Sunday, January 23, 2022

Proposal: This could have been an email

Times out 2-4. Failed by Brendan.

Adminned at 25 Jan 2022 20:36:01 UTC

Create a new rule called “Weekly Roundup” as follows:

The Weekly Roundup is an Event. As a weekly action, the CEO can and should make a blog post with the Weekly Roundup tag. The style and phrasing of the post are flexible, but its body should follow this general format:
* An optional, brief introduction.
* The current Company Value (which is calculated as: the company budget + the total value of all boxes in the Warehouse - the company debt) and it’s percent change since the last weekly roundup.
** If the value is positive and the change is positive, the company is considered profitable. Otherwise, the company is considered not profitable.
* The name of one chosen Employee of the Week (who is not the CEO).
** This Employee is one who the CEO believes deserves recognition for their contributions to the company in the week prior. That employee immediately receives a bonus increase of 3 options, and each employee in the same Department as them immediately receives a bonus increase of 1 option.
* Optionally, a new mission statement for the Boring Box Company.
** If included, the CEO must, immediately after posting, replace the mission statement in the rule “Boring Box Company” with the new one.
* Any number of Objectives for the upcoming week.
** Employees are encouraged to perform actions in the following week that contribute towards achieving these objectives.
* Optional closing remarks.

Employees may make Responses to the Weekly Roundup with the following Response Format:

Promote: X
Demote: Y

…where X is the name of one Employee they vote to promote (or blank), and Y is the name of one Employee they vote to demote (or blank). If an Employee makes more than one comment on a Weekly Roundup that conforms to the Response Format, all but the most recent one are considered flavor text.

Employees are encouraged to leave other comments on the Weekly Roundup to discuss their plans/ideas for the upcoming week, share their own accomplishments, and/or give feedback on other Employees’ performance.

The Ending Condition for the Weekly Roundup is that the post is at least 48 hours old. Anyone may End the Weekly Roundup as long as they perform these Ending Actions:
* Increase by 1 the rank of the Employee who has the most Promote votes, as long as they have a number of Promote votes equal to half of quorum (rounded up) and doing so would not cause someone to have a rank equal to or higher than CEO. Ties are broken by random selection.
* Decrease by 1 the rank of the employee with the most Demote votes, as long as they have a number of Demote votes equal to half of Quorum (rounded up) and doing so would not cause them to have a rank lower than Intern. Ties are broken by random selection.

Communication is key when it comes to success! This weekly meeting will help us all get on the same page. Each meeting will also include courtesy vision and hearings tests to make sure everyone can communicate effectively!


Zack: he/him

23-01-2022 20:20:38 UTC

This is my first time using the Event Types rule so if I made any glaring mistakes let me know before this leaves the edit window.

lendunistus: he/him

23-01-2022 20:31:23 UTC

welp, let’s try again


Josh: he/him

23-01-2022 22:53:20 UTC

As this has been votelocked, I’ll have to vote against

I don’t love the punish-the-leader mechanic of having a quarter of the players be able to Demote each other; nor do I love the arbitrary nature of the Employee of the Week.

There’s a couple of bitty wording issues; “Anyone may End the Weekly Roundup as long as they perform these Ending Actions” is weird for not telling you how you actually End the Weekly Roundup, just what the preconditions for doing so are; nor does it set any consequences for just not doing so. Promotions say “rank equal to or higher than CEO” but Employees can’t be CEO and therefore “equal to or higher than CEO” is undefined.

I guess I feel like this proposal is biting off a bit too much all in one go; maybe better to get the Weekly Roundup on the books in a relatively neutral way, and then see what gameplay effects emerge from it?

Zack: he/him

23-01-2022 22:58:26 UTC

@Josh Ending an event post is clearly defined in the Event Types special case rule. You’re right that I had to word this a little weirdly, but that was only to get it to conform to the requirements of being an Event Type.

Josh: he/him

23-01-2022 22:59:57 UTC

Ah, right you are.

Zack: he/him

23-01-2022 23:05:24 UTC

Also @Josh CEO is technically defined as rank 8, and I also don’t think there is anything preventing an Employee from having the rank of CEO; even if there is, this is intentionally redundant just in case.

Raven1207: he/him

25-01-2022 01:48:13 UTC


SupernovaStarbright: she/they

25-01-2022 15:21:08 UTC


Brendan: he/him

25-01-2022 15:48:29 UTC

against Promotion/Demotion both have a mechanism in the queue now, so that part seems redundant. But I’m generally in favor of some version of this that takes advantage of Events, and I don’t hate the Employee of the Week mechanic, myself.