Monday, October 08, 2012

Proposal: Nobody’s Prefect

Passes 4-1. — Quirck

Adminned at 10 Oct 2012 13:17:00 UTC

In the rule “Pens”, replace “Any Student with a Purple pen is known as a Prefect. At any time, no more than one Student may possess a Purple pen. The Professor has a special Pen which, while not Purple for the purposes of the ruleset, can write in Purple ink.” with:-

  • Any Student with a Purple pen is known as an Aesthete.
  • Any Student with a Blue pen is known as a Prefect. If more than one Student is a Prefect, then all Blue pens are immediately replaced with Black ones.

Replace the second paragraph of the “Prefectures” rule with:-

If at any time there is no Prefect, the Professor may change any Student’s Pen Colour to Blue by making a story post to that effect. This Student may respond in a comment to that Post specifying their plans and priorities for their Prefecture.

And replace its fourth paragraph with:-

If a Student has been a Prefect for more than 7 days, any Student may set that Student’s Pen Colour to Black. The Professor should then, at their first opportunity, make a story post giving the former Prefect a grade, expressed as a percentage score, for their Prefecture. If the score is higher than 75%, the Student Scores.

Rename the rule to “


In the rule “Trading”, after “and if both the Trader and Tradee have a Pen Colour,” add:-

and if neither pen is Blue,
Set a random non-Idle Student’s Pen Colour to Blue.

Switching Prefects from Purple to the non-die-rollable Blue, which makes things easier. Also dropping the fiddly Professorial selection rules (at one Prefect a week, we’ll be lucky if even half of us ever get a Blue pen), adding a what-actually-happens for weird cases where we have two Blue pens (such as a Prefect idling and returning), and banning the swapping of Prefect-coloured pens.


Kevan: he/him

08-10-2012 18:23:24 UTC

Ah, the numbered-URL sting of a pun re-used…

Josh: Observer he/they

08-10-2012 19:10:31 UTC


quirck: he/him

08-10-2012 19:20:16 UTC



09-10-2012 00:04:05 UTC

against because “Set a random non-Idle Student’s Pen Colour to Blue” interferes with the existing Prefecture.

Kevan: he/him

09-10-2012 08:24:34 UTC

How does it interfere? This proposal redefines Prefect from “a Student who has been formally awarded a Prefecture and who has a Purple Pen” to “a Student with a Blue Pen”, so upon enactment Josh stops being a Prefect and (under this proposal’s simpler definition of a Prefecture as “a period of time while a Student has a Blue Pen”) his Prefecture ends.

Or are you just concerned that it ends his Prefecture prematurely without giving him the opportunity to Score for it?


09-10-2012 21:47:16 UTC