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Tuesday, January 28, 2003

Proposal: If It's Not Worth Doing At All...

In the rule entitled Proposals:
  • In the first paragraph, change the word "Proposals" to "non-trivial Proposals".
  • After the first paragraph, insert as a new paragraph the following: "A Player can state in his Proposal that the Proposal is Trivial. Trivial Proposals score points as if they were declared Trivial in voting. A Player can submit any number of Trivial proposals at a time."

[For the truly dedicated typo hunter.]

Enacted by Kosta, Thursday the 30th, +10 Points to Don, +1 to Kosta. (Didn't realize I had to republish the archives.)
Proposal : Back to Basics

[ Myke claims to be casting AGAINST votes to reduce the proposers' scores, where proposals are "going to pass anyway". Since this can be tripped up by a change in quorum (as was the case with "Shush"), or see a proposal Myke approved of failing when someone else changes their vote to match his, I think we're better off with the old scoring system. A vote should only reflect whether you want a proposal to pass or fail (even if it's "I want this to fail so that the proposer doesn't get 10 points"). ]

In Rule 11 (Points), replace the paragraph beginning "When a proposal ceases Pending" with:-

"When a Proposal is enacted, its proposer gains 10 Points (or 2 Points, if most of that Proposal's FOR votes were marked Trivial). When a Proposal fails, its proposer loses 2 Points."

[ But to stop people getting full, easy points for a Proposal that only makes a minor change, or is a result of public discussion... ]

But also add to Rule 4 (Voting):-

"FOR Votes may be marked as 'Trivial' if the voter considers the Proposal to be of minor effect, or to make amendments already discussed by other players, or to be otherwise unworthy of reward."

Enacted by Kevan - +12 Points under the old scoring system, +1 for admin
Proposal : Down With Something Something Mumble

[ Some of the unexplained AGAINST votes have been a bit puzzling - I think it's worth getting people to say why they're opposing something, so that other voters can consider it, as well as the proposer if it goes to reproposal. Explanations of "I'm in a grumpy mood" or "I'm deliberately trying to reduce X's score" are fair enough, of course, it just spares the rest of us having to ask, or assume. ]

To Rule 4 (Voting), add the paragraph:-

"AGAINST votes are only valid if they are accompanied by a brief explanation of that vote."

Failed by Kevan, Thursday the 30th, -0 Points to Kevan
Hm, I had this arrive in an email this morning, apropos the commenting system we're using:-

"Your backBlogPro account will expire on February 3rd. You will be downgraded to backBlogBasic, which lacks some of the features of backBlogPro, including feedback-to-feedback, mail notification on new feedback, customized smilies set, deleting feedback, and more.

To continue using your backBlogPro account, please pay the $10 annual subscription fee within a week."

In retrospect, I probably laughed at the threat of having smileys turned off when I first signed up. As the ruleset stands we can get away with shouting FOR and AGAINST, if we lose the voting icons - when I've got some spare time, though, I'll have a go at writing a comments system that specifically supports BlogNomic, including voting results in the "Comments: X" bit, and whatever else.

I am a bit busy with this, this week, though, so we'll be shouting FOR and AGAINST for a while, at least.

Monday, January 27, 2003

Call for Judgment

Adam claimed 10 points for a haiku post. However, the haiku post rule requires a "three-line post". Adam's was nine lines, since he had more in there than the haiku.

Recommended action: Adam loses 10 points.

Passed unanimously - 10 Points deducted from Adam.

Sunday, January 26, 2003

Proposal: Alliteration Correction

In the rule "Glittering Prizes," under "Alliteration Prize," replace

"Player must make a post where as many words as possible share a letter with the first word of that post."


"Player must make a post where as many words as possible begin with the same letter as the first word of that post."

[as the rule is written, if the first word of a post is "Apple" any word that contains the letters a, p, l, or e (i.e. "the") would be considered valid... which is not alliteration.]

Enacted by Kevan, Tuesday the 28th, +10 Points to Myke, +1 to Kevan