There is an old OXP called Autodock, a discussion of which is here: http://aegidian.org/bb/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=12008
. Basically it allows players without a docking computers to use the stations docking computers for a 50Cr fee. CSOTB's version is designed for 1.77.1, but new features in 1.80/2 make for a simpler implementation. I've got a version, but I wondered is there any interest in such a thing?
I know a lot of players still have trouble with docking, so being able to bypass the process might be useful. It was a feature in old Elite versions (Elite+ being an example) so there is certainly a history for it. CSOTB is working on his mammoth re-visioning OXP so I imagine his interest in updating his original OXP is minimal (I have contacted him but he appears to be away again).
So, is there value in it? To publish, or not to publish, that is the question. Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous dockings, or to give players an easy docking process, and by that process calm them. To dock, to fly no more, and by such docking to end the thousand natural shocks our ships are heir to? 'Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished! To dock in time; to dock, perchance to crash; aye, there's the rub. For in that docking crash what dreams may come, when we have shuffled off this 'Press Space Commander', must give us pause.
Ok, I think I'll end there. Let me know what you think (about the OXP, not my mangled Shakespeare!).