Saturday, July 25, 2015

Proposal: What Are The Chances

Passes 4-1. Enacted 23:50 by Tantusar.

Adminned at 25 Jul 2015 23:51:24 UTC

In “Hypothesis”, replace “Specificity Score” with “Significance”.

Then replace “The Significance of a Hypothesis should reflect how specific it is and how likely it is to come about, and should be an integer between 0 and 10.” with:

The Significance of a Hypothesis is a value reflecting how likely the Head Scientist thinks it is to come about, on a scale of 0 to 10, where 0 is “certain” and 10 is “impossible”.

If Josh made a comment including the word GRUYERE on this proposal, the action that created his pending Hypothesis shall be considered not to have happened. Otherwise, his Hypothesis shall be considered not to have had a Significance applied to it yet.

Clarify this “should reflect” thing. Given that my “extremely specific” and “extremely likely” Hypothesis somehow only got a 5, I think people might be reading this sentence differently.


Tantusar: he/they

25-07-2015 09:20:37 UTC


Josh: he/they

25-07-2015 09:36:59 UTC

I think cutting the language around specificity loses something interesting. I think Rats should be reward for being very specific with their proposals. This is Science, after all.


Kevan: he/him

25-07-2015 10:07:17 UTC

I’m assuming that making a Hypothesis more specific (“Josh will gain exactly 1 Cheese on Tuesday” instead of “a Rat will gain some Cheese this week”) will also make it less likely.

Tantusar: he/they

25-07-2015 10:18:58 UTC

I’m happier with rewarding someone for pulling off the impossible than for pulling off the ridiculously specific, in case that matters.

Darknight: he/him

25-07-2015 14:54:26 UTC


redtara: they/them

25-07-2015 17:29:33 UTC