Call for Judgment: english usage
Timed out and failed, alas. Josh
Adminned at 24 Mar 2006 12:30:34 UTC
Bucky and I apparently disagree on what ‘a’ and ‘an’ mean, so I may submit this CfJ.
I feel that Bucky believes that to “nominate an Avzur” means e can nominate four and that “a number between one and ten” can mean “ten numbers between one and ten” (although since his vote was an AGAINST vote in the specified place, it doesn’t matter).
dictionary.com may not be the best dictionary, but I’ll take ‘a’ or ‘an’ to both indicate “a single but unspecified person or thing”. Therefore, if this CfJ passes, add the following rule (in a place determined by the enacting Admin, who should take advice given in the comments):
References to “a X” or “an X” refer to only one unspecified X.
Also, it’s fair to read Bucky’s nominations as being 4 nominations of one at once. In this case, I feel the Ruleset needs some severe attention regarding what can be done at once. I recommend adding the following (again in a place determined by the enacting Admin):
No two or more game actions may be taken at the same time if the order in which they were taken would matter.
This allows something like setting a Happy Gostak’s mood to Content and moving em up a floor, but not something like nominating four Avzurs since the order matters: the last one nominated & voted for would be Avzur.