Light, even though it happens all the time!
Although I still believe the relationship between the two tethers is heavily lopsided, I'm seeing vast improvements in how things are handled. No one in Duiran seems to give a damn who you're keeping company with, as long as it isn't excessive and you're not bedding your enemies. Enorian's a little tighter on the reins, but the city's very leader runs a neutral bar that caters to both sides, and there is a lot more mingling than there used to be.
I think this is very healthy for the game as a whole!
I appreciate directories - and understand that I say this as a die-hard roleplayer who has to emote everything - because yes, while it was fun to stroll into a shop and have a chance encounter with someone, honestly, sometimes I'm just trying to restock my moss. And what about players who don't like to roleplay?
We have numerous shopkeepers who have no problems finding this sort of RP, whether it's by running a famous tavern or simply by being famous themselves and just hanging out in their own store all the time.
I also appreciate the directory system for encouraging economic competition - I can, at a glance, see the average price of flame sigils in Duiran, and easily undercut or match the lowest price if I want.
I understand where you're coming from, but I think it's suggesting removing an incredibly valuable system for little gain.