I have my machine set up not to write .DS_store files, the reason being because I was suspect they may have been causing access issues on shared drives (folder is considered "in use" even when it isn't), but when I go into a folder, I can still change the view options, which appear to be saved–even with no .DS_file being created–until I unmount the drive.
I'm almost certain now that the issue I'm having is not with the .DS_files, but with whatever process is saving and storing the view options locally. This process or whatever it is, is keeping the folder "open", preventing everyone else from editing the folder name or moving it, which is a big deal when you're creating a lot of assets, new folders and moving stuff around while doing housekeeping.
To elaborate, the issue we're having is when a folder is opened in finder, immediately something happens on that machine that is persistent until the drive is unmounted, even when you navigate away from that folder, some kind of lingering connection still exists that registers that folder as "open", even when there is literally no one currently viewing the folder contents. I don't know what it is, and this is my question, what is happening when you view the contents of the folder that could cause the server to perceive that folder as still being open or being used by a computer on the network?