Monday, February 24, 2020

Proposal: Sneeches

Update the name of each Scientist in the Names column of the Scientists Alpha wikipage by appending -Alpha to that name (for instance, Brendan becomes Brendan-Alpha).

Update the name of each Scientist in the Names column of the Scientists Prime wikipage by appending -Prime to that name (for instance, Brendan becomes Brendan-Prime).

I don’t know if this fully requires a proposal, but I want to make sure. I’m looking here at the sentence “Each Self is located in their Universe of origin at the time of Divergence, and may be referred to by the addition of “Alpha” or “Prime” respectively after their name” in Scientists [Para] and thinking about the possibility of selves crossing through Jenkins.

Proposal: God Plays Dice

Using a Blognomic Dice Roller roll of DICE6, select a single rule at random from among the following list, in this order: “Budget [Prime]”, “Research Material [Prime]”, “Star Signs [Prime]”, “Mindflaying [Prime]”, “The Discrepancies [Prime]”, and “Position and Prominence [Prime]”. Repeal that rule.

Using a Blognomic Dice Roller roll of DICE6, select a single rule at random from among the following list, in this order: “Budget [Alpha]”, “Research Material [Alpha]”, “Star Signs [Alpha]”, “Mindflaying [Alpha]”, “The Discrepancies [Alpha]”, and “Position and Prominence [Alpha]”. Repeal that rule.

If we want the universes to diverge, they have to actually diverge. There’s no point to having two rulesets if they’re just duplicates.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Proposal: We’ll Have None Of That Here [Prime]

Fails 5-2-2. Dk

Adminned at 23 Feb 2020 22:59:15 UTC

Delete the rule “Mindflaying [Prime]” from the Prime Ruleset.

:D

Enter the Intern

I would like to unidle.

This dynasty looks like it has a lot of potential, so hopefully the Ruleset will pan out a little more before the Metadynasty triggers (which, if my math is correct, will occur in 3 weeks if budgets keep being granted).

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Proposal: Order of precedence [Appendix]

passes 5-0. DK

Adminned at 23 Feb 2020 06:48:29 UTC

Amend the rule “Prioritisation” as follows:

* If two parts of the Ruleset contradict each other, precedence shall be construed in the following order:
# The Appendix has precedence over any other Rule;
# A Dynastic Rule has precedence over a Core Rule, unless that Core Rule explicitly says it can’t be overruled by a Dynastic Rule;
# A Special Case Rule has equal precedence as a Dynastic Rule, unless that Special Case Rule explicitly says it can’t be overruled by a Dynastic Rule;
# If two contradicting parts have equal precedence, the part with more limited scope applies (e.g. if the rules “Individuals may Kick each other” and “Individuals may not Kick each other on Tuesdays” exist, and it is Tuesday, Individuals may not Kick each other);
# If two contradicting parts have the same scope, the negative rule applies (e.g. with “Individuals may Punch a Spaceman on Friday” and “Individuals may not Punch Spacemen on Friday”, then Individuals may not Punch Spacemen on Friday).

Not necessarily the kind of proposal we need right now, but I’m on my phone and I had this ready in my sandbox.

Cosmetic changes aside, I’m proposing to cover certain cases left out of the current rule, by widening #4 to take in any pair of provisions in the same Section of the Ruleset, or a pair consisting of a Dynastic rule and a Special Case rule. (This proposal’s #4 is the current rule’s #3, which I’m proposing to change by moving up current #5; this would allow the list to be read as an actual order. Special Case rules seem to be mentioned last only because they were a later addition to the rule.)

Proposal: [Appendix] Poacher turned gamekeeper

Self killed. Dk

Adminned at 20 Feb 2020 15:45:05 UTC

Change the text of the appendix rule Rules and Proposals from “If a wiki page becomes gamestate as a result of a Proposal enacting, that page shall – unless otherwise specified – be reverted to whatever state it was in at the time of that Proposal’s submission (and if the page did not exist at that time, it shall be blanked)” to “Any page on the BlogNomic wiki that is linked to or cited in a pending votable matter is gamestate, although it should be considered to have no properties or content for the purposes of all other existing rules.”

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Proposal: [Para]site

Unstable proposal. Josh.  Re-failed by Dk after it’s reopening

Adminned at 20 Feb 2020 15:44:19 UTC

Add to both the Alpha and Prime Ruleset the following

The Scientist named Cuddlebeam has achieved victory

The mirror crack’d from side to side

“How far is it now?”

“Two miles, Professor. Oscillation levels rising but within our parameters.”

“It seems our calculations are accurate, then… Finally, some good news. And the magnets?”

“Everything’s humming, sir. No problems so far.”

“That you know of. Observer! Any signs of anomalies?”

“Nothing unusual in the Window, sir. I think I can actually see my flat back there…”

“That’s the closest you’ll get to see it in the next month, if everything goes well. And if it doesn’t… There is no universe that can shield you from my wrath. All right, we’re going ahead. Maintain focusing speed until the quantum tunnel reaches the campus.”

As Dr Waltham turned off the microphone, his gaze took in the busy scene through the thick glass screen of the control room, and he allowed himself a smile. People used to taunt him for wasting his days on “dead-end research”, shutting himself in this lab and “ignoring the world”. In the end, it’s all a matter of perspective, isn’t it? Very few people understand how vast the world truly is. Indeed, worlds…

The view from the Window, almost like a video feed from a low-flying drone, was now moving over manicured lawns and towards the red-brick building of the Physics Department. The Vice-Chancellor, standing behind him, gasped as she recognised some of their colleagues chatting outside. She had only visited the lab once again, in the early stages, when they couldn’t yet control what the Quantum Window showed and it mostly pointed itself skywards. But this was the moment of truth: she had to be there. Many scientists and dignitaries would want to witness this historic discovery as well, if only they knew about it. Ultimately, only the secret Interchange Committee of politicians and technocrats was allowed to monitor activities; most of them sat in the back, taking notes and whispering to each other. The tension in the air was palpable, a mixture of excitement and dread. Would it work? Did they want it to?

“Oscillation levels rising exponentially, sir!” came a voice through the speakers. “Approaching the limit!”

“Gently…” replied the Professor from the microphone. “It’s just a few yards now.” He didn’t need to ask for a distance: the lab’s exterior wall was looming close enough on the Window that he could read the memorial plaque to “Prof. L. Jenkins”. He shuddered at the thought of following in his footsteps… But Science cannot advance without sacrifices. He pressed the button again.

“Listen, people… This is the moment we’ve been waiting for. No matter how it goes, we’ve done good work here today. I want you to know that.” And after a brief pause, “Maintain the trajectory stable for as long as you can.”

No sooner had he left this final instruction that alerts began to sound and red indications lit up the room. The image from the Window started trembling and then blacked out, showing the impossible perspective of a solid wall from the inside. Then lights, computers, machinery, people… themselves. A large frame came into view, seemingly empty… Then nothing. The lab was plunged into darkness, and an earth-shattering rumble came up from the basement, engulfing everything.

Call for Judgment: Gamestate Tracking

Reached quorum 8 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 20 Feb 2020 09:00:33 UTC

The ruleset now requires that the gamestate be tracked on the Scientists [Alpha] and Scientists [Prime] pages of the wiki. Sadly, the wiki does not allow square brackets in page titles.

Throughout the ruleset, change Scientists [Alpha] and Scientists [Prime] to Scientists Alpha and Scientists Prime wherever they appear in reference to the tracking of gamestate data on wiki pages.

Also I broke the sidebar

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Call for Judgment: Last-minute redrafting

Reached quorum 6 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 18 Feb 2020 18:34:28 UTC

1. In the rule “Portal Procedure”, for step three of the Atomic Action—

Change the title of the “Dynastic Rules” section of the ruleset to “Dynastic Rules [Para]”. Create two new sections in the ruleset, called “Dynastic Rules [Alpha]” and “Dynastic Rules [Prime]”. Place copies of all rules, apart from those mandated to be included in the Para Ruleset by the rule called “Divergence”, in the Alpha Ruleset and the Prime Ruleset, and then remove the rules that have been so copied from the Para Ruleset. Add the [Para] tag to all rule titles in the Para Ruleset, the [Alpha] tag to all rule titles in the Alpha ruleset and the [Prime] tag to all rule titles in the Prime Ruleset.

substitute—

Change the title of the “Dynastic Rules” section of the ruleset to “Dynastic Rules [Para]”. Create two new sections in the ruleset, called “Dynastic Rules [Alpha]” and “Dynastic Rules [Prime]”. Place in the Alpha Ruleset and in the Prime Ruleset copies of all Dynastic Rules, with the exception of the rule “Portal Procedure” and those rules that the rule “Dynastic Rulesets” mandates to be included in the Para Ruleset, and then remove from the Para Ruleset the rules that have been so copied. Add the “[Para]” tag to all rule titles in the Para Ruleset, the “[Alpha]” tag to all rule titles in the Alpha Ruleset and the “[Prime]” tag to all rule titles in the Prime Ruleset.

In step four, for the second subparagraph—

Replicate all of the information currently held on the Scientists page of the wiki on the Scientists [Alpha] and Scientists [Prime] pages, clearing any other data that might be present. Remove any data relating to the Prime Universe from the Scientists [Alpha] page, and any data relating to the Alpha Universe from the Scientists [Prime] page. Ensure that both Scientists pages are embedded in the blog sidebar.

substitute—

Replicate all of the information currently held on the Scientists page of the wiki onto the Scientists [Alpha] and Scientists [Prime] pages, clearing any pre-existing data that might be present in these two pages. Remove from the Scientists [Alpha] page any data relating to the Prime Universe, and from the Scientists [Prime] page any data relating to the Alpha Universe. Ensure that both Scientists pages are embedded in the blog sidebar.

2. In the rule “Dynastic Rulesets”, in the third paragraph, for “with the exception of any rules listed to be contained in the Para Ruleset” substitute “with the exception of any rules listed in the previous paragraph as comprising the Para Ruleset”.

3. In the rule “Portals”, for “They are tracked on the Scientists wiki page” substitute “They are tracked on both Scientists pages of the wiki”.

I mean no disrespect to Josh (and the customs of BlogNomic), but this is time-sensitive and I may need to be away from my computer soon, so I cannot wait until Hiatus is over to post it. (The CfJ is still legal, so I suppose it’s just a question of propriety.)

Divergence problems I’ve spotted:

a) In renaming the rule “Divergence”, I forgot to update one reference thereto.
b) “Portal Procedure” is supposed to be repealed at the end of Divergence… But its copies in the other two rulesets probably won’t, so it must be exempted from said copying.
c) By the way, that is “copies of all rules”, which might be interpreted to include the entire Ruleset rather than just Dynastic Rules, so it needs to change as well.
d) The Portals rule is no longer in a Universe Ruleset, and Portals affect both Universes equally; it must therefore be clarified that Portals go on both Scientists wikipages.
e) The wording is ambiguous in a few other places.

The Divergence test I’ve conducted is here; I haven’t included the changes I’m proposing here, but in completing the test I did “overlook” the errors I aim to address with this CfJ.

Declaration of Victory: But a goodie

Unpopular. Josh

Adminned at 19 Feb 2020 07:53:34 UTC

As per the dynastic rules, I have achieved victory.

I don’t know whether this is a fair play violation or not.

The rule say that “If a wiki page becomes gamestate as a result of a Proposal enacting, that page shall – unless otherwise specified – be reverted to whatever state it was in at the time of that Proposal’s submission (and if the page did not exist at that time, it shall be blanked).” Proposal: Government-Mandated Protocols didn’t make its wiki page gamestate; it simply used it as a source. Is this a scam on an appendix rule, or a scam on a proposal that exploited a gap in the way that the rules are drafted?

In Neither Universe

Card idles out after a week’s inactivity. Quorum drops to 6.

Proposal: Groundhog Jenkins

Popular, 6 votes to 0. Josh

Adminned at 19 Feb 2020 11:20:39 UTC

Repeal the rule “Similarity”. Create a Portal with a name of “Jenkins0001”, a random Source, a Strength of 1 and a Star Sign of Aquarius. Perform the atomic action described by “Portal Procedure”.

Can’t tell if the Liaison thinks that the previous proposal makes the game ready to play or not, so here’s that question in the form of a proposal.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Proposal: Government-Mandated Protocols

Popular, 6-0. Josh

Adminned at 18 Feb 2020 14:27:31 UTC

Replace the contents of the Dynastic Ruleset with the text of the section “Dynastic Rules” in the page https://wiki.blognomic.com/index.php?title=Sandbox&oldid=9015#Dynastic_Rules.

The main changes here are in the “Divergence” rule, now renamed “Multiverse Mechanics” and restructured: I’ve added “Portals” and “Cataclysm” to the Para Ruleset; I’ve added the “Self” term for in-universe versions of Scientists, and introduced some other terms (like “Universe Rulesets”, Universe of origin” and “associated Universe”) that might be useful in proposals; I’ve changed wording that no longer makes much sense; I’ve clarified that each Scientist has one vote per proposal; I’ve added gamestate to things you need a tag to amend in a Universe; and I’ve added a ban on combining Universe proposals with Para or Core proposals, mostly so that the extra level of bureaucracy doesn’t get too confusing (and crossing Scientists cannot bypass voting restrictions this way).

As to the other changes:

– I renamed “Portal” to the clearer “First Connection”.
– I moved the temporary, portal-related “Similarity” high up and improved its structure.
– I removed from “Cataclysm” the restatement of extreme Polarities; since this is set elsewhere, and the Para set has precedence, it would only complicate things to keep the numbers in both places.
– I rearranged some of the other rules (though it’s still a somewhat loose set): “Portals” is close to its Para brethren, “Budget” and “Research Material” have been unified under “University Resources”, “Star Signs” is the second rule in the Universe Rulesets after that, and “Mindflaying” is now a subrule of “Polarity”.
– Some tweaks in “Polarity” (clarifying that each Scientists throws their own dice), “Discrepant Actions”, “Portal Procedure” (including another blockquote and removal of the now-redundant “flavour text” note there) and “Star Signs” (to ensure that the Scientist is interpreted as the player and not a Self, and thus the Star Sign is the same for both Selves).

I’m sure there’s enough here to raise objections on something or other from most quarters, but in the interest of convenience, these could be dealt with in supplementary proposals. (Same thing for previous proposals that look set to pass: I’ve incorporated their effects, but if one of these ends up being failed for whatever reason, this can be corrected afterwards.)

I still haven’t got to satisfactorily resolve the matter of rules dealing with both Universes; the ruleset seems to work as it is, but not necessarily as well as it should. On the other hand, if we put too many rules in the Paradynastic Ruleset, there might be so little left in the Universe Rulesets that would defeat the point of diverging Universes, so… I don’t know.

Proposal: Schroninder’s Patch

Self-killed. Josh

Adminned at 18 Feb 2020 14:26:29 UTC

If Proposal: Paging Professor Jenkins passed, do the following:

In the Alpha Ruleset, change all instances of the phrases ‘“Scientists” wikipage”, ‘Scientists page of the wiki’, ‘Scientists wiki page’, ‘Scientists wikipage’, or ‘Scientists page’, to read ‘Scientists [Alpha] page of the wiki’. In the Prime Ruleset, change all instances of the phrases ‘“Scientists” wikipage”, ‘Scientists page of the wiki’, ‘Scientists wiki page’, ‘Scientists wikipage’, or ‘Scientists page’, to read ‘Scientists [Prime] page of the wiki’.

Replicate all of the information currently held on the Scientists page of the wiki on the Scientists [Alpha] and Scientists [Prime] pages, clearing any other data that might be present. Remove any data relating to the Prime Universe from the Scientists [Alpha] page, and any data relating to the Alpha Universe from the Scientists [Prime] page. Ensure that both Scientists pages are embedded in the blog sidebar.

If Proposal: Paging Professor Jenkins failed, do the following:

Add the following step to the atomic action described in the rule entitled Portal Procedure, between the current steps 3 and 4:

In the Alpha Ruleset, change all instances of the phrases ‘“Scientists” wikipage”, ‘Scientists page of the wiki’, ‘Scientists wiki page’, ‘Scientists wikipage’, or ‘Scientists page’, to read ‘Scientists [Alpha] page of the wiki’. In the Prime Ruleset, change all instances of the phrases ‘“Scientists” wikipage”, ‘Scientists page of the wiki’, ‘Scientists wiki page’, ‘Scientists wikipage’, or ‘Scientists page’, to read ‘Scientists [Prime] page of the wiki’.

Replicate all of the information currently held on the Scientists page of the wiki on the Scientists [Alpha] and Scientists [Prime] pages, clearing any other data that might be present. Remove any data relating to the Prime Universe from the Scientists [Alpha] page, and any data relating to the Alpha Universe from the Scientists [Prime] page. Ensure that both Scientists pages are embedded in the blog sidebar.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Proposal: Thinking With Portals

Self-killed. Failed by Kevan.

Adminned at 18 Feb 2020 09:14:50 UTC

To the start of the rule “Portals”, add:-

Portals are game entities which have a Name (a string), a Star Sign (with the same possible values as a Scientist’s Star Sign), Strength (a number) and a Source (either Alpha or Prime). They are tracked on the Scientists wiki page.

Replace “Give the Portal a name, made up” with “Create a Portal with a name made up”.

Remove “, and update the Scientists page of the wiki with the name, Source, Star Sign and Strength of the new Portal”.

If a Portal was created by the earlier proposal “Paging Professor Jenkins”, give it a name of “Jenkins0001”, a random Source, a Strength of 1 and a Star Sign of Aquarius.

Fixing the unattached Portal possibly being opened by Professor Jenkins.

Today’s horoscope for Aquarius (January 20 – February 19): “There could be marked difference between what you see with your eyes and what you read. It might help you to review a situation with an expert. It’s likely that you now have many questions to address. Someone’s daily routine could be at the heart of this. You may sense that the next few days are critical, and that you need to do all you can to conserve resources. On the bright side, a pending visit, (probably tomorrow), could give you something to look forward to.”

Proposal: Paging Professor Jenkins

Vetoed. Failed by Kevan. Back to the drawing board, Jenkins.

Adminned at 18 Feb 2020 09:12:15 UTC

Repeal the rule “Similarity”. Create a Portal. Perform the atomic action described by “Portal Procedure”.

I think it’s good enough