Thursday, May 22, 2008

Proposal: For More Than Just the Ruleset

Passed 8-0—Rodlen

Adminned at 22 May 2008 08:00:26 UTC

Replace the first sentence of rule 3.1 Typographic Conventions with the following text:

Italicized text is not considered part of proposals or the ruleset and may be used to clarify proposals or rules with examples, notes, and flavor text.


Amnistar: he/him

22-05-2008 03:06:14 UTC



22-05-2008 03:07:17 UTC


Darknight: he/him

22-05-2008 03:17:11 UTC



22-05-2008 03:33:49 UTC

for Yeah we didn’t see THIS one coming.

arthexis: he/him

22-05-2008 03:35:59 UTC


Kevan: City he/him

22-05-2008 07:58:25 UTC

I’d have read Yoda’s near-win as a sign that we should drop the italics rule, not expand it. It’s nowhere near intuitive enough that “If this proposal passes, Kevan may not declare victory.” is a sentence where you’re not supposed to read one of the words.


22-05-2008 08:23:36 UTC

for because I’m assuming people will be mature enough about this after this whole fiasco we’ve been through

Kevan: City he/him

22-05-2008 09:36:07 UTC

It’s not about maturity - clever, well-executed scams are an integral part of Nomic, and usually get polite, grudging applause. It takes skill.

Besides, player turnover is fairly healthy, here - Yoda’s attempted italics scam was feeding off somebody else’s rule from years ago, and we’d surely have someone future player abusing this ignore-italics variant, unaware of any mid-2008 fiasco.


22-05-2008 09:41:21 UTC

Kevan has a point, and I would support a movement to repeal the italics rule.

In the meantime, this is an adequate fix.


22-05-2008 14:57:47 UTC

Players use italics in their proposals all the time as flavor text.  Getting rid of them altogether would just cause confusion in those players that didn’t know we changed that part of the rules.

Then, mass chaos would ensue.  Muahahahahaha…

Sorry, couldn’t resist.