Do docking ports have orientation requirements? I tried to dock a shielded clamp-o-tron to, I'd guess you call it the male-end of, a standard clamp-o-tron. I.e. the bottom side as shown in this picture is my outward facing port:
I got what looked to be the magnetic effect of the dock to kick in, but it would always push my station I was docking with away. So I tried using RCS to reduce the acceleration from the magnet and finally got it to stabilize, but it never considered itself logically docked.
Did I screw myself by not orienting my docking ports correctly on my station? Or is this a manifestation of the docking bug that requires a save file fix? I only seem to have one docking node in my quicksave, which is in state 'Acquire'. Checking it to 'ready' and 'docked' just resulted in my shielded clamp-o-tron being permanently locked close with no way for me to open it. Although both the ships I'm trying to dock with have multi-nodes with four docking ports on them, each.
Any help is greatly appreciated. Can't decide if scrubbing the station because of a design flaw or this just being a game bug is the worse case.