This topic keeps coming up repeatedly, so here's yet another thread on the cloaking gem! The gist of it is: New players come to Lusternia, see a QW/WHO that has just a handful of names on it, and think that the game's pretty empty despite there being a larger number actually present in the numbers below. Actually seeing that people are around would be a very good change. As such, here is a proposal.
1) WHO is expanded so that it works across all planes, like EWHO currently does, with the following limitations.
a. It does not show anyone in manses.
b. It does not show the room name of anyone not on the same plane (or possibly continent) as you are, only the character's name.
2) EWHO will continue to show the room names of anyone on a different plane/continent than you, and will still display manse rooms (ignoring rooms with a privacy gem, as it currently does). Thus it is still an upgraded version of WHO.
3) The cloaking gem will remove your location's room name from WHO and EWHO, displaying only your character name (just as if you were off-plane). If you are in a manse, the cloaking gem will remove you from the EWHO list entirely, as well.
* Optional addition: The cloaking gem has up to 1 to 2 hours of activation time per weave for a special effect. This effect will remove your name from WHO/EWHO (just as the cloaking gem currently does). This can be toggled on/off up until the total time is expended.
The final optional idea is for those individuals who state that sometimes they just want to log on and do dailies / poke at some things without actually being "around." This would hopefully help satisfy that need, while also making it something that is both an opt-in and expires so it's just not permanently left toggled on. I'm not sure it's needed myself, but I can see the appeal for something like that.