Thursday, January 12, 2023

Proposal: Fixing the the onlooker

Reached quorum 7 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 13 Jan 2023 14:35:17 UTC

Throughout the ruleset, including the Core, Special Case and Appendix rules but not dynastic rules, change all instances of “the Onlooker” to “Onlooker”.
Throughout the dynastic rules, wheverever the words “the the” immediately precede the word Onlooker, replace those two words with “the”. The enacting admin is permitted to use sensible capitalisation for the result of the deletion.

Rather than tacking this onto a proposal that could fail, I’m thinking we just use a full proposal slot on it.


JonathanDark: Publisher he/him

12-01-2023 17:12:10 UTC

There are a few instances where it’s just “the Onlooker” without the extra “the”, and so replacing “the Onlooker” with just “Onlooker” makes the wording a bit awkward.

One example is the Special Case Dynastic Tracking, which if this Proposal were enacted, would then read, in part:

...Unless otherwise stated, all publicly tracked gamestate information is tracked on it. Onlooker may change the wiki page referred to in this rule…

suggesting “Onlooker” is a username rather than a title or role.

Kevan: he/him

12-01-2023 17:20:42 UTC

[Jonathan] Dynastic Tracking looks like a mistake that was there all along (the previous dynasty had it as “Narrator may change the wiki page…”). What are the other instances? If the chain of text replacement is “Narrator” → “The Onlooker” → “Onlooker”, I’d have thought we’d be okay.

JonathanDark: Publisher he/him

12-01-2023 17:48:29 UTC

Victory and Ascension: “When a DoV is Enacted, all other pending DoVs are Failed, the Settler who posted the DoV becomes The Onlooker”

Mentors: “...any Settler who has been active in at least three previous dynasties may act as The Onlooker for the purposes of this rule.”

To be fair, those are a bit less awkward because the connotation of those two sentences are in reference to a role or title.

Kevan: he/him

12-01-2023 18:07:06 UTC

Those were all being written without the the prior to this dynasty - I suppose they read better with some nouns than with others. Dynastic Tracking lost its the (illegally) during an ascension, Victory and Ascension in a 2021 proposal, Mentors came in like that.


12-01-2023 21:16:16 UTC


quirck: he/him

12-01-2023 21:18:45 UTC


JonathanDark: Publisher he/him

13-01-2023 04:09:02 UTC


Janet: she/her

13-01-2023 06:59:04 UTC


Kevan: he/him

13-01-2023 09:34:51 UTC


Raven1207: he/they

13-01-2023 13:18:56 UTC