I think this had been discussed once several months ago but I thought I’d try to get people’s idea on it.
What if there were some kind of communal living area with pre-generated wooden shelters? I’m thinking almost like a refugee camp scenario. Anyone can come into the camp and place a door to claim their own shelter but your use of items in the area is restricted. You’d only be able to place one wooden door every 24 hours or something similar within this refugee camp, that way people that are low enough on the totem pole would be able to have somewhere to stash their stuff. I think it would have to be open to every, not just certain low-resource players, otherwise it’d be too easy for others to camp outside the area and take people down as they leave.
Enforcement within the camp could come one of two days. Either NPC characters that act like PeaceKeepers (think Zombies with rifles) or you could limit weapons in a similar manner to limiting door placement within the zone.
Just some thoughts I was thinking of yesterday when I was seeing some griefers attacking fresh-spawns.