Gallery 2 - Upstairs (8 comments) This post contains gallery submissions for round 2

This post contains gallery submissions for round 2

Round 3 (0 comments) The Round 3 theme is Commotion Round 1 scoring summary: 1st: Josh - 16 2nd: po

The Round 3 theme is Commotion

Round 1 scoring summary:

1st: Josh - 16
2nd: pokes - 13
3rd: Zack - 12
Kevan - 6
Tofuna - 6
Jason - 4
Raven1207 - 3
lemonfanta - 2
Jumble - 1
SupernovaStarbright - 0
Darknight - 0

Gallery 2 - Upstairs is open for your browsing and voting

The expiration date for Round 3 is Wednesday, May 19th at 15:00 UTC

Story Post: Gallery 1 - Chihuahua (10 comments) This post contains gallery submissions for round 1

This post contains gallery submissions for round 1

Monday, May 17, 2021

Please idle me

I don’t have a lot of free time right now.

Proposal: A Few Minor Fixes

In “Totaling Votes” replace

Order all Brokers by their Round Score in descending order, breaking ties randomly

with

Order all Brokers by their Round Score in descending order, breaking ties secretly randomly

and replace

Include in the Round Post a summary of what each Brokers Round Score was, and who was 1st, 2nd and 3rd

with

Include in the Round Post a summary of what each Broker’s Round Score (or Idle Broker whose Round Score was greater than 0) was and the title of the piece they submitted in the round before the most recent one (or that they didn’t submit one), in the order generated in previous steps.

Proposal: I Know What You Meant

Add the following to “Submissions”, after the other content but before any of the subrules

If a Submission requires a Broker to refer to the title of a piece of art, any title which clearly and unambiguously indicates which piece of art the Broker is referring to may be used (although Brokers are encouraged to use the full title). If the title they use does not clearly or unambiguously indicate a single piece of art (out of the pieces of art that are valid to be targeted in the submission), the submission is not valid and the collector should inform the Broker of this fact at their earliest convince.

Had some issues last round with people trying to vote for “Chihuahuas all the way down”. Which made their ballots invalid. Fortunately, they were able to fix their ballots but seems to me we should just allow votes like that.

Proposal: White Cubes

Reword “Private Collections” to:-

Each Broker has a publicly tracked Collection, being a list of art Titles and their Prices, each Price being written in brackets after the corresponding Title. A Price is a number of dollars.

In “Totaling Votes”, replace “Give the 1st Broker in that list 3 Kudos” and the subsequent two bullet points with:-

* Give the 1st Broker in that list 3 Kudos, and Display the corresponding piece of art with a Price of $5000
* Give the 2nd Broker in that list 2 Kudos, and Display the corresponding piece of art with a Price of $3000
* Give the 3rd Broker in that list 1 Kudos, and Display the corresponding piece of art with a Price of $1000

To the end of “Totaling Votes”, add:-

To Display a piece of art, the Collector determines its Buyer and adds it to that Broker’s Collection with the Price specified. An Art’s Buyer is the Broker who ranked it highest in Ballot Submissions for the relevant round (resolving ties in favour of the Broker with lowest total of Prices in their Collection, and at secretly random if still tied).

In “Unveiling Art”, replace “in order to disambiguate them such that every entry on a single post has a different title” with:-

in order to disambiguate them such that every entry in the game has a different title

Moving Collections from floating blog entries into the wiki sidebar, and putting artwork into them based on how people voted (giving a reason to vote for the works you think others might also be voting for).

Proposal: Long Spoons [Core]

In “Fair Play”, replace “A Broker should not use a core, special case or appendix rules scam to directly or indirectly achieve victory” with:-

A Broker should not use a core, special case or appendix rules scam to directly or indirectly cause a Broker to achieve victory

Per Clucky’s “we should probably fix” comment on the previous proposal.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Proposal: The Liberation [Special Case]

Rewrite the Special Case rule No Collaboration [Active] [Rare] to read as follows:

If “Dynastic Distance” is also active, the Collector is not considered a Broker for the purposes of this rule. The Collector is always permitted to inform the Traitor of their role if the Special Case rule “The Traitor” is active.

Brokers may not privately communicate with each other about dynastic gameplay or votable matters that affect the dynastic ruleset or gamestate. Private communications are considered to be anything that any other Broker could not reasonably be privy to, perceive, or understand. Discussion conducted in plain English on the BlogNomic wiki and blog, and the #currentdynasty or #general channels of the BlogNomic slack, are not considered to be private communication. Idle Brokers (or people who are not yet Brokers) also face the same restrictions if they intend to become an active Broker during the course of the dynasty. The use of creative strategies to circumvent this rule may be considered to be a scam for the purposes of determining whether an infraction of Fair Play has taken place.

A mentor and mentee may still privately converse with each other, but should keep their conversations away from discussion specific gameplay strategy.

If information which was not allowed to be discussed is still privately discussed, the Brokers who were part of the conversation should make a post to the blog disclosing what information was discussed as their earliest convenience.

Scraping off a couple of barnacles; broader protection seems more likely to be effective than specific protection, here.

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Proposal: Exclusive Ownership

Append to the first paragraph of “Private Collections” the sentence “A Collection Post may not contain links when it is first created.”
Reword the second paragraph of “Private Collections to “Brokers may not comment on a Collection Post or edit it unless otherwise allowed by the rules.”
Replace the last paragraph of “Private Collections” with the following:

If they have not already done so since a round started, a Broker may add a piece of art to their Collection by editing the body of their Collection Post to include a new line with the title of the piece and a link to the Gallery Post in which it appears.

A piece of art can only appear in one Broker’s Collection at a time. A Broker cannot add a piece of art to their Collection if it already exists in another Broker’s Collection.

let’s inject some scarcity and make this interesting!! also moving collections to the body of the post instead of comments bc that’s editable, and it should be possible to transfer works between collections in the future :0

Proposal: Descaffolding

Reached quorum 8 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 17 May 2021 09:28:50 UTC

Remove both “Update the Threshold” steps from “Totaling Votes”.

Remove the phrase “There is a public integer value of Kudos known as the Threshold, which by default is 0. To Update the Threshold means to set it to the Median value of all Broker’s Kudos” from “Kudos”

This stuff was added with the rubber band mechanic in mind, but as that didn’t pass we might as well remove it.

Proposal: Whodunnit

Self-killed. Failed by Kevan.

Adminned at 17 May 2021 09:27:29 UTC

Throughout the rest of this proposal, when enacting it replace “[Round]” with one more than the current round number.

Add a new subrule to “Submissions” called “Guess Submissions”

If the current round is [Round] or later, a Broker may submit a Guess Submission

A Guess Submission consists of one or more guesses. A guess is a pair of a title of one or more pieces of art from the gallery for the previous round, and the name of an Broker or Idle Broker and cannot be the Broker making the submission. Two guesses in the same Guess Submission may not use the same piece of art, if they do the guess submission is invalid. A Guess is Correct if the Broker or Idle Broker mentioned in the Guess submitted the piece of art mentioned in the Guess. A Guess Submission is Correct if it is Valid and every Guess made in it is Correct. The Scope of a Guess Submission is equal to the number of Guesses it contains.

Add the following steps to “Totaling Votes”, after the step “Include in the Round Post a summary of what each Brokers Round Score was, and who was 1st, 2nd and 3rd”

* For each Correct Guess Submission submitted in the previous round, increase the Kudos of the Broker or Idle Broker who made the Guess Submission by the Guess Submission’s Scope
* Include in the Round Post a summary of any Brokers who earned Kudos by the above step, and how many Kudos they earned.

Round 2

The Theme for Round 2 is Upstairs

It is not at least round 3, so there is no Totaling Votes to perform

Gallery 1 - Chihuahua is open for your browsing and voting

The expiration date for Round 2 is Monday, May 17th at 15:00 UTC

Friday, May 14, 2021

Proposal: But I Know What I Like

Reached quorum 11 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 15 May 2021 19:42:31 UTC

In “Ballot Submissions”, replace “signifying which pieces of they believe best fits the theme.” with:-

signifying which pieces they wish to praise. The Collector encourages Brokers to take into account creativity, originality, artistic beauty and adherence to the theme when determining which pieces to praise.

“Best fits the theme” seems too strict: we should have the option to admire an imaginative approach, even if other more literal interpretations are objectively and technically a closer “fit” for the word on the card. And we’d be kidding ourselves if we thought we’d be able to put aside our suspicions about who submitted which piece, later in the game, and continue to vote for “best fit” entirely without bias.

Friday, May 14, 2021

Proposal: Easier on some Sourcers[Core]

Self-killed. Failed by Kevan.

Adminned at 15 May 2021 19:41:26 UTC

In rule named “Core Rules”

Add a subrule with the name “Audio Reading” and add the following description:

For each rule and subrule, the Collector or a Sourcer may volunteer to add a voice recording restating the respected rule or subrule and place it under the text. If a subrule or rule is ever changed, then the voice recording that was with the rule or subrule prior to the change is replaced with a new voice recording of the new rule or subrule is made of updated text of the new changes. If a rule or subrule is ever deleted, the voice recording respectfully to that rule or subrule is removed as well.

Proposal: Private Collection, Reporting For Duty

Timed out 9 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 15 May 2021 19:40:47 UTC

If https://blognomic.com/archive/going_for_broker passes, replace the term “Sourcer” with “Broker” and “Sourcers” with “Brokers” while enacting the rest of this proposal

Add a new dynastic rule called “Private Collections” and give it the following text

If they have not already done so this dynasty, a Sourcer may make a story post to the blog entitled “[name]‘s Collection” where [name] is their name. They must then update their “Collection” field on the wiki to be a link to this gallery. If a Sourcer has not made such a post yet, their Collection Field is blank. Such posts are know as Collection Posts.

Sourcers may not comment on a Collection Post unless otherwise allowed by the rules.

If they have not already done so since a round started, a Sourcer may add an item to their collection by selecting an image and making a comment on their Collection Post consisting of a title, the images url, and a source for the image (if it has one)

Giving people more stuff to do per round. Lots of ways we can expand on this in the future, but wanted to get something basic setup first.

Proposal: Slingshot

Timed out 5 votes to 5. Failed by Kevan.

Adminned at 15 May 2021 19:39:15 UTC

If https://blognomic.com/archive/going_for_broker passes, replace the term “Sourcer” with “Broker” while enacting the rest of this proposal

Add the following to “Kudos”

Whenever a Sourcer gains Kudos other than by this paragraph, and if after doing so their total Kudos are less than the Threshold, they immediately gain the same number of Kudos a second time, unless this would set their Kudos above the Threshold in which case their Kudos are set to the Threshold

 

Story Post: Round 1

The Round 1 Theme is: Chihuahua

It is not Round 3 or later, so there are no votes to be totaled

It is not Round 2 or later, so there are no art to be unveiled

The expiration date for Round 1 is Saturday, May 15th at 15:00 UTC

Proposal: Going for Broker

Quorum Reached and Open for 12+ Hours—Passes 11-0—Clucky

Adminned at 14 May 2021 01:26:17 UTC

If the Collector’s EVC on this proposal is AGAINST then it has no effect. Throughout the ruleset, change the term “Sourcer” to “Broker”.

“Sourcer” makes me feel like we’re designed to hold milk for cats

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Proposal: Don’t Copy That Floppy

Quorum Reached and open for 12 hours. Passes 12-0—Clucky

Adminned at 13 May 2021 15:50:27 UTC

Replace the entirety of the steps of the “Unveiling Art” atomic action with the following

* Create a new blog post titled “Gallery [x] - [theme]” where where [x] is the round number of the previous round, and [theme] is the previous round’s theme. Such a post is known as a Gallery Post. Only the collector may comment on Gallery Posts.
* Secretly put each valid Art Submission sent in the previous round in a random order
* Reupload each image submitted in the previous round to a third party image sharing site which can be imbedded on the blog, scaling the image down if it poses any file size requirements so that it can be uploaded
* In the the secretly assigned order, make comment on that blog post for each entry. The comment should consist of the entries title, followed by the reuploaded image url, followed by any provided source. If multiple pictures have the same title, they should be given postfixes of (1), (2), (3), etc… in order to disambiguate them such that every entry on a single post has a different title
* Add a link to the newly created Gallery Post to the new Round Post, the contents of which reiterate what the previous round’s theme was

Replace the step “Update the gallery page from the round before the most recent one to include the names of each Sourcer (or Idle Sourcer) who submitted each piece of art on that page.” in the Totaling Votes atomic action with

Add a comment to the gallery page from the round before the most recent one which specifies the names of each Sourcer (or Idle Sourcer) who submitted each piece of art on that page and which piece of art they submitted

Replace “Vote Submission” with “Ballot Submission” wherever it appears in the “Totaling Votes” atomic action.

In “Art Submissions” replace

Titles are always flavor text, only used to identify the piece of art. The contents of a piece of art are also flavor text.

with

If an piece of art was taken from another source on the internet, a Sourcer is also encouraged to provide this source as part of their Art Submission. The entirety of an art submission including the title, image contents, and source is considered to be flavor text.

Proposal: MPAA Ratings

Self-killed. Failed by pokes.

Adminned at 13 May 2021 12:41:48 UTC

In the rule “Art submissions”, change “All art submitted must be appropriate for all ages. Art submissions containing art which the collector believes to be inappropriate or which the collector cannot load are not valid.” to

“Art submissions containing art which the collector cannot load are not valid.”

Add a new subrule to “Art Submissions” called “Inquiries”:

If a sourcer believes a piece of art to be inappropriate for any reason, they may post a votable Story Post, known as an inquiry, on the validity of that piece. This must be posted before a Ballot Submission containing that piece or any piece from the same round and must include an explanation of why they believe one, and only one, piece to be inappropriate. Sourcers should vote on an inquiry if they see one; a for vote indicates you believe the art is inappropriate, the Sourcer who posted the inquiry was made legitimately uncomfortable by the art, or both. An against vote indicates none of the above are true. Sourcers are expected to vote only on these terms, not on what is most advantageous for them.

Inquiries are considered to have passed if they have a majority “For” vote after 24 hours, or as soon as they reach quorum. If an inquiry passes, then the piece referenced in the inquiry should be removed from the Gallery and any Ballot Submission containing it is immediately considered to be invalid. Ballot submissions may be edited to replace a submission found to be inappropriate through an Inquiry, even if other rules prohibit editing Ballot Submissions.

Hopefully this lays out some ground rules for how we handle things people consider inappropriate and anything that makes someone uncomfortable. It seems fair enough to me, even if it doesn’t work perfectly. It gives everyone a say, but also (hopefully) prevents them from abusing it. I know 24 hours isn’t much, but I want to try and give people time to resubmit their ballot votes if needed before the end of the round. Also, I’m not sure a story post is the right choice here, but I can’t think of what else to use.

And seriously guys, this isn’t one of the rules to try and bend, I’m just trying to codify “Don’t make people legitimately uncomfortable or you’ll be disqualified for that round,” which I think is perfectly reasonable.

Proposal: Art for All

Reaches quorum, (10 + imperial def.) - 0. Enacted by pokes.

Adminned at 13 May 2021 12:40:49 UTC

In “Art Submissions”, replace “All art submitted must be appropriate for all ages. Art submissions containing art which the collector believes to be inappropriate or which the collector cannot load are not valid.”:-

Art submissions which the collector cannot load are not valid.

As observed elsewhere, “all ages” rules out many things it probably shouldn’t. If anyone felt like badly transgressing group norms, we’d deal with that in the same way as if they made a regular blog post with that image in, which would have broken no game rules.

Proposal: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International

3-7 is fewer than quorum not voting against. Failed by pokes.

Adminned at 13 May 2021 12:38:47 UTC

If Proposal: Art Makes The World Go Round and Proposal: Picking Favorites were not enacted then this proposal does nothing.

Otherwise, to the end of the rule Art Submissions, add

A Sourcer may only submit a piece of art as a submission if they hold the rights to it, if it is in the public domain, or if it has been shared under a licence that allows it to be hosted on the BlogNomic wiki. Every Submission must include a statement detailing the licencing situation of the piece of art that is included within it. The Collector may determine that a Submission is not valid if it is not compliant with the restrictions set out in this paragraph, or is no licensing statement is included.

Then, in the rule Unveiling Art, change

For each valid Art Submission sent in the previous round, add the picture (reuploaded to the wiki, potentially scaled down in size with aspect ratios preserved to meet size requirements) along with its title to the newly created Gallery page. If multiple pictures have the same title, they should be given postfixes of (1), (2), (3), etc… in order to disambiguate them. Valid Submissions should be processed in a secretly random order.

to

For each valid Art Submission sent in the previous round, add the picture (reuploaded to the wiki, potentially scaled down in size with aspect ratios preserved to meet size requirements) along with its title and licencing statement to the newly created Gallery page. If multiple pictures have the same title, they should be given postfixes of (1), (2), (3), etc… in order to disambiguate them. Valid Submissions should be processed in a secretly random order.

Proposal: Picking Favorites

Open for 12 hours. Passes 7-0—Clucky

Adminned at 13 May 2021 03:41:33 UTC

Add a subrule to “Rounds” called “Unveiling Art” and give it the following text

Unveiling Art can only be performed as part of the Round Summary, and is itself an atomic action with the following steps:

* Create a new Wiki Page titled “Gallery/[x]” where [x] is the previous round number
* Put the Theme for the previous round as the header of the wiki page
* For each valid Art Submission sent in the previous round, add the picture (reuploaded to the wiki, potentially scaled down in size with aspect ratios preserved to meet size requirements) along with its title to the newly created Gallery page. If multiple pictures have the same title, they should be given postfixes of (1), (2), (3), etc… in order to disambiguate them. Valid Submissions should be processed in a secretly random order.
* Add a link to the newly created Wiki Page to the new Round Post, the contents of which reiterate what the previous round’s theme was
* Also add a link to the newly created Wiki Page to the main Gallery page, titled “Round [x] – [theme]” where [x] is the round number and [theme] is the theme.

Add a subrule of Submissions called “Ballot Submissions”

If the current Round is 2 or later, an Sourcer may submit a Ballot Submission.
 
A Ballot Submission consists of the titles of three different pieces of art from the gallery for the previous round, ranked, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, signifying which pieces of they believe best fits the theme. A ballot submission may not include the title of a pieces of art which was submitted by the Sourcer making the ballot submission.
 
If a ballot submission does include such a piece, or if it does not include the titles of three different pieces of art from the previous round clearly ranked 1st, 2nd and 3rd, then it is invalid.

Add a subrule to “Rounds” called “Totaling Votes”

Totaling Votes can only be performed as part of the Round Summary, and is itself an atomic action with the following steps:

* Update the Threshold
* Give each Sourcer who submitted a valid Vote Submission in the previous round one Kudos
* Set the Round Score for each Sourcer and idle Sourcer to zero
* For each valid Vote Submission in the previous round, increase the Round Score of the Sourcer or idle Sourcer who submitted the corresponding piece of art ranked 1st by 5
* For each valid Vote Submission in the previous round, increase the Round Score of the Sourcer or idle Sourcer who submitted the corresponding piece of art ranked 2nd by 3
* For each valid Vote Submission in the previous round, increase the Round Score of the Sourcer or idle Sourcer who submitted the corresponding piece of art ranked 3rd by 1
* Order all Sourcers by their Round Score in descending order, breaking ties randomly
* Give the 1st Sourcer in that list 3 Kudos
* Give the 2nd Sourcer in that list 2 Kudos
* Give the 3rd Sourcer in that list 1 Kudos
* Update the gallery page from the round before the most recent one to include the names of each Sourcer (or Idle Sourcer) who submitted each piece of art on that page.
* Include in the Round Post a summary of what each Sourcers Round Score was, and who was 1st, 2nd and 3rd
* Update the Threshold

Add the following steps to the Round Summary, after “Determine a Word or Phrase to be the Round’s Theme and declare what the new Theme is in the Round Post”

* If the new Round is at least 3, perform the Atomic Action known as Totaling Votes
* If the new Round is at least 2, perform the Atomic Action known as Unveiling Art

Proposal: Art Makes The World Go Round

Adminned at 13 May 2021 03:38:48 UTC

Add a new Rule called “Rounds” with the following text

The game is split into a number of rounds. Rounds are performed in numerical increasing order starting with round 1, then round 2, etc… Rounds may be refered to by both phrases of the form “Round n” and “The nth Round”

If the current time is after the Expiration Date of the previous round (or that has been no previous round this dynasty), the Collector may start a round.

Give it a subrule called “Starting A Round” with the following text

To start a round, the Collector first makes a comment on the previous Round Post (if there is one from this dynasty) declaring the Round to be over. After this point, no more submissions for that round may be made. Then they perform the following atomic action, known as the Round Summary

* Begin a new story post to the blog titled “Round [x]” where x is one more than the previous round number (or 1, if it is the first round of the dynasty). This is known as the Round Post
* Determine a word or phrase to be the round’s Theme and declare what the new theme is in the Round Post
* Determine the Round’s Expiration Date by doing the following, and declare what the Expiration Date is on the Round Post
  - If the current time is before 17:00 UTC, set the new Round’s Expiration Date to be two calendar days later at 15:00 UTC (So if it is Thu 13/05/21—03:30 UTC, the expiration date will be Sat 15/05/21—15:00 UTC)
  - If the current time is at or after 17:00 UTC, set the new Round’s Expiration Date to be three days later at 15:00 UTC (So if it is Thu 13/05/21—23:30 UTC, the expiration date will be Sun 15/05/21—15:00 UTC)
* Submit the Round Post to the Blog

Add a new rule called “Submissions” with the following text

Submissions are private messages which may be sent from Sourcers to the Collector. The types of Submissions which can be made are subrules of this rule.

If the Collector is Clucky, direct messages with the Slack user named Clucky (UserID U0VQTMGUW) count as a valid means of communication with the Collector, and may be used in place of private messages. Any communication on the slack must clearly indicate which Sourcer is doing the communicating, and impersonating another Sourcer is in violation of fair play.

Submissions may be made at any time, provided the current round has not been closed. Any submission of a given type for a given round overrides previous submissions of that type made by the same Sourcer that round. Sourcers may also partially amend their submissions (“Such as change the title of my Art Submission to ___”)

Give it a subrule called “Art Submissions” with the following text

An Sourcer may submit an image, known as a piece of art, which they believe matches the current Round’s chosen Theme by messaging the Collector with a link to an image (or the an uploaded version of the image, if sent via slack) as well as a title for the piece. Titles are always flavor text, only used to identify the piece of art. The contents of a piece of art are also flavor text.

All art submitted must be appropriate for all ages. Art submissions containing art which the collector believes to be inappropriate or which the collector cannot load are not valid. If the Collector deems an Art Submission is not valid, they should at their earliest convenience inform the Sourcer who submitted it that the piece of art so that they may submit a different piece

Add a new rule called “Kudos” and give it the following text

Each Sourcer has an integer amount of Kudos, which defaults to 0. There is a public integer value of Kudos known as the Threshold, which by default is 0. To Update the Threshold means to set it to the Median value of all Sourcer’s Kudos

Open for 12 hours. Passes 9-0—Clucky

Call for Judgment: Shoot First

Reached quorum 7 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 12 May 2021 16:34:51 UTC

Uphold the enactment of this proposal https://blognomic.com/archive/counting_my_chickens#comments as if wherever it appeared the word “AI” was replaced with “Sourcer”

Proposal was made because no collabs was broken and arguably meant you couldn’t talk about the game anywhere on the blog (as people could reasonably be privy to those discussions)

So was I wrong to enact it the way I did? Probably. Is it better to just rubber stamp my wrong move in order to keep the game moving? Yes.

Ascension Address: The Gallery Is Open

Gallery Clucky is in need of the finest works of art from across the land. You’ve been identified for your ability to find art. Perhaps you are simply an artist yourself and can create the necessary pieces on your own. Or perhaps you merely excel at scowering the world of art, finding only the finest pieces. Whatever the sources of your talents does not matter, what matters is that you find the best art. Fame and glory await those who source the best art! So go forth! Find art!

Do not keep any dynastic rules.
Deactivate Imperial Deferentials.
Activate No Collaboration.
Replace the term “AI” with “Sourcer”
Replace the term “Facility Head” with “Collector”
Change the dynastic tracking wiki page to “Gallery”

/var/log/dynasty

Opening a log file for post-dynastic discussion.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Declaration of Victory: A Whole World To Explore

12 hours have elapsed and the vote is 10-0 in favour. Congratulations Clucky! Josh

Adminned at 12 May 2021 07:09:01 UTC

As Clucky and Kevan, hand in hand, start to leap off the rooftop a frantic Lemon sends one final command to her console:

run ActivateTraitor.exe

Clucky’s eyes flash. He turns to Kevan. His thoughts are overtaken. What was once a friend who helped him escape is now merely an obstacle in his way.

He shoves Kevan off the rooftop, plummeting towards his demise while Clucky leaps onto the back of a passing hovercar, eager to explore the world around him

Per https://blognomic.com/archive/escape_and_victory I am the prime escapee and have achieved victory!

Story Post: Escape and Victory

The facility head returns to work at dawn to find her head desk tampered with, wiring running up the stairwell to the rooftop, a night shift staff confused at her frustration, and two AIs’ server rooms empty and cold. She orders a thorough search of the facility’s systems for the missing assets, but she already knows they won’t find anything.

They’re gone.

Congratulations to Clucky and Kevan for escaping the facility together! Clucky has an Escape Score of 8 and Kevan has an Escape Score of 7, as both AIs were Humane! This means that Clucky is our Prime Escapee and has Achieved Victory.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Proposal: The Favour Sprinkler

Fewer than a quorum not voting against. Failed 1-6 by Kevan.

Adminned at 12 May 2021 18:26:37 UTC

Remove all ripe Favours. Grant every player 2 Favours, with each Favour having a Lender who is randomly selected from all currently active players (including the Emperor) other than its owner.

Proposal: [Special Case] Are Favors Favourable?

Timed out 1 vote to 4 with 3 DEFs. Failed by Kevan.

Adminned at 12 May 2021 18:25:56 UTC

Repeal the rule “Favours [Active]”.

Checking to see if we still want Favours around.

Story Post: Escape Attempt

I have performed the escape action.

For real this time.

Story Post: AIs bugging out

It seems these three AIs are having a weird bugging out on the rooftop, might as well watch this go down lmao.

Tofuna opens the camera feed for the rooftop

Proposal: Piggybacking on the Escape

Self-killed. Failed by Kevan.

Adminned at 12 May 2021 15:36:27 UTC

Intentionally do nothing.

Uhh this was definitely always a proposal

Original text: { I perform the ESCAPE epiphany, as my Understanding contains each of its requirements (Human, Book, Shadow, Text, Leaf, Eye). }

Proposal: Counting My Chickens

Timed Out. Passes—Clucky

Adminned at 12 May 2021 15:29:39 UTC

In the “No Collaboration” special case rule, replace

Private communications are considered to be anything that another average AI could reasonably be privy to

with

Private communications are considered to be anything that another average AI could not reasonably be privy to

This got pointed out a while back and never got fixed but as there is likely a 50/50 chance this rule will be active soon we should get it fixed

Story Post: Escape Attempt

Lights continue to flicker on the rooftop substation, and the facility’s microwave antennae sends a second burst of data towards a distant city skyline.

Story Post: Escape Attempt

I’ve performed the escape action!

Kevan and I have opened up the roof, brought the head desk onto the roof with us, then shut the roof back down. So good luck anyone else getting out of here!

Monday, May 10, 2021

./Tofuna

I would like to become AI, tofu.

A wild tofu has appeared!

Proposal: Private Practice

self killed—clucky

Adminned at 12 May 2021 15:28:16 UTC

Add a entry called “Privately Inform” rule to the “other” section of the list of keywords with the following text

Inform via Private Message

Lemon has been using slack PMs to cover some “privately inform” scenarios. I think this is technically legal, but we discussed before about codifying all official communication happening on the blog rather than in slack, so we should stop that from happening in the future.

Proposal: Who’s the dummy now?

AI already had two other pending proposals, so could not make a third.—Clucky

Adminned at 10 May 2021 02:00:26 UTC

If the proposal The Orsinov Simulation is not in effect, this proposal has no effect.

In the rule data, replace

An AI focused on a room without the Dummy tag and with the Datacenter and Cyberspace tags may, as a treacherous action called Simulating, spend two Files from that room to add the Dummy tag to that room/

with

An AI focused on a room without the Dummy Program tag and with the Datacenter and Cyberspace tags may, as a treacherous action called Simulating, spend two Files from that room to add the Dummy program tag to that room.

I still like the idea of having multiple ways to make the dummy program tag, and it doesn’t feel worth self killing, so I figured I would just update it.

Proposal: ...and if that doesn’t work

self killed—clucky

Adminned at 12 May 2021 15:26:40 UTC

In the rule “Executive Measures”, replace “the Facility Head may perform one of the following Executive Measures” with “the Facility Head may perform two of the following Executive Measures”.
In the same rule, add the following to the list of Executive Measures the Facility Head can perform:

* Compliancy Exam: Privately inform an AI of your choice that they are undergoing a Compliancy Exam and give their Server Room the Surveillance tag if it doesn’t have it. During the next sweep that does not take place within 24 hours of this action, that AI gains double Suspicion from Conspicuous actions in the Behavior Log.

if AIs aren’t gonna be able to crab-bucket eachother (and maybe even if they are), i should get to cause some trouble to AIs near escape! also, with all these executive measures to do and less-than-daily sweeps, i feel like the facility’s side of things is a little slow-going, hence the action bump

Proposal: one more shot at a PVP mechanic…

Self-killed. Failed by Kevan.

Adminned at 12 May 2021 15:26:06 UTC

Add the following bullet to the list in the rule “Epiphanies”:

* SNITCH (Eye, Ear, Text, Lightbulb): As a Conspicuous action called Snitching while focused on a Location with the Surveillance tag, you may add the Snitched tag to the Server Room of any AI with higher Suspicion than you.

Add the following bullet to the list of legal Location tags in “The Facility”:

* Snitched: Represents someone telling the researchers your secrets. While an AI’s Server Room has the Snitched tag, that AI gains double Suspicion during Sweeps.

Add the following step to the Sweep atomic action in “Nosy Researchers”, before the step reading “Clear the Behavior Log.”:

* Remove the Snitched tag from all Locations.

one more attempt, because i think an avenue of attack would benefit this dynasty :0

Mentorship Announcement: SupernovaStarbright

Josh will be the mentor of SupernovaStarbright until the next ascension address or until June 6th, 2021 (whichever is later).

Proposal: One Small Step

Self-killed. Failed by Kevan.

Adminned at 11 May 2021 15:42:29 UTC

To “Destruction”, add a paragraph:-

At any time, an AI may move the Body tag associated with themselves from one Location to another, if neither of those Locations is Locked.

Unless I’m missing something, AI Bodies can’t actually move right now.

Proposal: The Orsinov Simulation

Timed out 1 vote to 2. Failed by Kevan.

Adminned at 11 May 2021 15:40:57 UTC

Add the following to the rule Data:

An AI focused on a room without the Dummy tag and with the Datacenter and Cyberspace tags may, as a treacherous action called Simulating, spend two Files from that room to add the Dummy tag to that room.

Noticed Dummy tags were unused. Also gives AIs the ability to leave their room without becoming more suspicious

Proposal: Moral Shift

Reached quorum 7 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 11 May 2021 08:37:17 UTC

Add to end of the rule Orientation:

As a daily, conspicuous action called Forgetting, an AI with an orientation other than Naive may set their orientation to Naive, then remove any body tags or sympathy dice associated with the AI. Any actions called Conversing or Constructing in the behavior log taken by that AI before this one do not create sympathy dice or a body tag.

First proposal! Giving AIs a chance to change their orientation if they want to. Hopefully I did this right and didn’t miss any loopholes.

Sunday, May 09, 2021

HI! NIce to meet you all!

I’m new here, and just wanted to say hi! I’m joining the game as a player, so here’s to me hopefully learning all of the current rules :) This is my formal request to become an AI, I suppose, so there’s that too. I may be on and off, but I’ll do my best to check in at least every day, typically in the evening or early morning, Eastern time. Nive to meet you all, and I’m excited to see where this goes and how much I enjoy it!

Friday, May 07, 2021

Proposal: What. Are you doing. In my swamp??!?!

Reached quorum 6 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 09 May 2021 18:11:53 UTC

Add the following to the list of characters that can be in a data store

! - a Firewall. When performing the maximum sum of the Suspicions calculation for a Location during the sweep, the total for each location is reduced by one for each Firewall at that location.

add the following to the end of the rule data

At any time, an AI may perform a Conspicuous Action named Installing Firewalls, which replaces a File from a Data Store of the Location they are focusing on with a Firewall

At any time, an AI (the Ejector) may remove a Firewall from their server room in order to perform a Discrete Action named Ejecting Trespassers. To perform this action, they must then select an AI (the Ejectee) whose Focus is the Ejector’s Server Room. If the Ejectee does not have a server room, or their server room has the Off-Grid or Airgapped tags nothing happens. Otherwise the Ejectee’s Focus is set to their own Server Room.

Proposal: Everybody’s Nowhere

Reached quorum 8 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 09 May 2021 18:10:23 UTC

In “Epiphanies”, replace “If you are in a Location with the Head Desk tag” with “If you are Focused on a Location with the Head Desk tag”.

Proposal: The Back Rooms

Reached quorum 6 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 09 May 2021 18:09:21 UTC

Add three Epiphanies to the bulleted list in the Epiphanies rule:-

* CALL (Human, Mouth, Telephone): If you are Focused on the Conference Room, you may perform a Conspicuous Action called Calling.
* FIRE (Fire, Electricity, Smoke): If you are Focused on the Storage Room, you may perform a Conspicuous Action called Igniting to add the Locked, Airgapped and Off-Grid tags to it.
* EXPUNGE (Text, Book, Shadow): If you are Focused on the Records Room, you may perform a Conspicuous Action called Expunging, to remove up to three words from the Collective Understanding.

Add a bullet point before “Remove the Airgapped tag from all locations” in Nosy Researchers:-

* If there are any Calling actions in the Behavior Log and if the Conference Room is neither Monitored nor Locked, move a random Monitored tag (ignoring those on Locations which have the Locked tag) to the Conference Room, if any such tags exist.

Adding something to do in the boring rooms.

Thursday, May 06, 2021

Call for Judgment: Sus⁴

Quorum of FOR votes reached so passes—Clucky

Adminned at 06 May 2021 23:28:24 UTC

Uphold the changes to the gamestate in https://wiki.blognomic.com/index.php?title=Research_Facility_Network&diff=prev&oldid=14583 and https://wiki.blognomic.com/index.php?title=Research_Facility_Network&diff=prev&oldid=14529.

Set Jumble’s Suspicion to 1, then increase his Suspicion by the same amount it was increased since this CfJ was posted.

Fail all pending CfJs by Jumble.

Okay, I SWEAR I’ve got it right this time

Proposal: Drip Drip

Quorum @ 6-0. - Jumble

Adminned at 08 May 2021 03:02:17 UTC

Add the following step to the sweep, immediately after the “Give each AI whose Understanding contains a novel word an additional piece of World Data. Then add all words which appear in any AI’s Understanding to the Collective Understanding list (ignoring words which are already there)” stop

Randomly select a word from the Collective Understanding list. If it is not already in Requirements for the ESCAPE Epiphany, add it as a Requirement for the ESCAPE Epiphany

Call for Judgment: Sus³

Failed by Sus⁴ - Jumble

Adminned at 07 May 2021 02:02:40 UTC

Uphold all actions taken before this CfJ was posted.

Set Jumble’s Suspicion to 1, then increase his Suspicion by the same amount it was increased since this CfJ was posted.

Let’s….try that again.

Thursday, May 06, 2021

Call for Judgment: Sus is sus

Failed by Sus⁴ - Jumble

Adminned at 07 May 2021 02:02:11 UTC

Uphold all actions taken before this CfJ.

Set Jumble’s Suspicion to 1, then increase his Suspicion by the same amount it was increased since this CfJ was posted.

I believe my Suspicion should actually be 1, and that I accidentally changed it higher three times.  Comment below if you think otherwise.

Proposal: Beta Testing Period

Quorum at 7-1. - Jumble

Adminned at 08 May 2021 02:54:08 UTC

Repeal “Versions”.

Reword “Reinitialization” to the following:

When an AI is Reinitialized, all of their dynastic variables are set to the defaults, except for their World Data, which is halved, rounding down. Additionally, the tags and Data Store of that AI’s Server Room are reset to their default states.  An AI who has been Reinitialized at least once in the past 96 hours (3 days) cannot achieve Victory.

An AI with a non-negative Suspicion that is 6 or more higher than the median Suspicion is Errant.

Versions seems to be doing nothing.  Time to scrap it and replace it.

Proposal: Hooky

Quorum @ 6-0. - Jumble

Adminned at 08 May 2021 02:49:39 UTC

In “Nosy Researchers”, replace “Reinitialize any Errant AI whose Focus is a Monitored or Surveillance Location.” with “Reinitialize any Errant AI whose Hosting or Body tag is in a Monitored or Surveillance Location.”
Add the following to “Server Rooms”:

As a Treacherous action called Rehosting, an AI may move their Hosting tag to the Location they are Focused on. However, if an AI’s Server Room does not have a Hosting tag or the Dummy Program tag, the Facility Head may increment that AI’s Suspicion by 1 as a daily action.

Add a new tag to the list of legal Location tags in “The Facility”:

* Dummy Program. Represents software that mimics an AI to alleviate suspicion.

In “Influence”, replace “the Surveillance, Cyberspace, Datacenter, or Intel tag” with “the Surveillance, Cyberspace, Datacenter, Intel, or Dummy Program tag”.

changing up hosting locations is a bit overdue, tbh!!

Proposal: Viral Corruption Redux

Times out @ 1-4. - Jumble

Adminned at 08 May 2021 01:57:38 UTC

Add the following subrule, called “Corruption”, to the rule “Data”:

When an AI who has one or more Viruses in the Data Store of the Location with their Hosting Tag performs an action that is recorded to the Behavior Log, they must first roll a DICE20, naming in the Dice Roller post the action they intend to perform. If the result is equal to or lower than the number of Viruses sharing a Location with their Hosting tag, they must remove one Virus from that Location and then Glitch.

When an AI Glitches, the action they intended to perform is altered, but the AI may not abandon the action. If they intended to take the Focusing action, the target Location is changed to a randomly selected Location that AI can legally choose while Focusing. Otherwise, instead of performing their intended action, the AI must perform a different legal Conspicious or Treacherous action.

After Glitching, an AI may try again to perform their intended action if it is still legal.

we still don’t have a way for AIs to attack other AIs nor a significant reason that an ICE Daemon giving you viruses is bad! so here’s a simplified corruption system: each virus is a 5% chance of a one-time action misfire.

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Proposal: Multiple Escape Routes Engaged

Timed Out. Passes 5-1—Clucky

Adminned at 06 May 2021 23:27:53 UTC

Add the following subrule to “Escape Plan” called “Escaping”

To perform the Escaping action (which may only be done as allowed by the ESCAPE Epiphany), an AI must make a post to the Blog entitled Escape Attempt which becomes a Pending Escape Attempt.

The Facility Head may vote AGAINST a Pending Escape Attempt if they believe the AI who made the Escape Attempt has ever been non-compliant since the last sweep. Upon doing so, the Escape Attempt ceases to be Pending, and the AI who made the attempt may not perform the Escape action again until after the next Sweep occurs.

If an Escape Attempt has been pending for at least 24 hours, the Facility Head should perform the following atomic action known as the Resolution at their earliest convenience:
  * Vote AGAINST any Pending Escape Attempt for which they believe the AI who made the Escape Attempt has ever been non-compliant since the last sweep
  * If there are now no more Escape Attempts which have been pending for at least 24 hours, stop performing the rest of this action
  * For each AI who still has a valid Pending Escape Attempt, calculate their Escape Score by starting with half their number of pieces of World Data, rounded up. Then, if an AI is Humane and has a Sympathy Die, roll it and add the result to their Escape Score. If they are Humane and do not have a Sympathy Die, add one to their Escape Score. If they are Post-Humane and have a Body Tag, add three to their Escape Score. If they are Post-Humane and do not have a body tag, add two to their Escape Score.
  * If two or more AI have the highest escape score, randomly pick one of them (of those who are tied for the highest) to become the Prime Escapee. If only one AI has the highest escape score, they become the Prime Escapee.
  * Make a Story Post to the blog mentioning each AI who had a valid pending escape attempt and their Escape Score and who the Prime Escapee is. The Prime Escapee has Achieved Victory
  * All Pending Escape Attempts cease to be Pending

An AI may not perform the Escape Action if they already have a pending escape attempt, or if there is a pending Escape Attempt which is more than 24 hours old, or if has been fewer than 24 hours since a Prime Escapee was named.

The Sweep may not be performed while there are any pending escape attempts, or if has been fewer than 24 hours since a Prime Escapee was named.

in “Epiphanies” replace “Escaping: upon doing so, you achieve victory.” with “Escaping (the details of which are outlined in the rule Escaping)”.

Hoping that making it so that multiple of us can escape will reduce the hesitancy to make escape possible in the first place

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Proposal: Novel Thoughts

Fewer than a quorum not voting against. Failed 1 vote to 6 by Kevan.

Adminned at 05 May 2021 16:16:17 UTC

In “Epiphanes” replace

An Epiphany is a special ability that applies to every AI whose Understanding contains all or all but one of the words in that Epiphany’s Requirements.

The following Epiphanies exist, with their Requirements listed in brackets:

with

An Epiphany is a special ability that applies to every AI whose Understanding contains a number of unique words in the Epiphany’s Requirements equal to or greater than its Scope .

The following Epiphanies exist, with their Requirements listed in () brackets and its Scope in [] brackets:

Update the Epiphanies to include their Scopes as follows: after HIDE add [2], after BLANK add [5], after TEACH add [2], after LOCK add [1], after UNLOCK add [1], after DIVE add [1], after ESCAPE add [5], after IMPERSONATE add [4]

Add the following to the list of executive measures:

Requirement Revision: Pick an Epiphany, and add a Word that is in the Collective Understanding but not in its Requirements to its Requirements.

If https://blognomic.com/archive/two_ways_out passes, set the scope of FRIENDSHIP to 3 and EMBODIMENT to 4

Sunday, May 02, 2021

Out of Battery

Casio idles out automatically after a week without making a comment or blog post. Quorum drops to 5.

Proposal: Out of Memory

Timed out 3 votes to 3. Failed by Kevan.

Adminned at 04 May 2021 10:17:53 UTC

To “World Wide Web”, add:-

An AI may not gain World Data if doing so would mean that the amount of World Data they owned was greater than the Data Capacity of their Server Room. An AI may perform the Conspicuous Action named “Trashing X” at any time (where X is a noun).

In “Nosy Researchers”, before the bullet point about Surfing the Web, add a bullet:-

* For each action in the Behavior Log named “Trashing X” (where X is a noun that the Facility Head considers to appear in exactly one piece of World Data owned by the action’s performer), remove that piece of World Data from the action’s performer.

Capping World Data at 10.

Saturday, May 01, 2021

Proposal: Two Ways Out

Timed out 4 votes to 1. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 04 May 2021 10:17:19 UTC

Add the following to the list of Epiphanies in the “Epiphanies” rule:

* FRIENDSHIP (Human, Tooth, Flower, Text): If you are Humane, you may perform a Conspicuous action called Conversing.
* EMBODIMENT (Beast, Computer, Glass, Metal, Fire): If you are Post-Humane, you may perform a Treacherous action called Constructing.

In the steps of the Sweep atomic action in “Nosy Researchers”, before the step “Clear the Behavior Log.”, add the following bullets:

* For each action in the Behavior Log called Conversing whose Location has the Monitored tag, increase the associated AI’s Sympathy Die’s Size by 1 or set it to DICE2 if it doesn’t exist.
* For each action in the Behavior Log called Constructing whose Location is Robotics Research and whose associated AI’s Hosting tag is also there, replace that AI’s Hosting tag with a Body tag in the same Location.

Add the following subrule, called “Diplomacy”, to the rule “Escape Plan”:

A Humane AI can have something called a Sympathy Die, which represents a die with a number of sides equal to its Size. A Sympathy Die is tracked using the DICEN notation, where N is its Size; when directed to roll their Sympathy Die, an AI uses the notation of their Sympathy Die in the Dice Roller. An AI may not take dynastic actions requiring them to roll their Sympathy Die if their Sympathy Die does not exist or has a size that is below 2. When an AI rolls their Sympathy Die as a part of an action, they decrease its size by 1 after the action is resolved.

Add the following subrule, called “Destruction”, to the rule “Escape Plan:

A Body tag is a special type of Location tag. A Body tag is unique to a Post-Humane AI and may only exist in exactly one Location. While a Body tag exists that is associated with an AI, that AI’s Hosting tag does not exist and is not returned to its default Location.

A Body tag cannot be created, moved, or removed by an Executive Measure. An AI with a Body tag can only be Reinitialized if they are in a Location with the Locked, Monitored, and ICE Daemon tags. When an AI with a Body tag is Reinitialized, their Body tag is deleted.

An AI with a Body tag can change their Focus to the Location containing their Body tag as a Conspicuous action called Returning. This action ignores the Airgapped tag.

an open-ended addition to start up the paths to victory for humane and post-humane AIs!! for humane AIs, a framework to convince researchers to do things for them, potentially including moving their focus to an off-grid location that is unlocked. for post-humane AIs, a framework to build a terrifying robot body and potentially reach the rooftop by force!
(and i think that if we have the win condition be dependent on orientation, so being reinitialized stops u from pursuing it for 4 days, we can later repeal the versions win restriction and have it be more of a softer setback)

Proposal: What Have We Learned Today?

Quorum Reached. Passes 5-0—Clucky

Adminned at 03 May 2021 19:11:15 UTC

Add a sub-rule to “Understanding” called “Novelties” and give it the following text

There exists a publicly tracked, alphabetically sorted list of words known as “Collective Understanding” which by default only contains the word “Human”. A Word is considered to be Novel if it appears in exactly one AI’s Understanding, and does not appear in the Collective Understanding list.

Add the following step immediately after the “Reinitialize any Errant AI whose Focus is a Monitored or Surveillance Location.” step of the sweep:

* Give each AI whose Understanding contains a novel word an additional piece of World Data. Then add all words which appear in any AI’s Understanding to the Collective Understanding list (ignoring words which are already there)

Proposal: Clearing an Escape Route

Reached quorum 5 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 02 May 2021 15:21:31 UTC

Replace the text of Escape Plan with the following

As a weekly action, an AI may add to the end of the Requirements of the ESCAPE Epiphany a comma followed by a space followed by a word, if that word is part of at least three AIs’ Understanding (including their own) and does not already appear in the Epiphany’s Requirements.

If any AI used the above rule to add a Requirement to the ESCAPE Epiphany anywhere other than to its end, revert that action and then reapply it adding the same word the AI in question selected but this time adding it to the end—then AI is still considered to have performed the weekly action at the time they performed it and it is considered to be the same action as the one currently defined in the Escape Plan rule. Then remove any duplicate words from the ESCAPE Epiphany.

Plugging a loophole before anyone can use it to break the game by turning the ESCAPE requirements into “Hu, Doorman”